2021 Young People’s Poetry Competition

Our annual Young People’s Poetry Competition is now closed for entries.

This year, we asked for poems to respond to the theme of…

nature and the natural world

Poems could be inspired by something in your garden; a bird or a tree you can see from your window; a wild animals, a plant or a flower; a forest, a hill or a river; the feeling of the wind on your face.

Age Categories

  • Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Years 10 and 11
  • Years 12 and 13

Please note that we run a separate Children’s Poetry Competition for Reception to Year 6. You can find more details here.


  • Winners in each category will be invited to read their poems at a special prize giving event this summer.
  • Winners will receive book tokens and winners and runners up will receive a book and a certificate.


  1. One entry per young poet. Please make sure it is original work.
  2. Poems should be on the subject of nature or the natural world.
  3. Poems should be no longer than 28 lines (excluding the title).
  4. Entries are open to Yorkshire and Lancashire residents only.

The competition will be judged by poet and writer Andy Craven-Griffiths. He will be looking for originality, use of language and distinct ideas.

ILF will accept any subject matter as long as there is an explicit link to nature.

ILF are unable to offer feedback on individual poems or enter into any correspondence regarding judging and selection.

How to Enter

Applications for this year’s Young People’s Poetry Competition are now closed.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact info@ilkleylitfest.org.uk and we will be happy to help.

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