Keats-Shelley Memorial Association prize

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THE KEATS–SHELLEY MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION invites applications for the Keats-Shelley Prize for 2005. Supported by the John S. Cohen Foundation and The School of English, University of St Andrews.

2005 Chairman of Judges: Stephen Fry, – Author, Actor, Comedian, Film Director. Judging Panel: Matthew Sweeney, John Hartley-Williams (Poetry). Professor Peter Kitson, Dr Seamus Perry (Essays).

Two competitions, open to all: an essay and a poem, £3,000 IN PRIZES, the winners’ work to be published.

The essay can be on any aspect of Keats’s or Shelley’s work or life, and should be of 2,000-3,000 words, including quotations. Preference will be given to entries showing originality of thought and written in a clear and accessible style. All sources must be acknowledged.

The poem (which may be a narrative) must be original, unpublished and not a parody. It should focus on a Romantic theme associated with "ghosts." It may be of any length up to 50 lines.

Other conditions of entry:

1. Two copies of your entry should be sent to Jill Gamble, KSMA Competition Secretary, School of English, The University, St Andrews, KY16 9AL, Scotland. Please enclose an SAE if you want your entry to be acknowledged. Copies of entries cannot be returned.

2. All entries must be received by 30 June 2005. Prize winners and a runner-up in each category will be notified in August. There will be a presentation ceremony in London in October. The winners will be announced at that time on the website of the Keats-Shelley Memorial House in Rome:

3. You may enter both categories but only once. There is a fee of £5 sterling for a single entry, £3 for a second entry in the other category. Payment must be enclosed, made by cheque, postal order or international money order in favour of the Keats- Shelley Memorial Association, or by sterling bank notes. All first-time serious entrants who are not already Friends of the KSMA will become Honorary Friends for one year (subscription normally £12) receiving the annual Keats-Shelley Review, free newsletters, invitations to events, etc.

4. All entries must be typed or wordprocessed on A4 or foolscap paper, and attached with a paper clip to a typed sheet giving the following: your name, address, a contact telephone number, the title of your essay or poem, and how you heard about the prize. Your entrance fee should also be attached. Please do not use staples.

5. Essays and poems must be in English and your original and unpublished work, and must not have been submitted to us in a former competition. Copyright remains with you as author, but your entry will be deemed to give consent to first publication in journals nominated by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and The John S. Cohen Foundation.

6. The submission of an entry will be deemed to indicate full acceptance of the above conditions of entry to the competition.