Terms and Conditions: 

1. You must be 18 or over to enter this competition. 

2. You must be an unpublished and unagented author living in the UK.  All entries must be in English.  We are not open to work that has been published previously, including work that has been published online.  

3. Previously self-published and unagented writers may apply but only with a new, unpublished work. Previously magazine published (short story) and unagented writers may apply but only with a new, unpublished work. 

4. You understand and accept that this bursary is not open to those who have the means to attend the event without financial assistance, and you may be asked to provide proof of financial need.

5. How to enter: Participants must submit a 500 word sample of their writing, and a letter explaining why they'd like to attend The Festival of Writing, including details of why you require funding in order to attend the event and why we should award you The Goat Bursary Award. Please email these to: with subject line: ENTRY FOR THE GOAT BURSARY

6. The opening date for entries is 1st August 2016.  The closing date for entries is 5pm on 22nd August, 2016. No entries received after this date will be accepted. 

7. No purchase necessary.

8. We anticipate a high number of entries to the Goat Bursary Award 2016 so we ask you, please, to try to get everything right on your first go.  However, we appreciate that mistakes happen.  If you need to get in contact with us after you’ve submitted something, please send an email to explaining your problem/concern.  You will receive an automated acknowledgement of your email, but sit tight.  One of us will reply, hopefully within five working days.

9. The prize is a Full Festival Weekend with Friday mini course ticket to The Festival of Writing, 9th – 11th September 2016 (includes on Campus Accommodation on Fri & Sat nights. All meals, inc. gala dinner. All talks & workshops. Entry to Friday mini-course. 2 one-to-one sessions (with agents / publishers / book doctors). Travel expenses covered, up to the value of £250.  Feedback on the first 50 pages of the winner’s work in progress from Agent Susan Armstrong. One winner to be chosen 

10. The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to availability. No guarantee is given as to the quality of the prize.

11. No cash or prize alternatives are available. 

12. The winner of the competition will be selected by Joanna Cannon and Susan Armstrong and notified by e-mail no later than the 28th August. Where we require details from you, if you do not provide these within 28 days of notification we reserve the right to select a different winner. 

13. All entrants are expected to act fairly and in the good spirit of the competition. 

14. Any application containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected. 

15. The judges’ decision as to who has won the competition shall be final. 

16. The Writers’ Workshop will notify all entrants of the successful candidate following the winning applicant being informed on 28th August. 

17. The entry instructions are part of the Terms and Conditions for this competition.

18. By entering the competition you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.

19. By entering this competition you are agreeing that, if you win, your name and entry may be a) used for the purpose of announcing the winner and/or distributed to individuals who request details of the winner and/or b) in any related publicity without additional payment or permission.

20. Any personal information you give us will be used solely for this competition and will not be passed on to any other parties (beyond those involved in the running of the competition) without your agreement. 

21. Any dispute relating to the competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts