Walter Swan 18-25 Poetry Prize, ILF 2020

I am delighted to be judging the Walter Swan 18-25 Poetry Prize this year for the Ilkley Literature Festival.

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘A Kindness’. Please send us your poems and spread the word!

Established in memory of the writer Walter Swan, the Walter Swan Trust encourages all forms of creative writing, especially by young and new writers.

The top three prize winners will be invited to read their poems at an event at the 2020 Festival. First, second and third prize will receive £100, £75 and £50 respectively. The winner will also receive a one-to-one feedback session with me. 

Poems should be no longer than 30 lines. The closing date for entries is Friday 31 July 2020. The entry fee for under-25s has been reduced to £3 this year to encourage young writers to enter. To enter and for full terms and conditions, click here

I look forward to reading your poems!

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