Hive Young Writers’ Competition

Hive South Yorkshire Young Writers’ Competition (FREE)
A photo-themed creative writing competition for 14 to 25s
(Schools & colleges also welcome to enter)
Poetry | Flash fiction | Stories
Age Categories: 14 – 17 | 18 – 21 | 22 – 25
Deadline: midnight on the evening on Monday 27th November 2017 (NOW CLOSED)

Hive South Yorkshire Young Writers’ Competition is open to young people, aged 14 to 25, from across South Yorkshire. Whether stories or poetry (or both) are your thing, you can enter up to 3 pieces of work at any time before 27 Nov 2017.

The theme of the competition is to write something sparked by one of twenty photographs you will find linked from this page. The photos, along with the related prompts and tips, are there to trigger ideas and creativity rather than as something you must strictly stick to.

As well as 20 great photographs (linked below) to choose from, there are lots of prompt ideas and tips to get you started (see the Get Writing tab above)

First place overall prize: Kindle Fire HD.
1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes include: writer kits [full of goodies for budding young writers] All winners will be offered professional feedback on their work (optional), and have their work published in Hive’s 2018 young writers’ anthology. 


Catherine Ayres is a poet and teacher from Northumberland. Her poetry collection ‘Amazon’ was published in 2016 by Indigo Dreams. She has been published in many print and online magazines. In 2015 she came third in the Hippocrates Prize and in 2016 she won the Elbow Room Poetry Prize. She teaches English and is about to start a PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria University. (Photo: Phil Punton Photography)

Short story/Flash fiction

Kate Long is the author of eight novels, including Sunday Times number one bestseller The Bad Mother’s Handbook, which she also adapted for ITV. Her stories have been read on Radio 4, and she has written for national newspapers and magazines such as the Telegraph and Good Housekeeping. She runs regular writing workshops for young people in the West Midlands.

Click on an image below to view the photo gallery, or visit the gallery here on Flickr
(For Guidelines, How to Enter, Prompts and tips, see the pages within the competition menu)
With massive thanks to all fabulous photographers that have allowed us to link to their work.
You can download a poster here or drop us a line ( and we’ll send you a poster and flyers.

Please note, the photographs linked to this competition belong to each individual photographer and must not be used outside of the competition without permission.

Jump to:
Get Writing Prompts & Tips
– for great writing exercises & tips
Guidelines & How to Enter