Timothy Corsellis was a young poet and pilot killed in 1941. The Prize was set up in his name, with the support of his family, to encourage more people to read the powerful but lesser-known poets of the Second World War.
The Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize asks young writers aged 14-25 to respond to the life and/or work of a small selection of Second World War poets, including Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed and Timothy Corsellis.
Since it was launched in 2014, the scope of the prize has expanded to also include the work of poets who were not directly involved in combat, but whose writing still resonates with the experience and legacies of conflict. These include Russian writer Anna Akhmatova and, new to the roster of poets in 2017, the German Jewish poet Gertrud Kolmar.
We are also once more running our Young Critics Prize, for short essays of 500-1,500 words exploring which three poets (Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed, Anna Akhmatova, Gertrud Kolmar or Timothy Corsellis) are most likely to be read in twenty years’ time, and why.
The prizes are open to people aged 14-25 from all over the world. The judges for both prizes will be celebrated poet Wendy Cope; Professor Fran Brearton (for the War Poets Association), a leading authority on war poetry and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast; Llewela Selfridge on behalf of the Imperial War Museum in London; and Judith Palmer, Director of The Poetry Society.
12 June 2016.