Guidelines & How to Enter


  • NEWSFLASH: deadline extended to midnight on the eve of 13th Jan. (We hope that gives people panicking after xmas hols a bit more time. Good luck!)
  • We welcome submissions from young writers, aged 14 to 25s, living, based or with a home address in Yorkshire. Students at universities outside of Yorkshire can still apply
  • Our age categories are: 14-16 | 17-19 | 20-25
  • You can enter online or by post, whether you’re entering for yourself or on behalf of a young person as a school or guardian
  • Theme: The photos, along with the related prompts and tips, are intended as a way to trigger ideas and writing rather than a theme you must strictly stick to. If you don’t have any ideas or ways into writing, we strongly advise downloading the prompts & tips sheet which has loads of great exercises and ways to get started writing.
  • Submissions must be in English (but use of words from other languages are welcome)
  • You can submit up to 3 pieces of poetry, short story or flash fiction, in any combination, at any time before the deadline – each separate submission must be sent with the form on the How to Enter page
  • Poems can be up to 60 lines long / flash fiction 200 to 500 words, short story 500 to 2000 words
  • Work must be the original work of the young person and not have won another competition
  • Published winners will receive a free copy of the anthology and all winners will be invited to read their work at an upcoming Hive event (optional)
  • The judges’ decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning decisions
  • Other than the winners, we are unable to give feedback on individual pieces, but we’re keen to welcome young people submitting into the Hive network where there are loads of opportunities for 14 to 25s in South Yorkshire to develop their writing. If you’re in South Yorkshire, drop us an email to say hi with your interests. You can also follow us here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or keep an eye on the Hive website for upcoming opportunities
  • Expect to hear from us within 2 months of the deadline but likely before this
  • Winning and Commended Writers will be announced Mid March 2019

Entering online

  • Read the Guidelines to check through the eligibility and competition details. And, if you’re new to sending work out, you might find the ‘Final edit checklist’ in the Get Writing tab useful to do a final edit of your work before submitting – polishing your work can make such a difference!
  • You must download and fill out the entry form to send with your work(or with the word of a class/group).
  • You can send pieces separately or together any time before the deadline. If you are sending pieces together, you only need to fill in the Entry Form once. If you send work over a period of time, fill the form in for each separate time you enter work.
  • Submit up to 3 pieces (in line with the Guidelines), each in their own document named by the title of the piece (.doc |.docx. | .pdf | .rtf formats all welcome). (Times New Roman/Ariel, 11pt/12pt is fine)
  • Entries are read anonymously so your name must not appear anywhere in the document, nor in the document’s file name – call your file the title of your piece to correspond with the title/s added to your entry form.
  • Ensure before clicking send that you have attached your entry form AND your work.
  • Send to: If you don’t receive an acknowledgment within a week of sending, get in touch.

Entering by post, or as a school class/group

If submitting by post, for example a teacher sending entries from a whole class, read how to enter online above (ignoring the reference to file types or file names), and send entries with a printed form to: Hive South Yorkshire, C/O Alexis Filby Sheffield Children & Young People’s Library Surrey St, Sheffield S1 1XZ

Entry Form – Individual
Entry Form – Class/group/school
1. Prompts, exercises & tips to get you started
2. Final Edit Checklist
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