Ilkley Literature Festival’s Writing Competitions are open for entries


Deborah Ballantyne, Winner of the Walter Swan Poetry Prize 2019

Ilkley Literature Festival has announced its annual writing competitions are now open for entries.

The Walter Swan Poetry Prize

Run in partnership with The Walter Swan Trust, the competition is for writers of poetry aged 18 and over. Now in its fifth year, the prize was established in memory of the late writer Walter Swan. 

The prize will be judged by the 2020 ILF Poet-in-Residence, who will be announced shortly. 

The top three prize winners will be invited to read their poems at an event at the 2020 Ilkley Literature Festival. First, second and third prize will receive £200, £100 and £75 respectively. The winner will also win a one-to-one feedback session with a research fellow at the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

Poems should be no longer than 30 lines and should respond to the prompt ‘A Kindness’.

The closing date for entries is Friday 31 July 2020, 11.30pm. Entry fees are £6. 

To enter and for full terms and conditions, click here.

The Walter Swan 18-25 Poetry Prize

For no additional fee, entrants of The Walter Swan Poetry Prize aged 18 to 25 will automatically be considered for the subcategory prize for young adult writers in addition to the main prize.