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Endymion, George Frederick Watts OM RA (1817-1904), 

The Watts Gallery, Compton. 

Endymion was the subject of Keats' first long poem.

Keats Deathbed

Keats on his death bed


What You Need To Know
NEW! £4,000 of prize money.
The winning poems and the first two winning essays will be published in The Keats-Shelley Review.
The poems are judged by practicing poet Matthew Sweeney, the essays by Professors Simon Bainbridge and Sharon Ruston.
Poems are to a theme selected by the judges. In 2013 the theme was Noise.
Essays are invited on any aspect of the work and lives of the Romantics and their circle.
The final selection is made by the Prize Chairman, a distinguished literary figure with an interest in the Romantics.
The full details of the next Prize will be announced on this page on October 1st.

Keats-Shelley Prize

The Keats-Shelley Prize is an annual competition for essays and poems on Romantic themes. Inaugurated in 1998, the Prize encourages writers to respond creatively to the work of the Romantics and is promoted extensively through universities, libraries and writing courses. The competition is open to everyone post secondary school. The 2013 Prize closed on 30th June, over three hundred essays were received and we thank all those who took part. 

New Schedule for the Prize 

Details of the next Keats-Shelley Prize for poetry and essays will be announced on this page on 1st October 2014.  The Prize will run from October 1st 2014 until February 1st 2015.


Irish Winners 2013

Winners of the Keats-Shelley Prize 2013 were announced at the Awards Ceremony on 7th November by the Prize Chair Salley Vickers. For the first time both First Prizes of £1,000 went to Irish writers. A total of three poets and three essayists were each awarded a share of the prize money which was increased this year, thanks to a generous and anonymous donor. The Awards evening was sponsored by Beaufort Montague Harris, Solicitors and The Cowley Foundation.

The judges' panel were: poets Matthew Sweeney and John Hartley Williams, for poetry, and Professors Sharon Ruston and Simon Bainbridge, for essays.

First Prize:  Patrick Cotter,   Madra

Joint Second Prize: Polly Atkin, Buzz Pollination and Will Kemp,  Another Weekday in March

Winning Essay:  Eleanor Fitzsimons, The Shelleys in Ireland: passion masquerading as insight.

Second Prize Essay: Alex Latter, The Place of Rhyme in John Clare’s Northborough Poems

Third Prize Essay: Sara Daoud , Orientalism in Lord Byron’s Turkish Tales

After presenting the prizes Salley Vickers gave a talk on Why Poetry Matters.

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Salley Vickers, Prize Chair 2013

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Patrick Cotter, Winner of the Poetry Prize 2013

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Eleanor Fitzsimons, Winner of the Essay Prize

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Will Kemp, Joint Second Prize              Daisy Atkin, Joint Second Prize          Alex Latter, Second Prize, Essay

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Sara Daoud, Third Prize, Eassay


        The Keats-Shelley Prize is sponsored by The Cowley Foundation and Beaufort Montague Harris, Solicitors.

                             You can read winning poems from previous years on the Poetry Gallery page