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YM: Colour – Send Us Your Work!

Posted August 3, 2012

Pigments CC Austin Evans

Photo: Austinevans

Phoebe Power will be editing the next edition of YM: Poetry. Send us your poems, articles, reviews and images linked to the theme “Colour”. Deadline 30 September. Find out more and submit.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Closes 31 July

Posted May 17, 2012

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Poster

This is the UK’s largest and most prestigious poetry competition for 11-17 year olds. Fifteen winners will receive places on a residential writing course and publication in the Foyle Anthology. A further eighty-five winner receive books and Poetry Society membership. As well as entering the competition, you can also order a free copy of Fools For Love and Salt, an anthology of last year’s winning poems.


YM: REBEL Opens for Submissions

Posted January 20, 2012

We are now accepting submissions of poetry, illustration, reviews and articles for our seventh issue.  The guest editor wants you to throw off the chains of the expected for this theme YM: Rebel.

Check out Jun Yan’s thoughts behind the issue and find more information on how to send us your work.

SLAMbassadors UK: Deadline 7 January

Posted December 1, 2011

SLAMbassadors UK is a championship for people aged 12-18 who perform their poems. Young poets are invited to write new poems on the theme of “Identity” and perform them to camera. Our SLAM poet team will then select promising entrants to receive mentoring leading to a final live showcase. Find out more and enter.

SLAMbassadors UK

Last year’s SLAMbassadors UK champions, alongside poets Linton Kwesi Johnson and Joelle Taylor, after their live showcase in London.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award Closes this Sunday

Posted July 27, 2011

The 2011 Foyle Young Poets of the year Award is now open to for entries. Young people aged 11-17 can enter poems on any theme. Prizes include places on a residential writing courses, poet visits to schools, Poetry Society youth memberships and books. The closing date is the 31st July 2011. Request a free Foyle Anthology and enter online.

Posted March 7, 2011

National Poetry Day 2011: Theme Announced

Posted February 21, 2011

This year’s National Poetry Day will take places on Thursday 6th October and this year’s theme will be Games.

How will you celebrate? Will you run a school poetry competition and have the best poems made into an anthology? Will your college’s creative writing club take over the assembly with readings of game themed poems? Will you decorate your school with posters of your favourite poet’s work?

The Poetry Society will be announcing its own plans for National Poetry Day on its website over the comming months.


The Times Stephen Spender Prize is Open

Posted January 17, 2011

The Stephen Spender Prize for new translations of poems. Poets are invited to submit traslations of poems for any language and there are three catagories under 14s, under 18s and over 18s. Winners recieve a cash prize and are celebrated in The Times newspaper. Closing date: 27th May 2011.

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The Moss Rich ‘Sounding the Site’ Poetry Prize

Britain’s oldest working poet is Moss Rich who lives in Hove. In his 101st year he’s still composing poems. In his honour, Pighog Press, CCE and Sussex Students’ Union are launching a poetry prize as part of Greenweek and Sounding the Site community arts festival. There are catagories for, Secondary School students, Further Education students, University students and General public (not students). Poems are invited on the theme Root and Branch and the competition closes on Febuaray 28th 2011.

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Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2011

Posted November 9, 2010

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2011 is now open, and this year’s theme is “Simplicity.” The competition is open to 16-18 year olds in full time education in the UK. Prizes of £3000, £1000 and £500, plus places on the prestigious Tower Summer School at Christ Church, Oxford, can be won. Closes: 11th March 2011

Tower Pize Simplicity

PBS Launch T S Eliot Prize Shadowing Scheme

Posted October 26, 2010

The Poetry Book Society (not to be confused with the Poetry Society!) are inviting 16-19 year olds studying A’ Levels or equivalents to shadow the T S Eliot Prize judges as they read from a selection of the best poetry published this year. You are invited to read two poems from each of the ten nominated poetry collections and then write a rationale explaining which collection you think should receive the prestigious T S Eliot Prize and why. The most convincing rationale will be published in the Guardian Online, it’s writer will also receive prizes and an invitation to the T S Eliot readings and prize ceremony.  Closing date 20th December!

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EDWIN MORGAN TRIBUTE 3rd November, Southbank Centre, London

Posted October 14, 2010

The Poetry Society, and London’s Southbank Centre, have organised a special tribute to Edwin Morgan as part of the Poetry International Festival.

One of poetry’s great innovators, Edwin Morgan was famed for his wild imaginative leaps, his linguistic inventiveness, and his wicked sense of fun. Appointed first Scottish national poet, or ‘Scots Makar’ in 2004, Morgan died in Glasgow in August aged 90. A host of poets, including Jackie Kay, Roddy Lumsden, Bill Manhire and Richard Price raise a poetic glass  to the Makar, reading their personal selection of favourite Morgan poems in this lively celebration; alongside pictures, film and archive recordings. Karine Polwarrt provides music.


