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Competition Rules

By entering the Short Story Challenge Competition (“the Competition”), you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions. The Competition is run by The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge, acting through its departments, Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment (“Cambridge”).


  1. The Competition is open to any individual who is a teacher or student at a school or other educational institution. Permission from the learner and parent is required if you are submitting on someone elses behalf. You must only submit a story if you are over 18. Entrants younger than 18 must get an adult over 18 to submit on their behalf.

  2. The Competition begins on 23 April 2020 at 09:00 BST and closes on 07 May 2020 at 23:59 BST (“the Competition Period”). Entries received before the commencement of or after the expiry of the Competition Period will not be valid for entry into the Competition and will be disregarded by Cambridge, but data may still be used in accordance with these terms and conditions and any terms or consents set out on the registration form.

  3. Only one entry per student will be accepted. Internet access is required in order to participate in the Competition.

  4. No purchase is necessary.

  5. Each entry must be no longer than 1000 words and original material.

  6. In order to enter the Competition, you must complete the registration form with all required details and press submit. Incomplete entries and any entries deemed by Cambridge to be inappropriate for any reason will not be accepted.

  7. Entrants agree that all material and information, including biographical details provided (the “Entry Materials”) shall:

(i) be true and accurate;

(ii) be entirely original to the entrant and has not been published elsewhere; and

(iii) shall not infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights or any other rights of any other person or organisation. 

  1. Each entrant assigns the full copyright, and all other similar intellectual property rights, subsisting in the Entry Materials to Cambridge, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

  2. Entrants waive all moral rights in respect of the Entry Materials under the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and, so far as is legally possible, any broadly equivalent rights it may have in any territory of the world.

  3. There will be two (2) individual outright winners who will be chosen after the end of the Competition Period (“the Outright Winners”). These will be chosen by a panel of three (3) judges appointed from within Cambridge’s organisation, who will judge on the use of materials and creativity.

  4. The two (2) winners will be publicly announced via social media channels (“Social Media Channels”) within seven (7) days of the winners being notified that they have won and appear on the ELT blog site:

Facebook (
Instagram (
World of Better Learning (

  1. Cambridge’s decision is final. Once selected, winners will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  2. Only winning entries will be contacted. Winners will need to supply Cambridge with their email address to be contacted.

  3. The prizes are as follows: The two (2) winning stories will be read by Stephen Fry or Ian McEwan during the Cambridge at Home experience between 13-15 May 2020.

  4. The Winners will be selected within seven (7) days after the end of the Competition Period. Cambridge shall notify each of the Winners that they have won a prize directly by email.

  5. The prize is non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged by the winner for cash or credit or any other product. There is no cash alternative.

  6. To the extent permitted by law, Cambridge accepts no liability in respect of the prizes. They are supplied “as is” with no express guarantee or warranty as to their suitability or quality. Cambridge accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize that are not expressly included in the description of the prize.

  7. No bulk, third party or automated entries permitted or those submitted via macros or similar. Cambridge may disallow entries, refuse to award any prize, or seek its recovery, in the event of an entrant's fraud, dishonesty or non-entitlement under these terms and conditions.

  8. By entering this Competition you agree, if selected as a winner, to participate in all related publicity as may reasonably be requested by Cambridge, including but not limited to: press, print and online publicity (which will include publication of your name and may include a photograph of you).

  9. Cambridge accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed or rendered invalid due to incorrect participant data, lack of network coverage, system, software or hardware failure or for any other reason beyond its control. Entries that are not submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions and/or that are delayed, damaged, incomplete, altered, illegible or otherwise defective will be disqualified.

  10. Your personal information: By entering the Competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the Competition entry may be held and used by Cambridge or its agents and suppliers to administer the Competition.

  11. Cambridge will not sell your personal information to others or release it to others without your prior consent, and will only use your personal data as outlined in Cambridge’s privacy policy (

  12. Entrants have a right to request a copy of the personal information which Cambridge holds about them. To do so, please write to us at: Legal and Business Affairs, Cambridge University Press, University Printing House, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, CB2 8BS.

  13. The Competition is run by Cambridge and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administrated by or associated with the Social Media Channels.

  14. The Competition is not open to employees of Cambridge, their agents or contractors and anyone else connected with the Competition. 

  15. If there is a conflict between these terms and conditions and any other terms whatsoever attached to any other advertising material in respect of the Competition, these terms and conditions will apply.

  16. Cambridge reserves the right to cancel the Competition at any time. No correspondence will be entered into.

  17. The Competition and these terms and conditions (including any non-contractual disputes or claims arising out of them) are subject to English law and any disputes or claims must be referred to English courts.

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