Submissions Rules and Terms and Conditions
the Greek Bicentennial Poetry Pamphlet Prizes for Poetry and Illustration
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In submitting portfolios for consideration for the Michael Marks Greek Bicentennial Prizes, entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Please read them carefully before submitting. It is the responsibility of the poet/illustrator to read these rules and ensure that submissions are eligible. Ineligible submissions will not be considered and no correspondence will be entered into regarding them.
Rules that are specific to only the Poetry or Illustration prize can be found below the general eligibility rules.
Key information is in our Prizes Announcement. You may also be interested in the articles of advice from our judges, which will appear between March and June, and our Frequently Asked Questions.
Eligibility: general rules for both prizes
- The prizes are free to enter
- Portfolios must be entirely the work of the poet or illustrator.
- All work submitted must relate to the culture and history of the Greeks, from ancient to contemporary times, on the occasion of the Bicentennial celebration of the creation of Modern Greece. This might include the richness and vitality of Greek culture, its complexity and continual reinvention, its many traditions, its humanist philosophy, its cosmopolitanism and its lasting impact on the world as we know it. This connection must be clear. However, each poet or illustrator is free to interpret this theme creatively, in whichever manner most resonates for them.
- Portfolios must comprise wholly unpublished work. No part of the portfolio may have been published in any part, neither in printed or digital publications. Work that has appeared online in blogs, forums or on social media, must be permanently taken down if it is selected as a winner.
- Entries must be entirely anonymous. Entrants will input their personal information alongside the title of their portfolio only on the Entry portal page. Portfolios must not contain the name of the poet or illustrator, nor any identifying information, neither in the creative work itself, the Illustrator’s description text in the entry portal, nor in the file name of the portfolio doc/docx/pdf). Any entries that do contain this information will not be considered.
- The deadline for entries is midnight (UK time) on Friday 18th June 2021. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered. The online entry system via our website may become busy as the deadline nears, so entrants are advised not to leave submissions until the last day.
- Entrants may submit as many portfolios as they wish, providing that each meets the eligibility criteria
- Posthumous entries cannot be accepted.
- Amendments to portfolios cannot be made after they have been submitted.
- Simultaneous submissions cannot be accepted.
- All work must be submitted via the Michael Marks Awards website Entries portal. Entries by other means, such as email or by post, will not be accepted.
- The Michael Marks Awards reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached these rules.
- The Michael Marks Awards cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition.
- The Michael Marks Awards will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data.
- The Competition and Rules will be governed by English Law. Any dispute will be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
- The Michael Marks Awards reserves the right to amend these rules if it is deemed necessary.
- Submission of an entry will be deemed to imply unqualified acceptance of the Prize’s Rules.
- If selected as a winner, entrants grant the organisers of the Michael Marks Awards permission to use poems and illustrations from the submitted portfolio both in publication in the Greek Bicentennial Prize pamphlet, and for publicity purposes, of the pamphlet and for the Michael Marks Awards, in printed, electronic and audio form. Material for this will be decided by the Michael Marks Awards and may include, but is not limited to, a front cover image and content for a printed programme and display images for any physical celebration event. Copyright remains with the authors.
- The pamphlets will be available for distribution globally in the English language only, with a Greek translation, in print, and may be available in digital format.
- The winning illustrator grants the Michael Marks Awards a 5 year, global, English language, non-exclusive license to reproduce their submitted images in the Greek Bicentennial Prizes Pamphlet inclusive of use in digital and print publicity of the pamphlet and the Michael Marks Awards.
- The winning poet grants the Michael Marks Awards a 5 year, global, English language, non-exclusive license to reproduce their submitted poetry portfolio in the Greek Bicentennial Prizes Pamphlet inclusive of use in digital and print publicity of the pamphlet and the Michael Marks Awards. The poet grants the Michael Marks Awards the right to reproduce on the Michael Marks Awards’ website a selection of the poems for their archive in perpetuity.
- The winning poet and Illustrator understand that it is a condition of entry, and of receipt of the prizes awarded, that their work shall be used in line with these terms with no further financial remuneration other than the prize money. The winners’ sole award for the Prize is publication in the Pamphlet and the one off prize money. It may be that writers and illustrators are able to collect royalty payments through their relevant collecting societies.
- The organisers reserve the right to showcase a selection of entries (not just the winning entrant) on the Harvard University or Michael Marks Awards websites. These images would be presented as a showcase of the Greek Bicentennial Prize only.
- The winning entrants will receive 10 complementary copies of the pamphlet.
- This is a non-profit venture and it is therefore a condition of entry, and of receipt of the prizes awarded, that the winning poet and illustrator permit poems to be published, whether as digital publication or in hardcopy, without payment of a fee, but with appropriate acknowledgements, for distribution throughout the world in the English language and with a Greek translation.
- The winning poet agrees to their poems being translated into Greek and published in Greek.
- The winning poet and Illustrator should be willing to participate in basic publicity of the prizes for the Michael Marks Awards.
- The winning poet and illustrator will be expected to attend the British launch of their pamphlet, which will be part of the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets Event at the British Library in London on December 7th 2021 (or at an equivalent virtual event). Please make sure you have this date available. There may be further international launches and marketing events in association with the pamphlet and winners should be willing to participate in these however they are able, online or in person. Entrants give permission for the use on the Michael Marks Awards website and partner websites of images or video taken during any such events.
- The winning poet and illustrator will be notified by 18th September 2021. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the status of entries. Please check the Michael Marks Awards website and social media for updates about the prize.
Eligibility: the Poetry Prize
- Portfolios must comprise a maximum of 150 lines of poetry. This may consist of any number of poems but should be sufficient to fill several pages of the pamphlet. Titles, blank lines, contents pages and page numbers are not included in the line count.
- Portfolios must be submitted as .doc or .docx files (not as PDFs, .odt, .pages or other file types). No other file types will be accepted.
- Poems must be written in English.
- Translations are not eligible.
Eligibility: the Illustration Prize
- Portfolios must comprise a minimum of five and a maximum of eight illustrations. The illustrations may be monochrome or colour but must not be animations. Illustrations will sit alongside the winning poems and must not themselves be poetry nor prose text. Text characters may form a small part of your illustrative works but each illustration must be primarily an image and not a text.
- Portfolios must be submitted as PDFs, up to 2MB.
- The winning illustrator will be required to transfer high resolution, printable versions of the illustrations immediately after they have been notified of winning.