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Poetry Competition Ts&Cs

12 August 2021

The theme of our competition is Experience.

1 The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, except employees of the promoter, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the competition.

2 The competition will run from midnight on 16 August 2021 (the ‘Opening Date’) to midnight on 17 September 2021 (the ‘Closing Date’) inclusive.

3 All competition entries must be received by the promoter at the address set out at Condition 8 by no later than midnight on the Closing Date. All competition entries received after the Closing Date are not valid.

4 By submitting a competition entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.

5 Poems can be of any length up to 40 lines (they can be more succinct than 40 lines.)

6 Your poem should be your own original work and previously unpublished, including in magazines, pamphlets or online. Your poem must not be copied, must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, and must not be obscene, defamatory, distasteful, offensive, or in breach of any applicable law or regulation, or in breach of any confidentiality obligations owed by you to third parties. If we have reason to believe your Competition entry is in breach of this Condition 6 then we may not consider it and may disqualify it.

7 The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

8 Entrants can submit up to three poems. They should be submitted, either by post (typed if possible) or via email, to the following addresses: Saga Magazine Poetry Competition, Enbrook Park, Folkestone, Kent CT20 3SE and

9 Please include your address, phone number and email contact (if you have one).

10 Prizes are £500 for the winning entry and £100 for the two runners up – all three poems will be printed in the December issue of Saga Magazine including on our app.

11 The prize is not negotiable or transferable.

12 A judge who is independent of the promoter will select the winning competition entries. Full details of the judging process are available on request by emailing and putting Judging Process in the subject line or sending a stamped addressed envelope (SAE) marked Poetry Competition Judging Process to the address above.

13 When choosing the winners, the judges will consider the most original and creative entries which reflect the theme of Experience.

14 The promoter will contact the winner personally as soon as practicable after the Closing Date, using the telephone number or email address provided with the competition entry.

15 The promoter will make all reasonable efforts to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted or is not available within seven days of our first attempt to contact them, the promoter reserves the right to choose an alternative winner or runner up according to the criteria above.

16 In submitting your competition entry, you remain the sole owner of all your intellectual property rights and moral rights, in and to your competition entry and otherwise arising in connection with your entry to which you may now or at any time in the future be entitled under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as amended from time to time and under all similar legislation from time to time in force.

17 If you are the winner or runner up, but not otherwise, you grant the promoter a one year non-exclusive, worldwide licence for one-time publication of your competition entry as a whole and without amendment and with your name prominently credited in Saga Magazine, its websites, app and any other media.

18 The promoter must either publish or make available information that indicates that a valid award took place. To comply with this obligation the promoter will send the name and county of prize winners and, if applicable copies of their winning entries, to anyone who emails (including Poetry Competition Winners in the subject line) or writes to the address set out in Condition 8 (enclosing a self-addressed envelope) within one month of publication of the December issue (The winning entries will be published in this issue).

19 If you object to any or all of your name or county being published or made available, please contact the promoter at In such circumstances, the promoter must still provide the information and winning entry to the Advertising Standards Authority on request.

20 The promoter will not accept: (a) responsibility for competition entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any postal failure, equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind; or (b) proof of posting or transmission as proof of receipt of entry to the competition.

21 The decisions of the promoter and/or the judges are final and no correspondence shall be entered in to.

22 Insofar as is permitted by law, the promoter, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss or damage occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the promoter, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

23 The promoter will only process your personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy, a copy of which can be found here. By entering the competition, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about your competition entry, and for the purpose outlined in Conditions 10 and 18 above.

24 The promoter reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

25 These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

26 The promoter is Saga Publishing Limited, Enbrook Park, Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 3SE.

We very much look forward to reading your poems.