The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2016 – the winners


We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Timothy Corsellis Prize for poems responding to poetry of the Second World War.

For the third year in a row, we were amazed by the quality and variety of poems we received responding to the life and work of seven WWII poets: Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed, Anna Akhmatova and Timothy Corsellis.

The Timothy Corsellis Prize was set up in memory of the young poet Timothy Corsellis, as both a memorial and an encouragement to others to explore the often overlooked field of Second World War poetry. Your many diverse responses show that this is a subject to which young poets are responding with great empathy and imagination.

Judge Nic Vanderpeet said: “The way in which artists interpret conflict is always fascinating […] and seeing the work produced by young people is always a privilege”. 

Out of the many brilliant competition entries we received, we are now delighted to announce our winners:

Timothy Corsellis Prize 2016


‘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 of the winning and commended poems by following the links at the side of this page. Huge thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to our winners!

The judges were Wendy Cope, celebrated poet and author of, among other collections, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis; Professor Fran Brearton, a leading authority on war poetry (for the War Poets Association among other places) and Professor of Modern Poetry at Queen’s College Belfast; Nic Vanderpeet, formal learning manager at the London sites of the Imperial War Museum (IWM); and Judith Palmer, Director of The Poetry Society. Thanks to the judges for giving their time to judge the prize.

Young Poets Network would also like to thank the Corsellis family for their generosity in establishing this prize, and their invaluable support of The Poetry Society.

IWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. We seek to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience’. We offer a range of options for schools, colleges, youth groups and adult groups that would like to visit our branches in London, Cambridgeshire and Greater Manchester. We also provide free on-line resources for educators to use to use in their classroom. For more information, please visit

Published October, 2016

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