The International Day of the Disappeared (30 August) commemorates people who have gone missing throughout the world in situations of violence and armed conflict. It’s a reminder that hundreds of thousands of families are unaware of the fate of their loved ones.
The Red Cross works every day to restore family contact between separated family members. And you can help give a voice to the thousands of missing people throughout the world by entering our creative writing competition.
1. The theme of the competition is ‘missing’.
2. All entries – whether stories, poems or personal accounts – should be no more than 500 words.
3. There are two categories:
- Young (aged 18 or below on 30 August 2012)
4. Entries must be received by 30 June 2012.
PRIZES AND JUDGING
- The winning entries in each category will receive a £100 Amazon gift voucher.
- Two runners-up in each category will receive a £50 Amazon gift voucher.
Entries will be judged by a small panel of judges, including distinguished authors and a Red Cross representative.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Entries must be original, unpublished and not accepted for publication. They should be written in English.
2. Receipt of entry will be given by email if a valid email address is supplied.
3. The winning entries will be featured on the British Red Cross website.
4. Copyright will remain with the author, but the British Red Cross reserves the right to publish any winning or commended entries after the end of the competition.
5. The winning entry will be announced on 30 August, 2011.
6. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the results.
7. Neither the judges nor competition organisers are eligible to enter the competition.
8. Entries that contain the following will not be accepted: references to political or military information; insults or threats to actual people; discriminatory or abusive language.
9. The British Red Cross reserves the rights to anonymise entries and edit content before publication where it is felt the writer’s own security – or that of their families – might be compromised or put at risk.
For inquiries: email@example.com
For submissions: via the entry form here