The competition rules

Your theme for your submission might be ‘rules’ – and we’ve got some as well!

Here are the rules for the competition. They’re worth reading to make sure you’re eligible, that what you plan to do is appropriate, and so you know how and when we’ll judge the submissions and announce the winners!

  1. All entrants must be aged 16, 17, 18 or 19 and in Year 12 or 13 of a school or college in the United Kingdom at the time of their submission.
  2. Submissions must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1500 words.
  3. Submissions may be in the form of a blogpost, magazine article or traditional essay.
  4. Entries must not include any copyrighted material unless appropriately acknowledged through citation/referencing or other means. Information about referencing and using material can be found on the competition website ( )
  5. The start date of the competition is Monday 4th October and the finish date is Friday 11th March 5pm by which time all entries must be submitted, we will take the time the email was sent as proof of the time of submission.
  6. Late entries will not be entered into the competition.
  7. Judges will consider one entry only per person. In the case of multiple entries from the same entrant, the University of Leeds will accept the first submission as the entry, unless otherwise notified by the entrant.
  8. The judges’ decisions will be final. It will not be possible to provide feedback on individual submissions.
  9. All entrants must ensure that they obtain parent/carer permission in advance of their entry. Submissions will not be entered into the competition without a permission form completed by the entrant’s parent/carer.
  10. The University of Leeds will notify winners via the email address they provided on the competition application form.
  11. Prizes will be emailed to the address submitted by the entrant at the time of filling out the competition application form. In the case of a missing email entrants are advised to check their Clutter and Junk folders. The University of Leeds is not responsible for sent emails that do not reach the entrant, or where the entrant has provided an incorrect or obsolete email address, or where an email has been deleted from the entrant’s email account.
  12. Winners will be notified within 6 weeks of the deadline via email.
  13. Prizes will be emailed to winners within 30 days of their winner notification email date.
  14. Prizes will be in the form of e-vouchers and no cash alternative will be substituted. E-vouchers offered will have a deadline by which they must be used. No replacement will be issued if the prize is not used by the deadline.
  15. A maximum of one prize will be awarded to each winner.
  16. Submissions will be judged by a panel of academic staff and postgraduate research students from the University of Leeds. The judges will be looking for engaging, well presented content which draws on appropriate research.
  17. The competition is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent unless required to do so by law. Please see our privacy notice for further information (
  18. In line with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Promotional Marketing rule 8.28.5, we are required to either publish or make available to the ASA the surname, county and winning entry of competition winners to evidence that a valid award has taken place if requested
  19. The University of Leeds will publish the first name, surname, school, and winning submission of each competition winner on the University of Leeds, Community Religions Project website, for a period of up to two years. Winners may have their details amended or deleted from the website by emailing
  20. All submissions will remain the intellectual property of the entrant and entrants can request withdrawal of their entry at any point before the competition deadline. Withdrawn entries will be deleted from University of Leeds systems within 30 days of the request and will not be judged.

The terms and conditions for the competition can be downloaded here.

The privacy notice for the competition can be downloaded here.