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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 poets John Hartley Williams and 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 date of the next Prize, the shortlist and the results will be announced on this page.

Keats-Shelley Prize

£4,000 in Prize Money:  Ireland Scores

The 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 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.     


Conditions of Entry
1. Email entries should be sent in Microsoft Word format to Email entries will be acknowledged.
2. Postal entries should be sent to: Keats-Shelley Prize, c/o Beaufort Montague Harris, Solicitors, Old Bank House, 79 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury     BS37 6AD Send 3 typed A4 copies. Postal entries will not be acknowledged.
3. All entries must be accompanied by the completed Entry Form download here and send by either email/post. NB all entries are sent to the judge      anonymously so please do not put your name on your actual entry.
4. Payment: each entry costs £5.00. You may enter up to two poems and/or two essays. Cheques should be made payable to KSMA (not Beaufort Montague Harris) and sent together with your entry to the address above. If you are entering via email you can post a cheque, please put your name and address on the reverse so it can be linked to your entry, or you can use Paypal, see below. Please ensure you fill in your Paypal number on the entry form. Entries from overseas are welcomed and Paypal will be your simplest payment option, but you can also send a money order or cash, at your own risk.
5. Poems must not exceed 40 lines. They should focus on the theme, and they should not be a pastiche.
6. Essays should not exceed 3,000 words including quotations and should be written in a clear accessible style. All sources must be acknowledged.
7. Entries must be unpublished either in print or on-line and original work not previously submitted. Copyright remains with you but your entry will be deemed as consent to first publication in journals nominated by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association.
8. Entering the competition will be deemed to indicate full acceptance of all the conditions above.


              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