Short Story Competition 2015 - Terms and conditions (the Rules)
The Poetic Republic Short Story Prize 2015 (the ‘Competition’) is organised by Poetic Republic Limited (‘Poetic Republic’).
Entries may be submitted from anywhere in the world. The Competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is not otherwise excluded by these rules. Employees of Poetic Republic are not eligible to enter the Competition.
Participation is anonymous. Publication may be under an entrant’s real name or under a pseudonym. Prizes can only be awarded to a “real person”.
Entries must be in English. Entries may be on any subject. Entries should be between 750 and 3,000 words. The name of the writer or any other identifying marks must not appear on the submitted entry. Entries may be edited up to the final deadline for the submission of entries. After submission, fees cannot be refunded. Entries should not be obscene, offensive, defamatory or libellous.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published or have won a prize in any other competition prior to the announcement of the winners and publication of the competition eBook (October 2015). Work that has appeared in online writing forums will not normally be considered to have been published.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize or be published prior to the announcement of the winners; entry fees will not be refunded. You should notify Poetic Republic immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.
There is a maximum of one entry per participant.
Confirmation of entries will be emailed at the time of submission.
Entries will be made available (anonymously) to other entrants for the purposes of judging.
The entries will be judged anonymously by the competition entrants.
By entry, the entrant agrees to participate in the judging process. Short stories will be withheld from the final judging round (and the eBook) where the entrant hasn’t participated in the earlier rounds.
Entrants considered to have cheated or been negligent in their judging will be disqualified, even if they haven’t benefitted from this.
The judging will take place in April and May following the closure of the Competition.
Judging will comprise 3 rounds. In each round, entrants will be given 7 stories to judge. From these, they will choose their top 3 entries, rank them in order of preference and make a short comment against each choice.
There will be an option to make additional comments against stories that have not been ranked.
In round 1, all entries will be included. Allocation of the entries will be made on a systematic basis. Entrants will not judge their own work. All entrants will judge. 20% of entries will move into round 2. Entrants will not know which entries have advanced to round 2.
Round 2 will follow the same format as round 1. All entrants will judge. Round 2 will produce a final shortlist that will pass into round 3.
In Round 3 all entrants (including the shortlisted entrants) are free to choose whether they participate in the judging. Shortlisted entrants will be unable to rate their own stories.
Entrants will be notified by email as each judging round opens.
In rounds 1 and 2 entrants will have the option to judge two further blocks of 7 stories.
Entrants will receive an email confirmation of their judging choices.
At the time of entry, entrants should have a reasonable expectation that they will be in a position to take part in the judging. If an entrant is unable to take part in the judging (due to unforeseen circumstances) simply drop us an email (in advance) via the contact page.
Poetic Republic maintains a full audit trail of all judging choices made by participants. This information is used to monitor and maximise the integrity of the judging process and will remain confidential however Poetic Republic may publish anonymous statistics thereon.
The organisers reserve the right to modify the above mechanics if it becomes apparent that doing so would more appropriately reflect the spirit of the Competition.
The organisers will not enter into any correspondence about the results.
The deadline for entries is midnight (UK time) 30th April 2015.
An indicative timetable for the judging (subject to change) is:
- Round 1
- Monday 4th May to Sunday 17th May (2 weeks)
- Round 2
- Tuesday 19th May to Sunday 31st May (nearly 2 weeks)
- Round 3
- Tuesday 2nd June to Sunday 14th June (nearly 2 weeks)
Comments on participant’s own short stories made available – Wednesday 17th June.
Publication of eBook and announcement of winner(s) – October 2015
The cost is £12.00 per entry. We only accept debit card payments, credit card payments or payments from a PayPal account. All cards will be debited in UK pounds sterling. Once entry has been made, our services begin immediately and we are unable to offer a subsequent refund.
The copyright of each entry remains with the author.
In the case that an entry is selected for publication, by submitting an entry, the Entrant grants a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty free, worldwide licence to Poetic Republic to publish the entry (and any background information supplied by the entrant) in Poetic Republic anthologies (in any digital or print format) and on the Poetic Republic website.
By participation in the Competition, the Entrant grants a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty free, worldwide licence to Poetic Republic to publish any comment (made in the judging process) either in Poetic Republic anthologies (in any digital or print format) or on the Poetic Republic website.
Comments selected for publication will remain anonymous (unless otherwise agreed with the commentator).
There will be a single First Prize of £2,000.
The prize winner will be announced in October 2015.
The prize will not be awarded to the same person in consecutive years.
There will be one additional prize of £250 for the Best Commentator.
Poetic Republic accepts no liability to any user of this site or any third party for any damage or loss suffered as a consequence of use of this site.
Poetic Republic cannot accept responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition. In the event of any technical failure Poetic Republic’s liability will be limited to the entry fee paid.
The Competition and Rules will be governed by English Law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. As a condition of entering the Competition, entrants must ensure that by doing so, they do not contravene any laws of their own country of residence.
Poetic Republic reserves the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond Poetic Republic’s control.
In the event of any dispute regarding these Rules or any other matter relating to the Competition, the decision of Poetic Republic shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
Entry of the Competition implies unqualified acceptance of all the Competition’s Rules.