Entries for the 2015 competition are now open.


We are delighted that announce that the 2015 Ilkley Literature Festival writing competitions are now open for entries.


Poet and author of And When Did You Last See Your Father? Blake Morrison will be judging the Adult Poetry Competition, while novelist and Professor of Contemporary Literature at Manchester University Patricia Duncker will pick the winner in the Adult Short Story Competition.


In brief:

  • Entries can be on any subject
  • Poems should be not more than 30 lines
  • Short stories should be up to 3,000 words


Winners will receive £200 and be invited, alongside runners up and commended writers, to read at the Festival in October 2015.


Closing Date for receipt of entries: Friday 31 July 2015              

Prize winners will be notified by Thursday 1 October 2015

Download the full information and entry form.


Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University.


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The results of the 2014 Competitions were as follows…

Short Story Competition Results

1stMaisie by Sue Hoffmann

2nd Authentic Athens by Emily Kerr

3rd Director’s Cut by Andrew Campbell-Kearsey

Poetry Competition Results

1stHost by Pamela Scobie

2ndbanked up by John Foggin

3rdTheshold by Carolyn Waudby

Read more about who won the Poetry Competition judged by Moniza Alvi and the Short Story Competition judged by Dreda Say Mitchell.