Lonely Planet Kids Writing Competition

Your grown-up needs to read this bit!

Here are the terms and conditions which will apply to your entry. Please read them carefully as they contain important information you need to know!

If you are the parent or guardian of a child who wishes to enter this competition, we ask that you read these terms and conditions on behalf of your child. Each child who enters must have the consent of their parent or guardian.

Who’s running the show?

The promoter is Lonely Planet Publications Limited (3970494) of 6th Floor, 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW, United Kingdom.

Information about the prizes and how to enter form part of these conditions of entry. By entering the competition, these conditions of entry apply to your child’s entry. Any changes to these conditions of entry will be published here so you should check these conditions of entry regularly.

These conditions of entry are governed by the laws of England. 

Who can play?

This competition is open to children worldwide. Your child must be under the age of 16 and have permission from a parent/guardian (you) to enter. The laws in some places don’t allow Lonely Planet to run this promotion, in which case the promotion and these conditions of entry are void in those places. Also, your child won’t be eligible to win this competition if their immediate family including parents, guardians, siblings, grandparents or housemates are directors, management, employees, officers or contractors of Lonely Planet, or their subsidiaries or parent or affiliated companies.

How can my child enter?

To enter, your child needs to write a blog post describing a recent trip they went on and why it was memorable in 100 - 200 words. Your child’s blog can be about a faraway place or somewhere closer to home – so long as it is about an adventure, we don’t mind! We’d also like your child to illustrate their blog, using either a drawing or a photograph.

Please email your child’s entry to lonelyplanet.kids@lonelyplanet.com and include all of the following:

  • Your child’s name
  • Your child’s age
  • Your contact details as the Parent/Guardian including name and email address
  • Your child’s typed entry (we are unable to receive handwritten entries)
  • One drawing or photograph by your child to illustrate their blog (entries must be in one of the following formats JPG, PNG, PDF with a minimum file width of 700 pixels and max size of 10MB).

By entering, you accept these terms and conditions on behalf of your child.

Neither you or your child have to buy anything to enter or win. Your child can enter between 00:01am on 3rd January 2017 GMT and 11:59pm on 3rd February 2017 GMT. Your child’s entry is received at the time Lonely Planet receives it. Incomplete and invalid entries will not be accepted. It’s not Lonely Planet’s fault if your child’s entry gets lost in cyberspace or doesn’t arrive for any other reason. 

Lonely Planet might have to extend the dates of the promotion but only if it’s totally unavoidable (for example, if the competition entry page is unavailable for 24 hours or more) and we’ll let you know if we do.

How do you pick the winner?

Rather than consulting tea leaves, the entries will be judged by our Deputy Editor of our website, lonelyplanet.com. This unenviable task will happen in a small, dark room at 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW, on 6th February 2017 (or at an undisclosed location otherwise determined as required by Lonely Planet). The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into, even if you think that sucks. Lady luck has nothing to do with this promotion.

Lonely Planet reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who has engaged in unlawful or improper conduct that is designed to jeopardise the fair conduct of the promotion or is generally damaging to the reputation of Lonely Planet, or has otherwise breached these conditions of entry (as determined in Lonely Planet’s sole discretion).

Lonely Planet can cancel or modify the promotion if there are compelling technical or administrative reasons which we cannot control. If that happens, Lonely Planet will select the winner(s) from all eligible entries received at that time.

What can your child win?

One (1) first prize winner will receive a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books of their choice as featured on http://shop.lonelyplanet.com/ up to the value of £100.00. They will also have their work published on our new Lonely Planet Kids blog (and will be the first publication on the Lonely Planet Kids blog written by a child).

Two (2) runners-up will each receive a copy of How Cities Work (RRP £12.99) and will also have their work published on the Lonely Planet Kids blog.

Total prize value is worth approximately £126.00. These prize values are accurate at the start of the promotion.

How do I find out if my child has won?

We’ll give the winner the good news via the Parent/Guardian’s email account on 10th February 2017. If you’re riddled with curiosity, send an email to lonelyplanet.kids@lonelyplanet.com (including the name of the promotion) within three months of the closing date of the promotion. We’ll respond and tell you who won.

Lonely Planet will do its best to find the prize winners. But if we can’t, or if the winner hasn’t accepted the prize by 6th May 2017, the next best entry will be declared winner.

If your child wins…

We may ask you to provide proof of identity, residency and age. If you can’t provide, or refuse to provide, suitable proof, then unfortunately your child may be disqualified and we may choose another winner. You can’t exchange the prize for cash or ask us to give it to someone else (not that you’d want to!). We will use reasonable efforts to award the prize as described but if, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to do that, we’ll substitute it either for cash or another prize of comparable value, but we’ll decide which. 

What happens to my child’s entry?

You agree that all of your child’s entry is their own work. In the event that your child is a winner or runner-up, unless you’d like to opt-out of this licence by emailing us at lonelyplanet.kids@lonelyplanet.com you grant Lonely Planet the following copyright licence:

  • You give Lonely Planet a worldwide licence to reproduce, publish, edit, adapt, communicate and broadcast all or part of the entry on the Lonely Planet Kids Blog, a gallery of children’s work on lonelyplanet.com and in relation to marketing the Lonely Planet Writing Competition.
  • Generally, we will attribute your child as the author where practicable.

Lonely Planet and its promotional partners will only use the personal information contained in your child’s entry to conduct the competition and award the prize (but if you’ve told Lonely Planet that you want to receive stuff from us and/or our promotional partners, we’ll use your personal information for that too). We will keep your personal information and your child’s personal information in accordance with Lonely Planet’s privacy policy at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/legal/privacy-policy.

Good luck!