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What is Tower Poetry?

Tower Poetry exists to encourage and challenge everyone who reads or writes poetry. Funded by a generous bequest to Christ Church, University of Oxford, by the late Christopher Tower, the aims of Tower Poetry are clear: to stimulate an enjoyment and critical appreciation of poetry, particularly among young people in education, and to challenge people to write their own poetry. Creative writing should be a central element in literary education, and learning about writing poetry can help students to think about ways of reading poetry.

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes 2016

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, is open for entries. All UK students, between 16-18 years, are encouraged to enter the 2016 competition with the theme of WONDER. Full details are now available.


Find out how to enter for 2016…


Isla Anderson, the 2015 Tower Poetry winner, receiving her prize from the Dean of Christ Church, The Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy.


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Summer School 2016

The 10th Tower Poetry Summer School for young poets aged between 18-23 will be held from 30 August – 2 September 2016. Application details will be available in May.

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Ian McMillan and Helen Mort discuss how competitions help young poets; what makes a winning poem and the value of the Christopher Tower Poetry competition from Christ Church, University of Oxford.

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