Hive Young Writers’ Competition 2022/23

A writing competition for 14 to 30s from or based in Yorkshire, the nearby north & midlands
Poetry | Flash Fiction | Stories
Midnight 15th Feb 2023 (extended from 31st Jan)
Age Categories: 14 – 16 | 17 – 19 | 20 – 30
[Individual & group/classes entries welcome]

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.

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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

Our Judges
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 and on Twitter as @danpowfiction.

Kathryn Bevis is a neurodivergent poet, poetry teacher and founder of The Writing School. She was Hampshire Poet Laureate in 2020-21 and is the Selected Poet for Magma’s Solitude issue Her poems have appeared in Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland ReviewThe London Magazine, Mslexia, and The Interpreter’s HouseIn 2019, she won the Poets & Players and the Against the Grain competitions. This past year, her poems have come second in the York Poetry Prize and the Edward Thomas Prize, have been commended in the Verve Poetry Competition and longlisted for the National Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet manuscript was highly commended in the 2021 Mslexia Pamphlet Competition.  She designs and delivers Poetry for Wellbeing courses for adults in mental health settings, substance-misuse recovery settings, and prisons and is working towards her first collection.

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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