Chester Cathedral Young Poets Competition

As Chester Cathedral’s Poet-in-Residence, I’m delighted to announce our Young People’s Poetry Competition for poems of up to 40 lines on Chester Cathedral’s 2020 theme of Journey.

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: 16-18 and 19-25

Book Token Prizes for each category: 

 Ist Prize:    £25  

2nd Prize:  £15  

3rd Prize:   £10 

Closing date: Midnight on March 31st 2020

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 




This competition has now closed. The standard of entries has been high and we have been delighted to receive poems from far and wide.

Winners will be announced in early May. Sadly, due to the current closure of the Cathedral during the Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to hold a prize-giving ceremony.

We hope to display the winning poems on Chester Cathedral website, and will be in touch with winning poets about this in due course.







  • About Julia


    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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