Anthology 2018

Outer Limits : HidDen Lives

Each year, the Hillingdon Literary Festival (HiLF) publishes an anthology of local writing, one that specifically aims to champion and celebrate the interesting and diverse voices of our community. This year, the theme of ‘Outer Limits : Hidden Lives’ challenges the many misconceptions of the outer boroughs of London, and offers a spotlight on the brilliant talent and the multiple vibrant voices that make up the creative community of the London Borough of Hillingdon.

  Free Entry

£250 Cash Prize

Free Hard-copy Publication – widely distributed

The weekend of the  5th – 7th October 2018 sees the return of the Hillingdon Literary Festival or HiLF2018 – for its fourth year at Brunel University London – a free weekend of literary events that in 2018  refocuses its attention on new writing (including debut novelists and publishers) and the very many voices that deserve and demand attention from the literary community.

Submission Guidelines

Open to all writers over 18 with a local affiliation to the London Borough of Hillingdon (studying, living or working) individuals may submit two anonymized entries per person before the closing deadline of Friday 10 August, at midnight.

Prose of no more than 3000 words

Poetry of no more than 500 words

Longlisted entries will be announced on the first night of HiLF and will feature in a published anthology of prize-winning writing; made freely available. The overall winner will be chosen from a shortlist of authors, performing their work on the final night of the festival.

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 (or past) 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 ‘Outer Limits’ 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 brief 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 actual submitted manuscript.
  • Entries must be original and previously unpublished.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) –