1. The competition is organised by Stuff To Do Ltd. and hosted by the StuffToDoAtHome.com website, which is owned by Stuff To Do Ltd.
2. Entry to this competition is open to persons who will be aged between 5 and 14 years on the 10th May 2020. Entries must be submitted by an adult (parent, guardian, or teacher) on behalf of the child; this adult must have parental permission. This adult may be asked, with parental permission, to provide proof of age, identity and eligibility. Entry will be in two age categories – ages 5 to 9 years (on 10th May 2020) and 10 to 14 years (on 10th May 2020).
3. Entrants must write a fictional short story of no more than 750 words in length. if entrants want to write less than 750 words than that is allowed. You can submit your entry via an online form which you can find at StuffToDoAtHome.com/spring-short-story-competition-2020. The responsible adult submitting the story on behalf of the entrant, will be asked to provide the entrant’s name, gender, region and their age and ensure that they have parental permission to do so. The submitter must enter the child’s story in the text box provided for submission.
4. Entrants can come from anywhere in the world, however, all stories should be submitted in English.
5. We can only accept stories which are 750 words or fewer according to the word counter on the online submission form. Please make sure you check the word count on our form if you are pasting from another programme, like Microsoft Word, as occasionally there are differences.
6. Entries can only be accepted online; postal entries or entries sent over email will not be read or considered. We’re sorry, but entries sent over email before the deadline because of technical errors cannot be considered.
7. The adult submitting the entrant’s story, will be required to approve the entry and agree to these Rules (including StuffToDoAtHome.com’s use of the story submitted and the fictional nature of the story) on behalf of the entrant, by way of a check-box in the online form. The adult must provide their own contact and personal details (not the child’s). Teachers submitting stories on behalf of pupils must seek parental permission and if requested by Stuff To Do Ltd., provide evidence of permission in the event of an enquiry or complaint.
8. Entry opens on Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 8.00am GMT. Entry closes on Friday 15th May 2020. Submissions received outside of these times will not be considered, so please try not to wait until the last minute to submit your entry in case of technical issues.
9. Entrants can only enter individually. Only one entry per person is permitted and the story must be wholly written by the entrant only; stories cannot be written by more than one person. If more than one entry is submitted, only the entrant’s first submission will be considered.
10. Entries must be an original piece of fiction and not factual accounts. It is fine for stories to feature well known people from either the present day or from history and to take place in an historical era. If entrants are unclear on whether the content of a story contradicts these Rules, please email the competition administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org The entrant’s parent, guardian or teacher warrants that they have not used material or depicted events that actually took place or used the personal details of any living persons in the story. As the stories will be published it is important that entrants do not include any personal details about themselves. The entrant must not include their name in the title or body of the story; entries which do contain this information may be removed from the competition.
11. Entries cannot be returned so please remember to keep a copy for yourself. Unsuccessful entrants will be contacted in respect of their entry but no feedback on any entry will be provided.
12. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. Stuff To Do Ltd. accepts no responsibility if entrants ignore these Rules and the entrant’s parent, guardian or teacher agrees to indemnify Stuff To Do Ltd. against any claim by any third party from any breach of these Rules.
13. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material; Stuff To Do Ltd. reserves the right to disqualify entries containing such matter. Entries must be suitable to be published online by StuffToDoAtHome.com for audiences of all ages, but in particular for a young audience.
14. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but their parent or guardian grants to Stuff To Do Ltd. and StuffToDoAtHome.com a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish the entry online and on any other platforms yet to be envisaged. This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by Stuff To Do Ltd., to fulfil the prizes and to administrate this competition.
15. By submitting a story, the entrant’s parent or guardian agrees that Stuff To Do Ltd. may, at its sole discretion, edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for the purposes listed in clause 14 above.
16. Entrants agree in clause 14 that Stuff To Do Ltd. may publish the stories on their website for a minimum duration of 12 months.
17. In the event that the entry is published online at StuffToDoAtHome.com, for the avoidance of doubt, this will not be part of, or influence in any way, the judging process. Only the story title, entrant’s name and age will be published with an entry.
18. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
19. Stories will be judged anonymously by the StuffToDoAtHome.com team of writers and guest reviewers depending on the quantity of entries received.
20. The winners will be announced on 22nd May 2020.
20. Prizes will be awarded to the 3 finalists in each age category: the 2 Gold winners will win a £50 Amazon voucher or equivalent (depending on geographical location). The 2 Silver winners will win a £25 Amazon voucher or equivalent. The 2 Bronze winners will win a £10 Amazon voucher or equivalent.
21. Stuff To Do Ltd’s choice of gold, silver and bronze winners in each age category is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
22. Stuff To Do Ltd reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Rules, brings Stuff To Do Ltd into disrepute, or to withhold a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.
23. Stuff To Do Ltd reserves 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.
24. Stuff To Do Ltd, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries, agencies and/or any other organisation associated with this competition cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
25. These Rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales.