Terms and conditions apply. Please read these carefully before entering.

1. This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers Limited (“HarperCollins”), 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF.

2. The title of the Competition is LOUD BLACK GIRLS ANTHOLOGY.

3.  This competition  is open to women who are black and are resident in the UK & Ireland  except employees of HarperCollinsAudible (or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies) and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.4. You must be 18 to enter this competition.

5. In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so. HarperCollins may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.

6.How to enter: No purchase is necessary.

7. Each submission must contain a full essay, to be no more than 3,000 words. The essay should pertain to the writer’s experience as black women in Britain. Broadly it should explore what they are exasperated by and optimistic about in the uncertain post-Brexit world of Donald Trump and the rise of the far right, where there is also more opportunity for black woman to thrive than there has ever been before.

8. Submissions that do not meet requirements of the form will not be accepted or read.

9. Any submission containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected.

10. Only one entry allowed per person. Any submission made on behalf of or for another person, or multiple submissions, will not be read.

11. All submissions must be emailed in PDF format to to LoudBlackGirlsCompetition@harpercollins.co.uk. Submissions which have been sent by post or means other than the specified email address will not be accepted.

12. The opening date for entries is 20th September 2019. The closing date for entries is midnight on 20th October 2019.

13. All entries must be received by no later than midnight on 20th October 2019. No entries received after this date will be accepted.

14. The winner will be published by 4th Estate as part of Slay In Your Lane presents: Loud Black Girls.

15. The competition entries will be judged by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené.

16. The winner will be notified by email on  15th November 2019. Where we require details from you, if you do not provide these within 28 days of notification we reserve the right to select a different winner.

17. All short stories sent in shall be fully completed at the time of submission, in prose and written in English.

18. Submissions must have never been self-published or had an ISBN.

19. All essays must be the entrants own original work, and must not have been published in a previous version or adapted from a previous book whether by the entrants or any third party.

20. Entrants must not at the time of entering or when the winner is chosen be represented by a literary agent or under a publishing contract, with the exception of contracts for academic works.

21. Entrants must be prepared to undertake reasonable publicity and promotional responsibilities in relation to the story and this competition.

22. No prize alternatives are available.

23. No correspondence between either 4th Estate, HarperCollins, or Audible and the entrants can be entered into unless at the request of HarperCollins. HarperCollins will not respond to unsolicited communications.

24. The successful entrant will be required to enter into a contributor agreement with HarperCollins to grant it the right to print and publish the successful essay in Slay In Your Lane presents: Loud Black Girls.   25.By entering this competition, you are agreeing that if you win your name may be used for the purpose of announcing the winner in any related publicity with [Audible],however, you may withdraw your consent to this at any time.

26. Insofar as is permitted by law, HarperCollins will not be responsible to compensate the winner for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the competition or prize.

26. HarperCollins will not be able to return any submissions, so make sure you have a copy stored safely before you submit.

27. By entering the competition you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.

28. All entrants are expected to act fairly and in the good spirit of the competition. HarperCollins reserves the right to investigate any irregularities and disqualify entrants at its absolute discretion.

29. Any personal information you give us will be used by HarperCollins and Audible solely for reviewing your submission and will not be passed on to any other parties without your agreement. HarperCollins’ privacy policy can be found at: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/legal/Pages/privacy-policy.aspx

30. To obtain details of the prize winner after the closing date, please write to LoudBlackGirlsCompetition@harpercollins.co.uk, HarperCollins Publishers, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9FG.

31. HarperCollins will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, arising from or in any way connected with this competition and HarperCollins can cancel or alter the competition at any stage.

32. Any dispute relating to the competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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