2021 Keats-Shelley Prize

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Our inspiration is John Keats’ epitaph which reads: ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water.’ This year’s Keats-Shelley Prizes are part of our wider KS200 programme, commemorating the deaths of John Keats on 23rd February 1821 and of PB Shelley on 8th July 1822.

As in previous years, the prize is divided into two competitions.

A Poetry Prize – open to all – on the theme of ‘Writ in Water’.

An Essay Prize – which we hope will be of particular interest to undergraduates and postgraduates with research interests in Romanticism.

Essays may be on any aspect of the works or lives of the Romantics and their circles. They should be no more than 3,000 words including quotations. All sources must be acknowledged.

Total Prize money £5000.

Deadline: 12th April 2021.
Our Prize Judge is the award-winning sports journalist and nature writer, Simon Barnes

Further information is available here.

Email: prizes@keats-shelley.org

You can find podcasts, articles, and playlists inspired by ‘Writ in Water’ here.