Chester Cathedral Young People’s Poetry Competition

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We are delighted to launch the 2022 Young People’s Poetry Competition on the theme of Awakening (poems of up to 40 lines).

There are two age categories: 16-18 and 19-25.

First prize – National Book Token of £30 for each category
Second prize – £20
Third prize – £15

Poems will be judged by Manchester-based writer, teacher and performer Fran Pridham.

Winners will be announced in late August, with a prize-winners’ reading event on Zoom on Wednesday 7 September 7th at 7.30pm.

Winning poems will be published on our website.

Please see Competition Entry Guidelines – click here – for submitting entries to Cathedral Poet in Residence Julia McGuinness at

We are grateful to the Briggs Charitable Trust for sponsoring this competition.

Competition Judge – Fran Pridham

Fran is a Manchester-based writer, teacher and performer. Her first poetry pamphlet Red Jam and her book The Language of Conversation were both published in 2000. For over twenty years, she ran a writer’s workshop for young people and currently runs adult workshops in the Manchester area. She has created a poetry trail at the Manchester Poetry Festival, and continues to be published in a variety of poetry magazines. As a Teacher Trailblazer she has written resources for The Poetry Society to inspire young people to write and participated in the winners’ writing week for Foyle Young Poets.


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