Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015

The Poetry Society is currently supporting the launch of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015.

With acclaimed poets Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts at the helm, this year’s competition is once again on the hunt for the world’s most exciting new poets aged 11-17. Deadline for entries is midnight GMT on the 31st July 2015.

Liz Berry

Liz Berry

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is now firmly established as the key competition for young writers. Last year the Award received entries from 7,603 young poets from a total 78 countries, cementing its position as the world’s largest literary competition. Among last year’s winners are poets from France, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Canada and the USA – and from right across the UK. Thanks to the support of the Foyle Foundation, entry to the competition and all associated prizes and opportunities remains entirely free.

Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts

This year’s world-class winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in London on National Poetry Day, 8th October 2015.

The top 15 winning poems are published in the winners anthology – 24,000 of which are sent to schools, arts organisations, opinion formers and poets each year to mark the launch. The top 15 winners are also invited to attend a week’s residential creative writing course at a prestigious Arvon centre or receive a poet residency in their school (age dependent). All 100 winners receive one year’s Youth Membership of the Poetry Society, a range of book prizes, and benefit from ongoing support and encouragement from the Poetry Society via publication, performance and internship opportunities. In the past year Foyle winners have read at numerous high profile events including the Southbank Centre, BBC’s The One Show, Radio 4, BBC World News, Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Further details of the award and how to enter can be found at https://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/2015-2/