Anthology 2019

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, we’ve chosen the theme ‘We are Here’ to encourage the voices in the borough to pen down their experiences living in the outer boroughs of London. We aim to shine a light on the creative talent that exists in our community.

The competition is free to enter, and open to anyone with a connection to our Borough. In addition to the chance to see yourself  published, the winner receives a £250 grand prize at the anthology launch party. The deadline to submit your poem or short story is Friday 16 August, so get those creative juices flowing!

Submission Guidelines

Open to all writers over 16 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 16th August, at midnight.

Prose of no more than 3000 words

Poems of no more than 500 words

Longlisted entries will be announced at HiLF and will feature in a published anthology of prize-winning writing; made freely available.


  • 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 literaryfestival@brunel.ac.uk preferably as a Word document (.doc or .docx) or similar, with ‘We Are Here’ 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 the 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  • Entries must be original and unpublished.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 sites/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) –LiteraryFestival@brunel.ac.uk