The Christopher Salmon Poetry Competition 2021

This years competition is now closed for entries. Almost 600 entries were received which was phenomenal! We would like to thank everyone for their interest and we wish everyone who entered the very best of luck. Judging will be taking place during June 2021 and all the winners will be notified in July 2021. Please keep safe and keep writing your wonderful poetry.


The Christopher Salmon Poetry Competition 2020 winners and Awards Evening 

It was with much regret that due to the ongoing COVID restrictions we had to move our already twice postponed awards evening for the winners of the Christopher Salmon Poetry Extravaganza 2020 competition to virtual awards evenings in March 2021. 

The presentation evenings were held on the Wirral Libraries You tube page. The under 11's can be viewed on and the over 11's on

The presentation events will stay online for a maximum of 2 months. All the 2020 winners have been contacted and prizes awarded . For the names of the 2020 winners please see the section Poetry Extravaganza 2020. 

Many thanks to everyone who entered and many congratulations to all the winners. 

Rowan McCabe

Foundation funds Rowan McCabe's poetry workshop at Calday Grammar 


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Sadly on the 5th of February 2009 our youngest son Chris Salmon passed away very suddenly aged just 15, from a streptococcal virus and pneumonia. He was a loving, caring boy with a charismatic smile who had so much still to give and we his Parents and Brother wanted his memory to live on and to do this we have set up the Christopher Salmon Foundation.

Chris's and our friends have been a great source of comfort to us and have been so supportive in helping us fund-raise for this foundation and to them we remain indebted.

Chris was a student of Calday Grammar School and was just about to sit his GCSEs, he had hopes of becoming an author and dreamt of studying Russian and English at Oxford University. His passion for both subjects was infectious and since his untimely death, a book "The Siege of Leningrad" has been published in conjuction with Calday School - the book is dedicated to Chris and contains some of his work. 

We hope that from reading this website you may be able to get an insight into Chris's life and to what, we his family hope to achieve with the funds we raise. 

With grateful thanks for your support 

Julie , Rich and Jonny Salmon