Anne Widdowson, age 17 from Doncaster, has won The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2014.
Anne was at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on National Poetry Day, Thursday October 2, at a special ceremony introduced by children’s author Julia Donaldson MBE. Anne was one of the 15 winners chosen by this year’s judges out of 7,603 entries.
The international competition, which is open to those age 11 to 17 writing in English , is run by the Poetry Society and supported by the Foyle Foundation.
It began 17 years ago, and this year marked a record breaking year, with 13,630 poems sent in by 7,603 young poets from 78 countries, making it the largest poetry competition in the world.
Young poets from France, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Canada and the USA also won the stop award.
The winners attended a residential writing week at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres.
They also received book prizes and become Youth Members of the Poetry Society, the UK’s leading poetry organisation.