Midnight 31st July 2020 (BST)
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is an opportunity for any young person aged 11-17 to accelerate their writing career. With entries from over 6,000 young people last year from across the UK and worldwide, it is the largest competition of its kind and its importance is widely attested.
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 is now open for entries and this year will be judged by the amazing Maura Dooley and Keith Jarrett.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
All World Countries
- All 100 winning poets (top 15 and 85 commended) will be notified in September 2020 and invited to an award ceremony in October 2020 (date TBC). All winners will be required to provide a biography, photograph, permission form and proof of age.
- Due to the sheer volume of entries, only successful entrants will be notified. Details of the full winners list will be announced publicly on The Poetry Society website in early October 2020.
- You must be aged 11-17 on the closing date of the 31st July 2020 (BST) in order to enter.
- Individuals may enter more than one poem, however we strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poems and send only a selection of your very best.
- Poems can be of any length and on any theme.
- Your work is accepted on the basis that this will be its first publication anywhere in the world. This includes:
- anthologies, magazines, solo collections, school prints;
- online, including blogs and online magazines;
- social media such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram;
- poems cannot have been broadcast on any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform.
- Poems cannot have won any other competition.
- Poems must be the original work of the author (they do run checks for plagiarism on all selected poems).
- Poems must be written in English, but you can include phrases in your mother tongue or another language. If you would like to enter an entry in British Sign Language or Braille then please contact email@example.com
- You cannot enter a poem written by more than one author.
- Entries will be accepted from anywhere in the world.
- Competition entries cannot be returned under any circumstances. Please make sure you keep a record of all poems entered and send copies only.
- Entries will NOT be accepted via email. If you would like to enter online, please continue through the online system on their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having problems with your submission.
- By entering this competition, entrants agree that their poems and data may be used by The Poetry Society, including for research purposes.
- If you are 11-12 your parent or guardian will need to give permission for you to enter. Permission can be given online or by sending in the parent or guardian permission form.
- Teachers, librarians and youth leaders do not have to use the permission form, but should comply with their own organisation’s GDPR policy. If you have any questions please contact The Poetry Society on email@example.com or 020 7420 9880.
- The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
- All online entries must be received by midnight BST on the 31st July 2020. Late online entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
- All postal entries must be post-dated on or before the 31st July 2020. Late postal entries will not be accepted under any circumstances.
- Due to the large number of entrants we are unable to respond individually to submissions.
- No acknowledgment of receipt can be made for postal entries unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with the entry.
- The competition is free to enter.
- All entrants will receive a certificate for participating in this prestigious competition.
- All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London. Note that you have to cover international travel fees to the award ceremony
- The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, 25,000 copies of which are distributed to school libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online.
- The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology.
- The top 15 winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive mentoring from a professional poet (age dependent). Read more about the experience.
- All 100 winners receive a year’s Youth Membership of The Poetry Society.
- All 100 winners will receive a goody bag full of books and other treats donated by their generous supporters.
- All 100 winners benefit from ongoing support and encouragement from the Poetry Society via publication, performance and an internship programme.
To submit your poem(s) online follow these steps.
First Step: Tick the box that best describes you and create an account from here
.Second Step: Add your Poem(s) and follow the instructions to submit
Third Step: If you are aged 11-12, please complete the parent/guardian permission form. You can upload this form once you have registered.
Forth Step: If you are a school teacher, please use the online school entry form and include a complete list of names or unique identifying pupil number for the young poets you are entering.
To submit your poem(s) by post follow these steps.
First Step: please send your poems with your name and age on the back of your poem/s and a completed entry form.
Second Step: If you are aged 11-12, fill in the parent/guardian permission section on the entry form.
Third Step: If you are a teacher, librarian or youth leader and would prefer to enter by post, please send a class entry form and your student’s poems with their name or unique student number and age on the back.
Forth Step: Send your poem/s and entry form to:
FYP2020, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.
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