Keats-Shelley prize launches teen category

Keats-Shelley prize launches teen category

The Keats-Shelley prize, launched in 1998 to celebrate the lives and works of the Romantic poets, has launched a new competition for teen writers.

To enter the Young Romantics prize, teenagers aged 16-18 can write a poem or short story that is inspired by the work or lives of the Romantic poets, on the theme of "lost angels". The poem must be no longer than 20 lines and the essay no more than 1,000 words.

Teenagers can enter online and the closing date for entries is the 13th March.

The authors of the winning poem and essaywill win a place on an Arvon writing course and the winners and runners up will receive £100 in book tokens.

The organisers have this year also opened up the essay section of the prize to students aged 16-18. Essays can be on anyaspect of the works and lives of the romantic poets and their circle and the word limit is 1,500.

The shortlists will be on the website in the spring and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on the 21st April 2015.

The Keats-Shelley Prize was created by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association in 1998. Previous winners include Simon Armitage and Patrick Cotter.