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Foyle Young Poets Award 2014

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rattle_the_hatches_anthology_image140x210The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open for entries for 2014. They are leading the call for new poetic talent amongst 11-17 year olds.

You have until midnight on 31 July 2014 to polish and hone your best poems to be in with a chance of being selected as one of this year’s top 15 or 85 commended poets.

Last year, 7,478 young people entered the competition is fierce but it is considered the one to beat.

The top 15 winners are invited on a week-long writing residential course at the Hurst Arvon Centre in Shropshire, or receive one-to-one mentoring with a professional poet (age dependent), and have their poem printed in the Foyle Winners Anthology, which is sent out to more than 20,000 people across the UK.

The competition is free to enter and poems can be of any length and on any theme. Individuals may enter more than one poem, however it is strongly advised that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poems and send only a selection (the organisers suggest no more than 4-6 poems as an absolute maximum) of your very best. Remember, quality is more important than quantity.

Closing date is 31st July 2014. You can enter online or download a postal entry form from the website: http://foyleyoungpoets.org/2014/

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get a few young Irish poets onto the winner’s podium this year!

Here come the important bits:

  1. Read Rattle the Hatches – the 2013 Winners’ Anthology so as you get an idea of the standard of the entries.  http://issuu.com/poetrysociety/docs/foyle_2014_anthol_issuu


  1. Watch the new short Foyle Film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcdUkYQ5z9I


  1. Read the Diary of a Foyler Page for insights. http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/fyp/diary/


  1. Read the Rules http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/fyp/rules/


  1. If you are a teacher then you can use the Foyle Lesson Plans based on previous winning poems.  http://www.poetryclass.poetrysociety.org.uk/
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