Rules and Submissions

How to Enter the Short Sentence Competition

A.         To enter the Competition, you must write and then submit a short story of no more than 1,000 words to:

B.         Please include your name, address and contact number with all entries. You can send your story by email. To make things easier, please include your story within the main box of the email rather than as an attachment. If the link doesn’t work then you can email

C.         You can also enter your stories through the post. Please send your stories to: Short Sentence Competition, Bloomsbury Publishing, Level 4, 387 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

Terms & Conditions (the ‘Rules’)

  1. THE COMPETITION: The Short Sentence competition (the “Competition”) is open to Australian residents aged 18 and over (“You”) subject to clause 3 below.
  2. ACCEPTANCE: Participation in the Competition will be taken as acceptance by You of the Rules.
    1. EMPLOYEES: Employees or agents of Bloomsbury Publishing Pty Ltd (“Bloomsbury”), its group companies or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Competition, may not enter the Competition.
    2. NUMBER OF ENTRIES: You are able to enter a maximum of five stories for the Competition.  Each entry must include Your name, date of birth, contact address, email address and telephone number. You are responsible for the cost (if any) of sending Your Competition entry to us.
    3. COMPETITION THEMES: Different Competition themes will be posted on the Short Sentence website every two months. You can only enter one story per theme.
    4. WINNING ENTRIES: The closing date for each theme is on the final day of March 2013, May 2013, July 2013, September 2013 and November 2013 (each a “Theme Winner” and together the “Theme Winners”). Bloomsbury will announce a Theme Winner on the Short Sentence website soon after the closing date of each theme. Bloomsbury will collect the entries throughout the duration of the Competition and announce the overall winning entry (“Overall Winner”) in December 2013.
    5. COPYRIGHT IN WINNING ENTRIES:  You own the copyright to Your Competition entry as its author. However, if You are a Theme Winner or the Overall Winner of the Competition, Your story (“Winning Entry”) will be published by Bloomsbury as part of the Short Sentence Collection (“the Collection”).
    6. EXCLUSIVE LICENCE TO PUBLISH WINNING ENTRIES: If You are a Theme Winner or the Overall Winner You hereby agree to grant Bloomsbury and its licensees and assigns the exclusive, royalty-free, right and licence to publish, sub-license, reproduce, communicate, adapt, modify and use Your Winning Entry in the Collection throughout the world in all media now known or created in the future, in volume form or as part of an eBook or digital editions, once the Competition has closed and the Theme Winners and the Overall Winner have been announced. This license will be exclusive for a period of one year from first publication of the Collection by Bloomsbury (“Exclusive Period”) and non-exclusive thereafter.
    7. DISTRIBUTION OF THE COLLECTION: The Collection will be available as a free download from the Bloomsbury site, Amazon and other eBook outlets. No money will be made from the sale of such eBook, nor shall You be entitled to any compensation.
    8. WAIVER OF MORAL RIGHTS: In consideration of Your Winning Entry being published as part of the Collection You unconditionally and irrevocably waive in respect of Your Winning Entry all moral rights, other than the right to be identified as the author of the Winning Entry to which You may now or at any future time be entitled under the Copyright Act 1968 (NSW) as amended from time to time and under all similar legislation from time to time in force anywhere in the world.
    9. SPECIAL CONDITION: In the event that You publish Your Winning Entry in any collection not published by Bloomsbury after the Exclusive Period, You agree to notify Bloomsbury in advance of any such publication and to ensure that Bloomsbury is credited as first publisher.
    10. COMPETITION DURATION: The Competition will be run from February 2013 up to and including 30th November 2013 (i.e 10 months).
    11. CLOSING DATE: The final closing date of the Competition is 30th November 2013.  Entries received after this date will not be considered.
    12. WORD LIMIT: Your story must be 1000 words or less. Any entries over this word count will not be considered.
    13. JUDGING OF COMPETITON ENTRIES: Theme Winners and the Overall Winner will be selected by a panel at Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Bloomsbury reserves the right in its absolute discretion not to publish an entry which is or becomes in breach of third party intellectual property (“3rd Party IP”) rights, or is obscene, defamatory or otherwise inappropriate for publication (in Bloomsbury’s absolute discretion).  Lost, delayed or illegible entries will not be accepted. This is a competition of skill and chance plays no part in determining the Theme Winners or the Overall Winner. Each eligible entry will be individually judged on literary and creative merit.
    14. THE PRIZES: Prizes are not transferable and no cash alternative is available for non-cash prizes.  Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of notification.
    15. THIRD PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: Should Your story contain any 3rd Party IP such as extracts from other copyright works, You shall at Your own expense obtain from the owners of the 3rd Party IP written permission to publish, reproduce, communicate, adapt, modify and use the 3rd Party IP in Your story with respect to all the rights being granted to Bloomsbury and You shall provide Bloomsbury with copies of such written permission(s) on delivery of Your story.
    16. The Theme Winners and the Overall Winner will be notified either by post or email and announced on the Short Sentence website.
    17. PRIVACY CONSENT: To provide this Competition, Bloomsbury needs to collect personal information about You. If You do not provide the information requested, Bloomsbury may not be able to provide You with entry to this Competition. You must agree that, subject to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), Bloomsbury may do the following:
      1. transfer or disclose personal information confidentially to Bloomsbury, its related companies or organisations that provide services in relation to this Competition. This includes transferring personal information to other countries for data processing and servicing;
      2. by participating in the competition, You agree that Bloomsbury may use your contact details for the purposes of marketing. If You do not want Bloomsbury to use Your personal data to contact You by electronic (e-mail or SMS) or postal means with information about our goods and services please contact us at or Short Sentence Competition, Bloomsbury Publishing, Level 4, 387 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000; and
      3. publish the Theme Winners’ and the Overall Winner’s names and use the Theme Winners’ and the Overall Winner’s personal information in any media for publicity purposes associated with this Competition without any payment or other compensation, unless the Theme Winners or the Overall Winner otherwise notify Bloomsbury.
  3. WAIVER & DISCLAIMER: Bloomsbury accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by You as a result of entering, or in connection with, the Competition or in connection with accepting any prize. Bloomsbury further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to You or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Competition from Bloomsbury’s website.
  4. MODIFICATION OF COMPETITION RULES: Bloomsbury reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Bloomsbury in all matters in respect of modifying or discontinuing this Competition is final and binding.
  5. FORCE MAJEURE. Bloomsbury shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
  6. GOVERNING LAW: Your agreement to these Rules and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Australia and You irrevocably agree that the courts of Australia shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with this agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).
  7. COMPETITION ORGANISERS: Bloomsbury Publishing Pty Ltd (A.B.N 58 145 420 999), Level 4, 387 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

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