Do you accept PayPal?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept payments by PayPal. After completing the online entry form and uploading your poems or story, you will be taken through to the secure payment section of the website where you pay by entering your debit/credit card details. You can complete payment at any point between your date of entry and the deadline for entries. If you submit a postal entry, you can pay by sending a cheque or postal order made payable to “Manchester Metropolitan University”.

How do I pay in a different currency? I don’t have a UK bank account, can I still enter?

Whichever currency you normally bank in, the correct amount (the equivalent of £17.50) will automatically be taken from your bank account. If you send a cheque in the post, you still need to write the cheque out in pounds sterling and the correct amount will be taken from your bank account according to the exchange rate on the day the cheque is processed. Please note, some bank accounts are not authorised to make payments in foreign currencies. If your payment is not authorised, please discuss this with your bank. Some banks may also charge for you to make payments in foreign currencies.

Please discuss with your bank whether any charges will be taken and add the value of the charge to your payment. We will not be able to accept payments from overseas accounts where charges will be taken and these are not added to your payment amount.

Can I pay the entry fee over the telephone or by electronic bank transfer?

Where entrants are unable to complete payment via cheque or postal order, or via the online system, it may be possible for payment to be made over the telephone via debit/credit card or electronically via direct bank transfer. Please get in touch for further details.

My card doesn’t work/I can’t send cheques. Can someone else pay the entry fee for me?

Yes, you can ask someone else to pay the entry fee on your behalf. If you decide to do this, complete the entry form with your contact details but use the payment details of the person paying on your behalf in the payment section. If you are submitting a postal entry, it would help us if you indicate that someone else is paying on your behalf.

How do I know if you received my entry/my entry fee?

If you submit a postal entry and include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, you will receive a confirmation letter in the post. This can take up to 28 days as this is only sent once your entry fee and entry have been processed. If we discover a problem with your payment, we will contact you to give you the opportunity to make your payment again. This applies even if we do not process your entry until after the deadline, as long as we received it before the deadline.

If you submit an entry online, you should see a transaction reference and authorisation code displayed on the screen that looks like this:

Transaction Total: GBP 17.50
Transaction Reference Number: CPGxxxxxx
Transaction Authorisation Code: xxxxxxxx

This means that we have received both your entry fee and your entry. You should also receive an automated confirmation email. These can sometimes be directed to spam/junk folders so check there if you don’t think you have received one. If we discover a problem with your payment, we will contact you to give you the opportunity to make your payment again. This applies even if we do not process your entry until after the deadline, as long as it was submitted before the deadline.

I can’t afford to pay the entry fee. Can I enter without paying and pay the fee if I win?

The entry fees are used to fund the competition and generate the prize fund. If insufficient funds are received from entry fees, the prize money has to be reduced, so we are not able to waive the fee.

I made a mistake/typo. Can I re-submit my work?

We are not able to amend, substitute, or make any changes to entries once they have been submitted. You are welcome to submit a new or updated version of an existing entry but you will need to enter again by completing a new entry form and paying a new entry fee. If you wish to withdraw an existing entry, please let us know in writing/email. No refunds are given if an entry is withdrawn.

I am not from the UK. Am I eligible to enter the competition?

Yes. The competition is open to anyone of any nationality, and resident in any country, over the age of 16 at the point of entry.

Can I enter work in a different language?

Entries should be written in English. You can enter an English translation of a poem/story written in a different language as long as the original work, as well as the translation is your own. Short extracts or quotations in non-English languages are fine.

I can’t upload my file. Can I email my entry to you?

We are not able to accept entries via email. If there is a problem uploading a file, the online system will display a *file error* message. This means that the format of your file is not compatible with the online system. To overcome this, check:

If none of these suggestions solve your problem, consider submitting your entry in the post. If you send your file to us as an email attachment, we may be able to diagnose the problem for you but your work will NOT be considered a valid entry unless it is submitted via the online system or using the postal entry form.

Is there a particular theme? What sort of style/topic are the judges looking for? Can I submit a poem/story for children? Can I submit a play?

There are no rules or guidelines relating to the style/form/topic/genre/target audience. The prizes are awarded to the best short story and portfolio of 3-5 poems. As long as your work fits these descriptions and is within the word/line count, it will be given equal consideration by the judges in the competition. This competition is for prose stories and poetry so please do not submit plays.

Can I enter more than once? Can I enter both competitions?

You are welcome to submit as many entries as you like to either/both the Poetry and Fiction prizes. The process for submitting a second entry is the same as for submitting a first; each entry needs its own entry form and entry fee.

I entered one of my poems/my short story in another competition. Can I submit this to the Manchester Writing Competition? I have entered the Manchester Writing Competition but would like to enter one of my poems/my story in another competition. Can I do this?

As far as we are concerned, it is okay for work submitted to other competitions to be entered to the Manchester Writing Competition, and/or for your Manchester Writing Competition entry be simultaneously under consideration elsewhere. You would need to check the terms and conditions of any other competitions to make sure this was okay with them. As submissions to the Manchester Writing Competition must not have been published, you would also need to inform us if your work was accepted/published elsewhere while under consideration by us and withdraw it from our competition if necessary.

Can I use a pen name/a pseudonym?

On the entry form, please use your real name and contact details. No identifying details, including your name, should appear on your work itself as all entries are judged anonymously. If your entry is short-listed, you will be contacted to ask which name you would like to be associated with your work at the prize-giving ceremony and wherever your work is published or mentioned. You can then choose to use a pen name or pseudonym if you wish.