Hive Young Writers’ Competition is open to young people, aged 14 to 30, from across Yorkshire and the nearby north/midlands (By this we mean a home or term address in: Yorkshire and Humber, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Lincolnshire). Whether stories or poetry (or both) are your thing, you can enter up to 2 pieces of work at any time before midnight 15th Feb 2023 (extended from 31st Jan).
There’s no set theme, the competition is completely open, we’re just looking for your best work. But we also want to offer some resources for those who might be looking for inspiration and guidance to help get you started (see below).
If you’re after inspiration for either competition, to get you writing or coming up with ideas, you’ll find a gallery of great photos here and lots of Get Writing Prompts & Tips to get you started and for sparking ideas in relation to them.
First Prizes: Kindle Fire HDs, professional feedback on work & print publication
All 2nd & 3rd Place Winners: Book vouchers & print publication
Highly Commended: Voucher & invited to submit to a coming Hive anthology
SHORT STORY & FLASH FICTION
Dan Powell is a prize-winning author of short fiction from the West Midlands. He recently completed his PhD in Creative Writing and his stories have appeared in The Salt Anthology of New Writing, New Short Stories, Unthology, The Lonely Crowd, The London Magazine, Carve, Being Dad, The End, and Best British Short Stories. His debut collection, Looking Out of Broken Windows, was shortlisted for the Scott Prize and longlisted for both the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the Edge Hill Prize. Most recently, his short story ‘Half-mown Lawn’ was performed as part of a Best British Short Stories Word Theatre event. Dan also runs writing workshops in festivals, schools and universities and is a First Story writer-in-residence in the East Midlands. He can be found online at danpowellfiction.com and on Twitter as @danpowfiction.
Rachel Bower is an award-winning writer based in Sheffield. She is the author of two poetry collections and a book on literary letters. Her stories and poems have been widely published in literary magazines, including The London Magazine, The White Review, Magma, Stand and Frontier. She won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. She has also been listed for the White Review Short Story Prize 2019, the RSL V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize and the BBC Short Story Prize. Rachel is a qualified community development worker and has over ten years’ experience running workshops with a wide range of people and organisations.
(Note: we have a change of poetry judge from Kathryn Bevis to Rachel Bower)
Get Writing Prompts & Tips – for fab writing exercises & tips
Guidelines & How to Enter
Click on the images below to view the writing inspiration photo gallery, or visit the gallery here on Flickr