Friday, 9 January 2015

Restricted entry

Some competitions have restrictions placed on who can enter. That's annoying if you don't qualify, but helps your chances if you do.

You need to be a resident of Hampshire (UK) to enter this poetry competition. There are £50 on offer in both under and over 16s categories. If you're from the north of England, take a look here for a chance to win a share of the £40,000 worth of awards. Living anywhere in the UK or Ireland qualifies you for this chance at £3,000 in different categories.

This competition is for those with an African connection. The prize is £10,000.

Sixth formers studying English might be interested in this one. There's £1,000 on offer. 16-18 year old poets could win up to £3,000 here.  Too young for those? Then try this. £2,000 is on offer.

To balance things out a bit, this one is only open to those over 16. The only other restrction is the usual one about not being connected to the organisers (which seems fair enough, but I'm sure is frustrating for some)

Would you like to see more, or less, restrictions?

14 comments:

  1. Hi Patsy - ruled out of the first (too far east) ... could do the 2nd ... love Africa ... and regrettably am over 16 ... restrictions .. why not - bet it's a good filter for the organisers. Cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, restricting the number of entries must be help in deciding who the winner will be.

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  2. It's amazing how many you've found with restrictions!

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    1. I was a bit surprised at how easily I found examples, Rosemary.

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  3. As you said, restrictions are good if you qualify, because that's fewer people entering.

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    1. The same probably applies to those with high entry fees, Alex.

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  4. Hang on I cant keep up. I'm still working on the 100 word Readers Digest competition!

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    1. I'll let you off these if you do that one. Maggie.

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  5. Some restrictions can be annoying, but as long as there aren't any that don't have a good reason for being there it's okay. As you've shown, Patsy, there are a lot of competitions out there.

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    1. Often they're understandable, Carol. The most annoying ones are those which aren't clearly and obviously stated.

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  6. Thanks for the links I won't be submitting to.

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    1. I'm still hoping to find one you won't be able to resist, Oscar.

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  7. It's the 'published writer' restrictions which get me - they are often so vague as to their exact meaning.

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    1. They can be very confusing, Wendy. Writers need to be readers too - of the small print!

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Thanks so much for commenting!