On 24 April, the winners of the 2019 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition was announced at Christchurch College, Oxford. The theme of this year’s competition was ‘underwater’ and the judges were poets Angela Leighton, Vidyan Ravinthiran and Peter McDonald.
This year Cumbria-based Lucy Prescott won first prize with her poem ‘In a Room with just Bedding’. Second prize went to Foyle Young Poet Lucy Thynne for her poem ‘Learning to swim’ and Joseph Harrison won third prize for his poem ‘Thalassa’.
Three poets were commended: Isobel Falk for ‘Sleeping Swimmer’, Anjali Mulcock for ‘the lost sailor’s ecstatic drowning’ and Flora Rugman for ‘on agnes swimming’.
Congratulations to all the winners!
The Tower Competition began in 2000 when a generous bequest to Christ Church, University of Oxford was made by the late Christopher Tower to stimulate an enjoyment and critical appreciation of poetry, particularly among young people in education, and to challenge people to write their own poetry. It is the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets aged 16-18, with £3,000 awarded to the first-prize winner. Read more.
For more information about free opportunities for young poets visit The Poetry Society’s own Young Poets Network. 11-17 year olds can enter the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award for free by 31 July.
25 April 2019