The organisers of a major poetry competition are hopeful of a record number of entrants for next year’s event.

The Chris Salmon Poetry Extravaganza takes place annually in memory of poetry-loving Chris Salmon, a student at Calday Grange Grammar School who tragically died from a rare streptococcal infection in February 2009 aged just 15.

The theme of 2014′s competition is ‘Celebration’. The closing date for applications is 25th January 2014.

Chris’s parents Julie and Rich say that 2014′s competition is of special significance: “Last year the Chris Salmon Poetry Extravaganza was an outstanding success with over 700 entries submitted, the winning entries showing just how much literary talent there is on the Wirral.

“Next year Chris would have turned 21, which is why the theme is ‘Celebration’. We believe that, despite what we often hear on the news, there still a lot to be positive about and we hope that this spirit of optimism will inspire both young people and adults on the Wirral to express their thoughts and send us even more entries than we received last year.”

The competition is open to all Primary, Secondary and 6th Form Students in Wirral as well as adults.

Entry forms are available from schools and at

Completed entry forms can be emailed to Diane Mitchell at or handed in to Birkenhead Central Library.