Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

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Posted: 15 November 2011

Launched in 2000, the Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes offer young people a major opportunity to write poetry. This year's competition was launched at the 23rd Aldeburgh Poetry Festival on 4 November, inviting 16-18 year olds to write a poem on the theme of 'Voyages'.

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.

The entries will be judged this year by poets Christopher Reid, Don Paterson and Peter McDonald. At the launch of the latest competition, Dr Peter McDonald, Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry in English at Christ Church, commented: ‘Poetry’s future depends, in part, on the kind of encouragement we can offer our young poets. The winners of the Tower prizes all show how good young writers can rise to the challenges which this kind of competition sets’.

The closing date for entries is Friday 2 March, 2012.

To find out more about the competition and the eligibility guidelines, go to the Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes website.

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