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.


  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Apologies all, I've had a hectic week and have only just been able to sign up and submit a piece now.

    We're looking pretty thin on the ground for the meeting, is there anyone else being organisationally challenged?

    Mon 20th May 2019 at 18:09

  • Richard

    Richard: https://www.popshotpopshot.com/submit/

    This issue is themed around 'fantasy', accepts poetry or short stories, and there's a month until the deadline, so no excuses to not submit something.

    Tue 7th May 2019 at 09:33

  • Kat

    Kat: Anthology was submitted to the competition by the skin of our teeth! Thanks so much to Eloise and Adam and everyone who contributed. I will be bringing copies into the next meeting (two free for everybody who contributed).

    Tue 30th Apr 2019 at 19:04

  • Kat

    Kat: A message from sam gillibrand.
    Email Address yr13sgillibrand@gmail.com
    Hi, I'm with the Leeds branch of youth strike for climate and I was wondering if any of you would be interested in writing a poem about climate change ,or just the world in general, and presenting at the next march on the 12th of April? We're trying to reflect the communal nature of our movement by reaching out to artist across Leeds and the incredible variety of both writing styles and backgrounds of your members would really help to prove that we must tackle climate change as a community and not as individuals.

    Fri 26th Apr 2019 at 09:10

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      Andrey Pissantchev: Seems a bit late for this?

      Fri 26th Apr 2019 at 10:21

    • Kat

      Kat: Oops - my bad

      Fri 26th Apr 2019 at 11:09

  • Richard

    Richard: http://durhambookfestival.com/programme/event/durham-book-festival-2019-commissions/

    This sounds interesting, although I don't properly understand what they're asking for.

    Fri 12th Apr 2019 at 10:48

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    Andrey Pissantchev: As I mentioned to some of you, I managed to sell "Power Juice!" for pro rates. It's just come out, Factor Four Magazine, Issue 5. Check it out! http://factorfourmag.com/

    Tue 2nd Apr 2019 at 11:08

    • Kat

      Kat: Congrats!

      Thu 4th Apr 2019 at 14:59

  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: We've been moved upstairs for tonight's session. It's through the keypad door (it's unlocked) then the door straight in front of that. Ask at the bar if you're confused

    Thu 28th Mar 2019 at 19:36

  • Richard

    Richard: 5 days left to enter this, if anyone is interested. The article is from an Irish paper but as far as I can see it's a UK thing.


    Tue 26th Mar 2019 at 18:58

  • Adam Burton

    Adam Burton: Here’s a final push for anthology submissions. We’re at 7 pieces but would be great if we could get a few more?

    If you’ve got any pieces that you might want to consider putting in but you’re unsure about the theme send me a message as the theme is flexibly vague when thought about hard enough so I’m sure we could find an angle.

    a.david.burton@gmail.com for any submissions.

    Sat 23th Mar 2019 at 16:21

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    Andrey Pissantchev: Northern Short Story festival anyone? http://bigbookend.co.uk/nssf/northern-short-story-festival-programme-announced/

    That flash fiction workshop on June 1st looks pretty good.

    Tue 19th Mar 2019 at 11:37