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

Programming for the 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, please bear with us.

The 2019 programme has now been finalised. We will open submissions for the 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 2019, 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.

The Strands for 2019 are:

Contemporary Irish Writers

World Changing Women

Cold War Legacies

Poetry, Rebellion and Revolution

From the Moon to Mars: Looking towards the next 50 years of scientific endeavour on the anniversary of the moon landing.

Writers and Poets:

If you would like to be part of Ilkley Literature Festival, ask your publicist 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.