We are very pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2020 Young Romantics Poetry and Essay Prize. Congratulations to all the entrants - the standard was higher than ever this year. A special round of applause to the six finalists.
The three poems were chosen by our Poetry Judges, Professor Deryn Rees-Jones and Will Kemp. The essays were selected by Professors Sharon Ruston and Simon Bainbridge. The final selection will be made by 2020’s Prize Chair, Simon Barnes.
In the absence of our annual Keats-Shelley Awards Ceremony, the results will be announced online - on Twitter, Facebook and our website - on 27th April. Please keep an eye on all of these for further details. We hope to be able to celebrate the 2020 Prize with all our shortlisted writers at a safer and happier time for all.
Maya Stokes, Promise of Angels cloud_downloadRead Poem
Joyce Chen, Senzaburu cloud_downloadRead Poem
Brigitta McKeever, Mockingbird cloud_downloadRead Poem
Jenny O’Gorman, ' Where are the Songs of Spring?' cloud_downloadRead Essay
Esther Laird, 'Can Shelley help us save the world?' cloud_downloadRead Essay
Clementine Read, 'The Romantic Imperative: Shelley, Keats and a call to action' cloud_downloadRead Essay