How to Enter
The 2016 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, has now closed for entries.
Winners have been notified and their names will be announced at the prizegiving in Oxford on 20 April.
Alan Gillis was born in Belfast, and teaches English at Edinburgh University. His latest poetry collection, Scapegoat, was published by The Gallery Press in 2014. Hawks and Doves (2007), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. He co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry, published in 2012, and was one of the 20 poets selected to represent the Next Generation of UK poets in 2014.
Katherine Rundell grew up in Africa and Europe and in 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her second children’s novel Rooftoppers, won the Waterstones children’s book prize and several others. She is an associate editor of the journal ARCHIPELAGO and has previously been one of the judges of the first Clutag-Archipelago Poetry Prize in 2012.
Peter McDonald is the Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry in the English Language at Christ Church, Oxford. His publications include Louis MacNeice: The Poet in his Contexts (1991), Mistaken Identities: Poetry and Northern Ireland (1997), Pastorals (2004) and The House of Clay (2007). Torchlight was published in 2011 and his Collected Poems in 2012, both by Carcanet.