Christopher Salmon Foundation poetry competition 2023

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The Christopher Salmon Foundation in partnership with Wirral Libraries and Wirral Poetry Festival presents 'The Christopher Salmon Foundation Poetry Competition 2023' for poems on the theme of 'Sunshine'.

For entrants under 19 years, living or being educated in Wirral, entry is free.

A £100 prize will be awarded to the winner of each of the following five age categories:

  • age 7 and under (KS 1)
  • age 8 to 11 (KS 2) 
  • age 11 to 13 (KS 3) 
  • age 14 to 16 (KS 4) 
  • age 16 to 19 (in full time education)

Closing date for all entries: Friday 31 March 2023.

Download a teacher resource pack (PDF, 1.36MB)

How to enter

Download the printable entry form below, or ask for a hard copy from any Wirral library

Download entry form (Word, 62KB)

There are three ways to submit your entry form (by Friday 31 March 2023):

  • email:;
  • deliver by hand to Birkenhead Central Library or;
  • by post:
    Diane Mitchell, Strategic Librarian
    Christopher Salmon Competition
    Birkenhead Central Library
    Borough Road
    CH41 2XB

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Summary of Terms and Conditions

Summary of Terms and Conditions are below:

The competition is open to persons in five age categories:
(i)    Age 7 and under (Key Stage 1); (ii) Ages 8-11 (Key Stage 2); (iii) Ages 11-13 (Key Stage 3); (iv)    Ages 14-16 (Key Stage 4); (v) Age 16-19 if in full-time education.

Entrants must live or attend school or college in the Wirral area and entry to the competition is free.  You may be required to provide proof of eligibility to enter the competition. Entrants must submit an original unpublished poem based on the theme of 'Sunshine' which is no longer than 30 lines. There is strictly only one entry allowed per person and by submitting an entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.

You must provide your name and home address, contact telephone number and your age or details of your school on the official entry form. These details will be used by the Promoter to categorise the competition entries by age, identify the authors of the winning entries and contact the winners.

Entries can be submitted directly by the entrant or via the entrant’s school, using the official entry form. Please email or by post FAO Diane Mitchell, Birkenhead Central Library, Borough Road, Birkenhead CH41 2XB. 

Where the entrant is under 18 years of age, the parent or guardian’s consent must be given. This consent can be facilitated via a school entry or a direct entry can be signed by the parent or guardian. Consent can be withdrawn at any time by contacting Diane Mitchell using the contact details given in bold text above, before 31 March 2023. 

No amendments or alterations may be made to a poem once it has been submitted and competition entries cannot be returned.

The competition will be judged, and prizes awarded by a panel of judges, whose decision is final. There is one prize for each age group of £100. The Promoter will contact the winners to inform them that they have won a prize on or before 31 May 2023. They will be invited along with 2 guests to an award event if possible or otherwise an online event. We might be able to provide extra tickets for the award ceremony for a small fee, with all proceeds going to the Chris Salmon Charity. The poems might be broadcast on Wirral Libraries social media with the winners’ names.

Where the Promoter wishes to make additional use of the winners’ personal details, then informed consent will be sought. This additional use may include, but not be limited to, publishing the names and photographs of the winners. This publicity material will be published on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on the Chris Salmon Foundation, Wirral Libraries and Wirral Poetry Festival website.

A winner has the right to withdraw consent at any time and this withdrawal will take immediate effect.  This does not apply to any processing which took place before consent was withdrawn.

No correspondence will be entered into regarding the interpretation of these terms and conditions. If you have any questions or queries regarding the competition, please contact Diane Mitchell email or by post FAO Diane Mitchell, Birkenhead Central Library, Borough Road, Birkenhead CH41 2XB. 

Further information

The Christopher Salmon Foundation

Wirral Poetry Festival