Deadline 15th January

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The Keats-Shelley Prize 2018

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2018 NOW OPEN

A call for poems on the theme of Liberty: a celebration of Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound

The Keats-Shelley Prize is an annual competition for poems and essays on Romantic themes. Inaugurated in 1998, the Prize encourages all adult writers (over 18) to respond creatively to the work of the Romantics.

In 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley began work on his first and most famous hymn to Liberty – ‘Prometheus Unbound’, based on the myth of the chained Titan Prometheus, who had stolen fire from the Gods of Olympus to give to mankind.

“The nations thronged around, and cried aloud,
As with one voice, ‘Truth, Liberty, and love!’”

It was the forerunner to his ‘Ode to Liberty’ written two years later.

You are invited to write your own poem on Liberty; or an essay, which can be on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles.

Cash prizes of £3,000!

Deadline: 15th January

The Prize Chair is Liz Lochhead, the former Makar of Scotland and Winner of the Queen’s Medal for Poetry. The Judges’ Panel for Poets will consist of Matthew Sweeney and Jo Shapcott; and for Essayists of Professor Simon Bainbridge and Professor Sharon Ruston.

Full competition rules may be found on the Keats-Shelley website: www.keats-shelley.co.uk/the-keats-shelley-prizes