Charity poetry competition opens for children and teens


A popular poetry competition returns for its 12th year by inviting children and young people to create a poem based on the topic of time.

Every year, The Christopher Salmon Foundation Poetry Competition invites Wirral’s under 19s to put pen to paper and submit their own poetry on a different topic. This year the subject is time.

The competition is run in partnership with Wirral Libraries and Wirral Poetry Festival. It is free to take part and gives entrants the chance to win £100.

With five different age categories, there is a chance for budding young writers to enter, no matter what age.

Poems must be based around the theme of time and be no longer than 30 lines.

Julie and Rich Salmon, Chris’ parents and founders of The Chris Salmon Foundation, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the competition has grown so much in popularity, and it is wonderful to be able to do something positive and creative in Christopher’s memory which captures the imagination of so many talented young people.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support over the last 12 years in helping us not only keep Christopher’s memory alive but for making this competition such an outstanding success.”

Poetry entries for the 2022 competition can be submitted online, by email or by hard copy. All online or email applications must be in text format (such as in Microsoft Word).

FAO Diane Mitchell

Strategic Librarian (Birkenhead Area), Birkenhead Central Library

Borough Road


CH41 2XB

The closing date for the receipt of poetry competition entries is 23.59pm on Friday 1 April 2022.

Where the entrant is under 18 years of age, the parent/guardian’s consent must be given.

The Christopher Salmon Foundation was set up in 2009 and has so far raised over £66,000 in Christopher’s memory. Further details can be seen on the charity’s website

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