Terms and Conditions | The New Beginnings Poetry Competition

Terms and Conditions of entry.


All references to:

the “Promoter” or “Curtis Brown Creative” are to Curtis Brown Creative Limited (company registration number 08880058), whose registered office at the date of publication of these Terms and Conditions of Entry is Fifth Floor, Haymarket House, 28-29 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP.

“entrant”, “entrants” or “you” are to a person who submits an entry under this competition.


1.1. This competition runs from Thursday 18 November 2021 (the “Opening Date”) until 23:59 London time on Friday 21 January 2022 (the “Closing Date”) (the period, the “Submission Period”), after which no further entries will be accepted as eligible.

1.2. The competition is free of charge to enter.

1.3. Entries must be submitted online using the form available at the following link: https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/new-beginnings-poetry-competition/. The form must be completed in full, including the entrant’s full name, contact telephone number, and email address. Entrants must attach their poem as a word document or PDF.

1.4. The Promoter does not accept responsibility for late or lost entries and shall not be held responsible for any inability to submit entries as a result of computer service, systems and or server failure, error, interruption, defect or delay or any other technical malfunction. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

1.5. Entrants consent to being contacted by the Promoter in response to their entry, using the telephone number or email address provided with the competition entry.


2.1. Entrants must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry and a resident of the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

2.2. Only one entry is permitted per entrant. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted. For the avoidance of doubt, joint submissions are not permitted.

2.3. Entrants must not have previously published a full collection of poetry with a traditional publisher. If you have had a poem included in an anthology published by a traditional publisher, or in a publication or magazine, you are eligible to enter.

2.4 Entrants must not be represented by a literary agent or manager.

2.4. The competition is not open to employees, trustees or contractors of The Curtis Brown Group, or to any person directly or indirectly involved with the Promoter (including its affiliates) or the running of the competition, or their direct family members.

2.5. In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. The Promoter may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.

2.6. For the avoidance of doubt, the competition is open to students and former students of Curtis Brown Creative courses.

2.7. Entrants must comply with these terms and conditions to be eligible for prizes. If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, Promoter may, at their sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition.

2.8. For entrants who have already enrolled onto a Curtis Brown Creative ‘Writing Poetry’ course, in the event of you being awarded the Winner or Runner-up prize we will refund you the course fee that you have paid (up to a maximum of £210).


3.1. Your entry must be written in the English language.

3.2. All entries must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entrants must complete the appropriate fields of the entry form.

3.4. Your entry as submitted must be your own original work and must not violate the copyright or other rights of any third party.

3.5. Your entry must respond to the theme ‘New Beginnings’.

3.6. Your entry must not have been previously published in print or online (whether via a publisher or through self-publishing, including (without limitation) on a personal blog), broadcast, or awarded a prize.

3.7. Simultaneous submission to multiple competitions is permitted but if your entry wins a prize or is published elsewhere you must let us know as soon as possible so that we can remove it from the competition.


4.1. The Promoter will consider all eligible entries based on quality and originality of voice.

4.2. Judging of the competition will be in two stages:

Stage 1: The entries will be read by members of the Curtis Brown Creative team.

Stage 2: Twenty (20) entries will be anonymised and put forward by the readers to Anthony Anaxagorou (the “Head Judge”). The Head Judge will read all twenty (20) entries and select a winner (the “Winner”) and a runner-up (the “Runner-up”). The Winner and Runner-up will be contacted personally by the Promoter on Monday 31 January (the “Notification Date”) using the email address and/or telephone number provided with the competition entry.

4.3. In the event of their being selected, entrants consent to their full names and photograph (as provided by the selected entrant) being made public on Thursday 3 February 2022 when the Winner and Runner-up will be announced. The results will be published on the Promoter’s website (https://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk) (the “Promoter Website”).

4.4. The Head Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

4.5. The judging will be fair and independent.


5.1. The prizes for the Winner and Runner-up are as follows:

(i) Winner: £500, a gratis place on Curtis Brown Creative’s six-week online ‘Writing Poetry’ course commencing between February 2022 and February 2023, and publication of the poem on the Curtis Brown Creative blog.

(ii) Runner-up: a gratis place on Curtis Brown Creative’s six-week online ‘Writing Poetry’ course commencing between January 2022 and February 2023, and publication of the poem on the Curtis Brown Creative blog.

5.2. The prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred.

5.3. None of the prizes can be exchanged for cash (without prejudice to clause 2.8). For the avoidance of doubt, the poetry course referred to in (i) and (ii) above cannot be used as partial payment for any other of the Curtis Brown Creative courses.

5.4. The Promoter will make all reasonable efforts to contact the prize-winners on the Notification Date. If the prize-winners cannot be contacted or are not available or have not claimed their prize within three (3) days of the Notification Date the Promoter reserves the right to offer the relevant prize to the next eligible entrant.


6.1. The Promoter do not claim any rights of ownership in your entry.

6.2. The entrant agrees that they will contribute to publicity and promotional activities for the competition in the event that they are a prize-winner, including events and interviews to be published on the Promoter Website, and hereby grants the Promoter all necessary rights in their contribution for press/publicity activities for the competition for all media in perpetuity. The entrant agrees to obtain the Promoter’s prior written consent before taking on any of its own publicity or promotional activity relating to their involvement in the competition. In the event that the entrant is informed that they are either the Winner or Runner-up, the entrant must not publish or otherwise let it be publicly known of this fact (such as via online forums, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) until such time as the official announcement is made, failing which the competition team may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and revise (as applicable) the selection of the Winner / Runner-up.


7.1. The Promoter will only process your personal information in accordance with the privacy policy as set out in the following link: https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/page/privacy.


8.1. Entry into this competition will be deemed to be acceptance of these terms and conditions by the entrant and agreement to be bound by them and confirmation that the entrant has the necessary authority to enter into this competition. The Promoter reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel or change this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in their sole opinion or if circumstances arise outside of their control.

8.2. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry to the competition for any reason at their absolute discretion.

8.3. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering this competition. The Promoter may at their sole discretion disqualify the entry and/or reclaim any award and revise the Winner and Runner-up if they consider that the entrant has not complied with the terms and conditions contained herein (such as that the work is not original and entirely the entrant’s own work).

8.4. Following standard industry practice, the Promoter may undertake background checks (with the exception of criminal proceedings pending and unspent convictions) of the prize-winners for the purposes of determining compliance in line with clause 2.7.

8.5. The entrant acknowledges and agrees that to the extent permitted by law, the Promoter and any other person(s) in connection with the competition will not be liable for any loss or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise) including financially and/or to reputation and/or disappointment, suffered by any entrant or publisher or agent on behalf of an author, entering the competition or as a result of accepting any competition.

8.6. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. This competition is void where prohibited by local law.