Dear 2020 Project Rules

The Rules

Competition Rules, Terms and Conditions

The competition is organised by Write Sparks, supported by Lewisham Council and Moon Lane Books.

‘We’ in these rules refers to Write Sparks and the competition judges.

The competition is open to young people aged 11-25 years (on 9th October 2020) who live, work or study in Lewisham. You may be required to provide proof of your eligibility if requested.

There are three age groups for the competition: 11-13 years, 14-17 years and 18-25 years. There will be one winner and two runners up for each age group.

We can only accept entries that are up to one side of A4 in length. Any longer entries will be disqualified.

Entries can be fictional or based on your own experiences, or a mixture of the two. You can write in prose or poetry. Creativity is welcomed- interpret the challenge however you wish!

There is no fee to enter this competition.

Entries can be typed or handwritten and can be illustrated or decorated. If you are unable to write your entry, please contact Sarah at dear2020@writesparks.co.uk to discuss the access options. No eligible entrant should be unable to join in, so we will work together to ensure that you can enter using the most appropriate means for your needs.

Entries will only be considered if sent with the consent form and parental consent (if under 18).

Entries can be sent by email to dear2020@writesparks.co.uk or by post/hand delivery to Dear 2020 Project, Write Sparks, Moon Lane Books, 300 Stanstead Road, London, SE23 1DE. Entries must be sent with enough time to arrive before the closing date. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered under any circumstances.

Personal information provided will only be used for the purposes of this competition and will not be shared or sold to any third party individual or business.

The competition will close at 11.59pm on Friday 9th October 2020. Entries received after this time, for any reason including but not limited to postal delays and technical issues, will not be considered under any circumstances.

Entrants can only enter individually and may only enter one letter to the competition. If more than one letter is submitted, only the first letter will be considered.

As the winning letters will be published and displayed publicly, entrants must not include any identifying information about themselves in the body of the letter, such as their address, contact details surname or school name. We may redact personal information at our discretion before publishing if necessary.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. Your entry must not contain anything already published elsewhere, or written or owned by another party. Write Sparks (and all other associated organisations) accept no responsibility if entrants ignore these Rules.

Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material; we reserve the right to disqualify entries containing such matter. Entries must be suitable to be published or used online or in print.

If an entry has troubling content, Write Sparks may be required take advice from the NSPCC, and may refer the Troubling Content to the relevant authorities.

Entries will be judged on their originality, creative use of language and enjoyment. Spelling and handwriting will not be considered when we make our judgements.

All eligible entries sent in will be read and shortlisted by Write Sparks, who will suggest the top three entries in each age group. The top three entries from each age group will be read and discussed by our judging panel, who will choose the overall winner for each age group.

Entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy.

Write Sparks hold no responsibility for any entries which are lost, damaged or delayed for any reason by any cause.

The winners will be announced before the end of October 2020 (precise date to be advertised when confirmed).

The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into about their decisions.

The judges will be unable to offer feedback on any entries.

We reserve the right to change and replace any of the judges if circumstances beyond our control make it necessary to do so.

We reserve the right to change or replace the prizes with alternatives of an equal value if circumstances beyond our control make it necessary to do so.

The prizes are not transferable or negotiable and there is no cash alternative.

We will make all reasonable efforts to contact the winners and runners up. If the winner cannot be contacted, we reserve the right to choose another winner from the same age group. We accept no responsibility if a winner is unable to take up the prize.

By entering the competition, you agree that Write Sparks can publish your letter in any and all means including physically (eg. in a book or magazine) or digitally (eg. on a website or social media) for two years from the opening date. Your letter can be shared during the competition as promotion at any time. You will be credited as the author every time your work is used.

Write Sparks reserve the right to amend these Rules or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.

These Rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah at dear2020@writesparks.co.uk