We are pleased to announce the competition details for The John Pickard Essay Prize,  Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize, and PRS Painting Competition for 2019.

This year, the PRS kindly offer both mail-in and online entries and further information is detailed below.

Good luck!

The John Pickard Essay Prize 2019

You are invited to enter a monograph of not more than 2000 words for The John Pickard Essay Prize. The monograph may be on any individual related to the Pre-Raphaelite circle.

The winner will receive £100 prize and publication in the Spring 2020 Review and subsequently the essays of runners-up may also be published. The final decision will be made by the Committee of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.

Entries are to be received by 31st December 2019, and may be emailed to Katja Robinson (

PRS Poetry Prize Competition 2019

Rules for Entry

1st Prize: £50

The three winning poems will be published in the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s Review, along with two Commended poems.


  • Entry is open to all writers of any nationality, aged 18 years and over.
  • The competition will be judged by the PRS Vice-President Dr Serena Trowbridge; and by the Society’s Poet‑in‑Residence, Sarah Doyle. All entries will be seen by both judges.
  • Poems may be in any style, but must be written in English.
  • Poems must in some way reflect an aspect (or aspects) of the lives or works of the Pre‑Raphaelite Brotherhood or their broader circle.
  • Every poem should be accompanied by a brief (maximum 100 words) explanation of how the poem relates to the Pre-Raphaelites.
  • Poems must be typed/printed on A4 paper; hand-written entries are not permitted.
  • The maximum length for each poem is 100 lines.
  • The closing date for the competition is 31st December 2019.
  • A maximum of three poems per entrant may be submitted.
  • Entry is £2 per poem, or £5 for the maximum of three poems


  • Poems must be the entrant’s own work.
  • Poems may not have been previously published – in print, electronically or online; nor broadcast via any means (including podcasting); nor exhibited in a public place.
  • Poems should not be submitted for consideration elsewhere during the competition and during the subsequent period of adjudication.
  • Winning poems should not be submitted for publication elsewhere prior to appearing in the Review.
  • Poems may not have won a prize in previous competitions.
  • Poems may not be withdrawn or altered once submitted into the competition.
  • The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  • Entry into the competition implies an understanding and acceptance of the Rules for Entry.

How to Enter

Please complete payment and submit your poems online or as a mail-in entry as detailed below.


  • Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’.
  • Credit/Debit Card payment available via PayPal.


  • No identifying marks should appear on the poem/s or on accompanying explanation/s.
  • On a SEPARATE sheet of paper, please include your name, address, telephone number, email address and the name/s of your poems.
  • Include the entrance fee as cheque or postal order.
  • Please send TWO COPIES of your poem/s and explanation/s, and one copy of your personal details to:
    The Competition Secretary, 21 Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire B60 4DP


  • Please pay the entry fee via PayPal
  • No identifying marks should appear on the poem/s or on accompanying explanation/s.
  • EMAIL your submission with the poem(s) attached

PRS Painting Competition

Calling all budding artists!
Are you a burgeoning Pre-Raphaelite? Do you have secret artistic talents and would like to see your work reproduced in our Journal? We are resurrecting The PRS Painting Competition which ran briefly back in 2014. A PRS panel will judge the entries and the top 3 winners will have their work displayed in our Autumn issue this year. We would love to see your work and ideas!

Criteria for entry

• Medium: entries can be in any medium or simply drawn, colour or monochrome
• Subject: works submitted should be related/inspired by the PRB, their circle or their legacy in painting, poetry & prose
• Size: A5 maximum
• Number: one entry per person
• Please write your name and address on the back of the work A few sentences to accompany your work are optional

Deadline for submissions is October 1st 2019

Please send entries to the following address:
Katja Robinson, 13 Dunrobin Place, Edinburgh EH3 5HZ

Or scan/photograph your work and email it to:

Good Luck!