Guidelines & How to Enter


  • The deadline is midnight the evening of 19th July (extended)
  • We welcome submissions from young people (and groups/classes on behalf of) aged 14 to 30s, living, based or with a home (or term) address in Yorkshire and nearby (and if you’re in North Derbyshire, and North West Lincolnshire (as far as Scunthorpe) we’re happy to hear from you too!) Students at universities outside of Yorkshire can still apply using their home address.
  • Our age categories are: 14-16 | 17-19 | 20-30
  • For group entries from teachers and others, please see guidelines on the group form here
  • This is an online-only competition (we are not offering postal entries at this time). If you don’t have access to email to send your entry, you’re welcome to find someone else who can send on your behalf and put them as a contact email.
  • There is no theme for this competition. You can send any work you wish, but we ask you to send your best work and stress the importance of taking the time to make it the best it can be.  We recommend reading the Final edit checklist before sending your work.
  • The photos, along with the related prompts and tips, are intended for those seeking inspiration rather than anything you must strictly stick to.
  • If you don’t have any ideas or ways into writing, we advise downloading the resources, prompts & tips sheet which has loads of great exercises and ways to get started writing. Also look out for social media posts over the coming weeks.
  • Submissions must be in English (but use of words from other languages are welcome) and not previously published.
  • You can submit up to 3 pieces of poetry, short story or flash fiction – in any combination, at any time – before the 19th July deadline.
  • Poems can be up to 50 lines long / flash fiction and short stories from 200 to 2000 words
  • Submissions must be the original work of the writer and not have won another competition.
  • Winning writers who are published will receive a free copy of the anthology and all winners and highly commended writers will be invited to read their work at an upcoming Hive event (optional).
  • Highly commented/commended writers may be invited to submit work to the 2020 Hive anthology at a later time.
  • The judges’ decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning decisions.
  • Other than for winners, we are unable to give feedback on individual pieces, but we’re keen to welcome young people submitting into the Hive network (if you’re not already in it!) where we offer opportunities for 14 to 30s in South Yorkshire (and sometimes beyond) to develop their writing. In the meantime, if you’re in South Yorkshire, drop us an email to say hi with your interests. We are currently running writing groups online via Zoom and Crowdcast. You can also follow us here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or keep an eye on the Hive website for upcoming real-world opportunities (we hope to start up again autumn 2020)
  • Expect to hear from us within 6 weeks of the deadline but likely before this
  • Winning and commended Writers will be announced 21st September 2020


  • Read the Guidelines (above) to check through eligibility and competition details. And, if you’re new to sending work out, do read the Final Edit Checklist in the Get Writing tab when doing final edits of your work before submitting – polishing your work can be the difference between something good becoming something great.
  • You can submit up to 3 pieces of poetry, short story or flash fiction – in any combination, at any time – before the deadline
  • Whether you are sending work together, or at different times, each submission must be pasted under the form you’ll find to download on the How to Enter page.
  • Re-title the document with your name and age e.g John Smith 16. Inside the document, do not put your name anywhere other than in the form info at the top (which will be separated from your work so it can be judged anonymously).
  • In summary, if you’re sending all work at once, your document title will be your name and age. The document will start with the entry form and then have your entries pasted underneath clearly titled. If you are sending further entries – use the same format: form at the top, work pasted below, and the file titled with name, age – and this time, No2 or No3 at the end, e.g John Smith 16 No2
  • Please use the following file types: .doc |.docx. | .pdf | .rtf formats. (Times New Roman/Ariel, 11pt/12pt is fine) We cannot accept online links via file shared services such as Google docs so please do not send.
  • Ensure before clicking send that you have attached your entry in line with the above
  • Send to: If you don’t receive an acknowledgment within a week of sending, get in touch.

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)

For individuals entering, click here
For school/college and group entries, click here

1. Resources, prompts & inspiration
2. Final Edit Checklist

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About the Competition 
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