Rules and Submissions

How to Enter the Short Sentence Competition

A.            To enter the Competition, you must write and then submit a short story of no more than 1,000 words to:

B.            PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND CONTACT NUMBER WITH ALL ENTRIES. You can send your story by email. To make things easier, please include your story within the main box of the email rather than as an attachment. If the link doesn’t work then you can email

C.            You can also enter your stories through the post. Please send your stories to: Short Sentence competition, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP (‘Bloomsbury’).

Terms & Conditions (the ‘Rules’)

1.            Participation in the competition signifies acceptance of these rules.

2.            THE COMPETITION: The Short Sentence competition (the “Competition”) is open to UK residents aged 18 and over (“You”) subject to clause 2 below.  Employees or agencies of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (‘Bloomsbury’) its group companies or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Competition may not enter the Competition.

3.            NUMBER OF ENTRIES: You are able to enter a maximum of three stories for the entire competition.  You can only enter one story per theme.  You are responsible for the cost (if any) of sending your Competition entry to us.

4.            BLOOMSBURY will announce the winning entry and runners up in November 2012.

5.            COPYRIGHT IN WINNING ENTRIES:  You own the copyright to your Competition entry as its author. However, if you win the Competition, your winning story will be published by Bloomsbury as part of the Short Sentence Collection (hereinafter ‘the Collection’).

6.            EXCLUSIVE LICENCE TO PUBLISH WINNING ENTRIES: If you win you hereby agree to grant Bloomsbury and its licensees and assigns the exclusive, royalty-free, right and licence to publish your winning entry in the Collection throughout the world in all media now known or created in the future in volume form or as part of an eBook or digital editions once the competition has closed and all the winners have been announced. This licence will be excusive for a period of one year from first publication of the Collection by Bloomsbury and non-exclusive thereafter.

7.            DISTRIBUTION OF THE COLLECTION: The Collection will be available as a free download from the Bloomsbury site, amazon and other eBook outlets. No money will be made from the sale from such eBook, nor shall you be entitled to any compensation.

8.            WAIVER OF MORAL RIGHTS: In consideration of your story being published as part of the Collection you unconditionally and irrevocably waive in respect of your published story all moral rights, other than the right to be identified as the author of the story, to which you may now or at any future time be entitled under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as amended from time to time and under all similar legislation from time to time in force anywhere in the world.

9.            SPECIAL CONDITION: In the event that you publish your story in any collection not published by Bloomsbury after one year from first publication, you agree to credit Bloomsbury Publishing plc as first publisher.

10.          COMPETITION DURATION: This competition will be run from February 2012 up to and including November 2012 (i.e 10 months).

11.          CLOSING DATE: The closing date of the Competition is 31st October 2012.  Entries received after these dates and times will not be considered.

12.          WORD LIMIT: Your story must be 1000 words or less. Any entries over this word count will not be considered.

13.          JUDGING OF COMPETITON ENTRIES: Winners will be selected by a panel at Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Bloomsbury reserves the right in its absolute discretion not to publish an entry which is or becomes in breach of third party intellectual property rights, obscene or defamatory.  Lost, delayed or illegible entries will not be accepted.

14.          THE PRIZES: Prizes are not transferable and no cash alternative is available for non-cash prizes.  Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of notification.

15.          THIRD PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: Should your story contain extracts from other copyright works you shall at your own expense obtain from the owners of the respective copyrights written permission to reprint such extracts in the story with respect to all the rights being granted to the Bloomsbury and you shall provide Bloomsbury with copies of such written permission(s) on delivery of your story.  Please make sure you include your name, address and a contact number or email address on your entry.

16.          Winners will be notified either by post or email and announced on the Short Sentence website.

17.          PERSONAL DATA/DATA PROTECTION: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. is registered with the Information Commissioner and shall handle all personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and revisions thereto.

18.          Bloomsbury will collect the entries throughout the year and announce the winner in November 2012.

19.          COMPETITION THEMES: Different competition ‘themes’ will be posted on the Short Sentence website each month.

20.          USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION – GENERAL: By participating in the competition, entrants consent to the use and publication of their names and contributions by Bloomsbury for the purposes of announcing the winners and publication of the Short Sentence Collection.

21.          USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION IN MARKETING: By participating in the competition, entrants agree that Bloomsbury may use their contact details for the purposes of marketing. If you do not want Bloomsbury to use your personal data to contact you by electronic (e-mail or SMS) or postal means with information about our goods and services please contact us at or Short Sentence competition, Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP.

22.          WAIVER & DISCLAIMER: Bloomsbury accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by You as a result of entering the Competition or accepting any prize. Bloomsbury further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to you or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Competition from Bloomsbury’s website.

23.          MODIFICATION OF COMPETITION RULES: Bloomsbury reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Bloomsbury in all matters under its control is final and binding.

24.          FORCE MAJEURE. Bloomsbury shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.

25.          GOVERNING LAW: Your agreement to these Rules and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales and you irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).

26.          COMPETITION ORGANISERS: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP.

8 comments on “Rules and Submissions

  1. May I ask why this competition excludes Northern Ireland which is an integral part of the UK?

    • Hi Shane,
      There will be 5 themes set by our authors. Every other month we will list a new theme. We will be accepting entries on all themes until 30th October.
      Thanks and good luck

  2. I don’t suppose this comment will be published, but I just want to say that I’m not very impressed by the way the rules of this competiton have been changed.

    When I submitted a story back on 11th March on the theme of Deception, I’m pretty sure the rules said there would be a new theme each month, and there were defintely going to be winners announced in early April because I reveived an email telling me this.

    Your prizes pages still says there will be montlhly winners, but now, according to the latest rules and submissions above, there will only be one winner and the winner and runners up will be announced in Niovember!

    • Thank you for your comment. We have received your story and it is being considered under the Deception theme. Bloomsbury reserves the right to amend the rules at any point in the competition. We will now be announcing the winner for each theme at the end of the year. Please feel free to enter for any of the other themes which will be announced on the site throughout the year. Good Luck!

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