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Competition notice

Who’s behind the competition?

The competition is the brain child of Kip McGrath and is being organised by EdComs a specialist educational marketing agency. Kip McGrath Education Centres offer supplementary education to students in reading, writing, comprehension, maths and English. There is a national network of education centres in the UK operated by qualified teachers who have a passion for teaching and helping young people to achieve their potential. For more information about Kip McGrath please visit the website.

Kip McGrath National Writing Competition Competition Rules 2012

1. These rules (the "Rules") relate to the competition (the "Competition") for the Kip McGrath National Writing Competition. PLEASE READ THESE RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING THE COMPETITION. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR TUTOR OR PARENT/GUARDIAN'S CONSENT TO ENTER.

2. By entering the Competition entrants will be deemed to have accepted the Rules and be bound by them.

3. The Competition opens on Wednesday 21 November 2012.

4. Entries must be received by no later than 17:00 BST on Friday 22 February 2013. Late, illegible, damaged, incorrect or illegal entries will be disqualified. Kip McGrath cannot take any responsibility for any such entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

5. Entry to the Competition is free.

6. Each entrant is only permitted to enter the competition once.

7. The Competition is open to all young people between the ages of 9 and 14 years of age as at the Competition closing date who are resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland excluding employees of Kip McGrath or Competition judges (or members of their immediate families). There are 2 age categories for entry: 9-11 years old, 12-14 years old. Kip McGrath reserves the right to ask for proof of age from entrants.

8. Entrants must have permission to enter the Competition from a parent or guardian who will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the Rules. Kip McGrath reserves the right to ask for proof of permission. Entries without permission will be disqualified.

9. Entries may comprise stories or poems or other creative writing pieces. Each entry must be the entrant's own original work. Entries must be typewritten and no longer than 750 words. Entries may be accompanied by illustrations, but these will not be taken into account by the Competition judges.

10. Entries will primarily be judged on originality and creativity, rather than how they are executed, however that is not to discourage good spelling and grammar. The decision of the Competition judges is final.

11. Entries should be submitted online via the competition website. Entries submitted online must be in Microsoft Word.doc or .dox format (or similar format) and the maximum file is 10MB. Entries cannot be returned.

12. Entries must be accompanied by an online entry form. Entries may be made by individual entrants or by tutors on behalf of their pupils. Where multiple entries are made by a teacher, all entrants must be in the same age category.

13. Each piece of work entered into the Competition must be marked with the entrant's name and age and their local Kip McGrath centre’s name and address.

14. A panel of regional judges selected by Kip McGrath will review all entries and select the Competition finalists (the "Finalists"). There will be 6 finalists from each age category.

15. The Finalists will be notified by WC 25 March 2013 using the contact details on their entry form. If Kip McGrath is unable to contact any Finalist by 31 March 2013, Kip McGrath may select another entrant as a substitute Finalist.

16. Each Finalist's entry will be published in a Kip McGrath commemorative book that will be available online following the competition.

17. The 2 winners (one in each age group) will be selected by the judges will each receive the following prizes:

Regional winners will each receive:

  • A specially published commemorative book featuring their entry as a ‘regional winner’ for them to treasure.
  • A signed certificate including congratulations from one the Rio 2016 Rising Star athletes.

National winners will each receive:

  • A £100 Amazon voucher to spend as they wish.
  • A specially published commemorative book featuring their entry as a ‘national winner’ for them to treasure.
  • A signed certificate including congratulations from one the Rio 2016 Rising Star athletes.

18. All prizes are not transferable. No cash alternative is available for any prize.

19. Kip McGrath reserves the right to cancel the Competition, to offer alternative prizes and to change the Rules at any stage.

20. Entrants to the Competition consent to the use by Kip McGrath of their name, age and town of residence to announce the winners of the Competition and to identify entrants in any publication of an entry in accordance with the Rules. Entrants also consent to the use of their personal information by Kip McGrath to contact Finalists and prize winners, to verify compliance with the Rules and for administration of the Competition.

21. Any questions concerning the Rules or the Competition may be directed to