Poetry Award

The 2019 competition

We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Ilkley Literature Festival poetry competition again. The competition was launched in May and full details can be found here, including the six cash prizes: http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/opportunities-for-writers/walter-swan-poetry-prize


We are very excited at the new element for young people (aged 18-25) with free submission for poems. The closing date is 31st July. We shall soon be able to share the news of winner announcement event and the names of the two judges: the poet-in-residence and the apprentice poet-in-residence. They will be assisted by the Wharfedale Poets with the long-listing.



The 2018 competition:

Poet in residence and Queen's Gold Medal winner Imtiaz Dharker announced the winners of the third Walter Swan Poetry Prize  at the Ilkley Literature Festival on 11th October 2018. A link to the winners and the runners up and their winning poems is here: http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/posts/autumn-festival/2018-walter-swan-trust-poetry-competition



The 2017 competition: 

We were delighted to be sponsoring this for the second time with the Ilkley Literature Festival. Daljit Nagra, Radio 4 poet in residence, was the judge, assisted by the Wharfedale Poets.


Details of the winners, their poems and the feedback from Daljit can be found here:




The 2016 competition:

 The Walter Swan Trust was delighted to sponsor the Ilkley Literature Festival Poetry Competition in 2016. Top poet Andrew McMillan was the judge of the competition, with assistance from the Wharfedale Poets.  Prizes of £200, £100 and £75 were awarded by Andrew and the winning poems were performed at the Ilkley Literature Festival on 16th October 2016.


Details of the winners and their winning poems can be found here: http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/posts/news/2016-walter-swan-trust-poetry-prize-results


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