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Terms and Conditions

Adult Category​

  1. The entry fee for adults is £3 per story. 2 stories are £5. There is a maximum of 2 stories per author.

  2. Word limit: 4000

  3. Competition deadline: 30th September 2021 at midnight (oooh spooky!)

  4. Winners will be notified by Sunday 31st October 2021.

  5. Stories must have only one author. No co-authored stories please.

  6. Entries must be solely the work of the contributor.

  7. Please pay for the entry by Paypal, then submit by email quoting the Paypal reference. If you have any queries or problems, please contact the_team@crowvus.com

  8. All entries are judged anonymously and should be .pdf attachments - this means your name cannot appear on the manuscript. The covering email should include name, address, phone number, email (if different), title of story, and the word count. Check the How to Enter page for details on this.

  9. Please submit your entry to the_team@crowvus.com Do not use the online form.

  10. Entries are very welcome from overseas authors. However, these must be written in English and the preferred method of communication must be email. Dialect is welcome if it furthers the development of the plot.

  11. While copyright remains with the author, Crowvus reserves the right to publish and sell the entries in the anthology at no extra cost. Crowvus will keep all profit from the sale of the anthology. We will provide the ISBN for the anthology.

  12. Crowvus reserves to the right not to publish the anthology if there are not enough entries.

  13. The decision of the judging panel is final.

  14. Crowvus will not enter into disputes with third parties.

  15. The prizes are:

    1.  First Prize: £100

    2. Second Prize: £75

    3. Third Prize: £50

  16. By entering the competition, you agree to ALL the terms and conditions.

  17. PLEASE NOTE: Due to Rule 11, we are unable to accept previously published work, including that published through other competitions. However, you are welcome to enter anything that you have published yourself on a blog or website etc...

Children's Categories

  1. There is no entry fee for children. There is a maximum of 2 stories per author.

  2. This year there are two classes within the Children's Categories

    1. Aged 10 and under​ (on 1st December 2021)

    2. Aged 11-16 (on 1st December 2021)

  3. Word limit: 4000

  4. Competition deadline: 30th September 2021 at midnight (oooh spooky!)

  5. Winners will be notified by the Friday 15th October 2021.

  6. Stories must have only one author. No co-authored stories please.

  7. Entries must be solely the work of the contributor.

  8. All entries are judged anonymously and should be .pdf attachments - this means your name cannot appear on the manuscript. The covering email should include name, address, phone number, email (if different), title of story, and the word count.

  9. Please submit your entry to the_team@crowvus.com Do not use the online form.

  10. A 1st place prize of a £50 one4all gift card will be awarded to the winner of each category.

  11. Entries are very welcome from overseas authors. However, these must be written in English and the preferred method of communication must be email. Dialect is welcome if it furthers the development of the plot.

  12. While copyright remains with the author, Crowvus reserves the right to publish and sell the entries in the anthology at no extra cost. Crowvus will keep all profit from the sale of the anthology. We will provide the ISBN for the anthology.

  13. Crowvus reserves to the right not to publish the anthology if there are not enough entries.

  14. The decision of the judging panel is final.

  15. Crowvus will not enter into disputes with third parties.

  16. By entering the competition, you agree to ALL the terms and conditions.

  17. PLEASE NOTE: Due to Rule 12, we are unable to accept previously published work, including that published through other competitions. However, you are welcome to enter anything that you have published yourself