The Young Romantics Writing Prize, sponsored by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, is aimed at poets and essayists aged between 16 and 18. Entrants are encouraged to respond to the work of the Romantics by writing their own original poem or essay. Essayists are asked to respond to a particular question inspired by the life or work of the Romantic writers. The poets respond to a theme which changes from one year to the next.
This year, poems must address the theme “Songbird”; essays must respond to the question, “How can the poetry of PB Shelley and/or John Keats help us in our current climate crisis?”
Deadline: January 14, 2020
Eligibility: writers aged 16–18, writing in English, from anywhere in the world
This teen essay contest invites high school students to connect a topic studied in the classroom with a New York Times article, video or podcast. Explore connections, draw parallels or explain the topic’s relevance for today.
Choose some piece of academic content: something you’ve been reading, discussing or learning about in school. It may be a work of literature, an event in history, a concept in civics, a phenomenon in science or something else entirely. It can be as small as a single haiku or as large as a world-changing event like the Industrial Revolution.
Find something published in The New York Times in 2018 or 2019 (article, Op-Ed, image, video, graphic or podcast, etc.) that you think connects to your chosen subject in some interesting, meaningful way, and explain how.
What relevance does your academic content have to our world today?
What does it have to do with your life and the lives of those around you?
What parallels do you see between it and something happening in our culture or the news?
What lessons does it offer for us today?
Tell us in 450 words or fewer, how and why the two things connect.