Opportunities for Writers at ILF19

We are inviting applications from new and emerging writers for a selection of opportunities at this year’s Festival.

The popular Festival Fringe returns this year with a new look and format. Taking place over one weekend (5 – 6 October), the Fringe will be a smorgasbord of delights and surprises for audiences to sample, produced and hosted by Fringe partners Playful Being. Mixing scheduled events with improvised pop-ups, drop-ins and promenades, the Fringe will showcase a diverse range of voices and genres.

Click here for more information on applying to the Fringe


We also have two micro-commissions of £500 available to fund projects that explore new ways of creating or promoting poetry, fiction, non-fiction or spoken word in the Northern region. The micro-commissions are designed to showcase new work by emerging / mid-career writers from under-represented backgrounds based in the North of England, particularly enabling writers to collaborate with other artists across artforms (ie dance, music, film, visual).

Click here for more information on applying for a Micro-Commission 


Finally, we are looking for a talented poet at the start of their career to be the new Apprentice Poet in Residence. The Apprentice Poet in Residence will create their own Festival event and workshop, create a commission inspired by the Festival’s themes and have the opportunity to work with the 2019 Poet in Residence.

Click here for more information on applying to be be Apprentice Poet in Residence