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KEATS-SHELLEY PRIZE 2018
Press Release

The world’s leading competition for poetry and essays on Romantic themes:
the adult Keats-Shelley Prize, and the Young Romantics for writers 16-18

LIZ LOCHHEAD, WINNER OF THE QUEEN’S MEDAL FOR POETRY,
ANNOUNCED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDGES

POEMS INVITED ON THE THEME OF LIBERTY

'The nations thronged around, and cried aloud,
As with one voice, ‘Truth, liberty, and love!’'
PB Shelley, Prometheus Unbound

to mark the bicentenary of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound, begun in 1818 and based on the myth of the chained Titan Prometheus, who had stolen fire from the Gods of Olympus to give to mankind. It was the forerunner to his ‘Ode to Liberty’ written two years later.

ESSAYS are invited on any aspect of the work or life of Keats or Shelley and their circles.
The Judges’ Panel, assisting Liz Lochhead, are the poets Matthew Sweeney and Jo Shapcott, and Professors Simon Bainbridge and Sharon Ruston. For more information about the Judges, click here.

The deadline for entries is 15th January 2018. The shortlist will be announced in March, and an Awards ceremony will be held in London in April.

The Keats-Shelley Prize is awarded annually and offers £5,000 across various categories. It will now be celebrating its 20th year, having been established in 1998. Since 2015 it has also been open to young writers of 16-18, under the banner of Young Romantics.

For further details, click on the relevant poster to the left.

BACKGROUND NOTES FOR EDITORS

The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association is a UK charity, whose Patron is Prince Charles. Its principal role is to maintain and develop the Keats-Shelley House in Rome. This, the house where Keats died in 1821, is situated at the foot of the Spanish Steps and has for over a hundred years been a museum of the British Romantic poets. It is open throughout the year and is filled with treasures, relics, books and manuscripts relating particularly to the younger generation of Romantics, Keats, Bysshe and Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and Leigh Hunt, who all spent time in Italy.

It publishes an annual scholarly journal, The Keats-Shelley Review, organises lectures and other events, and this autumn is celebrating the launch in London of a ground-breaking new play on Keats, Rebel Angel. For more information, visit our Events Page.

ENQUIRIES: Tim Whyte, Competition Administrator, admin@ksprize.onmicrosoft.com