Please ensure that you have read all the rules regarding the competition prior to entering, as entries cannot be changed after submission and by entering you automatically agree to the terms and conditions. The submission form must be filled out by a parent or guardian on behalf of the child. Please ensure that your child’s name, and story/poem title is displayed on their entry, as well as this form.
Please email the stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maximum length is 2000 words, there is no minimum and the title is not included in the word count.
- All entries are judged anonymously; please include your name on the entry as it will be hidden during judging stages.
- The judges’ decision is final, and no individual correspondence will be entered into with the judges regarding entries.
- Feedback will be given to the winner and runners up.
- Once submitted, all entries are final and cannot be amended or changed.
- The deadline for entries is midnight 23rd August 2014. No entries after this time will be accepted.
- The winners and shortlisted entries will be announced on 1st October on both this website and our facebook page.
- Entrants must be aged 7-12 years, by the end of September.
- Stories or poems must not have won any other prize. Previously shortlisted entries in other competitions are permitted.
- Children may submit up to three entries, but only one entry can be one of the three winners.
- The competition is open to all children living in the UK.
- Parents, guardians and carers are welcome to encourage the children, and assist with spelling but please ensure that this entry is the child’s own work.
- Story content: The story must take place at Christmas time, but children are encouraged to choose their own themes and plotlines. All we ask is that stories do not contain depictions of terminal illness, death, or ghosts due to our association with Farleigh Hospice. Stories must not be bias to, or discriminate against, any religion or faith. We ask that all entries are religion neutral.
- All decisions by the judges are final, and will be anonymous until the final stage.
- Stories must be typed in English. We ask for entries to be typed in Times New Roman, size 12 font and double spaced if possible, entrants will not be disqualified if they do not do this.
- Accepted file formats are word .doc and .docx.
- Copyright of each story and poem will remain with the author, but once entered Writebulb will hold the unrestricted right to publish the story in the upcoming Christmas Anthology, and in Chelmsford Library, and on any promotional material for future writing competitions.
- All entrants are invited to attend the book signing for the anthology (date TBA) in Chelmsford Library, where a selection of stories will be on display. (Story selection will be announced prior to the signing.)
- The winning story will be published in the Writebulb Christmas Anthology, for which Writebulb receives no profit; all proceeds from sales go to Farleigh Hospice. The winning entrant will receive no money from sales.