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Foyles poetry award opens for entries

Foyles poetry award opens for entries

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 is now open for entries to any writer aged 11-17. The deadline for entries is midnight (BST) 31 July 2018.

Entries must be written in English and the competition is free to enter. Poems can be of any length and on any theme. This year's judges are Caroline Bird and Daljit Nagra.

More than 6,000 young people entered the competition last year. Since it was founded in 1998, the Award has kick-started the career of exciting new voices including Sarah Howe, Jay Bernard and Helen Mort.

Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of judges, and will receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event in early October.

Winners also attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course, where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets, or benefit from poetry residencies at their school or distance-mentoring, depending on their age and location.

They will also receive support through a number of initiatives helping them to establish themselves in the literary and publishing world, such as internships, editorial opportunities and showcasing events.

For any queries on how to enter this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, please contact or call 020 7420 9880

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