The Young Romantics Prizes

The Young Romantics 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 can explore any aspect of the life or work of the Romantic writers. The poets respond to a theme which changes from one year to the next. In 2018, this was ‘Liberty’, to mark the bi-centenary of PB Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound.

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.

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Young Romantics Prize

Open for Submissions

2019’s Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes marks the publication 200 years ago of the first two cantos of Lord Byron’s controversial poem Don Juan. This is
generally considered to be Byron’s masterpiece, but it caused outrage and consternation in England. Byron’s response was ‘all the bullies on earth shall not prevent me from writing what I like and publishing what I write.’

Inspired by Byron’s comic masterpiece, our poetry themes this year are ‘Wandering’ or ‘Fiery Dust’.

2019’s Chair of Judges is Professor Michael Rosen Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths University, London, former Children’s Laureate, and acclaimed author of books for both children and adults.

The panel of judges includes Jo Shapcott and Will Kemp, and Professors Simon Bainbridge and Sharon Ruston.

Total Prizes worth £5000.

Find out More about the 2019 Prize and Submit an entry

Young Romantics Prize

Winners Announced

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Young Romantics Prize

Winners Announced

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Young Romantics Prize

Submissions Closed

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