Wonder 2016 – Press Release

The 16th Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, has opened for entries, and this year students between 16-18 years of age are challenged to write a poem on the theme of ‘Wonder’.

Established in 2000, the Tower Prizes are recognised as among the most prestigious literary awards for this age group. The first prize is £3,000, with £1,000 and £500 going to the second and third prize-winners. In addition to individual prizes, the students’ schools and colleges also receive cash prizes of £150 and the three prizewinners are eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School. Three or four commended entries will receive £250 each. The names and schools of longlisted entrants will be published on the newly redesigned Tower Poetry website.

The entries will be judged this year by poets Alan Gillis, Katherine Rundell and Peter McDonald. The 2016 competition will build on the success of earlier competitions. Previous prizewinners such as Helen Mort, Caroline Bird, 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 open to all 16-18 year-olds who are in full or part time education in the UK, students and schools can find out more information about the prizes and associated future events at www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prizeemail  or call 01865 286591. Follow us on Facebook  or @TowerPoetry on Twitter or YouTube.

The closing date for entries is Friday 19 February, 2016. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 20 April 2016.