Keats-Shelley Prize 2022

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Two Writing Competitions open to all: Poems and Essays.

Total Prizes over £5000.

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

Prize Chair is the award-winning poet and biographer Fiona Sampson.

Prize Deadline: 6th May 2022.

·      Watch 2022’s Prize trailer.

2022’s Poetry Prize theme is ‘ELEGY’. This commemorates two bicentenaries: the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley on 8th June 1822 and the composition of Adonais, Shelley’s elegy for John Keats, a year earlier in 1821.

·      Visit our Google Earth map: Around the World in 80 Elegies.

For more information on how to enter, click here.


Essays may be on any aspect of the writing and/or lives of the Romantics and their circles. Word count 3000 words. 

Prize Judges: Professor Sharon Ruston and Professor Simon Bainbridge. 

Entry for essayists is free.


Poets are asked to write on 2022’s Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize Theme of ‘ELEGY’.

Poets can interpret ‘Elegy’ freely. Poems can be serious or comic, avant garde or traditional. They can be formal elegies or elegiac, but the Judges advise that works drifting too far from the theme will not be considered.

Prize Judges: Professor Deryn Rees-Jones and Will Kemp.

Entry to the Poetry Prize: £10 per entry.

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