Deadline 15th January

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The Young Romantics Prize 2018

(for 16-18yr old poets)

Young Romantics Prize 2018 Now Open

A call to 21st century Young Romantic poets: to write on ‘Liberty’

Young Romantics is a prize established in 2015, for writing inspired by the Romantics, for all between 16-18.

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.

So what do we want from Liberty in 2018?

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 £2,000!

Deadline 15th January 2018

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; for the 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