1) By submitting an entry to this competition, you agree to accept and be bound by these rules and any other instructions the promoter gives you on how to enter.

 

Stage 1 - Entry

 

2) To submit an entry you must:

(a) be aged between thirteen and nineteen years old on Monday 3rd March 2014;

(b) have your parent or guardian’s consent to enter; and

(c) must not be employed by the promoter or related to one of the promoter’s employees (the promoter is Movellas or Random House Australia Pty Ltd, a division of The Random House Group Limited).

Please note that if you enter this competition and live in Australia, you will be entered for the main prize and runner-up prizes If you do not live in Australia you are only able to enter the mini competition. Please see prize information for details.

 

3) To submit an entry you must upload no more than three chapters of your story, together with the country in which you live, onto the Movellas website (www.movellas.com) between Monday 3rd March 2014 and midnight on Tuesday 6th May 2104 and send the full length novel to movellistau@movellas.com as a word document along with your full name, date of birth, address, telephone number, email address and parent or guardian’s full name, telephone number and email address. The total word count for your story must be between 40,000 and 60,000 words, including the initial three chapters. The promoter will contact each selected entrant’s parent or guardian to request that they guarantee the entrant’s adherence to these terms. For your entry to be valid, it must have been written by you, must be a work of fiction original to you, and must not have been previously published, self-published or posted online other than on the Movellas website. If your story has previously been shared on the Movellas website and you would like to submit it as an entry, you must take your story down from the Movellas website fully before re-posting the first three chapters.

 

4) Entrants grant to the promoter a worldwide, exclusive (save in relation to display by Movellas via the Movellas service), royalty free license from the date of entry to 1st May 2014 to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute the entry and/or any derivation of it. An entrant entering into a publishing agreement other than with the promoter or otherwise publishing or making available an entry will constitute a breach of this clause and will result in the entrant becoming ineligible for the main prize and runner-up prizes. The promoter will not exercise its rights to publish, display or distribute under this licence unless and until it has entered into a standard publishing agreement with the relevant entrant.

 

 

5) Entrants grant to the promoter, on submission of their full story as above, a worldwide, exclusive (save in relation to display of the initial entry by Movellas via the Movellas service), royalty free license from the date of submission to the date of publication to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute the submission and/or any derivation of it. An entrant entering into a publishing agreement other than with the promoter or otherwise publishing or making available a submission will constitute a breach of this clause by that entrant and will result in the entrant becoming ineligible for the main prize and runner-up prizes. The promoter will not exercise its rights to publish, display or distribute under this licence unless and until it has entered into a standard publishing agreement with the relevant entrant.

 

Judging and Prizes 

 

 

6) The winners of the main prize and runners-up prizes will be chosen and notified on 30th June 2014 (or therebouts) but must keep this information confidential until announced by the promoter on the Movellas website in or around the end of August 2014 (but this date may be subject to change). The two winners of runners-up prizes will each receive an invitation for them and a friend, parent or guardian to afternoon tea or a skype chat (if lcoation is an issue) with Skye Melki-Wegner in or around August 2014 (exact date to be confirmed with the runners-up based on their availability).

 

 

7) The winner of the main prize may be offered the opportunity to enter into a standard publishing agreement with the promoter (including, on signature of the agreement including parental or guardian’s guarantee, a $1,000 advance) for publication of their story in eBook format in or around the end of August 2014 and up to 12 months after that date (and other formats at the promoter’s discretion). Should the winner decline to enter into that agreement, or should their parent or guardian fail to guarantee the winner’s adherence to the agreement, by 14th July 2014, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw the main prize and select a new winner. Please be aware that entering into a standard publishing agreement will mean that you may be required to work with Random House editors and potentially edit or revise parts of your story and must be available to do so, if required, between 1st July and 15th August 2014.

 

8) Entrants from outside Australia are not eligible for the main publishing prize but are welcome to enter the competition for the first 3 chapters and can place as runners up.

 

General

 

9) The promoter accepts no responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed entries or submissions, whether due to system error or otherwise.  Proof of submission is not proof of the promoter’s receipt of an entry or submission.

 

10) Events may occur which render the awarding of a prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend or suspend the prize with or without notice. 

 

 

11) Your entry must be originally created by you, must not infringe copyright or any other intellectual property right and must not defame or invade the privacy rights of any person or organisation, or infringe any other legal rights, regulations or laws. You warrant that your entry and story complies with this clause. Please be aware that if you do not comply with this clause, it may mean that the promoter cannot publish your story and will not be able award you the prize.

 

12) You agree that if you submit a prize-winning entry the promoter may use your name, town of residence and photograph in relation to the promoter’s publicity material.

 

13) Each prize-winner’s name and name of the independent adjudicator will be available from 25th August 2014 on the Movellas website.

 

14) The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the competition. No cash alternative to the prizes will be available.  

 

15) The promoter will use your personal information only for the purposes set out in these terms.  Your personal details will not be kept on file by the promoter and will not be passed on to any other person or organisation.

 

16) Any questions, comments or complaints regarding this competition must be sent to the promoter.

 

17) These terms are subject to English Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

 

18) The promoter’s contact details are: Random House Australia, Level 3, 100 Pacific Highway North Sydney NSW 2060 Australia