Terms and Conditions


  1. All current students enrolled at the University College London in the 2016-2017 academic year, including undergraduates, postgraduates and part-time students, are eligible to take part in the UCL Publishers’ Prize for Student Writing.
  2. Writers whose entries have been already shortlisted and published in the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 anthologies are not eligible to enter this year’s UCL Publishers’ Prize.
  3. Works submitted to last year’s Prize are not eligible and must not be resubmitted.
  4. All entries must:
  • be your own original work;
  • not have been published before in any other publication (including websites, blogs, social media platforms and forums);
  • not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use;
  • not promote your own or third party goods or services or include any trademarks;
  • not promote inappropriate or dangerous behaviour or otherwise 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 any third party;
  • be written in English;
  • comply with the designated theme, i.e. ‘Metamorphosis,’ change etc.;
  • be up to 3000 words;
  • be either a piece of prose (short story, non-fiction piece, flash fiction, etc.) or a poem of any genre;
  • not be extracts from larger works.

Entries that do not fit these criteria will be disqualified. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.


  1. Writers may submit up to three entries each, including both a piece of prose and a poem.
  2. All entries must be submitted:
  • to the following email address: pubprize2017@gmail.com. You must include your name, address, email address and daytime contact telephone number in the body of the email;
  • digitally, in .doc or .docx format, typed and double spaced;
  1. Amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor can substitutions be made;
  2. All entries must be submitted before 11.59 pm (23.59) on 31st of January 2017;
  3. The Prize cannot accept responsibility for entries not received, or received after the submission close date, due to technological failures of any other reason.


  1. The shortlist will be judged by the committee of the Prize. The winners of the prize and any other commendations will be decided by a panel of experts from the publishing industry. There will be three winners;
  2. When choosing the winners, the judges will be looking for the best written, entertaining and accurate prose pieces and/or poems that have a unique angle;
  3. The authors of the prose pieces and poems which come first, second and third will each be awarded a prize;
  4. The winners will be notified by email in February 2017
  5. The winners and selected runners-up will have their submissions published in a physical and digital anthology to be sold in retailers and online.


Entrants will retain copyright in their submitted entries,

  1. By submitting, entrants grant the committee of the Prize a non-exclusive, unrestricted, royalty-free right to edit, publish and use each entry in any and all media (including print and online) for publicity and news purposes relating to the competition and any future competition.


  1. The Prize reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions or cancel the competition at any time without notice.
  2. By submitting an entry, all entrants agree to the above terms and conditions.