Terms and conditions

1. Registration and Applications

  1. Applicants to the Graham-Roger Prize must meet the following criteria at the time of the submission deadline:
    • Be enrolled in a sixth form or FE education college in Kent or Medway, or at the University of Kent
    • Be studying on a full-time or part-time basis
    • Currently studying in school in Year 10 or 11, studying a Level 3 Qualification at school (Year 12 or 13) or FE College or studying towards an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at the University of Kent
  2. Applicants must be registered in order to submit their entry. Registration will be open until the 20th May 2023.  Submissions received by applicants that have not registered will not be accepted.
    • School and FE College students must register their submissions through this online application form. If your submission is a video, and therefore not accepted via the online application form, please email your submission. You can do this either by uploading it to YouTube or by sharing the file with us via We Transfer. Please email a link or the file containing your submission to grprize@kent.ac.uk 
    • University of Kent students should upload their submission through our online form or email it to grprize@kent.ac.uk. The email must contain the student ID number. This email/form will constitute their registration for the prize.

2. Submissions

  1. Registrations and submissions must be received by 23:59 GMT on 20th May 2023. Any submissions after this date will not be considered.
  2. Submissions must be below or exactly on the stated word count. Submissions that exceed the word count will not be eligible. For submissions from students in Year 10-11 submissions, the maximum word count is 1,000 words. For all other submissions, the maximum word count is 2,000 words. If the submissions is a video, the run time cannot exceed 5 minutes.
  3. All given instructions should be followed. Any entries judged by the judging panel to not have met any of the given criteria will not be eligible.
  4. The judges’ decision is final.
  5. Work submitted must be original, copyright free and not plagiarised from any existing body of work, professional or otherwise. Where images are used, the source must be clearly cited.
  6. All submitted work must the entrant’s original work, and should not have appeared in print or on a website (including blogs, streaming services and social networking sites). 
  7. All submitted work must not be, or have been, submitted for any other competition. 
  8. Winning entries will be checked using anti-plagarism software (iThenticate). Any work found not to be original will be disqualified.
  9. Submissions should not contain content that could be considered offensive, abusive, derogatory or potentially defamatory. Terminology and expressed attitudes in submitted work must show respect for the identity, experiences and sensibilities of everyone. Entries with inappropriate or offensive content will not be considered.
  10. We will only accept one entry per-applicant, per-competition. Applicants will be allowed to submit one updated version of each submission, as long as this is received before the deadline. This will then be accepted as the final entry.
  11. Entrants retain full copyright of their submissions.

3. Prizes

  1. To receive any award, students must meet all of the application and submission criteria above. The University of Kent reserves the right to ask for proof so as to satisfy the above terms and conditions, prior to awarding any prizes.
  2. All shortlisted entries will be published on the University of Kent website. With the shortlisted candidates’ permission we will also include name, year group, school or FE College and a photograph of the author.
  3. All prizes are non-transferable.
  4. Any financial prizes will be paid directly into the winning applicant’s bank account.
  5. All winners are expected to attend the prize-giving event. This is a condition of the competitions and winners will only be excused in exceptional circumstances. Winners will be expected to showcase an excerpt of their work or permit someone to do so on their behalf.
  6. The University of Kent reserves the sole right to determine what constitutes an exceptional circumstance for the purposes of section 3 (4).
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