7th to 16th September 2018

Poetry competition – call for entries

Notebook with the word poetry written on it.

Saltaire Festival invites you to enter our brand-new poetry competition to celebrate this year’s Festival theme: The World in Saltaire: Saltaire in the World.

Anyone is welcome to enter. The winning entries and poets will be featured on our website, promoted over our social media channels, and printed in the Saltaire Review August/September edition. The winning authors will also be invited to read their poem at the Saltaire Festival Poetry night on Tuesday 11th September or have them read for them.

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: The World in Saltaire: Saltaire in the World

Categories: 18 and under, over 18

Winners: Three overall from within the two categories

Contest Deadline: Monday 25 June, 5pm


  • Submit a poem of any style relating to the theme The World in Saltaire: Saltaire in the World
  • Poems must be no longer than 42 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  • Submissions must be your original work, previously unpublished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)


  • 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 printed 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 the Saltaire Festival Poetry night

How to enter

Send your entries to: competition@saltairefestival.co.uk

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

Share that you have entered on social media using #sf18poetry and @SaltaireFest

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