Enter the Tower Poetry Competition

The 20th Christopher Tower Poetry Competition has now closed for entries. This year, students between 16-18 years of age were challenged to write a poem on the theme of 'Trees'.

The closing date for entries was noon on 2 March 2020.

In light of the current situation, the Tower Poetry prizegiving ceremony will regretfully not go ahead this year as intended. The winners’ names and poems will be published here on 22 April.

Competition Rules:

  • Entries for the Tower Poetry Prize 2020 must be on the designated theme.
  • Entries must be written in English, and be no more than 48 lines in length.
  • Entrants must be at least 16 years of age, and under 19 years of age, on 2 March 2020.
  • Entrants must be in full or part-time education at a school, college or other educational institution in the United Kingdom. Students enrolled on higher education courses are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • Each entrant may submit only one poem.
  • Poems with joint authorship are ineligible.
  • Each poem must be the entrant’s own work: it must not incorporate poetry by others without acknowledgement and (where appropriate) citation, and it must not include substantial elements (phrases, lines, or larger blocks of composition) that have been suggested or authored by others engaged in providing specific editorial advice to the entrant.
  • Poems must not have been previously published, broadcast or submitted to another competition.
  • Names and addresses must not be included with the text of the poem, since entries are judged anonymously.
  • Track changes must be removed before submitting the poem.
  • The closing date for entries is noon on 2 March 2020. Entries entered after noon will not be considered by the judges.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
  • Winners will be notified by 25 March 2020, and will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at lunchtime in Oxford on 22 April 2020.
  • The copyright of each poem remains with the author. Authors of the winning poems will grant Christ Church permission to publish or broadcast the poems for a period of one year from 22 April 2020.
  • The competition is not open to family members or close relatives of employees of Christ Church, Oxford.