Welcome to Leeds Writers and Poets

Leeds Writers and PoetsLeeds Writers and Poets was founded in May 2012 to provide a forum for aspiring writers and poets to gain quality feedback from other people with similar interests.

We are a small group of writers and poets who get together a couple of times a month to give feedback on each other's writing, take part in workshops and generally share the experience of writing.

We have members of all levels, from those who are just starting out to people with several novels under their belt.

We have an ethos of inclusion and support, and welcome writers and poets of all levels of ability – the only pre-requisite is a positive attitude and willingness to give as well as take.


  • Kat

    Kat: Hi, My name is Chris, I am the promoter for Neil Hilborn, the world's most watched poet online. I am need in of a support for Neil's show at The Brudenell Social Club on Sept 7th. I'd love for someone to get back to me if they're interested in performing at the show. The slot would be for 30 minutes. Best, Chris

    Fri 18th Aug 2017 at 15:50

  • Kat

    Kat: I have also added a formatting template for submissions to the Submissions folder (as well as tidying the submissions folders up a bit). It was said at the AGM last year that we should all follow standard formatting for prose, so the template is there to demonstrate and state what the standard formatting is.

    Sat 12th Aug 2017 at 15:06

  • Kat

    Kat: Hi Guys, I finally got round to updating the Achievements page: http://www.leedswritersandpoets.co.uk/Content/Achievements I had to do it from what I could remember and dig up, so if you've had some achievements and they're not listed there, please let me know the details and I will add them on.

    Sat 12th Aug 2017 at 14:49

  • Dan Collins

    Dan Collins: Hey gang, sorry for the short notice but due to my extremely annoying extremely painful shoulder condition, I have to give tonight a miss. If you have made any notes on my submission this week, Katja, would you mind collecting them please, if that's not too cheeky, and I'll bring my notes I made to the next critique. Many thank you'd in advance, peace and respect, Dan xx

    Thu 10th Aug 2017 at 18:52

    • Kat

      Kat: Hi Dan (and any new members who I haven't remembered to tell this), If someone submits and then can't make it, it's normal procedure for them to submit the same piece again the next time they attend, and get the feedback at that session instead. If someone prepared feedback but knows they won't make it to the next session, then I will collect it up : )

      Sat 12th Aug 2017 at 14:51

  • Kat

    Kat: Just came across this local short story competition: http://www.bigbookend.co.uk/launching-the-walter-swan-short-story-prize-2017-18/ Deadline October.

    Thu 10th Aug 2017 at 18:44

  • Kat

    Kat: More good news! Our Leeds Writers Anthology has been shortlisted for the National Association of Writers Groups Anthology comp - again! That's a 100% record of being shortlisted, for those of you that are counting : )

    Thu 10th Aug 2017 at 18:33

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Congratulations! And as part of the group I'm happy to take 100% of the credit for your hard work ...

    Wed 9th Aug 2017 at 21:12

    • Kat

      Kat: I think that's fair. And I don't think the fact that you haven't seen any of these stories should get in the way...

      Thu 10th Aug 2017 at 18:31

  • Kat

    Kat: I've had two more stories accepted into various publications - My First Queen and Pray on the Weak - both of which have benefited from feedback from the group - so thank you! Details to follow. This is the website I'm using to find homes for my pieces: https://duotrope.com/

    Wed 9th Aug 2017 at 16:30

  • Roz Kendall

    Roz Kendall: Sorry I can't make thurs 10th, hope my apology got through

    Tue 8th Aug 2017 at 16:25

  • Dan Collins

    Dan Collins: Hello peops, is there a link for this Thursday's submissions please? Ta muchly x

    Sat 5th Aug 2017 at 07:09

    • Kat

      Kat: Sorry was a bit late with this one - just sent it out : )

      Sun 6th Aug 2017 at 09:23

    • Dan Collins

      Dan Collins: Hi peops, a few technical problems with my computer, going to upload my submission from work today, sorry for the delay and see you Thursday

      Tue 8th Aug 2017 at 07:46