Carol Ann Duffy Portrait

Carol Ann Duffy became the first woman Poet Laureate in 2009 and her poetry has been on the National Curriculum since 1994. She published her first anthology at the age of nineteen.  Carol Ann Duffy is Professor of Contemporary Poetry and Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She writes:
“Poetry is the great adventure of the young, as the Romantics demonstrated.” 

Gustave Dore Paradise Lost Satan 1866

Gustave Dore Paradise Lost Satan 1866

Burne Jones Angel

Edward Burne-Jones An Angel Playing a Flageolet 1878

Young Romantics Prize

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!  Closing date for all poems and short stories is 13th March

Love Writing? Love the Romantics?
Young Romantics is a new prize for poems and short stories inspired by the Romantics. It gives you the opportunity to win a week-long Creative Writing Course with Arvon at one of their famous residential centres working with practising writers. It is FREE to enter.

The theme for both poems and short stories this year is Lost Angels.
The Judges are Matthew Sweeney and Kate Clanchy with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy making the final selection.

Winners of the first Young Romantics Prize will be notified in April and a short list will appear on this page. The Awards ceremony will take place in London on April 21st. In addition to a place on an Arvon creative writing course, winners will be awarded £100 book tokens. Runners up will also receive book tokens. Arvon will help the winners choose the course they will most enjoy and these prizes can be deferred for up to three years. The winning poems and short stories will be published on our website. 

Inspire us with your writing!

You can find full details of how to enter below. 

       Keats Deathbed

  Lost Angel of a ruin'd Paradise!  Percy Bysshe Shelley Adonais

  Joseph Severn  Keats on his deathbed  1821

Conditions of Entry
You must be 16 or over on 1st January 2015 and no more than 18 on 13th March 2015
All entries must be in Microsoft Word and accompanied by a completed Entry Form with your contact details, download here and email to:
NB poems/stories are sent to the judges anonymously so please do not put your name on your actual entry.

Your entry - both poems and short stories must be on the theme of  Lost Angels.
Poems must be no more than 20 lines
Short Stories must be no more than 1,000 words.
Your entry must be all your own work. Plagiarism will not be accepted by the judges.
You can enter up to 2 poems and 2 short stories.
Entries will be acknowledged.


Entry for the new New Keats-Shelley Young Essay Award has now closed.


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