1. The competition is organised by York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month supported by Aviva.

  2. Entry to this competition is open to school pupils aged 11-16 attending schools in York and the surrounding area.

  3. Entrants are required to write a short story, essay, or poem of no more than a thousand words (no minimum) that explores themes of LGBT life. Topics can include, but are not limited to:
    • The LGBT History Month 2017 theme: “Citizenship, PSHE and Law”
    • Other LGBT history topics
    • Personal experiences
    • Coming out
    • Bullying
    • Equality and diversity related to LGBT issues.

  4. In the event that entrants wish to write about people that they know (other than public figures or celebrities) they must obtain written permission from the people concerned if they wish to use real names, or if the people could be identified. Entrants are advised that without such written permission they should ensure that the people they are writing about cannot be identified. Teachers are requested to guide pupils regarding these terms and conditions. York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month accept no responsibility if entrants ignore these terms and conditions.
  1. Entrants do not need to identify on the LGBT spectrum. It is especially desirable that non-LGBT pupils are encouraged to enter.

  2. Entry opens on Wednesday 1st February and closes at midnight on Tuesday 28th February. Unfortunately submissions received outside this timeframe will not be considered.

  3. Entrants can only enter individually. Only one entry per person is permitted. If more than one entry is submitted, only the entrant’s first submission will be considered.
  1. Entries can be in any style or form, fiction or non-fiction, but must be in English.

  2. All entries should be emailed to outwordboundinyork@gmail.com or handed in at school to a nominated member of staff.

    10. Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing to the above email address.

  1. All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form counter-signed by an appropriate teacher who has approved the entry and agreed to these Terms and Conditions.

  2. Entries cannot be returned, so please retain a copy. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted in respect of their entry and no feedback will be given.
  1. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month accept no responsibility if entrants ignore these terms and conditions.

  2. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material and teachers are requested to guide pupils regarding these terms and conditions.

  3. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries, but grant to York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month a royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and includes all the necessary rights and permissions to enable York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month to award the prizes and complete the administration of this competition.

  4. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Originality
    • Enjoyment
    • Language
    • Relevance to LGBT issues.

  5. The competition will be judged by a panel of voluntary judges chosen by York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month for their relevant expertise, but independent of the participating schools, York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month. Detailed guidelines on how to judge the entries according to the criteria will be agreed between the judges, York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month.

  6. A list of prize winners will be sent to all participating schools and the prizes will be awarded at a ceremony.

  7. Prize winners unable to attend the awards ceremony will need to make an arrangement with York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month to receive their prize.
  1. Winners will be able to choose vouchers from the following:
    • City Screen Picturehouse York
    • Love2Shop
    • iTunes
    • Restaurant Choice

  2. The prizes will be awarded on the following basis:
    • First prize: £50 vouchers
    • Second prize: £30 vouchers
    • Third prize: £20 vouchers.

  3. York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month reserve the right to change, or vary the prizes on offer without giving prior notice.

  4. The decision of the judges, York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  1. York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month reserve the right to disqualify any entry which breaches these terms and conditions.

  2. York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or circumstance arise outside of its control.

  3. York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month, the judges, or any person or organisation associated with this competition cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever, however caused, for an entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
  1. All publicity will acknowledge York LGBT History Month and York LGBT Forum.

28. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

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