Timothy Corsellis Prize winners announced

We are pleased to announce the young poets and young critic who have won the fifth annual Timothy Corsellis Prize, on the anniversary Corsellis’s death.

The Timothy Corsellis Prize was set up in memory of the young poet Timothy Corsellis, both as a memorial and an encouragement to others to explore the often overlooked field of Second World War poetry. 

Once again the judges were impressed by the standard of the poems submitted by young people from around the world. Young writers responded to the life and work of nine poets of the Second World War: Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed, Anna Akhmatova, Gertrud Kolmar, Günter Eich and Timothy Corsellis. This year we were glad to introduce Günter Eich to our roster of poets, and were impressed with the imaginative responses to his life and work.

The judges for both Prizes were Fran Brearton, MRIA, Professor of Modern Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast, and a recognised authority on 20th century war poetry; Karen Leeder, FRSA, poet and professor of Modern German Literature at New College, Oxford; Llewela Selfridge on behalf of the Imperial War Museum in London; and Judith Palmer, Director of The Poetry Society.

Out of the many brilliant competition entries we received, we are now delighted to announce our winners:


‘Gomorrah’ by Isaac Silver

2nd Prize:

‘After they throw eggs at your house’ by Natalie Bolderston

3rd Prize:

‘To Lev Gumilyov’ by Lydia Wei


‘Boys in the Sky’ by Em Power
‘Anna’ by Matilda Houston-Brown
‘Me Sitting at Home Having Suffered Next to Nothing’ by Beatriz Santos

Read the winning poems here.

Timothy Corsellis Young Critics Prize 2018

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


‘Three Views of the War Poet in World War Two Poetry: Sidney Keyes, John Jarmain and Henry Reed’ by Daniel Hinds

Congratulations to all the young poets who won, and thanks to everyone who participated!

10 October 2018