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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
December 12, 2018
The festive season is upon us and what better time to write poetry. In just a couple of months... Read More
November 30, 2018
Need inspiration for your poetry writing? On the Tower Poetry YouTube page we have filmed interviews of previous competition winners,... Read More
November 23, 2018
The Tower Poetry competition is one of the most lucrative poetry competitions for its age group, 16-18, with £5000 in... 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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Watch the 2018 Secrets competition video