The following information should be kept to hand and referred to before submitting entries to competitions. It is important that the rules are complied with (they aren’t as daunting as they might look at first glance! … but do contact Rosemary Gemmell, membership secretary for clarification if necessary).

1.  Entries will be accepted from fully paid-up members only. 

2.  Each competitor is limited to ONE or TWO entries per competition unless otherwise stated. Check individual competitions for details. 

3.  Entries must be received by the Competition Secretary (Angela Blacklock-Brown), either at a Club meeting or by post no later than the date stated on the Syllabus, otherwise the entry will be disqualified. 

4.  The number of words must not exceed the maximum stated on the Syllabus otherwise the entry will be disqualified. 

5.  There is an entry fee of £5.00 per item. This should be paid in cash or by cheque (payable to Edinburgh Writers’ Club); postage stamps are not acceptable. Please do not put entry fee inside the sealed envelope (see Rule 6). 

6.  All entries must be under a ONE WORD pseudonym. A slip bearing the competitor’s real name and address should be placed inside a sealed envelope and this must be paper-clipped to the manuscript. The outside of the envelope should show only the competition type (eg Short Story), your pseudonym and title of entry. Where two entries are put forward, each must have a different pseudonym. If your real name/address appear anywhere on the manuscript or on the envelope your entry will be disqualified. 

7. Entries must be set out as for presentation to an editor: ie typed, double line spacing on one side of A4 paper. A cover sheet showing competition type, title, pseudonym and the approximate number of words should be included. 

8. Before handing in or posting your manuscript please check:

  •  that all pages are properly fixed together, eg with a paperclip
  •  that the cover sheet clearly shows which competition you are entering
  •  that the sealed envelope (see Rule 6) is attached
  •  that you have included the fee (Rule 5)

And finally…

9. Please include an SAE for return of your manuscript, whether or not you intend to be present on the adjudication night.