The Christopher Salmon Poetry Competition 2022

The Christopher Salmon Foundation, in conjunction with Wirral Libraries and Wirral Poetry Festival, is delighted to announce the Christopher Salmon Poetry Competition for 2022 is now open for entries. It is open to Wirral pupils & students aged 19 & under. The theme for this year’s competition is “Time” and the closing date is 1st April 2022. 
Entry is free and a £100 prize will be awarded to the winner in each of the following five age categories, Ages 7 & under (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key Stage 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4) and those aged 16-19 in full time education. Full entry details and forms are available from                   
We look forward to receiving your entries and thank you so much for your support over the last 12 years, as it has meant a great deal to us to continue to keep Chris’s memory alive.

Rowan McCabe

Foundation funds Rowan McCabe's poetry workshop at Calday Grammar 


Is the total amount raised by the charity so far. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and given your time.

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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