The Keats-Shelley House is pleased to announce the names of the winners of the 31st Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize for Schools. Once again, we received hundreds of entries and the standard of poetry was extremely high. We would like to thank all participants for their hard work. All winners and runners-up will receive prizes from the Keats-Shelley House, and a certificate signed by the British Ambassador to Italy.
The texts of all the winning poems may be read here.
This year's competition themes were:
"Cats" or "Egypt" for students between the ages of 5 and 9;
"Fear" or "Inspiration" for students between the ages of 10 and 13;
"Elegy" or "Tyranny" for students between the ages of 14 and 18.
Winner: 'A Cat's Poem' by Olivia Guido from St. Francis School, Rome
Specially commended: 'Mummies' by Antonio Lo Re' from St. Francis School, Rome
Winner: 'Disillusioned' by Elisabeth Cortese from St. Francis School, Rome
Specially commended: 'The Reaper’s Carols' by Gloria Maria Messere from I.C. Antonio Montinaro, Rome
Winner: 'In Remembrance of The Lover' by Sara He from St. Stephen's School, Rome
Specially commended: 'Once A Man' by Julia Ciccu Falcon Lins from Marymount International School, Rome
Winner: 'Egitto' by Gabriele Borrelli from Marymount International School, Rome
Specially commended: 'Il mio gatto è strano' by Sophia Schiariti Mayo from Ambrit International School, Rome
Winner: 'La paura' by Matteo Carchella from I.C. Giovanni XXIII, Guidonia (RM)
Specially commended: 'La paura' by Flavio Stella from I.C. Giovanni XXIII, Guidonia (RM)
Winner: 'La paura di respirare' by Chiara D’Alberto from I.I.S. Anagni (Liceo Classico Dante Alighieri), Anagni (FR)
Specially commended: 'La memoria dell’anima' by Sofia Celani from I.I.S. Anagni (Liceo Classico Dante Alighieri), Anagni (FR)
Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up in the 31st annual Keats-Shelley House Poetry Prize!