The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2016

The winners were announced on 10 October 2016

1st Prize:

‘My War’ by Amy Wolstenholme

2nd Prize:

‘Barthelasse’ by Elizabeth Gibson

3rd Prize:

‘Paradise Riflebird’ by Bronwen Brenner


‘Mountain Bikers in the Trenches’ by Jenny Burville-Riley
‘Trench Tea’ by Ben Vince
‘Akhmatova in the Borscht’ by Daniel Blokh
‘Pillar of Salt’ by Tanya Kundu

Timothy Corsellis Young Critics Prize 2016

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


‘I wandered lonely as a war-poet: Locating the individual in the unimaginable’ by Henry Wong

You can read all the winning poems on Young Poets Network here.

The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2016

Young Poets Network is delighted to announce the launch of the third annual Timothy Corsellis Prize. The Prize is open to young poets aged 14-25, anywhere in the world, and asks entrants to respond to the life and/or work of a small selection of Second World War poets: Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed and Timothy Corsellis. This year, they have expanded the list of Second World War poets to also include the Russian author Anna Akhmatova.

The Network is also once more running its Young Critics Prize, for short essays of 500-1,500 words exploring which three poets from the above selection are most likely to be read in twenty years’ time, and why.

The judges for both Prizes will be Professor Fran Brearton from the War Poets Association; Nic Vanderpeet from Imperial War Museums; Judith Palmer, Director of The Poetry Society, and, new to the panel this year, Wendy Cope, noted poet and author of, among other collections, Making Cocoa For Kingsley Amis.

For teachers interested in entering their students’ work, there is also a free, downloadable lesson plan to help you bring Second World War poetry into your classroom.

Prizes for winning poets include book tokens, assorted poetry goodies, and publication on Young Poets Network and in The Poetry Society’s quarterly paper Poetry News.

Find out more about both prizes and how to enter.

Deadline for all entries: 15 September