Anthology 2017

“Celebrating Contemporary Life”

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

  Free Entry
£250 Cash Prize
Judged by Benjamin Zephaniah

Over 300 submissions to the Ordinary People : Exceptional Lives competition were received, all of an extremely high calibre. 37 entries were chosen to feature in this year’s anthology, freely distributed at the festival and to all 17 Borough libraries.

We are delighted to announce that the £250 cash was won by:


for her poem: ‘You Contain Oceans’


  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  • Entries must be original and unpublished.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) –