Posted August 25, 2010

The National Poetry Competition has been one of Britain’s top single poem competitions since 1978. It is judged anonymously by a new set of judges each year. The top prize is £5000, second prize £1000, third prize £500 and there are 10 commendations of £100.

If you are 17 or over, this is an opportuntity to have your poem read alongside poems by professional poets and writers from across the world. Competition closes 31st October 2010. Find out more and enter

National Poetry Competition Pen

Poetry Surgery at the Scottish Poetry Library, 30th October

Kona Macphee

This is a chance  to discuss your poems on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Kona Macphee. Sessions are an hour each and Kona will have read your work a prepared feedback in advance. Find out more about Poetry Surgeries.


Free Workshop at National Gallery 20th August

Posted August 5, 2010

Organised by the Poetry Society as part of the gallery’s Friday Lates programme, the one-hour workshop will take place in front of one of the gallery’s paintings depicting scenes from the Iliad or Odyssey. No booking required, so come early to Room 29 to guarantee your place. This workshop, led by Martina Evans, encourages participants to blend memory and myth to create their own individual response to a painting.

Please note: spaces are limited to 40, on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshop is suitable for older youth members and adults.

Photo of Martina Evans

Martina Evans

YM:CRASH open for submissions

Charlotte Geater will be guest editing the next edition of YM. To find out what she will be looking for when selecting poems and articles for publication check out the “submit” section.


Posted July 29, 2010

If you are aged 11-17 and write poetry don’t miss out on the opportuntity to submit work to this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

100 young poets will win books and Poetry Society membership. Fifteen winners aged 15 -17 will also win places on a residents writing course while five poets aged 11-14 will receive poet visits to their school and the opportunity for mentoring.

Find out more and enter now at www.foyleyoungpoets.org

Free Workshops at FUSE Festival July 25th

Posted July 6, 2010

Come along to the FUSE festival on Sunday 25th July in Kensington Gardens and take part in a free workshops to write your own performance poem to enter into SLAMbassadors UK!

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What’s your favourite poetry book?

Posted June 29, 2010

Do you have a favourite poetry collection which you always return to? Or have you just come across a poetry book that’s completely blown you away! We’re inviting you to suggest a favourite collection and we’ll put some of the most persuasive recommendations in our Youth Members’ Directory.  If you would like to get involved please send us 80-100 words (that’s just a few sentences) on what poetry collection you would like to recommend, what it is about and why you think everyone should read it, to hhopkins@poetrysociety.org.uk

Foyle Internships

Posted May 13, 2010

We have three internship opportunities for people under 30 who have either won or been commended in the Foyle Young Poet’s Award, Simon Elvin Award, Norman Hidden Prize or SLAMbassadors UK. Two opportunities will be based in our offices in Covent Garden, London and one will be based at New Writing North in Newcastle.

More details and information on how to apply is on our website at: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/youngpeople/foyleinternships/

Foyle Young Poet

YM: Histories submissions deadline 30th April

Posted April 12, 2010

The deadline for submissions our second issue, YM:Histories, is 30th April put it in your diary now!

For more information on how to submit go to the submissions section of our site.

Guerilla Twist – Keats House – This Sunday!

Posted April 8, 2010

The Twist Dance

Come and join the guerilla twist on Sunday lunchtime! This impromptu happening is being filmed to promote London Sixties Week. All over London, the twist will be breaking out, and poets, readers and their friends are invited to join the dancing fun at Keats’ House the prime poetic location just perfect for a Springtime Sunday.

Keat’s House is in Keat’s Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR

Time to be there – 11.15

Foyle Anthology Released: The Fire We Harbour

Posted March 8, 2010

All previous Foyle entrants will be sent an anthology, however if you have not entered before and would like a free copy of The Fire We Harbour please email your name and address to fyp@poetrysociety.org.uk .

The Foyle Young Poets Award 2010 is now open for entries.

Foyle Young Poets Award 2010 Posters

Poets aged 11-17 can enter as many poems as they like any length on any theme between now and 31st July 2010. The Top fifteen poets will have their work published in an anthology, fifteen poets aged 15-17 will win places on a residential writing course, five poets aged 11-14 will win a poet visit to their school and a hundred young poets will win books and Poetry Society membership.

Read the rules and find out more here.

Seeing Further: Poems on the Underground Competition 2010

Posted February 16, 2010

Seeing Further: Poems on the Underground Competition 2010

The Poetry Society is running a competition to find three poems which will be whistling through London’s tube tunnels this autumn in association with Poems on the Underground.

This year, to help them explore the relationship between poetry and science and to celebrate the Royal Society’s 350th birthday, we are inviting Poetry Society Youth Members and Foyle Young Poets (including commended poets) aged 19 or under to submit up to three poems which incorporate the theme of science. The winning poems will be selected by the Poems on the Underground editorial board. 

To read the rules and to enter click here


Posted February 2, 2010

YM is now live, showcasing the work of Poetry Society Youth Members and sharing articles by established poets!