july, 2019

31jul1:00 am1:00 amWalter Swan Poetry PrizeInternational Entry Fee: £2.50
Max word count: 30 lines
Top Prize: £100

Event Details

Now in its fourth year, the Walter Swan Poetry Prize is open to all writers of poetry aged 18 and over. Previous prize winners have been praised for their unique voices, precise use of language, powers of observation and use of fresh imagery, and qualities such as lyricism and musicality.

The prize will be judged by the 2019 Festival Poet-in-Residence, who will be announced shortly. The 1st, 2nd and 3rdplaced poems will win a share of prize money totalling £375 and be invited to read their poems on stage at an event at 2019 Ilkley Literature Festival this October.

  • Entries can be on any subject.
  • Poems should be no longer than 30 lines.
  • Entry fees: £5 per poem for entrants aged over 25, and £2.50 per poem for entrants aged under 25
  • 1st prize winner will receive £200, 2nd prize £100 and 3rd prize £75
  • Closing date for receipt of entries: Wednesday 31 July 2019, 11.30pm
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