News: 13 September 2021

2021’s Keats-Shelley Prize Awards

The winners and runners-up of 2021’s Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes will be announced online on 16th April at 7pm GMT.​​​​​​​

You can watch the announcement in a variety of ways:

Or you can watch below, via the Keats-Shelley House Youtube page.

    The virtual Awards Ceremony - the 23rd such event - will be hosted by Prize Chair Simon Barnes – the acclaimed sports journalist, nature-writer and author of books about everything from Hong Kong to The Meaning of Birds.

    Simon Barnes, 2021's Keats-Shelley Guest Chair

    Each competition has two categories: poems and essays. The main Keats-Shelley Prize is open to all; Young Romantics must be between 16 and 18 years old. The shortlists were selected by our two fantastic panels of Keats-Shelley Judges. Professor Deryn Rees-Jones and Will Kemp, who selected the poems, and Professors Sharon Ruston and Simon Bainbridge, who chose the essays.

    The theme of 2021’s Poetry Prizes is ‘Writ in Water’. Our inspiration is John Keats’ gravestone in Rome, whose epitaph reads: ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water.’ The 2021 Young Romantics Prize is part of our wider KS200 programme, commemorating the bicentenary of John Keats’ death, aged just 25, on 23rd February 1821.

    The Young Romantic essayists were asked to address the question: ‘How can poetry – especially the poetry of John Keats and Percy Shelley – help us cope with adversity?’

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