Dear 2020 and Dear 2021 Zine Rules

The Rules

Submission Rules, Terms and Conditions

The project is organised by Write Sparks.

‘We’ in these rules refers to Write Sparks.

The ‘zines’ referred to in these rules are short publications, which we published in December 2020 and intend to publish in Spring 2021.

The project is open to anyone of any age, inside or outside of the UK.

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 project.

Entries must be in English.

Entries can be typed or handwritten and can be illustrated or decorated. If you are unable to write your entry, please contact Sarah at 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 . 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 project and will not be shared or sold to any third party individual or business.

Submissions for The Dear 2021 Project will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 7th March 2021. 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 project. 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.

Submitting a letter to the Dear 2021 Project does not guarantee that your work will appear in the zine.

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.

Write Sparks’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into about their decisions.

We will be unable to offer feedback on any entries.

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

You will retain copyright for your letter/entry but grant the transference of full rights to Write Sparks for the duration the zine is on sale and available. The zine will be distributed for free in some places, but will also be sold online in order to cover costs. There will be no royalties paid to, or earned by, the entrants of the Dear 2021 Project.

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

The Dear 2020 Project zine is not associated with or endorsed by London Borough of Lewisham in any way; they supported and funded the initial writing competition for young people in Lewisham, but the zine is a project run and funded solely by Write Sparks.

Write Sparks is owned and run by Sarah Parrott in London, UK.

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah at