Daljit Nagra presenting prize to competition winner


The winners of each competition, plus runners up and commended writers will be invited to read at the Festival in October 2017.

In brief

  • Entries can be on any subject
  • Short stories should be up to 3,000 words
  • Poems should be not more than 30 lines
  • Closing date for receipt of entries: Tuesday 01 August 2017
  • Prize winners will be notified by Thursday 28 September 2017


The entry fee is £5 per poem (you can send as many entries as you like) payable online or by cheque made out to ‘Ilkley Literature Festival’.

Postal entries from overseas can only be in cash (notes only, NO coins). We regret that overseas currency, cheques, money orders or drafts cannot be accepted. We can only accept payment in Sterling.

Walter Swan Trust Poetry PrizeWalter Swan Trust

1st Prize         £200

2nd Prize         £100

3rd Prize          £75

Judge: Daljit Nagra

Click here to download the entry form and rules


Short Story Competition

Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University

1st Prize          £200

Judge: Natasha Pulley (The Watchmaker of Filligree Street)

Click here to download the entry form and rules


Online Submissions

Entries for both competitions can now be submitted online via Submittable.

Please download and read the full competition rules (available above) before submitting online.