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 2018.
- 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- Poems may not be withdrawn or altered once submitted into the competition.
How to Enter
- 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.
- Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’.
- Please send TWO COPIES of your poem/s and explanation/s, along with the entrance fee, and one copy of your personal details to:
The Competition Secretary, 21 Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire B60 4DP
- The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into.
- Entry into the competition implies an understanding and acceptance of the Rules of Entry.
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 2019 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 2018, and may be emailed to Sally-Anne Huxtable (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Every year the Pre-Raphaelite Society runs a Poetry Prize alongside the John Pickard Essay Prize.
The 2017 Pre-Raphaelite Poetry Prize
The Editor is delighted to announce that the Poetry Prize winner is awarded to Susan Castillo Street for her poem ‘Bird of God’
Second place is Amanda Oosthuizen for ‘Bells and Marigolds’
Third place is Frances Sackett for ‘Two Faces of a Daugher’
The Poet in Residence’s commendation goes to Wendy Holborow for ‘The Seeds and Fruit of English Poetry’
And the Vice-President’s commendation goes to Eithne Cullen for ‘The Poet on a Pony’
Congratulations to the winners of the Poetry Prize. These poems will be featured in a future issue of the PRS Review.
Competition details for The Pre-Raphaelie Poetry Prize will be released soon.
Every year the Pre-Raphaelite Society runs a Poetry Prize and the John Pickard Essay Prize. We are delighted to announce the winners for 2017:
The 2017 John Pickard Essay Prize
The Editor is delighted to announce that the John Pickard Essay Prize winner is Katherine Hinzman, for her essay ‘‘It is clear I am a heretic’: Edward Burne-Jones, Theology, and Artistic ‘Heresy’’.
Second place is Melissa Gustin for ‘Pomegranates in Autumn: Ruminations on Rossetti’s Final Proserpine’.
Third place is David Billingsley for ‘The drawings behind Pre-Raphaelite love and death’.
The Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society is currently looking for a volunteer with recent experience in creating layouts for publication, to work with the Editor to help publish the Review three times per year (February, June and November). Must have experience of working with Adobe InDesign, as well as PDF and Word documents.
Please address expressions of interest to the Editor Sally-Anne Huxtable email@example.com Tel: 0131 247 4376.
This handy gazetteer provides a wealth of information on the lives of all the leading Pre-Raphaelite artists and their many associates, together with details of the locations of their gravesites.
David Elliott is the grandson of Pre Raphaelite artist, connoisseur and art collector Charles Fairfax Murray. Having retired from a successful career in the communications and marketing industries, David now writes and lectures in Pre Raphaelite studies. Among his notable books are Charles Fairfax Murray: The Unknown Pre-Raphaelite and A Pre-Raphaelite Marriage: The Lives and Works of Marie Spartali Stillman & William James Stillman.
Patricia O’Connor has been Chairman of the Pre Raphaelite Society for the past twenty years. She is interested in all things Victorian particularly art pottery and Arts and Crafts furniture. Her one abiding passion is the artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Patricia writes “I very much enjoyed working with David Elliott on the gazetteer The Late Pre Raphaelites and where to find them. The project promised to be an adventure and did not disappoint. Here is an opportunity for the reader to participate in the same adventure”.
Paperback : 45 pages : 59 illustrations : Price £9 incl. P&P for UK (for overseas purchasers please email firstname.lastname@example.org for price details) : ISBN 978 1 5272 0219 1
To order a copy of The Late Pre Raphaelites please email email@example.com or telephone 01676 530512 or 07739 892309 or send a cheque for £9 (UK purchasers only) made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’ to M. Wollaston, 18 Floyd Grove, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7RP.
As one of the original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, James Collinson has been largely dismissed, and if he is mentioned at all it is always in relation to his broken engagement to Christina Rossetti following his re-conversion to Roman Catholicism. And yet it was Dante Gabriel Rossetti who was responsible for inviting him to become a founder member of the Brotherhood, labelling him a “stunner”, largely in opposition to the other members who could never quite understand his enthusiasm for a man they considered rather dull and insipid. Recognition, both as a man and an artist is long overdue, and it is hoped that this book goes some way to restoring his reputation.
Helen Newman is a long standing member of the Pre-Raphaelite Society. Birmingham born, she spent the majority of her working life in insurance. Her main areas of interest are 19th century literature, especially the Brontes, art and history. Outside interests include the church and walking.
Paperback // 199 pages // 42 illustrations // Price: £10 plus P&P (in the UK) // ISBN: 978 0 9562828 8 0
Published by Reuben Books, Foulsham (October 2016)
To order a copy of James Collinson (aka “The Dormouse”) please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Helen on 0121 423 2100
The Pre-Raphaelite Society is pleased to announce the formation of a new regional group, based in London, to accommodate members in London and the South of England. The group will be a chance for current Society members and friends to gather in a relaxed and casual atmosphere to socialise and enjoy activities such as pub meets, a book club, local visits and activities and will be open to all PRS members.
If you are interested, please contact Sharon Peedell-Pandya, PRS Secretary, or Madeleine Pearce, the new London and Southern Group coordinator, so that an appropriately-sized venue can be chosen.
You may also like to download the London & South of England survey to fill out ready to take with you to the inuagural meeting!
Do please let us know if you would like to help get another regional group of the PRS up and running by emailing please contact the PRS Secretary, Sharon Peedell-Pandya.
The Pre-Raphaelite Society has published a small book of poems drawn from the entrants to the second Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize. The poems included are inspired by Pre-Raphaelite paintings, poems and people, and represent the range of inspiration the Pre-Raphaelites provide for poets today. The book’s cover features a new painting by Joanna Gration, called Lizzie and Laura, which was the winner of the 2013 PRS Painting and Drawing Competition.
The book is available on http://www.lulu.com for £3.99 plus £2.99 p&p. Given rising postage costs, it is cheaper for you to buy it direct from lulu.com than for us to bulk buy copies and post them out. We hope you will enjoy the book.
We are happy to announce that Katja Robinson has been appointed PRS Book Review Editor. If you have a book on or related to the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood, please feel free to contact Katja by email or by post:
PRS Book Review Editor
Art and Architecture Library,
University of Edinburgh,
Minto House 20-22 Chambers Street,
We’re happy to receive anything you would like to send us for review, though we can’t promise to review everything.