The Hive creative competition entry guidelines

Written by The Hive

So you want to enter our creative competition... Amazing, we can't wait to see your work! Wondering what it's all about? Take a look at our launch blog.

Whatever your chosen art form, find our guidelines for the creation and submission of your work below. Please remember that all entries must abide by our content & entry guidelines.


Survival - this can be interpreted in any way you would like.

Photography, digital artwork & image guidelines:

  • Image entries should be no smaller than 1MB and no larger than 6MB
  • Images must be JPEG files
  • Images must be named with your initials and the title of your piece (For example, GG - Running at Night)
  • Images must be attached as a separate document in an email
  • We can’t accept entries that are not in the correct format, or that are embedded in the body of an email. The team may ask you to re-submit if this is the case
  • You confirm that any person depicted in the work has granted permission to be portrayed as shown

Written word guidelines:

  • Written word entries can take any form; fiction, poetry, scenes from a play, monologue and more
  • Written work can be no longer than 1,000 words
  • Work must be named with your initials and the title of your piece (For example, GG - Running at Night)
  • Save your finished piece as a PDF or word document and attach it to your entry email

Physical artwork guidelines:

  • Physical artwork is art you’ve created using physical objects such as pencil, paper, or paint. To submit your work:
  • Take a picture of, or scan your finished piece and follow the ‘photography, digital artwork & image’ guidelines
  • Images of your work should be of good quality and contain the whole piece in clear view with nothing else in the frame
  • There can be a plain background around your piece to allow the whole piece to be in shot (e.g. a wall, floor or table)
  • We encourage participants submitting images of physical pieces to make sure their work fills the frame and make use of cropping before submission if required

Entry Guidelines (all art forms):

Once your work is completed, save it in the correct format

Alongside your entry, please include the following information, either in a separate document or in your entry email:

  1. Your name
  2. Your county
  3. Your role
  4. Your membership number
  5. The title of your piece
  6. A description of your piece and what inspired you to create it. This description should be no longer than 40 words

Send entries to by Friday 18 September 11.55 pm. The Hive team will reply to confirm they have received your work. You may be asked to re-submit if your entry is in the incorrect format or we have questions.

Content Guidelines (all art forms):

  • Your work needs to be original, created by you and your original concept. It can’t be a copy of someone else’s work, image or character
  • All work must be suitable for Girlguiding audiences and cannot contain themes/content unsuitable for general viewing. You must ensure that your work does not contain any, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, inflammatory, pornographic or profane content
  • Submissions cannot be derogatory of any race, ethnicity, gender or other group, or be considered offensive in any other way
  • Submissions cannot go against the core principles of Girlguiding
  • We know that stories of a darker nature may be submitted to us, especially given our theme of ‘Survival.’ We want to encourage the creativity of member submissions, so we will not be refusing entries involving darker themes. However, we ask that all depictions are handled with respect, are a suitable tone and are not overly graphic

Judging criteria

Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria. Each element is weighted equally.

  • Impact: This is the sense we get upon viewing or reading something for the first time. Compelling works evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion
  • Creativity: Based on our theme of ‘Survival’, we want to see an original and exciting expression of your imagination to convey an idea, message or purpose
  • Storytelling: Your ability to communicate to the viewer/reader and evoke our imagination
  • Technique: How was the work created?

For photography, we’ll look for lighting, posing, framing and overall composition. For written word submissions, we’ll look for descriptive and emotive language, and your choice of creative structure. Artwork technique (physical & digital) will be judged on your selection, skill with and application of materials, or the complexity/level of digital methods used.

Spelling and grammar will not be a core part of the judging criteria. However, if your work contains text in any way we would encourage you to make use of software to support your work (such as Spellcheck or Grammarly) before you submit.

All entries will be considered equally by the judges and we will ensure a fair spread of written and visual content in the winners anthology.


Winners will be chosen by the judging panel based on our judging criteria. As we are including a range of artforms, all winners will be considered equal; we will not have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.

All winners will have their work featured in The Hive’s first creative anthology, which will be hosted on the Girlguiding LaSER website and shared via The Hive & Girlguiding LaSER channels (social media/email). Winners will receive a certificate of placement, our exclusive The Hive badge, plus a small prize bundle.

Good luck, and have fun getting creative!

The Hive

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