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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

The 2019 Tower Competition First Prize Winner Lucy Prescott – Video

June 11, 2019

1st Prize: Lucy Prescott from Lakes School, Cumbria, with the poem “In a Room with Just Bedding”.  ... Read More

The 2019 Tower Competition Second Prize Winner Lucy Thynne – Video

June 11, 2019

2nd Prize: Lucy Thynne from Lady Margaret School, London, with the poem “Learning to swim”.... Read More

The 2019 Tower Competition Third Prize Winner Joseph Harrison – Video

June 11, 2019

3rd prize: Joseph Harrison from London Oratory School, with the poem “Thalassa”.... 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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