Hive Young Writers’ Competition

Hive South Yorkshire Young Writers’ Competition (FREE)
A writing competition for 14 to 25s
(Schools & college groups also welcome to enter)
Poetry | Flash fiction | Stories
Age Categories: 14 – 16 | 17 – 19 | 20 – 25
Deadline: NEWSFLASH deadline extended to midnight on the eve of 13th Jan. (We hope that gives panicking people a bit more time after xmas hols. Good luck!)

Hive South Yorkshire Young Writers’ Competition is open to young people, aged 14 to 25, from across the whole of Yorkshire. Whether stories or poetry (or both) are your thing, you can enter up to 3 pieces of work at any time before 4th Jan 2019.

There is no set theme. The below 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 winners prizes: writer kits [full of goodies for budding young writers] Highly commended & commended: will also receive a writing-related treat!
All 3 winners in each category will be offered professional feedback on their work (optional), and have their work published in Hive’s 2018 young writers’ anthology.


Ian McMillan is veteran British poet from, and still residing in, Darfield, Barnsley. He’s published over 30 books and presents The Verb on Radio 3. He’s been a broadcaster, commentator and programme-maker for over 20 years, appearing regularly on television and radio and contributing articles to national newspapers and journals. @IMcMillan

Short story/Flash fiction
Angela Readman is a short story writer and poet. She has twice been shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award. Her debut story collection Don’t Try This at Home was published by And Other Stories in 2015. It won The Rubery Book Prize and was shortlisted in the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She also writes poetry, and her collection The Book of Tides was published by Nine Arches in 2016. Something Like Breathing is her first novel. @angelreadman.

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 link to a Facebook poster here or drop us a line ( and we’ll send you a poster/flyers.

Please note, the photographs linked to this competition are the copyright of each individual photographer (and linked here on Flickr). They must not be used outside of the competition without direct permission from each photographer.

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Guidelines & How to Enter