The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award  

Simon Barraclough will be judging the competition with Grace Nichols.

The competition is the world’s largest award for young poets aged 11-17 years-old – last year 7,478 young people from 75 countries entered work. The top 15 winning poets will have their poems published in an anthology in March 2015 and will attend a week-long residential creative writing course at the prestigious Hurst Arvon centre in Shropshire, where they will be tutored by this year’s judges, or receive a visit to their school from a professional poet, followed by one to one and distance mentoring (age dependent).

The current anthology Rattle the Hatches is available free for schools and individuals by emailing fyp@ The deadline for entries is July 31st and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day on October 2nd. For full details go to: