Please read all terms and conditions carefully before submitting an story.
The Mind membership short story competition is exclusively for members. Non-members will need to have joined membership by midnight Tuesday 21 May for their entry to be valid. You can read our full membership terms and conditions here.
This competition is run by the Mind Membership team.
Please note that the only email address from which queries will be answered is [email protected]. Emails sent to any other address found on the Mind website is not guaranteed a response.
Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the terms and conditions of entry.
1.1 The Mind short story competition is for a single, previously unpublished short story by a Mind member aged 16 years or over at the time of membership application.
1.2 Authors must be Mind members by the entry closing date (Tuesday 21 May) for their short story to be valid.
1.3 Entries must be submitted in English.
1.4 Entries from members of the judging panel, paid Mind staff members or close family members of staff will not be eligible.
1.5 The submitted story must not have been previously published or broadcast.
2.1 Entries may only be submitted either via the specific entry form on the Mind website, by email to [email protected] or by post to Membership team, Mind, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, E15 4BQ. Entries submitted in any other form will not be accepted.
2.2 Entries may be submitted from 9am on Tuesday 19 March 2019 to midnight Tuesday 21 May 2019. Entries submitted after this time will not be accepted. Submission of entries online or via email will be acknowledged automatically by on-screen messages.
2.3 If authors have emailed the Membership team and are waiting for a response, the competition deadline still stands. Unless the Membership team have explicitly expressed otherwise, all users must submit stories before the deadline in order to be considered in the competition.
2.4 No more than one story per author may be submitted. If more than one story is submitted, only the first story received will be considered.
2.5 Entries must be submitted with the author’s consent.
2.6 Authors may only enter individually and not as part of a team.
2.7 Although the entries will be assessed anonymously, a name does need to be given. This can be the author’s own name or a pen name.
2.8 The short story submitted must be a separate, standalone and original story and not a chapter of a book or ongoing work.
2.9 Stories should preferably be typed. Where this is not possible and the story has been hand written, the writing must be legible.
2.10 Authors agree that Mind may publish the story on their website for the duration of 5 years, after which all names and attribution will be removed.
2.11 Incomplete entry forms and short stories not submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions will not be considered.
3. The short story
3.1 The story must be no less than 2000 words and not exceed 4000 words. Please note: 4000 is the maximum word count but not a specific target.
3.2 The story must be based on the theme of ‘Journeys’. This can be a mental health, spiritual or physical journey and can be about a person, animal event or object.
3.3 The story can be autobiographical or fictional.
3.4 The full name of the author must not appear anywhere within the story.
3.5 The story must not contain defamatory, obscene or offensive material, not showcase connotations of violence, racism, discrimination, be sexual in its nature, or allude to a negative representation of mental health or those who experience mental health problems. Nor can it depict detailed self-harm or suicidal content. If the story contains any possible upsetting material, this must be stated at the beginning of the story as follows: *This story contains possible triggering content*
3.6 Any ineligible, illegible, obscene or fraudulent entries will be automatically disqualified.
3.7 The story must be suitable to be published online by Mind for audiences of all ages.
3.8 Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
- Strength of the theme – Journeys
3.9 Entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy.
4.1 Entries will be judged anonymously; the name of the author will not be linked to the story or made available to either the initial readers or the judges.
4.2 After the competition deadline (Tuesday 21 May), there will be an initial sifting process for all entries ensuring they meet the terms and conditions of entry.
4.3 Stories that meet the terms of entry will be judged by Readers (a selected team of Mind staff and members). Each Reader will receive a batch of anonymised stories, to read and score using the above criteria. Stories will be emailed with details of the criteria and how to score stories.
4.4 Each story will be read by two Readers. Authors who have entered the competition may not be Readers.
4.5 Stories will be read and scored between Monday 10 June 2019 and Monday 1 July. At this time scores will be sent to the Membership Officer to tally. The top scoring five stories will be sent to the final judges.
4.6 The judges will receive the shortlisted stories on Monday 8 July to be read before the judging panel due the week commencing Monday 22 July.
