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News: 19 July 2021

2021 Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prize Shortlists

The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association is pleased to announce the shortlists for 2021’s Young Romantics Poetry and Essay Prizes. You can see the three finalists in each category, and download the shortlisted poems and essays, below. Because the standard was so high, we have also asked the Judges to name essays and poems of high quality that deserve to be ‘Highly Commended’.

The shortlisted entries are now being sent to Simon Barnes, the Chair of the Judging Panel, who will make the final decision. We hope to announce the winners in early September.

We would like to send extra special thanks to our amazing Judging Panel – Professors Sharon Ruston and Simon Bainbridge for the essays, Professor Deryn Rees-Jones and Will Kemp for the poems. They always deserve huge credit for their expertise and hard work, but never more so than in this year of all years. You can read their thoughts below.

We also want to thank and congratulate everyone who entered 2021’s Prize. Inspired by the bicentenary of John Keats’ death, we have spent a lot of the past year wondering how poetry can help us confront, understand and if possible overcome adversity. Reading your work, whether poems or prose, gave us enormous pleasure and considerable hope during these dark times. We hope that the challenge of writing them did something similar.

James Kidd

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