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1. Terms and Conditions — By entering this competition you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions and acknowledge that failure to comply with them may result in disqualification. This competition shall be void where prohibited by local law.

2. Entrants — This competition is open to anyone aged between 18 and 35 years of age as at midnight GMT on Saturday March 24 2018 except for employees of The Random House Group Limited (“Promoter”), the Financial Times Limited (the “Financial Times”), any group companies of the foregoing and their families and any other company connected with this competition. There is no fee to enter. The promoter will only accept one entry per entrant. Multiple or incomplete entries will be deemed invalid.

3. Dates — Essay entries will be accepted until 10pm (GMT) May 31 2018 (“closing date”). The winning entrant and runners-up will be notified by the promoter by telephone in the week beginning June 25 2018. The names of the winning entrant and two runners-up will be announced and printed in the Financial Times on June 30 2018. If the prize is declined or unclaimed by the winner, or if the winner cannot be contacted from the details supplied within 30 business days (“business day” meaning Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays) of notification, a replacement winner may be chosen at the promoter’s discretion and will be notified by the promoter. The original entry that was chosen will then be disqualified

4. Prizes — The following prizes shall be provided:
(a) £1,000 (one thousand pounds Sterling) to the winning entrant
(b) £500 (five hundred pounds Sterling) to each runner-up
(c) Publication by the Financial Times in an FT publication (which may include on ft.com) subject to clause 11 below
(d) E-publication by the promoter of the winner’s winning entry; e-publication by the promoter of the two runners-up entries
(e) One mentoring session for winner with a member of the promoter’s editorial staff

5. Copyright /Ownership — Entrants will own and retain all copyright in their own entry.

6. Entry Specifications — Entrants are advised to retain a copy of their entries as the promoter will be unable to return any submitted entry. Each entry must be:
(a) in English
(b) an original work of which the entrant is the author and which has not been previously professionally or commercially published in any language and is not in breach of any third party rights
(c) a complete essay in itself; (ie not a fragment of a larger work) and
(d) submitted via the competition landing page on ft.com with the following specifications: no more than 3,500 words on any subject matter.

6.1 To ensure anonymity for the purposes of a fair judging process, entrants must not include their names on the body of their essay. Essay documents which include the entrant’s name will be rejected from this Competition.

6.2 There will be no acknowledgment of receipt for entries submitted by post.

7. Unacceptable Entries — Entries received after the closing date and/or which are not in accordance with the entry requirements set out at clause 6 will not be accepted. The promoter will not be responsible for delayed, undelivered or lost entries.

8. Warranties — By submitting an entry, you warrant to the Financial Times and the promoter that your entry is original to you, does not infringe copyright or any other intellectual property right and does not defame or invade the privacy rights of any third party, or infringe any other legal rights, regulations or laws.

9. Events — Events may occur that render the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend, suspend or withdraw the prizes or amend these terms and conditions with or without notice.

10. Judges — The competition will be judged by six independent judges who will (at their sole discretion) apply the criteria of which entries demonstrate emerging talent and write with creativity and flair. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decisions or the competition.

11. Winning entrant and runners-Up — The winning entrant and runners-up grant the Financial Times and the promoter a non-exclusive, royalty-free worldwide, irrevocable licence, for the full period of any intellectual property rights in the competition entry to use the publication of their entries in any Financial Times publication, including on ft.com and elsewhere at the promoter’s discretion. The winning entrant and runners-up undertake to complete any necessary documentation to formalise any necessary licences. If you do not agree to grant us and the Financial Times these rights, please do not submit materials to us. The winning entrant and runners-up also agree to the promoter’s use of his/her name and photograph in relation to publicity material which may be made available worldwide, online, digitally or in hard copy. The Financial Times and promoter each reserve the right to edit the winning and runners-up entries in respect of the above publication. A list of winners may be obtained by anyone who writes to the promoter at the email address set out below within one month of the date of the announcement of the winners.

12. Data — Your personal details will be collected by the Financial Times for the purposes of this competition and will be processed in accordance with any applicable data protection legislation and the FT privacy policy.

13. Miscellaneous:

13.1 The decision of judges and results of the competition are final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prizes are non-transferable and non-refundable.

13.2 The winner and/or runners-up may be required to complete and return an eligibility form proving their age.

13.3 The Financial Times accepts no responsibility for or liability arising from the participants taking part in the competition or for taking up (or not taking up as the case may be) any prizes. The promoter and the Financial Times reserve the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

13.4 These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. Disputes arising in connection with this Competition shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

14. The Promoter — The Promoter’s contact details are: The Bodley Head, an imprint of The Random House Group Limited, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA. Any enquiries relating to the prize should be emailed to: weekend.readers@ft.com

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