4.7 Judges will discuss and feedback on each of the five stories before choosing an overall winner and up to two stories for a Highly Commended prize.
4.8 The winner will be contacted by the Mind membership team and a social media post will announce the winner on Tuesday 6 August.
4.9 The judges are:
Candy Ikwuwunna, Digital Marketing Officer, Mind
Holly Harris, Editorial Director, Penguin
Harriet Poland, Business Affairs Manager, Audible
Lucy Malagoni, Publisher, Sphere Fiction
Annette Lewis, Mind member
5. Shortlist and Winner
5.1 All five shortlisted authors will be contacted personally by email or telephone using the details provided at the time of entry. Unsuccessful authors will be contacted in respect of their entry but no feedback will be provided.
5.2 The decisions as to each stage of this competition, the shorlisters, winner and Highly Commendeds is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
5.3 The winner may be required to complete and return an eligibility form stating their age and residency details.
5.4 The shortlisted stories will be published on the Mind website at the beginning of July.
5.5 The author of the winning story will receive:
- £100 worth of books, donated by our partner Penguin
- A year’s free subscription to Audible
- £75 of Paperchase vouchers
- A Mind tote bag filled with Mind merchandise
- £60 of Love2Shop vouchers
- Their story featured on the Mind website
5.6 Two runners up will receive:
- A copy of John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down
- A year’s free subscription to Audible
- £35 of Paperchase vouchers
- A Mind tote bag filled with Mind goodies
- £30 of Love2Shop vouchers
- Their story featured on the Mind website
5.7 In case of the winner being under 18 the prizes will need to be claimed by a parent or guardian.
5.8 These prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable and has no cash value if not used. There is no cash alternative to prizes.
5.9 Mind cannot accept responsibility for liability arising from participants taking part in the competition or for taking up the prizes. Mind gives no warranty or guarantee in relation to the prizes and accepts no responsibility or liability for prizes being amended by corporate partners Penguin and/or Audible. To the fullest extent permissable by law, Mind excludes liability for all loss, damage or claim arising as a result of the participant's entry into the competition or use of the prizes.
6.1 All announcements in relation to the Mind membership short story competition will be published here and via Mind’s Twitter feed (@Mindcharity).
6.2 Authors must provide their name, email address and telephone number on their online form, email or postal entry.
6.3 The competition will be administered by the Mind Membership team.
6.4 Entrants must supply full details as stated above, and comply with all terms and conditions to be eligible for the Mind membership short story competition.
6.5 By entering the competition, the author consents to their name and the title of their story being published on the Mind website and social media channels in the event only of their story being shortlisted by the judges.
6.6 These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Disputes arising in connection with this short story competition shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
6.7 Mind will only process the personal data you have provided to administer the short story competition and your Mind membership. Personal details will not be passed on to third parties.
6.9 These terms and conditions are available on request by calling Mind on 020 8215 2243 or on our website. Should the terms and conditions be amended, these avenues will be updated for entrants review. If printed, this is not a controlled document.
6.10 The Mind Membership team reserves the right to refuse any entry for any reason at its absolute discretion, and reserves the right to vary the Terms and Conditions of entry, and alter the timeline, as may be deemed necessary. Any amendments will be published here.
6.11 The Mind Membership team reserves the right to cancel the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in their opinion, or if circumstances arise outside their control.
6.12 The winning entrant and two Highly Commended runners-up grant Mind all necessary and relevant licenses and permissions in relation to the publication of their entries in Mind publications, www.mind.org.uk (although the publishing of any entries in or on any of Mind's publications shall be in the absolute discretion of Mind. Mind shall be under no obligation to publish such entries) and elsewhere at Mind's discretion. The winning author and runners-up also agree to Mind's use of his/her name in relation to publicity material, if given. Mind reserves the right to edit the winning and Highly Commended entries in respect of the above publication.
6.13 Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions and to have agreed to be bound by them when entering the competition. The Membership team may at its sole discretion disqualify the entry and/or reclaim any prize and revise the shortlist and (if applicable) winning entry, if they believe that the author has not complied with the terms and conditions contained herein (such as that the work is not original, stand alone and entirely the author’s own work).