Welcome to Will Kemp Online


Will Kemp is a writer of poems, short stories and novels.  He teaches Creative Writing at York University, and judges both the Keats-Shelley Prize and Young Romantics Prize.  


He has won the Keats-Shelley Prize, the Cinnamon Short Story Competition, the Debut Collection Award, the Cinnamon Pamphlet Competition and the Envoi International.  He has also come second in the Keats-Shelley Prize and the Poetry Society’s Stanza Competition, and been well-placed in many others. 


He has had three poetry collections published, as well as an award-winning pamphlet and 400 poems in leading journals such as: AestheticaAmbitThe GuardianThe Interpreter’s House; IotaMagmaThe NorthOrbisOther PoetryPoetry NewsThe RialtoThe SHOpSmith’s Knoll; The Times.


His debut short story collection, Surviving Larkin and Other Stories, will be published by Valley Press in 2023.  His fourth full poetry collection, In Another Life, will follow shortly after.