The 2020 Chris Salmon Poetry Competition will be the last one ever, it has been announced.

It is now 10 years since the gifted, popular 15-year-old from Greasby tragically passed away. His family set up a charitable foundation in his name and the poetry competition has been the flagship event for the cause over the last 10 years.

While the Chris Salmon Foundation will continue to raise funds, the poetry competition will end.

However, organisers are determined to make the next competition the best ever and are inviting all past prize winners to attend a special launch of the 2020 competition on 18 October 2019 at Wallasey Town Hall, hosted by the world renowned ‘Bard of Barnsley’ Ian McMillan.


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Competition Theme

The theme for the last ever competition will be ‘Freedom’ and there are five different age categories, each carrying cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25 for the best three poems in each category.

How to enter

The competition is open to all Wirral residents of all ages. Pick up an entry form from any Wirral library. Email your entry to

Competition deadline

Entries should be submitted by Thursday 16 January 2020.