Terms and Conditions
By entering a piece in the Grieve Writing Competition, you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions.
* Mindframe is a sponsor of the Grieve project. Mindframe supports safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs. Their guidelines for portrayal of suicide in TV, film and theatre can apply to written stories and poems. We highlight the following from their guidelines:
Audience Impact: The portrayal of suicide in television, film and theatre . . . has increased over time, with depictions of the act of suicide becoming lengthier, more graphic and more sensationalised . . . Evidence suggests that the dramatic portrayal of suicide can have an impact on vulnerable audiences . . . increasing the possibility of “copycat” suicides. Preferred portrayals of suicide do not glorify or romanticise it and do not provide . . . details of or . . . references to the exact method or location. Rather, more appropriate portrayals depict the consequences for others and provides sources of help for vulnerable viewers. Here is a link to complete guidelines document
How many times can I enter?
As many as you wish. One entry = one payment
I think I made a mistake with my piece. Can I submit it again?
If you submitted the work and paid successfully but want to resend your work because the previous entry has an error in it, email it again and contact us for a refund. Pieces with only minor corrections are accepted for re-entry.
Can I enter a work of fiction?
We don’t discriminate between fiction and non-fiction. As long as your piece reflects on, explores, expresses any experience of grief then your work is valid for entry.
Can I use a pseudonym instead of my real name?
Yes you can but you will be asked on the entry form to also supply your real name – this will never be revealed to third parties.
Is there an exact style / format you require?
We only accept .doc .docx .pdf file format.
We prefer indented paragraphs rather than double spaced paragraphs so that we can identify any narrative breaks easily. Spacing and font size is your choice.
Can I submit a piece I have submitted in the past?
If you have a piece of writing that has been published previously, no. If it has been written and submitted but not published, yes. If it has won an award but not published, yes.
What does ‘published’ mean?
This means any form of publication – printed or online including blog entries etc. A piece written for a writing course (but not published) is acceptable.
Are titles, sub-titles, dedications and other ‘extras’ included in the word count?
Yes! Stick to the word limit to avoid being disqualified.
If my name appears on the work is it disqualified?
Yes. The most common mistake entrants make is putting their name on the work.
What other aspects may cause my work to be disqualified?
Going over the word limit; not submitting the correct file format – we only accept .pdf / .doc / docx; not submitting before the deadline.
Check spelling mistakes – have a friend read it to check your spelling. Your piece will not be disqualified for a simple spelling error.
Should a poem rhyme?
No, it does not have to. Many poems selected by the judges do not rhyme. We recommend you read poems that have been selected in the past – purchase an anthology here
What if the piece is written for a child to read?
The history of the project is that we publish works written for adult readers.
What age can enter this competition?
Can I include illustrations/drawings/photos in my work?
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