Terms & Conditions of Submission

  • The programme will be organised and administered by Scottish Book Trust (the “Organisers”).
  • Submission to the open submission periods of the magazine on the What’s Your Story? website is open to anyone aged 13-19 and resident in Scotland. Proof of identity and eligibility may be requested. You must have an account with What’s Your Story? to submit work for consideration.
  • Entrants must submit work based upon the current issue theme. Individuals may only submit one piece per issue.
  • Work submitted to the magazine must meet the guidelines for the form being submitted. The organisers reserve the right to ask entrants to edit any piece to comply with the file format, page or word limit guidelines for submission. The organisers further reserve the right to copy edit and proof–read entries to ensure the sense of the work.
  • The Organisers will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering and monitoring this programme. Please see Scottish Book Trust’s Privacy Policy.
  • Entrants can only enter individually.
  • All submissions must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The Organisers accept no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the Organisers against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules. Any submissions that infringe of the rights of any other party will be disqualified.
  • Submissions must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive or any other unsuitable material. Submissions must be suitable to be published by the Organisers to audiences of all ages. All submissions are moderated and any that are unsuitable will not be published and potentially will not receive feedback.
  • By submitting your piece, you are acknowledging that you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your contribution. Scottish Book Trust and What’s Your Story? reserve the right to remove submissions from their website if someone identifiable in a contribution objects to the way they are characterised.
  • Submissions must not contain anything which is calculated to bring the Organisers into disrepute.
  • Entrants retain the copyright in their submissions but grant Scottish Book Trust a non-exclusive, perpetual licence to use their submission for publication in printed and digital format (including on the What’s Your Story? or Scottish Book Trust website) as well as for any promotional purpose. This license does not prevent the entrant from asking for their submission to be removed from the What’s Your Story? or Scottish Book Trust website at any time.
  • Entrants permit Scottish Book Trust to edit or change submissions in any way it may in its sole discretion consider necessary for the purposes the uses set out in the clause above.
  • By submitting work to this programme, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to submit their work to the magazine and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  • Selection for publication in the Magazine will be based on the decision of the Editorial Board and What’s Your Story? programme team. These decisions will be final.
  • The Editorial Board will also aim to ensure a diversity of pieces, representative of the mix of entries received – this may be reflected in length, complexity, form and language.
  • The creators of the successful submissions to be published in the magazine will be contacted by a member of the What’s Your Story? team following the Editorial Board’s meeting. If the creator cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the Organisers reserve the right to offer the publication slot to the next best submission. If the winner is under 18 and cannot provide consent of a parent or guardian, the work cannot be published and the prize will be offered to the next best submission.
  • The selected submissions will be published in an online magazine to be organised by What’s Your Story? and the Scottish Book Trust. There will be no payment for any work that is published, used online or broadcast. The resulting magazine will be free to visitors at the What’s Your Story? website and no profit will be made from its publication.
  • The Organisers’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any submission which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on What’s Your Story? and Scottish Book Trust website.
  • The Organisers, their sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system, the post or otherwise which may result in any submission being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
  • Submissions must not infringe any UK laws.
  • These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of Scotland.