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.

Writers aged 16-18 are invited to enter the Young Romantics Prize.

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.

What they are looking for: 

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!

The Prize Chair is Liz Lochhead, the former Makar of Scotland and Winner of the Queen’s Medal for Poetry.

Closing date: 15th January 2018

Further essential information, including full submission guidelines can be found on the Keats-Shelley prize website