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2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

Christ Church, Oxford announces the 2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition on Tuesday 4 November – the 90th anniversary of the death, aged 25, of Wilfred Owen MC

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




Launched in 2000, the Tower Prizes are already established 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.

The entries will be judged this year by poets Fiona Sampson, Daljit Nagra 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 competition is open to all 16-18 year-olds who are in full or part time education, and students and schools can find out more information about the prizes and associated future events at, or email or call 01865 286591. The closing date for entries is 18 March, 2009.

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