Write for Change

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As we countdown to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP–26, 1–12 November 2021 in Glasgow, we're asking you to join us and WRITE FOR CHANGE. Our ambition is to create an anthology of public works to inspire a better world, but we need your help (and there are prizes to be won)...

Throughout spring and summer 2021, we're inviting you to submit short (100–500 word) pieces of fiction, non-fiction or poetry inspired by our opportunity for renewal. Over the coming weeks, our campaign ambassadors will offer short writing prompts to spark your creativity, which you will find here and over on our social feeds.

Submissions will be showcased on our Write for Change digital map, in an upcoming digital anthology, and automatically entered into a prize draw to win a stack of 20 Green Ideas books from our friends at Penguin.

Submissions are now closed and the winning entry will be announced shortly.

Terms & Conditions

  • 1. Information on how to enter forms part of these conditions of entry. Participation in this promotion constitutes acceptance of these conditions of entry.
  • 2. Directors, management and employees (and the immediate families of directors, management and employees) of the Promoter or the agencies or companies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter.
  • 3. While multiple written submissions can be made, entrants will be limited to one entry in the prize draw.
  • 4. The promotion will start at 00:01 on Wednesday 31 March 2021 and will close at 23:59 on Tuesday 31 August 2021 (the “Promotion Period”).
  • 5. The prize is 20 books that make up Penguin's Green Ideas series.
  • 6. Winners must have access to a personal email account on the internet.
  • 7. Hay Festival accepts no responsibility for late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, corrupted or misdirected entries, network failure or delay.
  • 8. The Promoter and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable to any prize winner and their guest for any loss (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits), expense or damage which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) in connection with this promotion or accepting or using any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (including personal injury, death and fraud) in which case that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law.
  • 9. No warranty or guarantee is given by the Promoter in relation to any prize.
  • 10. The prize(s) is/are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash or any other form of compensation. In the event for any reason the prize winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter, then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and neither cash nor any other form of compensation will be supplied in lieu of that element of the prize. If for any reason a prize is not available, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute another prize for it, in its sole discretion, of equal or higher value.
  • 11. If for any reason any aspect of this promotion is not capable of running as planned the Promoter may in its sole discretion cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion, or invalidate any affected entries (this includes, without limitation, by reason of infection by computer virus, network failure, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any cause beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion).
  • 12. If any of the winning entries are deemed not to comply with these conditions of entry, the entry will be discarded and a new winner of the prize will be determined by the Promoter.
  • 13. In all aspects of this promotion the Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the promotion.
  • 14. The Promoter reserves the right to publish the name and county of residence of the promotion winner as well as their written submission.
  • 15. This Promotion shall be governed by English law.