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New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and the National Literacy Trust Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and the National Literacy Trust (the “Competition”). The promoters are the National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (together the “Promoters”). 

Please ensure you read the following terms and conditions carefully before entering the Competition. Entry into the Competition will be deemed to be acceptance of all of the terms and conditions and failure to comply with the terms and conditions may result in disqualification. 

(A) General

1. Persons entering the Competition (“Entrants”) must submit a piece of writing of between 20,000 and 40,000 words (an “Entry”) in accordance with these terms and conditions. For further details on the Competition specifics refer to the Competition page on

2. The deadline for submitting Entries is the 30/09/2014 (the “Submission Deadline”).

3. The Competition aims to support and reward excellence in children’s literature. The content of all Entries should therefore be suitable for children. 

4. A committee comprising representatives from Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and the National Literacy Trust will be responsible for administering the Competition (the “Competition Committee”) 

(B) Eligibility 

1. The Competition is open to UK residents only, aged 18 years and over on the Submission Deadline. Proof of nationality and/or residency may be requested of shortlisted writers.

2. Entries are limited to stories written in English, Gaelic or Welsh. However, any Entries written in Gaelic or Welsh must be submitted together with a translation into English. 

3. Entrants may only enter individually and not as part of a writing team. 

4. Entrants must not currently be signed up with an agent and/or literary agent.

5. Only unpublished authors will be considered. Authors of vanity-published or self-published titles with an ISBN will not be eligible. 

6. Each Entry submitted must:

i. be original, fictional, and entirely the Entrant’s own work; 

ii. not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party; and

iii. not be defamatory of any living person or corporate body,and submission of the Entry Form (as defined below) will be deemed to be confirmation by the Entrant of the foregoing. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification from the Competition.

7. Entrants may submit more than one Entry. 

8. The Competition is not open to employees of the Promoters or anyone connected with the Competition or their direct family members. Proof of identity and eligibility may be requested. 

9. Any Entry that is entered posthumously will not be eligible for the Prize. 

10. The Competition Committee reserves the right to refuse entry to the Competition for any reason at its absolute discretion. 

(C) Fees

1. Entries must be paid for prior to submission through the National Literacy Trust website ( and be paid for by credit or debit card.

2. Entries are non-refundable.

3. During the period 01 May 2014 to 30 June 2014 all Entries will be charged at £15.

4. Entries paid for after 30 June 2014 will cost £30 for the first Entry per Entrant, and £15 for each subsequent Entry by the same Entrant. 

5. A discount code for subsequent entries will be emailed to the Entrant on receipt of payment for the first Entry. Discount codes are not to be shared or duplicated. Any Entrants who fail to comply with the terms of the discount code will be automatically disqualified.

(D) Entry Format

1. Once an Entry has been paid for, Entrants will be emailed their submission number and a form that must be used for submission of the Entry (the “Entry Form”). 

2. The formatting of the Entry Form must not be tampered with. Entries submitted in any other format will not be permitted.

3. The Entry Form will consist of:

i. a cover page requiring the Entrant’s name, nationality, email address, telephone number, postal address, 150 word biography and submission number as well as a statement declaring:

(a) that the Entrant is the rightful author of the Entry; and

(b) that the Entrant agrees to comply with these terms and conditions;

ii. a second page to include a synopsis of the Entry of no more than 350 words; and 

iii. subsequent pages as required to include the full Entry, including a section of 1,000 words of the Entry to be highlighted in yellow by the Entrant (the “Passage”). 

4. Entrants may use a pseudonym for their Entry but their legal name must be given on the Entry Form. 

5. Entrants must include their submission number in the footer of each page of the Entry Form used.

6. All parts of the Entry must be in Arial font, size 12 and double spaced. 

7. No illustrations will be accepted as part of the Entry. 

8. Entries must be submitted by email to by 5pm (GMT) on the date of the Submission Deadline. The Entry Form must be a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) saved in the following format “Author_Name_Title_of_Story”, e.g. “P_L_Travers_Mary_Poppins”.

9. Neither the Promoters nor the Competition Committee accepts any responsibility for late, lost or damaged entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entrants will receive an email within one week of submission of the Entry Form confirming receipt. 

10. Incomplete, illegible or corrupt Entries, or those not in accordance with these terms and conditions will not be accepted.

(E) Judging

1. Judging of the Competition will be in three stages: 

i. Stage 1: The Passage identified in respect of each Entry will be read, from which a longlist of approximately 35 Entries will be selected to be put forward to Stage 2.

ii. Stage 2: The longlisted Entries will be read in full, from which a shortlist of up to 10 Entries will be selected to be put forward to Stage 3.

iii. Stage 3: Each of the Competition judges will read the shortlisted Entries in full, and together select the winning entry. The judges will have one vote each and the chair of the judges will have a casting vote in the event of a tie.  

2. At Stage 3, judges may re-call Entries that were not longlisted in Stage 1. 

3. Judging of the Competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

4. All judges will be required to declare any financial interests in relation to any Entrants. 

(F) Results 

1. The Competition Committee intends to announce the shortlisted Entries in March 2015 and the winning Entry shortly thereafter. These Entrants will be contacted via email or telephone. 

2. The announcement of the winning Entry will be published on the Bloomsbury Publishing Plc website ( and on the National Literacy Trust website ( Please check the websites for updates. 

3. By entering the Competition, each Entrant consents to their name and the title of their Entry being published on the websites set out above. 

(G) Prize and Publicity 

1. The winner of the Competition will receive a publishing contract with Bloomsbury for all formats rights in all languages throughout the world with Bloomsbury, with an advance of £5,000, payable in thirds – on signature, delivery of a final manuscript and first publication (the “Prizes”) 

2. The Prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable. The Promoters reserve the right to offer alternative prizes of equivalent or similar value.

3. By submitting an Entry, each Entrant agrees that in the event of being shortlisted or winning the Competition, they will attend the launch event and also undertake a mutually acceptable limited programme of activities to promote the Competition. The National Literacy Trust will cover all reasonable costs associated with attending the launch event. 

4. Each Entrant agrees that it will contribute where possible to press and publicity activities in respect of the Competition, upon request of the Promoters. Each Entrant agrees not to undertake any of its own press or publicity relating to their involvement in the Competition without the prior written consent of the National Literacy Trust. 

5. In the event that the Entrant is informed that their story has been shortlisted or has won the Competition, the Entrant must not publish this fact or otherwise let it be publically known, (e.g. via online forums such as Twitter, Facebook etc.) until such time as an official announcement is made by the Competition Committee. In the event of a breach of this, the Competition Committee may at its sole discretion disqualify the relevant Entry and revise the shortlist and (if applicable) winning Entry. 

(H) Miscellaneous 

1. The Competition Committee reserves the right to cancel the Competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control. 

2. The Promoters will only ever use Entrants’ personal details for the purposes of administering the Competition, and will not publish them or provide them without permission to anyone not involved in the administration of this Competition. 

3. The entrant acknowledges and agrees that to the extent permitted by law, the Promoters and any other person(s) in connection with the Prize will not be liable for any loss or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise) including financially and/or to reputation and/or disappointment, suffered by any Entrant entering the Competition or as a result of accepting any Prize. 

4. By submitting an Entry to the Competition the Entrant will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to abide by these terms and conditions. 

5. This Competition will be governed by English law. 



The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.