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TU Dublin Short Story Competition 2020 form

About the Competition
The TU Dublin Short Story Competition is run by the Library, Technological University Dublin [TU Dublin] - Tallaght Campus, in conjunction with South Dublin County Council, in association with the Red Line Book Festival, and is free to enter.

Entries should be submitted via this online form only between 14.00 GMT (Irish Time), on July 6th, 2020 and 12.00 GMT (Irish Time) on August 19th, 2020.

No late entries will be accepted. No physical or printed copies will be accepted. 

Entries must be in short story format (a short work of fiction) between 1,500 and 2,000 words long, and should be completely the entrant's own work written in English (high standard), original, unpublished. There is no restriction on theme or style, however the planned 2020 anthology will be called 'Creation, Cosmos, & Caboodle' and we are looking for strong stories that (even loosely) reflect this title. 

IMPORTANT: falsification of information and/or identity, plagiarism, racial discrimination and bigotry will see entries disqualified. 

The judges' decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. No criticism or advice will be provided.

This year's Judge is Rob Doyle. 


Rob Doyle is the author of three internationally acclaimed books, all published by Bloomsbury: ThresholdThis Is the Ritual, and Here Are the Young Men, which has been adapted as a major film. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, Irish Times, Vice, and many other publications, and his work has been translated into various languages. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Limerick, and lives the rest of the year in Berlin.

Contest Prizes:
  1. First Prize:         €500
  2. Second Prize:    €250
  3. Third Prize:        €150
It is the intention of the organisers that the winning and shortlisted entries may be published in an anthology, or other format. Non-prize winning published entries will receive no remuneration. 

You must read the Rules, and Terms and Conditions and agree to these before you can submit your entry. 
Queries before submission should only relate to the contest rules or if there are difficulties in submission. Queries should be sent via e-mail to shortstory.tallaght@TUDublin.ie

IMPORTANT: CHECK THAT YOUR ENTRY MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COMPETITION AS ENTRIES WHICH DO NOT WILL NOT PROGRESS TO THE JUDGING STAGE. ENTRANTS SHOULD RETAIN A COPY OF THEIR ENTRY FOR THEIR OWN RECORDS, AS THE SUBMITTED ENTRY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE POST UPLOAD. 

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.

Entry Rules
Entry Rules must be agreed to. The full list is available by clicking on 'Display the full list of Rules' below and will be included in the email copy of this submission that you will receive once you have completed the form.
 
  • The competition is open to any living person over the age of 16.
    • Shortlisted authors under the age of 18 may require a guardian's consent to have their details shared, if shortlisted. 
  • International entries are welcome.
  • The competition is limited to one entry per person
  • Entries must be in short story format (a short work of fiction) between 1,500 and 2,000 words long, no other formats or lengths will be judged.
  • Entries should be completely the entrant's own work written in English (high standard), original, unpublished, and not entered into any other competition, nor submitted for publication, or another award which overlaps with this competition. (No simultaneous submissions)
    • Stories must be original fiction, i.e. neither a reprint nor adaptation of a previously-published work - (including on any website, public blog, online forum or broadcast medium)
    • No third party shall have been granted any licence or other rights to the submitted short story.
  • Entries should be typed in Arial font size 12,  in double spacing, with consecutively numbered pages, and the name of the short story in the header of each page.  
  • Entries should be submitted with a front cover page using BOLD font stating the title of the short story, the word count, the entrant’s name, address, phone number and email address.
    • The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the story.
  • All submissions are final, no changes or substitutions to a story are allowed once your entry is received
  • All entry submissions will be acknowledged by AUTOMATIC email. No other form of communication will be undertaken before the final results are communicated. If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail after submitting your entry please contact the organisers. 
  • Entrants should retain a copy of their entry as the files uploaded online will not be available post-submission. 
  • There is no restriction on theme or style.
  • Entries will not be eligible where the author is a member of the judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of the competition or a close family relative of any such person.
    • Employees of South Dublin County Council and Employees and Students of TU Dublin are eligible to enter, except where working directly with the administration of the competition. 
    • Adjudication on all eligibility issues will be at the discretion of the competition organisers. Their decision will be final.
NOTE: Pseudonyms are not allowed. 

SUBMITTING AN ENTRY  MEANS YOU ARE ENTERING INTO AN AGREEMENT THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE RULES, AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND ARE PREPARED TO ABIDE BY THEM the same as if you were putting your signature to an entry form. 
 

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY IRISH TIME (GMT) 12.00 ON AUGUST 19th, 2020 AND CAN ONLY BE SUBMITTED VIA THIS ONLINE FORM. 
Submissions will be accepted from 14.00 (GMT) on July 6th, 2020. 
The winners will be announced during the Red Line Book Festival, at a reception to present commemorative scrolls to all shortlisted authors, provisionally Thursday, October 11th, 2020.

Any and all expenses incurred in attending the reception are the entrant's responsibility and the organisers will make no contribution in this regard. The organisers will circulate exact details of the date, time and location of the awards ceremony on our website when the shortlist is announced.


 
Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions must be agreed to. The full list is available by clicking on 'Display all the terms and conditions' below and will be included in the email copy of this submission that you will receive once you have completed the form

Ownership/Use Rights: 
By entering this competition, entrants agree to allow the organisers to publish without any compensation, except the prizes as publicised: Their entries (in print and/or electronic formats) Their names and biographical information in all media, including but not limited to newspapers and online websites​ However, the above shall be null and void if the entry does not make it to the shortlist, and all rights will revert to the authors
Copyright and license: 
However, by entering the contest and on being selected for the shortlist, you grant the organisers a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to publish and reproduce in part or full, in print or online media, and to display your full name, short story and photograph in connection with the organisers’ activities, through print or online media channels and/or use any part or the whole in any relevant promotional material.

While copyright of the short story will remain with the author, the organiser reserves the non-exclusive right to arrange the publication and broadcast of the selected works. It is the intention of the organisers that the winning and shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology of short stories, within one year. The organisers will have the right to edit, make corrections, and set submitted entry in ‘house style’ for the purpose of publication or marketing. No further remuneration will be made to authors for this. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained by the organisers. The shortlisted authors will agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes. Any re-publication of winning entries should acknowledge the original competition / publication in the competition anthology. ​In connection with your submission, by submitting via this online process, you affirm, represent and/or warrant that (i) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use and authorise the organisers to use all copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights in and to your submission to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the manner contemplated by the competition rules.

Indemnity:
By participating in this Contest, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the organisers, and their office bearers from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of action, or losses of any kind (including but not limited to legal fees) arising from your participation in the Contest, your violation of any term of these Contest rules, your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or any claim that your submission caused damage to a third party.

Banning: 
The Organisers of the competition may, at their sole discretion, prohibit any person from entering the competition whom it believes to be abusing the rules. Such abuse includes but is not limited to falsification of information and/or identity, plagiarism, racial discrimination and bigotry.

Force Majeure clause: 
The Organisers are not liable for failure to perform their obligations under these rules if such failure is as a result of Acts of God (including natural disasters), Acts of War, civil unrest, usurped power or confiscation, terrorist activities, prevention by statutes, or interruption or massive and sustained failure of electricity, internet or telephone service. Any extension / reduction of contest and / or the judging window will be at the sole discretion of the Organisers, and notification will be posted on the web of any such changes.  If for any reason the submission should not be eligible for the competition, or becomes ineligible following submission the author should notify the organisers immediately. The organisers reserve the right to change the rules without notice where it is considered necessary. Any changes made will be posted on the organisers website and any entrant objecting to any change made will have the right to withdraw from the competition prior to judging. The organisers cannot be held responsible for any technical, connectivity or network problems experienced by entrants when submitting entries online.

Judging and Notification: 
Entries which conform to the entry rules will be shortlisted for the consideration of the judging panel.  The judging panel will be the sole body involved in assessing entries which meet the competition requirements thereafter.

Entries which do not meet the requirements / rules will not proceed to the judging stage.  
The organisers reserve the right to reject and disqualify any submission that could be offensive or inappropriate or that does not meet the terms and conditions of these rules.
The judges' decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. No criticism or advice will be provided.

Shortlisted authors will be informed about October 2nd, 2020 of their shortlisting. Shortlisted authors under the age of 18 may require a guardian's consent to have their details shared if shortlisted. 
Entry submission and upload
1. Entry checklist, tick to ensure you comply with the rules. 
This list is provided for your convenience, and is not exhaustive. It is up to you to ensure that you meet the criteria set out on the preceding two pages. 
Please tick EACH option to acknowledge that your entry meets these requirements before uploading. 
  *This question is required.
2. Personal Details 
This question requires a valid email address.
Date should be in DD/MM/YYYY format ie 01/12/1999 for the 1st of December 1999.
This question requires a valid date format of DD/MM/YYYY.
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