Essay Competition – Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

  1. The essay competition is administered and promoted by the Intergenerational Foundation (IF), 19 Half Moon Lane, London, SE24 9JU, charity no: 1142 230 and is run in association with the New Statesman (NS).
  2. The competition will run from midnight on 1 September 2013 until midnight on 1 October 2013 and winners will be announced by midnight on 1 November 2013. Late entries will not be accepted.
  3. The competition is open to all A Level students at a recognised UK school, sixth-form or further education college.
  4. Entry is limited to one per person. Only individual entries will be accepted. Team entries will not be accepted. Answers must be between a minimum word count of 1,000 words and a maximum of 1,500 words, answering the question stipulated, in order to be accepted.
  5. Entries must be written in English, typed, double line-spaced, with numbered pages and sources referenced using footnotes. Footnotes should include, author, title of publication, publisher if available, date or internet URL wherever possible. Entries that do not meet these criteria will not be read. Entrants must retain their own copies as no entries will be returned. Entries must be submitted online to the instructions specified and will be acknowledged by an automated email. There will be no feedback on any entries, either during or after the competition.
  6. Entrants will be required to give their date of birth, the name of a school/college tutor and the tutor’s school email address, postal address and telephone number as part of the online entry procedure.
  7. The winning essay will be published by NS and IF online.
  8. The overall winner will receive a £25 book token and the winner’s school will receive £250 worth of book tokens to spend on school library books.
  9. Four runners-up will each receive a £25 book token and have their essays published on the IF website. The runners-up schools will receive £150 worth of book tokens to spend on school library books.
  10. Twelve essays will be awarded Highly Commended status and these entrants will each receive £25 worth of book tokens.
  11. The judges’ decision is final and not subject to appeal. No correspondence will be entered into. There is no cash alternative. The prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
  12. IF/NS reserve the right to present no prizes or commendations or to reduce the number of prizes and commendations if an insufficient number of deserving essays is received.
  13. Entrants retain all rights to their entries, but taking part in the competition implies accepting that NS and IF retain unlimited, non-exclusive rights to reproduction without further compensation. The winning essay may be published by NS online and on the IF website, and essays of the four runners-up will be published on the IF website – subject to the final decision by IF and NS. There is no guarantee that the 1st prize winners’ essay, or the essays of the four runners-up will be published by either organisation.
  14. IF/NS reserve the right, at their sole and absolute discretion, to use names and information about participants without obtaining further consent from the participant or providing any payment whatsoever to the participant for any commercial or non-commercial endeavours, publicity, advertising, trade or promotion in perpetuity.
  15. IF/NS reserve the right to modify the format and content of essays for publication purposes.
  16. IF/NS will not be responsible or liable for any problem, loss or damage of whatsoever nature suffered by any party due to any delay and/or failure in submitting entries to the competition.
  17. IF/NS will not be responsible or liable for any costs, problems, damage or loss of whatsoever nature to the participants resulting from their participation in the competition.
  18. IF/NS reserve the right to disqualify any participant that they determine are submitting material that is deemed to be offensive.
  19. Entry to the competition is deemed an acceptance of IF/NS’s terms and conditions of use as posted on the website.
  20. Entries must be original work by the entrant.
  21. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that their essay does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any other laws.
  22. By entering, the entrants, including the winner, agree to allow the free use of their names, photographs and general locations for publicity and news purposes during this competition.
  23. Uses of personal data received by IF/NS in the course of the competition are subject to current UK data protection legislation. The winner’s name may be published on the website.
  24. Submission of an entry will be deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  25. IF/NS reserve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering the prize) if, in their sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified. IF/NS reserve in their absolute discretion the right to substitute a prize of equal value in the event that circumstances beyond their control make this unavoidable.
  26. The competition is not open to employees of IF/NS or its sponsors, their families, agents or anyone else professionally associated with this competition.