Enter a 2020 Prize

Submit your entries for the 2020 Keats-Shelley Prize and Young Romantics Prize

The theme of 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prize and Young Romantics Prize is Songbird. This marks two landmark bicentenaries in Romantic poetry. The composition two hundred years ago of PB Shelley’s To a Skylark and the publication in book form of John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale.

While these songbirds have been granted immortality through art, today’s reality is that the skylark and nightingale both face serious threat of extinction, lending grim ironies to Romanticised lines like ‘Thou wast not born for death immortal bird’ or ‘And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.’

Our hope for this year’s prizes is that we can celebrate the glory of these songbirds, while participating in wider political and artistic efforts to bring attention to ever-escalating climate crisis.

2020’s Prize Chair is Simon Barnes, the award-winning journalist and acclaimed author of How To Be A Bad Birdwatcher, The Meaning of Birds, Epic, and most recently On the Marsh: A Year Surrounded by Wildness and Wet.

The judges for 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prize and Young Romantics Prize are the poets Professor Deryn Rees-Jones and Will Kemp, and Professors Sharon Ruston and Simon Bainbridge.

The prizes are worth over £5000 in total.

If you have any questions, please contact prizes@keats-shelley.org and quote your entry number.

Please note: Deadline for both Prizes has been extended to midnight 31st January 2020.

The 2020 Young Romantics Prize

Two competitions open to all between the ages of 16 and 18.