Love Sheffield Writing Competition

In these testing times for all of us, writing can really help, from relieving boredom and offering focus, to testing new ideas and honing skills. We’re teamed up with Sheffield Year of Reading on this fab competition offering writers and non-writers of all ages a creative outlet over the next few months.

There are three age categories and Hive is supporting the middle Hive New Writer Prize – aimed at young writers (14-19) who aren’t currently accessing Hive groups and workshops. Don’t worry, if that’s not you, we have something coming for you too soon.

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Sheffield Libraries are delighted to announce the Love Sheffield, Luv competition in association with Hive South Yorkshire (open to everyone living, or working, in Sheffield). We want to hear about the things you love about Sheffield – and that theme can be interpreted any way you like.

You might want to write about a place that only you know about. Something you’re proud of. Maybe you’d like to show aliens around our city. If you’re in Sheffield it could be anything about you! Or a memory you cherish. Maybe you’d like to make up a story set in Sheffield, past, present, or somewhere in the distant future.

‘The best thing about being a writer is we can write about whatever we want. We make things up! No-one needs to know if it’s true or not!’ – Nik Perring (author)

Poems, script, and stories are all welcome.
PRIZES will include £100 in book vouchers for each category, publication in the Year of Reading Anthology, or Children’s Anthology, with winners invited to perform at a special event.

Age categories
Children’s Year of Reading Explorer Prize – Up to 13 years
Entrants, or teachers and guardians, are invited to submit young people’s best work using the theme of Exploration to spark ideas.
Up to 400 words or up to 2 poems

Hive New Writer Prize – 14-19 years
Open to 14-19 year olds who aren’t currently accessing Hive groups and workshops.
As part of Year of Reading, Hive are looking to discover and showcase new talent.
If you’re a secret scribbler, part-time poet, closet novelist, or someone who fancies giving writing a go, we want to read your stuff!
Up to 800 words or 3 poems
In addition to publication in the Year of Reading Anthology, winners will also receive a one to one session with Nik Perring.

Sheffield Year of Reading Writing Prize – 20 years & above
Up to 1000 words or 3 poems on the theme of Exploration.
No upper age limit.

Deadline: Due to the pandemic, this has been changed. A final date is to be confirmed but the competition is likely to run until the end of 2020

Please submit your entries to
yearofreading@sheffield.gov.uk

Ready? Set? Write!