The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is now firmly established as the key award for young writers aged between 11 and 17 years. Founded by the Poetry Society in 1998, the competition has been supported by the Foyle Foundation since 2001.
Each year 100 winners (85 commendations and 15 overall winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges, and receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day. Winners from the 15 to 17 age category attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course where they develop their creative writing skills and establish peer support structures. Winners aged 11-14 benefit from poetry residencies at their school followed by distance mentoring.
Alongside these prizes Winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award benefit from on-going support and encouragement, via publication, performance, promotion and internship opportunities.