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Chester Cathedral Young Poet Competition

Chester Cathedral, and Cathedral Poet In Residence, Julia McGuinness are delighted to announce our Young People’s Poetry Competition for poems of up to 40 lines on our 2020 theme of Journeys.

Journeys can take many forms across distance and through time; over outer landscape or inner territory. Poems can also take many forms. We are open to imaginative and creative approaches to the theme and on the page.

Age Categories:

There are two categories – 16 – 18 years, and 19 – 25 years


We will award book token prizes for each category:

First Prize – £25
Second Prize – £15
Third Prize – £10

Closing date:

The closing date for entries is Midnight on Tuesday 31 March 2020

Taking Part

Download the competition’s Terms and Conditions – which include details of how to enter, here.


Our judge is Carole Bromley

Carole Bromley is a York-based poet with three collections to her name and a fourth due out in 2020. Winner of a number of prizes, including The Bridport and the 2019 Hamish Canham Award, Carole has also judged several poetry competitions, including the YorkMix Poetry Prize, the Grey Hen competition and the Settle Sessions competition. See more at