We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Timothy Corsellis Prize for poems responding to poetry of the Second World War.

We received hundreds of entries from poets aged 18-25 responding to the life and work of six WWII poets: Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed and Timothy Corsellis. The Prize was set up in memory of the young poet Timothy Corsellis, as both a memorial and an encouragement to others to explore the often overlooked field of Second World War poetry.

 Our judges were bowled over by the quality of the poems we received, accompanied by insightful commentaries, which explored the work of our six chosen poets from all sorts of unique and fascinating angles – from the soldier facing imminent battle, to the 21st century student struggling to comprehend the legacy of the war. Out of the many brilliant competition entries we received, we are now delighted to announce our winners:


  • ‘Sunrise’ by Jenny Burville-Riley


  • ‘Half-Halb’ by Katharina Dixon-Ward


  • ‘MCMXLIII’ by Charlotte Higgins
  • ‘Swallows and Swifts’ by Charlotte King-Davies
  • ‘untitled death, untitled war’ by Lucy Thynne
  • ‘Who Am I to Talk?’ by Denisa Vítová

We are also delighted to announce the winners of our Young Critics Prize, which asked for short essays exploring which three poets of the six are most likely to be read in twenty years’ time and why.


  • ‘Writing the Future-Postscript: The Importance of WWII Poets in the ‘Remote Age’’ by Elizabeth Huang

Read Elizabeth’s winning essay here.


  • ‘Timothy Corsellis, Keith Douglas and Alun Lewis’ by Jenny Burville-Riley

Third Place:

  • ‘Fresh and Ancient Sound: War Poetry from Douglas, Lewis and Jarmain’ by Ella Nowicki


  • ‘Sidney Keyes, Keith Douglas and Alun Lewis’ by Hannah January
  • ‘Timothy Corsellis, Alun Lewis and John Jarmain’ by Alex Hewitt