Terms and conditions | Writing Competition 2018

International House Malta is an English language school
operated by Business Language Connection Limited

  1. Introduction
    1. These rules apply to all competitions, prize draws, promotions and giveaways that are promoted on and run through our website or social media channels.
    2. To enter a competition you must enter as directed on our website or social media channels.
    3. Our competitions are free to enter (no purchase required, unless otherwise stated).
    4. Promotions on social media are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, LinkedIn or any other social network. You are providing your information to International House Malta -an English language school operated by Business Language Connection Limited and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (CAP440).
  2. Eligibility and entry restrictions
    For all ages and levels

    1. To be eligible to enter a competition:
      (a) entrants must be a real person, both under 18 (in which case parent/guardian signs the Consent Form) and 18+ from around the world (proof of address or age may be required)
      (b) entrants must not be our employee, officer or agent, or an employee, officer or agent of any person or organisation involved in the running of the competition, and you must not be a family relation of any such person.
      (c) Competition entrants for our promotions on social media must have a genuine account (if under age parent/guardian can do that on their behalf) and must ‘like’ our social network page (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.) as part of the entry process.
    2. The maximum number of entries to a competition per person is 1.
    3. this offer is only valid for direct bookings and cannot be combined with any other offer.
  3. Start and closing dates
    1. A competition shall open for entries at the time and on the date specified on our website and/or social media channels (that is, on Monday ,2nd April, 2018 ) and similarly, shall close to entries at the time and on the date specified on our website and social media channels (that is, on Monday ,14th May at 12pm). Winners will be announced on Friday, 18th May, 2018.
    2. Any entries received before the opening or after the closing of the competition will be invalid and will not be entered into the competition.
    3. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
    4. We reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of our control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by us.
    5. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of all of these terms and conditions.
  4. Judging
    1. Competition entries shall be judged or winners selected on the basis of the following criteria: Evaluation Process
      Judging is anonymous. When you enter the contest, your story will be assigned a number, and the Judges (our Academic team) will identify your story by title and number only.
      Judging Criteria
      Stories will be evaluated on a ten-point scale. The Judges will give each story a score of 1 to 8 in each of the following elements:

      Criteria Points
      Premise/Concept 10%
      Presentation 20%
      Structure/Plot & Pacing 10%
      Characters & Dialogue 10%
      Theme 10%
      Style/Tone 10%
      Style/Tone 10%

      These criteria are discussed at length below. For every 10% of the score, there is a corresponding Question to be answered—if the answer to the question is “yes,” then that 10% should be awarded. If the answer is “no”, then it should not.
      After the stories have been read once by the judges, those stories that receive an average of 80% or better should pass on to the second reading. (Those that do not will simply receive certificates of participation.) In the second reading, the judges should read all top 20% essays aloud, and engage in a measured discussion of their content and value before voting.

      10% – Premise/Concept
      The idea behind the story. What the story is about.
      20% – Presentation
      Standard spec short story format (12 pt. Correct font, Correct margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
      10% – Structure / Plot & Pacing
      The framework of the story. Effective use of three-act (Beginning, Middle and End), odyssey, linear or non-linear story progression. The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability). The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements and character development.
      10% – Characters & Dialogue
      Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals. Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.
      10% – Theme
      The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.
      30% – Style/Tone
      Overall quality of the writing. Tone that is appropriate to the material and narrative that is distinct, interesting, and effectively conveys the mood or “feel” of the story. This portion is where points are awarded for exceptional stories—those that display an incredible use of vocabulary, clever ideas, mature style, advanced English for the writer’s grade level, and so on. This 10% is to be awarded only to essays that truly impress the readers, and these essays should likely make it to the second reading session.
      10% – Commercial Potential
      Audience appeal and Sales potential.

      And / or those criteria specified on our website and/or social media channels in relation to the competition.
    2. If a competition entrant does not meet the eligibility requirements or is subject to any entry restrictions, that entrant shall not be entitled to be adjudged a winner and will not be entitled to a prize in any circumstances.
    3. Our decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    4. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Maltese law.

  5. Registration, Winners and prizes
    Upon registration: each participant who registers for the competition automatically wins a 100 europoint –voucher (equivalent to 25% discount per booking).
    1. Competition prizes for this competition are the following:
      All the participants stand a chance to win one of the following prizes at any level (beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced):
      • 500 europoint – vouchers* for our Young Learners Sumer Programme 2018/2019
      • 300 europoint – vouchers* for our Young Learners Sumer Programme 2018/2019
      • 500 europoint – vouchers* for our Adult Programmes in 2018/2019**
      • 300 europoint – vouchers* for our Adult Programmes in 2018/2019**
      *voucher value- 25% discount per booking until the whole amount is utilised (vouchers are transferable, so they can be used by your family members, friends etc.)
      ** Adult Programmes in 2018/2019 - offer is valid for tuition and accommodation at our Belview Residence (excluding Host Families and/or any other type of accommodation)
      ***NOTE: All vouchers are interchangeable
    2. Competition prize winners will be notified of the competition result by email (if address is asked for/provided) or by direct message on social media (winners must therefore ‘like’ or ‘follow’ our social media accounts in order to be contacted about prizes) not more than 10 days following the closing date of the competition, and will  be able  to use them until the end of 2019 ( 31st December 2019).
    3. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the prize winner for 14 days but if the winner fails to respond to our notification attempts within this time or provide an address for delivery of the prize or fails to meet any of the eligibility requirements or is otherwise unable to comply with the competition terms and conditions, we reserve the right to disqualify that entrant and offer the prize to the next eligible entrant and thereafter until a winner is found.The prizes are transferable, meaning that winners can give their prizes to their friends or family members in case they are not able to use the prizes themselves.
    4. The results of a competition will be announced on our website within 10 days following the closing date of the competition. The announcement may include the name and photograph, the town or region of residence and prize details of each prize winner.
  6. Copyright and moral rights
    1. You warrant to us that you created your competition entries, that you own all of the copyright in those entries, and that our use of the entries in accordance with these rules will not infringe any person's intellectual property rights or other legal rights.
    2. You grant to us an exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable licence to copy, store, edit, distribute, transmit and publish your competition entries.(Consent Form)
  7. What happens to entries?
    1. Competition entries will not be returned. Please, therefore, keep a copy of your competition entries.
  8. Publicity
    1. We may undertake publicity activities relating to competitions and prize awards. The winner therefore agrees to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of town or region of residence in any post-prize-winning publicity names, surnames, towns or regions of residence and prize details.
    2. All other personal details collected as part of the competition will be used in conjunction with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act (CAP440).
  9. Our details
    1. This prize competition is run by International House Malta -an English language school operated by Business Language Connection Limited
    2. Our registered office is 128, Triq is-Sirk, Swieqi, St.Julian’s, SWQ3211, Malta.
    3. You can contact us:
      (a) by post, using the postal address given above;
      (b) using our website contact form;
      (d) by email, using the email address competition@ihmalta.com
      (e) by direct message on our social media channels.
  10. Certificates
  11. All participants will receive our Certificate of participation.

    Go to the Registration Form