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|14th Christopher Tower Poetry Prize Competition|
This year, the 14th Christopher Tower Poetry Prize competition attracted hundreds of entries from budding young poets from all across the UK. The theme was ‘News’ which generated a wide range of creative responses. The competition was launched on National Poetry Day last October. The 630 entrants (all born between 1995 and 1998) represented 345 schools, many schools entering the competition for the first time in 2014.
Olivia McCannon said, at the prizegiving: ‘It was a pleasure to read so many inventive submissions approaching the theme in different ways: engaging with current affairs and historical events, playing on the language of headlines and captions, or exploring the point at which information becomes news. Congratulations to the three finalists and four commended entrants, and to everyone who made the long list. I'm sure the awards will encourage all those who entered – and who are yet to enter – to keep reading, writing and enjoying poetry.’
Now in its fourteenth year, the Christopher Tower poetry competition is one of the most prestigious poetry competitions in the UK, with a reputation for discovering fresh and exciting poetry talent. Previous prizewinners such as Caroline Bird, Helen Mort, Richard O’Brien, Charlotte Runcie, Anna Lewis and Annie Katchinska are now gaining further acclaim in other competitions or within the publishing/ writing world. The competition is just one of the initiatives developed by Tower Poetry at Christ Church to encourage the writing and reading of poetry by young adults. Other projects include summer schools (to which all winners are invited as part of their prize), poetry readings, conferences, an ongoing publication programme and website, which is used as an educational resource in schools.