In brief

  • Entries should be based on the theme of ‘View from the Window’ - sharing the experiences and emotions of a ‘View from the Window’, as a celebration of Yorkshire’s stunning and diverse landscapes
  • Short stories should be up to 500 words
  • Poems should be not more than 20 lines
  • Closing date for receipt of entries: Monday 27th 2017
  • Prize winners will be notified by Friday 7th April 2017


  • 1st Prize: Overnight stay at the Devonshire Arms with dinner for two
  • 2nd Prize: Afternoon tea at Bettys Tea Rooms
  • 3rd Prize: Two tickets to the opening night of Ilkley Literature Festival 2017
  • 4th Prize: A luxury Easter chocolate Bettys Hamper

Click here to download the entry form.


The competition is open to anyone over 18 years and who resides in the UK. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or online forum, broadcast nor won or been placed in any other competition. Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.

Entry Format

Entries must be accompanied by an entry form - downloadable from the website. Please don’t put your name or address on the entry itself. Write your name, address telephone number and email address on the entry form accompanying it. Entries must be in English, typed, with the pages numbered. Each entry should be on a new sheet. Poems to be single spaced. Entries must have a title and must show no name, address or other identifying marks. Entries will not be returned, please keep a copy. No corrections can be made after receipt of your entry. Please ensure that you use the correct email address.


Prize winners will be notified by Friday 7th April 2017. The winners will be announced at An Evening with Sally Wainwright and Ann Dinsdale on Wednesday 19 April at Kings Hall, Ilkley.


Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but by entering the competition the entrant agrees that McCarthy & Stone will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems and stories, (including those of the runners up), on the McCarthy and Stone website or on other collateral or bill boards/ hoardings and the entrant waives his/her rights in relation to such publication to the extent that he/she is able to do so.


The judging panel will include Rachel Feldberg, Director of Ilkley Festival, along with Yvette Huddleston Arts Correspondent and Editor of the Culture Section Yorkshire Post. The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries. Judging will be fair and unbiased. Experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the shortlists. The organisers reserve the right to change the panel of judges without notice and not to award prizes if, in the opinion of the judges, such action is justified.

Please Note

Entry implies acceptance of all the above rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.

Address for Entries

Send entries marked clearly ‘View from the window Ilkley’ to: