The Young Romantics Prizes

The Young Romantics Writing Prize was inaugurated in 2015. Running in conjunction with the Keats-Shelley Prize, it is aimed at poets and essayists aged between 16 and 18. Entrants are encouraged to respond to the work of the Romantics by writing their own original poem or essay. Essayists are asked to respond to a particular question inspired by the life or work of the Romantic writers. The poets respond to a theme which changes from one year to the next.

In 2021, this theme is 'Writ in Water', to mark bi-centenary of John Keats' death in Rome on 23rd February 1821. Our Prize Chair is Simon Barnes, the award-winning sports journalist and nature writer. Click the link for 2021's Young Romantic Prize

The first Young Romantic Judge was the former Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, who has been succeeded by Professor Richard Holmes OBE and Liz Lochhead, the Makar of Scotland.

Read our brochure for 2015's Young Romantics Prize here.

Read our brochure for 2016's Young Romantics Prize here.

For further information about the Keats-Shelley Prize, click here.

Young Romantics Prize

2021’s Young Romantics Poetry and Essay Prizes are open.

Two Writing Competitions open to anyone aged between 16 and 18 years old.

Total Prizes worth over £5000.

Entry is free.

NEW PRIZE DEADLINE: 12th April 2021.

  • Watch Giuseppe Albano, Keats-Shelley House Curator, launch 2021’s Prize from beside John Keats’ grave in Rome’s Cimitero Acattolico

2021’s Prize Chair is Simon Barnes, the award-winning journalist and author of The Meaning of Birds, Epic, and most recently On the Marsh: A Year Surrounded by Wildness and Wet. The Young Romantics Prize Judges are the poets Professor Deryn Rees-Jones and Will Kemp, and Professors Simon Bainbridge and Sharon Ruston.

Winning entries will be published in the Keats-Shelley Review or on the Keats-Shelley website.

Visit the Keats-Shelley Blog for our new Young Romantics Resource page (links to articles, poems, videos).

Find out more about the 2021 Prize and submit an entry

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