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1. Names of the poet must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All poems are read blind.


2. No staff/committee member from Clochoderick Press, or the judging panel, nor all of the aforementioned person's immediate families (Children over 16, spouses, mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers or immediate siblings) may enter the competition.


3. The Clochoderick Poetry Competition: The Clochoderick Poetry Prize 2017 (the "Competition") is organised by Round Table Writers committee members.


4. The Competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is not excluded by these Rules. There is no upper age limit for entry.


5. The deadline for entries is 11:59pm (UK time) on 25th of January 2018. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered but fees may still be charged. The online entry system may become busy as the deadline nears, so entrants are advised not to leave submissions until the last minute.


6. Each poem must be no longer than 35 lines. Titles, blank lines and page numbers are not included in the line count.


7. Entrants may submit as many poems as they like. We have three pricing categories. Single poem is £5, three poems are £7.5, and five poems are £10.

8. All work submitted for consideration can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be the entrant's own original writing, and should not have appeared in print or have been broadcast or performed publicly. Work which has been published on public websites, blogs or social media sites can be submitted, but must be taken down before the date of entry and must not be uploaded again until competition is over. Work that has been circulated via, or uploaded to, closed forums (e.g. for the purposes of workshopping on writing courses) can be submitted. Work found to be published in print or to have been broadcast or to have appeared on a website, or performed publicly outside of these terms will be disqualified without refund of the entry fee.


9. All work must be typed or word-processed, clearly legible and written in English. Entrants should not include illustrations or artwork. Pages submitted by post should be stapled, paper-clipped or loose, so that they can be separated easily for photocopying/scanning. Beyond these stipulations, presentation (e.g. font and spacing) is at the entrant’s discretion.


10. Translations into English of work written in other languages can be accepted, provided that the source text is the entrant's own original work and has not been published (in line with point 7, above); translations into English of work published elsewhere in other languages will not be accepted.


11. Entries will be accepted only online via the competition email address provided:


12. Online entrants will be required to pay online.


13. All entries will be assigned an ID number and made anonymous upon receipt. Judges will not be privy to entrants' names during the reading and judging processes. Names will be reattributed to entries only after the short list and winners have been decided.


14. Entries submitted for consideration may be withdrawn from the Competition by entrants by notification in writing (by email to Clochoderick Press Chief Editor). Where work is withdrawn, entry fees will not be refunded.


15. Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted; poems cannot be amended, corrected or substituted. If entrants wish to correct errors in poems, they must withdraw their portfolio of poems from the Competition as above and enter again with payment of entry fee. No correspondence or discussion about amendments will be entered into.


16. Entries will not be returned under any circumstances.


17. Clochoderick Press reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these Rules, or made a false declaration on the entry form.


18. Clochoderick Press cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition.


19. Clochoderick Press will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data.


20. The Competition and Rules will be governed by Scottish Law and any dispute will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.


21. Clochoderick Press reserves the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond Clochoderick Press' control. Any changes to the Rules will be posted on the Clochoderick Press Writing Competition website.


22. Submission of an entry will be deemed to imply unqualified acceptance of the Competition's Rules. In the event of any dispute regarding these Rules or any other matter relating to the Competition, the decision of Clochoderick Press shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.




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