The 2017 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition
Many thanks to all those who’ve entered the 2017 Christopher Tower poetry competition – the competition is now closed for entries. Winners will be notified by 21 March 2017, and will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at lunchtime in Oxford on 19 April 2017.
Winners of the 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition
The 2016 competition was judged by poets Alan Gillis, Katherine Rundell and Peter McDonald. Previous prizewinners such as Helen Mort, Caroline Bird, Richard O’Brien, Charlotte Runcie, Anna Lewis, and Annie Katchinska are now gaining further acclaim in other competitions or within the publishing/ writing world.
The first prize of £3,000 was won by Ashani Lewis (The Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey) with £1,000 and £500 going to the second and third prize-winners (Safah Ahmed, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre, London and Sophia West, Oxford High School). There were three commended entrants who received £250 each – Natasha Blinder, Ed Pryor and Grace Fraser (respectively South Hampstead High School, London, Oundle School, Cambridgeshire and Hartismere High School, Suffolk). In addition to individual prizes, the students’ schools and colleges also receive cash prizes of £150 and the three prizewinners are eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School. Longlisted entrants’ names and schools are also announced on the Tower Poetry website.
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