The competition is now closed.
The Creative Writing competition is back for 2017 and we want to hear from you young writers!
If you are between seven and twelve years old, by 8th September 2017, you are eligible to enter this fabulous competition. To enter, you need to 'write a letter to someone who lives far away’, just like Shirley does in Jacqueline's new book, Wave Me Goodbye. Letters should be no longer than 750 words long and cannot feature real characters or events, so fire up your imagination! If you're in need of some inspiration, then why not read Jacqueline's top tips for brilliant letter writing.
One lucky winner will have their letter published in an upcoming Jacqueline Wilson novel! They will also receive £100 worth of books, a year’s subscription to First News, a book bundle for their school AND the chance to meet Jacqueline Wilson!
Submitting your letter
To enter, simply enter your details in the form below. Remember to save your letter in a separate location before you press submit! Please note that your letter will be rejected if the length is more than 750 words or if it contains any inappropriate content or if it includes any of your personal information.
Letters can’t be returned, so remember to save a copy in a separate location before you send your letter in!
To send in a physical entry please complete this downloadable entry form and submit to: Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize 2017, Penguin Random House Children’s, Publicity, 7th Floor, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL
To enter simply fill in your details below:
Terms and Conditions:
1.By entering this competition, you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions. All entry instructions form part of the terms and conditions of this competition.
2.This competition is open to anyone aged 7 to 12 on 19th May 2017 who is a resident ofthe UK or the Republic of Ireland, except for employees of the Promoter, itssubsidiary companies, their families and any other company connected with thecompetition including The NLT, First News and WHSmith. Proof of age, identity andeligibility may be requested. Parents or guardians must enter on behalf of all entrantsand are required to approve the entry and agree to these terms and conditions by way of a check box on the online entry form or on the downloadable entry form.
3.To enter this competition you must write a 'letter to someone who lives far away' which is no more than 750 words long. Entry can be completed online at https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/articles/competitions/jacqueline-wilson-creative-writing-prize-2017/, www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk or sent by post using the downloadable form at www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk together with the entrant’s name and entrant’s parent or guardian’s contact details including their email address. Postal entries should be addressed to: Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize 2017, Penguin Random House Children’s, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL. All entries should be submitted in English. Only one entry per person is allowed and stories cannot have multiple authors. If one entrant submits more than one letter, only their first letter will be considered.
4.Letters must be fictional, they cannot be narratives of true events and they cannot feature real people. The entrant guarantees they have not accounted real events or used anyone’s personal details in the letter. The winning letter will be published so it is important that entrants do not include any personal details about themselves. Entries must not contain any unsuitable, obscene, offensive or defamatory material. Entries which do not adhere to these terms and conditions may be removed from the competition.
5.Entries become the property of the Promoter and cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy. No feedback on an entry will be given.
6.By entering this competition each entrant confirms that his/her entry is their wholly-owned creation and to the extent that such entry makes use of any third party materials that these have been fully cleared unless they are no longer protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights. Entrants will keep the Promoter harmless from any claims inrelation to their entry that the entry infringes the personal or proprietary right of any other person. By submitting an entry, each entrant (or their parent/guardian on their behalf) grants to the Promoter a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to edit, publish, translate, modify, adapt, make available and distribute the entry throughout the world in any media now known or here after invented. Each entrant (or their parent/guardian ontheir behalf) undertakes to complete any necessary documentation to formalise the licence. If you do not want to grant us these rights, please do not submit materials to us.
7.By entering this competition the entrant agrees that the Promoter may at its sole discretion edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for purposes listed in clause 6 above.
8.Entry opens on 19th May 2017 and the closing date for the competition is noon GMT 8th September 2017 (closing date). Entries received after the closing date will not be considered. Responsibility will not be accepted for corrupted, illegible, incomplete, lost or damaged entries, whether due to system error or otherwise. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt and proof of entering the competition via www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk or https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/articles/competitions/jacqueline-wilson-creative-writing-prize-2017/ is not proof of the Promoter’s receipt of entry. Automatically generated entries or entries via agents or third parties are invalid and will not be considered.
9.All correctly completed entries will first be judged by the Promoter’s employees. The top 20 shortlisted entries will then be read and judged by Jacqueline Wilson, a Penguin Random House editor, a representative from First News, The National Literacy Trust and a representative from WHSmith. The winner will be the entry that in the opinion of the judges is the most creative and well written.
10.There will be one winner. The winner’s letter will be published in a WHSmith exclusive edition of a forthcoming Jacqueline Wilson novel and on Jacqueline's website. The winner will also win tickets to a Jacqueline Wilson event where they will meet Jacqueline Wilson and will receive a year's subscription to First News. The winner will also win £100 worth of Penguin Random House Children’s books of their choice and 25 Jacqueline Wilson books for their school chosen by the Promoter. Travel expenses up to £100 per person will be covered for the winner and one parent/guardian in regards to the event (together the prizes). No cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the winner cannot attend the event, no alternative dates will be possible and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the prize to a subsequent winner.
11.Events may occur which render the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion,vary, amend or suspend any of the prizes with or without notice.
12.The competition will be judged within 60 days of the closing date (i.e. by 7th November 2017) and the parent or guardian of the winner will be notified by email on 7th November 2017. The parent or guardian of the winner will have 10 working days to confirm acceptance of their prize in order to meet print deadlines for the letter to be inserted into a Jacqueline Wilson book otherwise the Promoter reserves the right to reallocate the prize to a reserve winner selected in accordance with these rules.
13.The winners agree to the promoter’s use of their name, town of residence and photograph in relation to the promoter’s publicity material.
14.The promoter will use any data submitted by entrants only for the purposes of running the competition, unless otherwise stated in the entry details. By entering this competition, all entrants consent to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of this competition and any other purposes to which the entrant hasconsented.
15.To obtain details of the winner please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the name of the competition in the subject heading four weeks after the closing date.
16.The winner agrees to take part in reasonable post event publicity and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity.
17.Promoter may disqualify any entrant whose entry does not comply with these terms and conditions (in Promoter’s sole opinion) or who, in Promoter’s sole determination, has acted in a manner that is fraudulent, dishonest or unjust to other entrants including, without limitation, tampering with the operation of the competition, manipulating or rigging votes, hacking, deceiving, cheating or by harassing or threatening other entrants or a representative of Promoter.
18. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the competition.
19. The Promoter reserves the rights to amend these terms and conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary it its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
20. These terms and conditions are subject to English Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
21. The Promoter is : Penguin Random House Children's, a division of Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL.