The Keats-Shelley Prize was founded in 1998 and is open to everyone, for the writing of poems and essays on Romantic themes. Since 2015, there has been a second Prize for entrants aged between 16 and 18, The Young Romantics. In 2017, more than than 1000 entries were received between the two Prizes.
Each year's poetry competition has a different theme. We are pleased to announce that the theme for 2018's Prizes is LIBERTY, to celebrate the bicentenary of Shelley's writing of Prometheus Unbound.
“The nations thronged around, and cried aloud,
As with one voice, ‘Truth, Liberty, and love!’”
The essays can be on any aspect of the work or lives of Keats, the Shelleys, Byron and the Circles.
For further details on each of the Keats-Shelley Prizes, please click the relevant image below.