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Friday, 20 September 2013

Rules of the 2013 International Keats and Chapman Award

Entries are now invited for the 2013 International Open Keats & Chapman award. A first prize of £50 will be award to the entry that is, in the view of the Awards Committee, the most convincing, original, well-written and corny pastiche of a 'Keats & Chapman' tale in the style of the late Myles na gCopaleen.

In addition to the lavish financial award, the winning entrant is likely to benefit from enhanced celebrity status through promotions via the EDSRF marketing affiliation programme. So don't be shy- have a go!

The rules are substantially the same as in previous years (see below), and may be waived in their entirety on the slightest whim of the chairman or in return for a bung, bribe, tip, sweetener, etc.

The Supervising Committee

Entrants should note that the Committee will accept entries submitted via the comment facility at the foot of this blog post.


1              INTERPRETATION

1.1          The Rules means the rules defined herein under.

1.2          In The Rules, unless the context otherwise requires:

1.2.1         the singular includes the plural and vice versa;

1.2.2         reference to a gender includes the other gender and the neuter.

1.3          The headings in The Rules are for ease of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of The Rules.

1.4          Queries relating to the interpretation of The Rules should be submitted to the Rules Interpretation Sub-Committee of the Rules Committee. Suggested additions to the rules should be submitted via the comments facility at the foot of this blog post.


2              ELIGIBILITY

2.1          The contest is open to any person who is not a member of the Supervising Committee, the Rules Committee, or the Awards Committee.

2.2          Entries must:

2.2.1         Be the original unpublished work of the entrant (team efforts are allowed provided that all members of the team are acknowledged;

2.2.2         Be presented in English;

2.2.3         Be written in prose form (quotations in verse permitted).

2.2.4         Contain no fewer than 200 words and no more than 900 words.

2.2.5         Be set at any time between 1/1/1800 and the Closing Date, unless a time-travel machine or space-time wormhole features to justify some other temporal setting.

2.2.6         Be submitted before midnight (GMT) on 24 December 2013.

2.2.7         Not have been submitted in connection with any other formal contest or award.

2.3          The Entrant shall not unlawfully discriminate within the meaning and scope of any law, enactment, order, or regulation relating to discrimination (whether on grounds of sex, age, race, gender, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, maternity, pregnancy, marriage, civil partnership or otherwise).

2.4          Entries will be scrutinised by the Supervising Committee to ensure compliance with the Eligibility Criteria. Non-compliant entries will be disqualified.

3              Scoring

3.1          Each compliant entry will be scored by the Awards Committee in accordance with the Scoring Protocol.

3.2          Up to 100 points may be awarded to any given entry as follows:

3.2.1         Up to 20 points may be awarded for literary style

3.2.2         Up to 20 points may be awarded for the plausibility of the scenario.

3.2.3         Up to 50 points may be awarded for the corniness of the punch line.

3.3          At the sole discretion of the Awards Committee, bonus points, up to a maximum of 10, may be awarded for:

3.3.1         Entries of exactly 200 or exactly 900 words (i.e. at the extreme limits of the eligibility criterion relating to entry length).

3.3.2         Attempted puns of a superordinate Degree of Difficulty

3.3.3         The graceful and unobtrusive inclusion of any one or more of the following: anaphora, chiasmus, anadiplosis, syllepsis, autoclesis, zeugma.

3.3.4         Apt and humorous neologisms.

4              Award

4.1          Subject to Clause 5, the Prize will be awarded to the highest scoring entry.

4.2          In the event of a tie, where the highest score is earned by more than one entry, the Tie Breaking Protocol will be invoked.

4.3          The decision of the Awards Committee will be final, unchallengeable, irrevocable, absolute and binding in all possible respects. No correspondence will be entered into.

5              Roll-over

5.1          The Committee reserves the right not to award any prize in the event that: a) entries do not meet the reasonable expectations of the Committee in relation to quality; or b) there is one or fewer entries in total. In such a case the prize fund will roll-over in full to the next annual contest.

6              Licences

6.1          Each Entrant will be deemed to have granted to the Supervising Committee a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-transferrable, perpetual, eternal, non-time-limited licence to publish the Entry.

6.2          The Supervising Committee grants the Winning Entrant a licence to publish or promote the fact of their win, provided that such publishing or promotion does not in the reasonable view of the Supervising Committee bring the award into disrepute. Where such publication or promotion includes the use of the International Open Keats and Chapman Award Logo (The Logo), then the Entrant warrants that The Logo will be displayed in accordance with International Open Keats and Chapman Award Logo Display Standards.


7.1          The Entrant shall not:

7.1.1         offer or agree to give any person working for or engaged by the Committee any gift or other consideration which could act as an inducement or a reward for any act or failure to act connected to the Rules; nor

7.1.2         enter into the contest if it has knowledge that, in connection with it, any money has been, or will be, paid to any person working for or engaged by the Committee, unless details of any such arrangement have been disclosed in writing to the Committee before such entry is made.

7.2          If the Entrant breaches Rule 7 then the Committee may disqualify the Entrant with immediate effect, and the Entrant will forfeit all cumulative rights under the Rules.

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