march, 2020

02mar1:00 am1:00 amChristopher Tower Poetry PrizeUK Entry Fee: Free
Max word count: 48 lines
Top Prize: £3,000

Event Details

The Tower Poetry competition is the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, and is open to students between 16-18 years of age who are educated in the UK.

The competition is judged anonymously by two judges, who are different each year, and Peter McDonald, the current Christopher Tower Student. Each year the theme is chosen with the intention of giving entrants free rein to interpret it as widely as they like.

There have been over 100 winners representing 90+ schools – new schools and colleges take part each year and all entries are welcomed. Winners and their guests are invited to come to a lunchtime awards ceremony in Oxford in the spring. Eligible winners are invited to attend the next biennial Tower Poetry Summer School; their schools also receive cash prizes.

The 20th Christopher Tower poetry competition has opened for entries on the theme of ‘Trees’.

Guest judges Rebecca Watts and A.E. Stallings will be joining Peter McDonald on the panel this year.

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