Welcome to Will Kemp Online



Will Kemp is a writer of poems, short stories and novels (both literary fiction and creative non-fiction).  He works as an environmental planning consultant and an eco-developer; he also teaches Creative Writing at the University of York and judges both the Keats Shelley Prize and the Young Romantics Prize.  


He has won the Keats-Shelley Prize (2016), the Cinnamon Short Story Competition (2015), the Cinnamon Pamphlet Competition (2014), the Debut Collection Award (2010) and the Envoi International (2010).  He has also come second in the the Keats-Shelley Prize (2013) and the Poetry Society’s Stanza Competition (2011).


Will has had three full poetry collections and an award-winning pamphlet published, as well as over 350 poems in leading newspapers and journals, including: Aesthetica; Ambit; The Guardian; The Interpreter’s House; Iota; Magma; The North; Orbis; Other Poetry; Poetry News; The Rialto; The SHOp; Smith’s Knoll; The Times.


His fourth full poetry collection, In Another Life, will be published by Valley Press in 2021 together with his debut collection of short stories, Not That Yellow, Vincent.