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 2020, this is 'Songbird', to mark bi-centenaries of PB Shelley’s To a Skylark and John Keats' Ode to a Nightingale. The essay asks how the poetry of Shelley and Keats can help us in our current climate crisis?
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.
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