National Poetry Day 2018 – Competition Launch

To celebrate National Poetry Day our English department is pleased to announce the launch of The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets.

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Underwater’ and we’ll be challenging our students aged between 16-18 years of age to write a poem on the theme.

Tower Poetry started in 2000 to stimulate an enjoyment and critical appreciation of poetry, particularly among young people in education, and to challenge people to write their own poetry. There have been over 100 winners representing 90+ schools. Winners and their guests are invited to come to a lunchtime awards ceremony in Oxford in the Spring. As well as the prize money, eligible winners are invited to attend the Tower Poetry Summer School and winning schools also receive cash prizes.

This year’s judges are:
Angela Leighton, Professor of English and Senior Research Fellow in poetry at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, and currently teaches at the University of Birmingham.

Professor Peter McDonald is a poet, critic, and scholar and holds a lectureship in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford.

To find out more and to enter visit: