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Stories and Entrants
Entries must be submitted between 12.01am on April 1st 2017 and 11.59 pm on June 30th 2017, UK time (the “deadline”).
Short stories entered must be between 1000 and 2000 words. The title is not included in the word count.
Flash fictions entered can be up to 350 words. The title is not included in the word count.
Stories entered must be original works of fiction, entirely the work of the entrant, and must not have been published (in print or online, including on personal blogs), broadcast, or performed publicly before the publication of the shortlist.
Stories entered must not have been previously submitted to Rattle Tales or The Brighton Prize.
Stories entered must contain nothing that is unlawful, libellous, or which would, if published, broadcast or performed, breach any legal obligation.
Stories entered must not have won or been shortlisted in any other competitions before the publication of the shortlist. You must let us know before June 30th 2017 if your story has been shortlisted elsewhere.
Stories entered must be in English.
Stories entered must be 1.5 or double spaced.
Stories entered must be in a .doc or .docx file format and must not be corrupted or otherwise unreadable.
Entries can only be submitted via the online form. Entries submitted by post or other methods will not be accepted.
An entry fee of £8 for short stories or £6 for flash fictions is payable at the time entries are submitted. Payment is only accepted by PayPal, via the online form.
Entrants must include their name, email address and telephone number on the online form when submitting entries, but must not include their name or other personal or identifying information in the story entered.
Entrants can submit more than one entry. Each individual entry requires the relevant entry fee.
Entrants must be over 18 years of age by the deadline.
International entries are accepted providing they are written in English.
Entrants may request to withdraw entries from the competition by email before the deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org Entry fee for withdrawn entries will not be refunded. If withdrawal is successful then we may confirm by email.
Entrants cannot amend or substitute their entries after submission, but may submit a new entry by the deadline if their original entry has been withdrawn, in which case an additional entry fee will be payable.
All entries into this prize competition must comply with the Entry Rules listed on this website and with these terms and conditions. Any entry that does not comply may be disqualified without refund of any entry fee paid. However, we reserve the discretion to offer entrants the chance to rectify simple non-compliance and to re-submit before the deadline without payment of an additional entry fee.
The prize competition is not open to the Directors of Rattle Tales Ltd, individuals involved in the judging of the competition or the guest judges, or to their immediate families.
Entry into the prize competition is acceptance of these terms and conditions.
Administration of competition including prizes
We will automatically acknowledge receipt of all entries.
Entries will be considered and winners will be notified in early October 2017 by email or phone and given details of how to claim the prize.
If a winner has not responded to us within four days, or if the winner rejects the prize, we reserve the right to select a new winner, in which case the original winner forfeits the prize.
The winners will be announced at a prize-giving event in Brighton after October 1st 2017.
Entrants who have not won one of the three prizes will be notified by email during October 2017.
A short-list of story titles for each category will be published on our website in October 2017. Our panel of guest judges will choose winners and runners up from this list.
The titles of the three winners in each category will be published on our website after the awards event.
Entries will be judged solely on the merits of the stories entered.
An experienced reader panel appointed by Rattle Tales Ltd, will read all entries. A short-list will then be compiled from which the guest judge will select the winners.
Cash prizes will be paid by bank transfer, to a UK bank account held by the winner and notified to us, or by PAYPAL if the winner does not have a UK bank account.
The short story category first prize is a cash sum of £1,000. Two runners up prizes are £100 each. One story from a local writer (resident in Sussex) will be awarded a £100 book token.
The flash fiction category first prize is £100. Two runners up prizes are £50 each.
A list of highly commended stories may be published on our website when the shortlist has been announced.
The six prize winners grant us the right to publish their stories in a Rattle Tales anthology to be published during 2018, either in print or online (subject to the entrants’ agreement to Rattle Tales Ltd licensing terms and conditions); and will be invited to join the audience of the 2017 awards show (additional guest tickets, travel expenses and accommodation will not be provided). Writers on the shortlist will also be invited to have their stories published in the 2018 anthology and to attend the prize-giving.
Invitations to the anthology and awards show (as performer or audience member) cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash or other prizes. If the anthology, or show, is not possible for any reason, we reserve the right to withdraw invitations or offer suitable alternatives. Expenses, accommodation and additional tickets will not be provided.
Prizes are not dependent on inclusion of stories in a Rattle Tales anthology or on a winning entrant’s personal attendance at the awards show or any Rattle Tales show.
Winners grant Rattle Tales Ltd the right to publish their prize-winning story in the Brighton Prize anthology (2018). Acceptance of a cash prize is conditional on publication in the Brighton Prize anthology (1918).
Short-listed authors who wish to be included in the Brighton Prize anthology (2018) may not publish their stories elsewhere prior to the publication of the Brighton Prize anthology (2018).
Entrants retain worldwide copyright of the stories submitted, but the winners of the first (£1,000) prize and the two runner up (£100) prizes grant a royalty-free non-exclusive perpetual license to Rattle Tales Ltd and The Brighton Prize to perform the stories at the awards show in 2017, to publish podcasts of the performances online, and to make commercial use of the stories via promotion of Rattle Tales Ltd and The Brighton Prize.
Rattle Tales Ltd reserves the right to use any image taken at the 2017 awards ceremony to reasonably promote the Brighton Prize in this year and any other.
Disputes and miscellaneous
The selection of winning entries by the judges is final.
No individual correspondence will be entered into by the judges and comments will not be provided on individual entries.
These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate any dispute arising in relation to them.
We are not liable for any failure to comply with our obligations in relation to the Brighton Prize if failure is a result of circumstances outside of our reasonable control.
We accept no responsibility for any costs, damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment in relation with the Brighton Prize.
Nothing in these terms and conditions excludes liability for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of negligence.
We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time at our reasonable discretion. Any changes to the rules will be published on this website.