THEME FOR 2020/2021 – THEN & NOW


  1. This competition is open to all residents of the UK, except for employees of the Waterways Community, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.
  2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all terms and conditions are adhered to. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  3. The judges’ decisions (whether in relation to determining any shortlists, runners up, or winners) are final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding such decisions.
  4. Entries can only be accepted for submission via The Waterways Community Website Entries received by post or after the deadline because of technical errors will not be considered.
  5. Entry will be in three age categories –
  • Age 11 and Under
  • Age 12-17 years
  • Over 18

Entries must be submitted by an adult (parent/guardian or teacher) on behalf of the child; this adult must have parental consent. This adult may be asked, with parental consent, to provide proof of age, identity and eligibility.

  1. All creative writing including stories and poetry should be submitted in English and have a title. Stories must be a maximum of 500 words or fewer according to the word counter on the online submission form. Please make sure you check the word count on our form if you are pasting from another piece of software, such as Microsoft Word.

Poetry must be a maximum of 30 lines (excluding the title).

  1. The adult submitting an entry on behalf of a child will be required to approve the entry and agree to these Terms and Conditions (including TWC’s use of the story submitted and the fictional nature of the story) on behalf of the entrant, by way of a check-box in the online form. The adult may be the child’s parent, guardian or teacher. The adult must provide their own contact and personal details (not the child’s). Teachers submitting stories on behalf of pupils must seek parental consent and if requested by the TWC, provide evidence of a consent in the event of an enquiry or complaint.
  2. For shortlisted entries, if permission to enter was given by a teacher, TWC will contact the teacher and ask for confirmation of permission from the entrant’s parent or guardian.
  3. Entry opens on 1st June 2020 at 08:00 and close on 31st October 2020 at 17:00. Submissions received outside of this time frame will not, under any circumstances be considered, so TWC advises users not to wait until the last minute to submit entries. TWC website receives hundreds of entries in the last few hours of the competition and cannot be held to account if the website is slow and the deadline is missed.
  4. If users have emailed the administrators and are awaiting a response, the competition deadline still stands. Unless the competition administrators have explicitly instructed otherwise, all users must submit before the deadline in order to be considered in the competition.
  5. Entries must be an original piece of work and can be fiction or an account of real events – either historical or current. As the stories will be published it is important that entrants do not include any personal details about themselves. The entrant must not include their name in the title or body of the story; entries which do contain this information may be removed from the competition.
  6. All pieces entered must celebrate your experiences of our Waterways, and what they mean to you.
  7. Entries cannot be returned so please remember to make a copy for yourself. Shortlisted submissions will be notified prior to the Award Celebration in February 2021. No feedback on any entry will be provided.
  8. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. TWC accepts no responsibility if entrants ignore these Terms and Conditions and entrants agree to indemnify TWC against any claim by any third party from any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  9. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material; TWC reserves the right to disqualify entries containing such matter. Entries must be suitable to be broadcast, published or used online by TWC for audiences of all ages.
  10. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant to TWC a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and on any other platforms yet to be envisaged. This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by TWC, to fulfil the prizes and to complete the administration of this competition.
  11. By submitting a story or poem the entrant agrees that TWC may at its sole discretion edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for the purposes listed in clause 15 above.
  12. Entrants agree in clause 17 that TWC may publish the stories on their website for the duration of 5 years, after which all names and attribution will be removed.
  13. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges in November 2020 and participants that are shortlisted will be contacted by email.