“Celebrating Contemporary Life”

The third year of the Hillingdon Literary Festival (HiLF), a free weekend of events celebrating all things literary, will take place on 6th to 8th October 2017 at Brunel University London.

As with last year’s brilliant Writing Local | Thinking Global anthology, this year’s festival again features a creative writing competition – specifically aiming to champion the diverse voices of our community:


  Free Entry
£250 Cash Prize

 Open to all writers over 18 with a local affiliation to (studying, living or working in) the London Borough of Hillingdon, individuals may submit two anonymized entries per person: the first, a short story of up to 5000 words or two poems of up to 60 lines; the second up to three poems of no more than 90 lines total, or another story of up to 1000 words.

Deadline: Monday 28th August 2017.

Winners announced at HiLF will feature in a published anthology of prize-winning writing; the selected best submissions will be made freely available. A longlist will be announced on the first evening of HiLF, a shortlist the next day (all guaranteed publication) and the overall winner declared on the final day, during a celebratory event hosted by the brilliant Benjamin Zephaniah.

Submission Guidelines:
  • The competition is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English, who have a direct connection in terms of residence, workplace or current educational establishment to the London Borough of Hillingdon
  • All entries must be submitted electronically as an anonymized text file to, preferably as a Word document (.doc or .docx) or similar, with ‘Ordinary People: Exceptional Lives’ in the subject line.
  • Entries must be also accompanied by an identifying file with your: Name, Address, Email Address, Title of Entry, Author Profile (100 Words), plus details of contributor’s connection to the London Borough of Hillingdon.
  • All entries will be judged anonymously, so aside from the title page, please make sure not to include your name on the manuscript.
  • Entries must be original and unpublished. Work that already appears on the internet (aside from personal blogs) is considered as published and ineligible.
  • Copyright of the submission remains with the author, but the Hillingdon Literary Festival retains unrestricted right to publish any winning or shortlisted submission in the collection mentioned above and/or on its website.
  • Entry to the competition is deemed as confirmation of understanding and acceptance of the above terms.

Contact: Sebastian Jenner (HiLF Producer) –