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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 2018

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, opened for entries on Monday 6 November. All UK students, between 16-18 years, are encouraged to enter.


Find out how to enter for 2018…

Latest News & Events

Competition Closing Soon!

February 20, 2018

  Welcome back from half term! The closing date for the competition is fast approaching – only 10 days left!... Read More

Flowers From The Dark

December 6, 2017

Poems from the Tower Poetry Summer School 2016   ‘The ambitious syntax and rhetorical prowess on display are only a... Read More

2018 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition video

November 14, 2017

Watch this years’ 2018 Secrets competition video.... Read More


The Dean of Christ Church, The Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy, with the winners of the 2016 Tower Poetry competition.


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Summer School 2016

The 10th Tower Poetry Summer School for young poets aged between 18-23 was held in August 2016.  The next one will be in 2018.

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