2015 Young People’s Writing Competition

Schools and individual young people in Years 7–13 (ages 11/12-18 inclusive) are welcome to enter this competition, which is for an original poem or short story.

Age Categories

Entries will be judged in the following categories:

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


There will be 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes for Poetry and Short Story in each category unless the judges decide otherwise.

These will include:

  • A special certificate.
  • Book tokens for 1st prize winners, kindly provided by Ilkley Book Club and the Grove Bookshop, Ilkley.
  • Books for 2nd and 3rd prize winners.  Runners-up in each category, if the judges decide these are merited, will receive a certificate.
  • Winners will be invited to read their work at the ‘Cool Voices’ event on Friday 16 October at 7.30pm at Otley Courthouse Arts Centre as part of this year’s Literature Festival.

Please download the full competition details before entering.

ILF15 Young Peoples Competition Rules and Form.docx

Closing date: Friday 18 September 2015