How to Enter
The 17th Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, has opened for entries, and this year students between 16-18 years of age are challenged to write a poem on the theme of ‘Stone’.
The closing date for entries is Friday 17 February, 2017.
The winners will be announced on Wednesday 19 April 2017.
Submit your entry using the form below
Born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English father and Chinese mother, Sarah Howe moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award. Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry Review, PN Review, Poetry London, The Guardian and Poetry, as well as anthologies such as Ten: The New Wave and The Best British Poetry. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit. She recently served as one the judges for the UK’s National Poetry Competition, and is currently a Leverhulme Fellow at University College London. A Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus), her debut collection, won the T S Eliot Prize 2015. Sarah was the winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for 2015.
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Vahni Capildeo moved to England in 1991, where she has published five poetry collections and two pamphlets including Utter (2013), Simple Complex Shapes (2015), and Measures of Expatriation (2016), completed during her Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and winner of the Forward Prizes for Poetry Best Collection 2016. She read English at Christ Church, Oxford and subsequently completed a DPhil in Old Norse and translation theory. She contributes a regular report to PN Review. The Harper-Wood Studentship (St.John’s College, Cambridge) supported her travel during 2015-16, leading to new non-fiction for Commonwealth Writers’ online magazine, adda, and two book projects, one poetry and one prose, on the boundaries between the human and the natural.