If you or an author you represent would like to be part of Ilkley Literature Festival please read the information below.

Programming for the annual 17-day October festival begins in January each year and the programme is finalised by the end of May.

We receive a large number of programming suggestions and enquiries, and although we try to respond to everything it’s not always possible for our small team to do so. Please bear with us. If your submission is of interest we will contact you.

We will open submissions for the ILF 2020 programme in January.



We welcome pitches from publishers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry as well as books for children and young adults. If you are working with an author/ poet with a book out in 2020, we want to hear about it!

Pitches from small, independent presses are welcomed as much as those from major publishing houses.

Each year we have a series of strands that run through the festival programme and we are particularly keen to hear about books that fit with those strands. Information on programme strands being considered for the 2020 festival will be available from January onwards.

Please send all programming suggestions and pitches to: programme@ilkleylitfest.org.uk


Writers and Poets:

If you would like to be part of ILF 2020, ask your publicist at your publishing company to get in touch with us.

If you are working on a particular project or touring show that might be suitable for the festival please email us.

If you are a self published writer, a local writers group or have an idea for a more unusual event, please take a look at how to apply to be part of our Fringe Festival.

Details of our poetry and short story competitions can be found here.

Details of our micro-comissions can be found here.