Today, we are shouting from the rooftops in celebration of the 2014 Foyle Young Poets of the Year, announced today by The Poetry Society of the United Kingdom. The awards, which this year received over 7,600 submissions from young poets aged 11-17 from around the world, were judged by esteemed poets Grace Nichols and Simon Barraclough.
Special congratulations is in order for the seven Adroit staff readers, summer mentorship students, and contributors recognized among this year's 15 overall winners and 85 commended winners. Contributor Isla Anderson (Surrey, UK) and summer mentorship students Rebecca Alifimoff (Indiana, USA) and Audrey Spensley (Ohio, USA) will travel to attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets or receive a poetry residency at their school followed by distance mentoring.
Congratulations also to the following Adroit-affiliated young writers named commended winners!
Yasmin Belkhyr, Summer Mentorship Participant ('13)
Noah Dversdall, Poetry Reader
Emma Lister, Summer Mentorship Participant ('14)
Lucy Wainger, Summer Mentorship Participant ('13)
We're so proud, and urge you to check out all of the winning poems published today in The Guardian (and, of course, to share with your friends!).