Hive Young Writers’ Competition 2020

2021 competition coming soon! 
Hive Yorkshire Young Writers’ Competition 2020
A writing competition for 14 to 30s from or based in Yorkshire
Poetry | Flash fiction | Stories
Age Categories: 14 – 16 | 17 – 19 | 20 – 30
Deadline: midnight 19th July (extended)
[Individual & group/classes entries welcome]

In these days of uncertainty for us all, and with unexpected time on our hands, we’ve decided to bring back early our Yorkshire-wide (and extended to N Derbyshire & NW Lincolnshire!) young and emerging writers competition as an outlet to channel creative energy, and offer focus and inspiration for testing new ideas and honing your writing skills. Plus to offer some great prizes! 

Hive Young Writers’ Competition is open to young people, aged 14 to 30, from across the whole of Yorkshire and nearby (if you’re in North Derbyshire, and Northwest Lincolnshire, as far as Scunthorpe, we’re happy to hear from you too!) Whether stories or poetry (or both) are your thing, you can enter up to 3 pieces of work at any time before midnight 19th July.

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).

And, just to say, if you’re 14 to 19 in Sheffield and new to writing (not currently accessing Hive groups and workshops) there is also the Hive New Writer Prize – in conjunction with Sheffield Year of Reading which closes 31st July.

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 and lots of Get Writing Prompts & Tips to get you started and sparking ideas in relation to them. We’ll also be posting inspiration periodically on social media too.

First place prizes
: Kindle Fire HDs
All 2nd & 3rd place winners: writers goodies
And all winners in each category will be offered professional feedback on their work, and have their work published in Hive’s 2020 young writers’ anthology.
Highly commended: Book voucher & invited to submit to the Hive 2020 anthology
Commended: Invited to submit to the Hive 2020 anthology
(All will be invited to read at our next live event – possibly not until spring due to the pandemic)


As we’ve sadly had to cancel our next two young writers’ masterclasses for the time being, we thought – who better to judge the competition but both of these writers!
Jonathan Edwards’s first collection of poems, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), also received the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, and in 2019 his poem about Newport Bridge was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

Jonathan won the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a Literature Wales new writer’s bursary in 2011. In 2012 he won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award. His poems have appeared in many magazines including The Poetry ReviewThe North, and New Welsh Review.

Jonathan has read his poems on BBC radio and television, recorded them for the Poetry Archive, and leads workshops in schools, universities and prisons. He is editor of Poetry Wales magazine and lives in South Wales.

Paula Rawsthorne is a multi-award-winning writer of Young Adult fiction. She discovered that she could write when she won a national BBC writing competition and her comic tale, The Sermon on the Mount was read by Bill Nighy on Radio 4. Her dark stories for adults have been published in anthologies of contemporary literature. Her first YA novel, The Truth about Celia Frost, was a winner of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Undiscovered Voices. Published by Usborne, it was shortlisted for eleven literary awards and won the Leeds, Sefton and Nottingham Book Awards.  Her second novel, Blood Tracks, won the Rib Valley Book Award.

Paula’s short stories for teenagers have been commissioned by Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and published in an anthology of award-winning Young Adult authors. Paula’s third YA novel, Shell, (Scholastic 2018) won the North East Teen Book Award, The Derbyshire Schools’ Book Award and The Hampshire Book Award.  Her latest Black Mirror-esque YA novel, The New Boy, was published last year.

Paula is invited to do author visits in schools throughout the UK and is a writer in residence for the literacy charity, ‘First Story’. She lives in Nottingham with her husband and three children who are all much taller than her. Find out more about Paula and her books: or on Twitter @paularawsthorne 

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

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