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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.

Secrets

Find out how to enter for 2018…

Latest News & Events

Seven days, and counting

April 17, 2019

It’s almost time for the biggest event in our calendar – the annual Tower Poetry prizegiving ceremony, on 24 April... Read More

Prizegiving RSVP

April 2, 2019

Thank you for your patience whilst the technical issues with our info@towerpoetry.co.uk email address were resolved. We are pleased to... Read More

Winners have been announced!

March 29, 2019

The winners of this year’s Christopher Tower Poetry competition have been contacted directly to inform them that they are in... Read More

Poetry

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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