The 2019 Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes are officially open. This year we have two poetry themes - ‘Wandering’ and ‘Fiery Dust’ - to mark the publication 200 years ago of the first two cantos of Lord Byron’s great comic poem Don Juan.
We are also thrilled to announce Professor Michael Rosen as this year's Chair of Judges. He will be joined by the regular panel of Jo Shapcott, and Professors Sharon Ruston and Simon Bainbridge. Following the sad death earlier this year of our longtime poetry judge Matthew Sweeney, we are very pleased to welcome Will Kemp, who won the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize in 2016. For further information, please visit our Judges Page.
In one other slight change to the rules, the Young Romantics will be asked to review a small slice of Lord Byron's Manfred, which also fits the overarching theme of Wanderings.
For all details on the 2019 competitions and judges, please click Prizes at the top of the page.