Terms and Conditions

1. We are unable under any circumstances to allow changes to be made to poems once entered or for fees to be refunded. Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing but any entry fees will not be refunded.

2. If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, please include a stamped addressed envelope or postcard with your entry. We regret that telephone or email confirmation of receipt is not available. For international entrants, please send an international reply coupon from your Post Office rather than stamps.

3. The Adlestrop Poetry Competition Committee reserves the right to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond their control.

4. Submissions must be entered under an entrant’s real name.

5. The Adlestrop Poetry Competition Committee cannot accept responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition.

6. The competition and rules are governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. As a condition of entering the competition, entrants must ensure that by doing so, they do not contravene any laws of their own country of residence.

7. Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.

8. In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, your details will be held on a secure database by the APCC and will not be released to any third party without your explicit and written consent.

9. Each poem must have a title.  Poem: 16 lines of text exactly. The title is not included in the line count. Lines between text/stanzas are not counted in the line count. Titles, epigraphs and dedications are also not counted as lines. Poems to be single-spaced and a line count noted at the top of the page.

10. The poem must be inspired by the original Edward Thomas poem ‘Adlestrop’.

11. Entries must be typed; single sided A4. Each entry to be on a new sheet. Handwritten entries will not be accepted.

12. There is no restriction on the number of entries that any one competitor may submit, provided the appropriate entry fee is included.

13. Poems must be entirely the original work of the entrant.  Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or broadcast in any form nor currently entered in any other competition before 24June 2014. The poem must not have won a prize in any previous competition.

14. Fees & Postage

The first poem submitted costs £10. Subsequent entries in the same submission incur a further fee of £10. Payments must be made in £ sterling only using the following methods: UK Bank Cheques and postal orders are accepted. Cheques should be made payable to The Adlestrop Poetry Competition and sent with the submission to: Adlestrop Poetry Competition Organiser, Windrush House, 12 Main Street, Adlestrop, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0UN.  Please write your name and address and title of poem on the back of cheques.

Please ensure that you use the correct postage to cover your submission. If insufficient postage is used, The Adlestrop Poetry Competition Committee will not pay the additional postage required and the entry will be returned by the Post Office.

15. The judge’s decision is final and neither the judge nor The Adlestrop Poetry Committee will enter into any correspondence or  comment on individual entries.

16. The Adlestrop Poetry Committee reserves the right to change the judge without notice.

17. The winner will be notified by  1 June 2014 and be invited to the award ceremony on 24 June 2014 at Adlestrop Village Hall. The winner will be required to provide a biography and photograph.

18. The copyright of the winning and short-listed  poems remains with the authors. However, the winning poets, by entering the competition, grant The Adlestrop Poem Competition Committee and Cotswold Life the right to publish in print and online and/or broadcast their winning poem for one year from 24 June 2014. Use of the poem elsewhere during this time is subject to permission from The Adlestrop Poem Competition Committee. The APCC also reserves the right to publish the winners and the shortlist in a book or booklet for later sale with all profits going to the Church of St Mary Magdalene.

19. Details of the winners will be posted on the Competition website, in Cotswold Life and announced via Press Release.

20. All entry fees will be donated to The Church of St Mary Magdalene, Adlestrop in the Diocese of Gloucester.