Winners of the 2017 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition
The 2017 competition was judged by poets Vahni Capildeo and Sarah Howe. 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 Ella Standage (Alleyn’s School, Dulwich, London) with £1,000 and £500 going to the second and third prize-winners (Annie Fan, Rugby High School, Warwickshire and Rachel Oyawale, Woldingham School, Surrey). There were three commended entrants who received £250 each – Freya Gray Stone, Flora Barber and Sofia Al-Hussaini (respectively Bristol Grammar School, Malvern St James Girls’ School, Worcestershire and The Maynard School, Exeter, Devon). 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.