Leeds Lit Fest 2020 Event Submissions Window Open!

Leeds Lit Fest is back – and it needs you!  Following its inaugural event in March – the first citywide literature festival Leeds has ever had – Leeds Lit Fest 2020 will return on March 4-8.

Alongside events commissioned and curated by the Leeds Lit Fest team, the festival is inviting organisers to submit their own ideas. It’s looking to programme as many events as it can.


The kind of events it wants to stage include events for children, panel discussions, debates, live performance, workshops, podcasts, storytelling, talks and lectures. But it’s not limited to this list – so if you have an idea for something unusual, now’s your chance to bring it to life.

How do I submit an event?

If you’re interested in running an event as part of Leeds Lit Fest 2020, follow these steps:

  1. Open the LLF Event Submission form
  2. Answer the questions, which ask how you’ll ticket, stage and promote your event
  3. Fill out and submit the form by Sunday November 3.

Leeds Lit Fest took place for the first time this year, and while it’s a new festival, it has big ambitions. Its mission is to champion literature, writing and spoken word in Leeds and support writers in developing a festival that’s distinctive, exciting, and challenging. It also wants to introduce new audiences to written and spoken word events, and bring new writers to the city.

Carl Hutton, Chair of Leeds Lit Fest said: “Leeds Lit Fest is run by a partnership of arts organisations in the city and a team of volunteers and we are looking at new ways in which the festival can engage with the city. We want to encourage as many people as possible to submit their ideas for the 2020 programme. We want the programme to be creative, exciting, interesting and diverse so that we can build on the success of this year’s festival and truly reflect the literature community both within the city and beyond. Anyone with a good idea should apply. There are no barriers and the application process is really straightforward.”

Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend and the Northern Short Story Festival. She continues to be its Director.

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