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Yardstick National Poetry Day competition – Terms and Conditions

1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.

All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final, and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

2. To enter this competition, entrants must submit a poem on the theme of “personal finance”. The poem must be in English and no more than 40 lines in length.

3. To enter the competition, you should email:

  • Your name and email address
  • Your poem
  • Your JustGiving donation reference number to confirm your £5 donation

to by 23:59 on Monday 27 September 2021.

You can enter as many times as you wish, as long as each entry is accompanied by a £5 donation to BookTrust via:

Once submitted, we cannot accept any amends to any part of an entry.

4. All entries must be received by 23:59 on Monday 27 September 2021.

5. All entries submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that their entry does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws.

6. Copyright in all entries submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to The Yardstick Agency to feature any or all of the submitted entries on their website and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition. Entrants will not receive remittance for such publication, though their work will be credited.

7. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission or posting will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

8. The winning entry shall be judged on the following criteria:

  • Imagination
  • Originality
  • Flair

9. The panel of judges will comprise:

Anna McKerrow, Reviews Editor at BookTrust

The decision of the judges is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

10. Prize: The winning entrant’s poem will receive £50 in book tokens. There will be two runners-up prizes, each of £25 in book tokens.

11. The winner and runners-up shall be notified by Tuesday 5 October 2021. Should the Promoter be unable to contact the winners, or should the winners be unable to accept the prize, the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to another entrant who, in the opinion of the judges and in accordance with these terms and conditions, is the next best entry.

12. The winners and runners-up may be required to take part in publicity on behalf of the Promoter.

13. Entrants’ data will be used for the purpose of administration of this competition and in accordance with the permissions granted or withheld at the point of entry.

14. The winner and runners-up names can be obtained by sending an email to within one month after the closing date of the competition.

15. The prize as described is available on the date of publication. Should the prize become unavailable, a substitute of equal value will be provided. The prize is subject to availability, non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

16. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and, accordingly, the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.

Promoter: The Yardstick Agency, 3rd Floor, 3-7 Middle Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 7DX

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