Timothy Corsellis Prize 2019 launches

Timothy Corsellis 1938. With permission of the Warden and Scholars of Winchester College.

The Poetry Society’s Timothy Corsellis Prize for poets aged 25 or younger is open for its sixth year. 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.

Young poets up to the age of 25 are encouraged to respond to a selection of poet of the Second World War, including Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed, Anna Akhmatova, Gertrud Kolmar, Günter Eich and Timothy Corsellis.

Miklós Radnóti
Miklós Radnóti

Every year we add a new poet to our list of writers, and this year we are pleased to include Miklós Radnóti. Radnóti is one of the most celebrated Hungarian poets of the 20th century. Find out more.

2019 marks 75 years since the D-Day landings in Normandy. This year young poets are particularly encouraged to read and respond to the works of Keith Douglas, who was killed during that invasion.

Short biographies of each of the poets on the list can be found on the Young Poets Network website, and an extended article on Timothy Corsellis here.

Prizes include up to £100 book tokens, an exclusive Young Poets Network notebook, poetry books and more. The first prize winner will be published in The Poetry Society’s Poetry News.

Class entries are very welcome and teachers can access a free lesson plan about poets of the Second World War to help inspire entries.

General rules
• The Timothy Corsellis Prize is open to individuals from all over the world up to the age of 25.
• Entrants can submit as many poems as they like and are asked to include a short commentary (up to 300 words) explaining the way in which their poem(s) is/are a response to the life or work of the WWII poet/s.
• The deadline for entries is Sunday 15 September 2019.

Please also read our terms and conditions for entering your poems to a Young Poets Network challenge.

Read more about the prize and how to submit your entries.

The Poetry Soicety thanks the Corsellis family for their generosity in establishing this Prize and their continuing support.