7th to 16th September 2018

Festival Poetry Competition 2019

Notebook with the word poetry written on it.

Saltaire Festival invites you to enter our 2019 poetry competition to celebrate this year’s Festival theme: Textiles, Technology and Time.

The theme celebrates the industry, heritage and enduring creativity of Saltaire, and we are looking for entries that link Textiles, Technology and Time to the wonderful village of Saltaire.

Anyone is welcome to enter. The winning entries and poets will be featured on our website, promoted over our social media channels, and promoted in the Saltaire Review August/September edition. The winning authors will also be invited to read their poem at one of this year’s Festival events, Yarns of Time.

The winners and a guest will also be invited to the official Saltaire Festival Programme Launch at the prestigious 1853 gallery in Saltaire.

Get writing and good luck!

Contest Rules

  • Eligibility: Anyone at all!
  • Theme: Textiles, Technology and Time
  • Categories: 18 and under, over 18
  • Winners: Three overall from within the two categories
  • Contest Deadline: Sunday 30 June, 5pm


  • Submit a poem of any style relating to the theme Textiles, Technology and Time
  • Poems must be no longer than 40 lines long
  • Submissions must be your original work, previously unpublished
  • You may submit up to three pieces for the contest
  • For each entry, include one cover page that lists your name, your age, title of the work, postcode, telephone number, and email address (we will only use these details if we need to contact you about your entry). Entries will be read anonymously.


  • Winners will be contacted in July 2018
  • While we appreciate all contest entries, only prize winners and runners up will be contacted
  • All award-winning works will be published on our website, featured on our social media channels and winning entries promoted in the Saltaire Review
  • Participation in this contest equals consent to have your winning piece published online and in print
  • The contest winners will be eligible to read their work at one of the Festival events

How to enter

Send your entries to: hello@saltairefestival.co.uk using ‘Poetry Competition 2019’ as your subject line.

Or by post to: Saltaire Community Festival, 19 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AG

Share that you have entered on social media using #sf19poetry and @SaltaireFest

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