Mini Writers Big Books Competition 2017

MWBBC_2017

Do you love reading books? Do you enjoy telling and writing stories? If so, this competition is for you!

This year, to celebrate books and creative writing, we have launched this short story competition in-line with World book Day 2017 and we hope to capture your imagination. We want to find and celebrate talented young writers in the community, and this is a perfect platform to do so. Simply write a short story of up to 500 words on any theme or topic as we would like you to be as creative as possible, but your parents or schools may set a theme if they wish.

Joseph & Benjamin are now accepting submissions for the “Mini Writers, Big Books Competition”. The competition closes on 2nd May 2017. We want you to write your own short story on any theme or topic and show off your writing skills. You have up to 500 words to share your exciting story. Bring your story to life with creative characters and a great story line but remember to keep it original and make it exciting and fun. Submission couldn’t be easier – you can do so in a few minutes online.

To help you get started, further details, terms & conditions, and guidance and tips can all be found below.

Great prizes are up grabs for the:
• Winner, who will receive an Amazon Kindle plus £30 book vouchers;
• Runner up will receive £50 book vouchers and;
• Third place will receive £30 book vouchers.

If you’re under 12, and you have a story to tell, then we want to hear from you! But you must ask your parent/guardian or teacher for permission to enter this competition. Ask them to read the terms and conditions (below) before submitting your work. When you’re ready to send your story, make sure they are nearby – you can’t enter without them!

Go on, grab your notepad and pen, and let your writing skills loose… Remember make it creative, exciting and fun!
• The competition is open to all under 12s and group entries from primary schools*
• For all Terms & Conditions and to submit your entries – see below
• All entries must be submitted by 2nd May 2017

*we welcome group entries from schools and happy to discuss arrangements


 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Joseph & Benjamin reserve the right to change or discontinue the competition and will not be obliged to make any awards.

Winners will be announced via the Joseph & Benjamin website. We will not be emailing entrants of the results. However, we will contact winners individually or via their schools.

Once you have sent in the entry through one of the methods listed below, you will not be able to change any details or send a revised copy of the work.
Hardcopy entries sent into us will not be returned and you are advised to keep a copy of everything for your records.

ELIGIBILITY
• All entries must be written in English and must be entrant’s own original and unaided work i.e. entrant must not copy someone else’s work.
• The story must not be based on a character that already exists e.g. Spot, Winnie the Pooh, etc.
• Submissions must not infringe any copyright or contain defamatory or otherwise unlawful matter.
• All entrants must be under the age of 12 on the 2nd May 2017 and entrants must make sure their parent/guardian or teacher has given permission to enter this competition.
• All entrants must be a UK permanent resident.
• Entries submitted in previous competitions will not be accepted.
• Short Story: story must not be more than 500 words.
• The competition is free to enter, however, entrants can only submit one story.
• The closing date for the competition is 9pm on the 2nd May 2017. Submissions will not be accepted after the closing date.

Please note – any entry deemed that does not meet the above criteria by Joseph and Benjamin or our judges will be disqualified.

SUBMISSION PROCESS
Submit Online (our preferred method):
1. Story should be drafted on a Microsoft Word document or something similar (this will help you keep an eye on the word count)
2. Complete online entry form via Online Entry Form and make sure you (the parent/guardian or teacher) complete the entry form. All required fields on the form must be completed.
3. Copy and paste the entrant’s story into the ‘online form’

Alternatively, you can post the entry(s):
1. Print off and complete the entry form which can be downloaded from the ‘download’ section. Make sure you (the parent/guardian or teacher) completes the entry form. All required fields on the form must be completed.
2. Place all the story page(s) in an A4 envelope – make sure every page has a header with ‘Mini Writers, Big Books Competition 2017’, entrant’s name and age. Remember to enclose the entry form (completed from above) which consists of contact details.
3. Seal the envelope properly, affix a stamp(s) and post it to Joseph and Benjamin Competitions, 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ

For school entries:
1. School representative to print off and complete the ‘Group Submission Form’. All required fields on the form must be completed.
2. Place all the pages in an A4 envelope – make sure every page has a header with ‘Mini Writers, Big Books Competition 2017’, the school name, entrants name and age. Remember to enclose the submission form (completed from above) which consists of contact details, particulars around the stories.
3. Seal the envelope properly, affix a stamp(s) and post it to Joseph and Benjamin Competitions, 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ

NOTE: Make sure that the entrants are totally happy with all the text that has been written in their story. You will not be able to change any details or send a revised copy of the story after it has been sent to us.

SELECTION PROCESS
Judging will be done in the following manner:

Stage 1: A team of judges will reviewing all submissions and will select the top entries

Stage 2: The shortlisted entries will be assessed; the judging panel who will assess the entries, giving each work a score.

Stage 3: Details of winners will be announced and made available on the Joseph and Benjamin website and social media sites after the final scores.

The decisions of the judging panel are final and binding, and Joseph and Benjamin will not enter into any correspondence or negotiation regarding the results.

PUBLICITY
Each entrant agrees to take part in any publicity for the promotion of the competition, which will include – but is not restricted to – his/her name and photograph being used. Entrants will not receive payment for this.

Winners will retain the copyright to their work but grant Joseph and Benjamin the right to publish their work in the anthology and excerpts on the Joseph and Benjamin website.

Submitting your entry to the competition will imply your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

GET WRITING
For those new to this – don’t leave entering the competition too close to the deadline and don’t send in your first attempt. Put the idea away for a little while after completion and when you review it, improvements will naturally be seen almost immediately. To help you get started, we have provided you some guidance and tips – see the download section. Plus we’ve published the winning stories from 2016 – see below.

There has been an excitement in short stories and we are offering you the opportunity to develop something that could be remembered by generations to come. You have until 2nd May 2017 to enter this competition, so go on, grab your notepad and pen, and let your writing skills loose… you know there is a story in you!

DOWNLOAD
Guidance and tips
Entry Form*
Group Submission Form*
2016 Winning Stories

*Note: Please download and save the PDF file onto your computer, open the saved file with Adobe Reader or Acrobat, complete the form and copy & paste your story, save the file and then email it as an attachment. Always remember to keep a backup copy of your story.

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