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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 2018 Tower Competition Commended Winner Annie Fan – Video

October 17, 2018

  This week’s prizewinner video is of Annie Fan. In this video Commended Prize Winner Annie Fan reads her complex... Read More

Prizewinning Poems 2018 Available Online

October 12, 2018

  Last year’s prizewinning poems by Taraneh Peryie, Lucy Thynne, Robbi Sher, Annie Fan, Miranda Green, and Ziqi Yan are... Read More

The 2018 Tower Competition Commended Winner Miranda Green – Video

October 11, 2018

  The next 2018 Prize Winner video we are publishing is of Miranda Green. In this video Commended Prize Winner... 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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This week's prizewinner video is of Annie Fan.

In this video Commended Prize Winner Annie Fan reads her complex and excellent poem “How to Invert a Hyperbolic Function”, and talks about mathematics (what is a Hyperbolic Function, anyway?) and sisterhood in her community. The poem placed her in the top six in last year's Tower Poetry competition on the theme "Secrets".

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