Hive Young Writers’ Competition 2021/22

This competition is closed. You can find the results of our recent competition here.
A writing competition for 14 to 30s from or based in Yorkshire & the nearby north
Poetry | Flash Fiction | Stories
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 (By this we mean a home or term address in: All of Yorkshire and Humber, Greater Manchester, 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 30th December 2021.

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
Highly Commended & Commended: Invited to submit to a coming Hive anthology

Our Judges
Désirée Reynolds
is a Jamaican-British writer based in Sheffield.  She told her Mum, at about 8 years old, that she was going to write a book and has been writing ever since. She started her writing career as a freelance journalist for the Jamaica Gleaner and the Village Voice. She has gone on to write film scripts, poetry, flash fiction and short stories. Her first novel, Seduce, was published in 2013 to much acclaim by Peepal Tree Press. Her fiction is concerned with working-class Black women, internal landscapes, and a continuous struggle against the white, male gaze, notions of beauty, race, and being. Committed to anti-racism and intersectionality, she draws on her experiences of these to make her creative work.  Her short stories have been widely published in various publications and online.

Vanessa Lampert is poet from Oxfordshire. Since 2019 she has won the Café Writers prize, the Edward Thomas prize, the Sentinel prize and the Ver Poetry prize twice and come second in the Fish, Yeovil, Oxford Brookes and Kent & Sussex prizes. She was commended in the National Poetry Competition 2020 and listed in 2021. Vanessa’s work has recently been published in Magma, The Moth, The Oxford Times and Poetry Wales. She co-edits The Alchemy Spoon and teaches for Learn with Leaders in India. She has run workshops in schools, for Hive South Yorkshire, Poetry School and Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. Her pamphlet ‘On Long Loan’ is published by Live Canon and her first collection will be published by Seren in Spring 2023.
David Swann is a short story writer and poet. His collection, The Privilege of Rain (Waterloo Press, 2010) was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. Dave started out as a journalist, covering Accrington Stanley’s matches for the local rag. His stories, flashes, and poems have won many awards, including eight successes at the Bridport Prize and two in the National Poetry Competition. David is a Senior Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at the University of Chichester.

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Guidelines & How to Enter

Click on the images below to view the writing inspiration photo gallery, or visit the gallery here on Flickr