Tower Poetry Competition 2019

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The 18th 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 ‘Underwater’.

Free to enter

£5000 in prize money

Open to all 16-18 year olds in part- or full-time education in UK schools (and Channel Islands)

Write a poem of no more than 48 lines on the theme 'Underwater'


Judges: Angela Leighton, Vidyan Ravinthiran, and Peter McDonald


The closing date for entries is 1 March 2019.
Winners will be announced on 29 March 2019.


Visit Tower Poetry to find out how to enter.