Competition terms and conditions

All entrants are asked to read the rules and entry details carefully before submitting their entry to the competition. By submitting a competition entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions. By casting a vote in respect of this competition you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.<


The competition is a national poetry competition run by the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre, called A Poem to Remember. 

The promoter of this competition is the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre of 70 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3JP (the "DNRC"). Zebek Ltd of 7 Holyport Road, London SW6 6LY shall be responsible for the administrative aspects and running of the competition.


  1. The competition is open to everyone aged 17 and over. The overall winner will receive a £2,000 cash prize, with four runners-up receiving £500.    
  2. Multiple entries are not permitted, and joint submissions are not allowed.
  3. The Promoter reserves all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the competition.

How to enter

  1. Entry to the competition is free of charge.
  2. The competition will run from February 2, 2018 and the closing date for entries is 23.59pm (UK time), April 9, 2018.
  3. All competition entries must be received by DNRC by the closing date. All competition entries received after the closing date are automatically disqualified.
  4. Online entries can be submitted through the form or sent in a single attachment (in Word or PDF format) via the website. 
  5. Postal entries can be sent to: A Poem To Remember, PO Box 74616, London, SW6 9LB.
  6. If sending your entry by post, or by an attachment on the website, put your name, email address or any other contact details on one page, and put your poem’s title and your birthday minus the year (e.g ‘A Poem To Remember Them’ - 25.12) on a separate page. All entries will be considered anonymously by the judges.
  7. The DNRC will not accept responsibility for competition entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit.
  8. Unfortunately, due to expected number of entries we are unable to return poems.
  9. Poems may not be amended or withdrawn once entered.
  10. Please include a stamped addressed envelope/postcard with your postal entry if you wish to receive confirmation it has been received. Online/email entries will receive automatic confirmation.
  11. Competition staff are unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you send the correct file.
  12. The competition entries will be judged by a panel of judges. The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor competition staff will enter into any correspondence.
  13. The competition organisers reserve the right to change the short and long list judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
  14. A list of names of the judges can be viewed on the competition website from the competition closing date.


  1. All competition entries are judged anonymously, and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
  2. All poems must include a title and must not exceed 25 lines in length (excluding title).
  3. The line limit applies only to the written lines of the poem, not the lines between stanzas. Titles, epigraphs and dedications are not counted as lines either.
  4. The judges will favour poems that broadly focus on the theme of the triumph of the human spirit in times of conflict.
  5. The competition welcomes all entries, whatever their structure, form or rhyme scheme.
  6. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
  7. Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website or social media, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition.
  8. Handwritten entries cannot be accepted. Posted entries should be typed and printed in black ink on A4 paper at a minimum type size of 12pt. Poems may span two pages but pages must not be double sided. Entries can be double or single spaced. Please do not staple pages.
  9. Entries must be written in English.


  1. The overall winner of the competition will have their poem read by the Duke of Cambridge to assembled dignitaries at a significant event to mark the creation of the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre in the summer of 2018.
  2. The poem will be inscribed on a plaque that will hang in a prominent location at the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre.
  3. Four runners-up will have their poems published on the DNRC website and social media channels. They will also be invited to visit the DNRC in summer 2018 and be hosted at a lunch event for them.
  4. Prize-winners will be notified personally once the public vote has been completed and the results finalised, using the telephone number or email address provided with the competition entry. The prize winners will be invited to an award ceremony in summer 2018. All winners will be required to provide a biography and photograph.
  5. A list of the prize-winners will be announced on the DNRC website once the public vote has been completed and the results finalised.
  6. The first prize winner will receive £2,000, and the four runners-up £500.
  7. The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning poems, by entering the competition, grant the DNRC the right to publish, edit, alter, store, reformat and/or broadcast their poem in perpetuity.
  8. Entrants agree not to publish their poem elsewhere for two years from June 2018, unless in agreement with DNRC.

The Public Vote

  1. The winner from the five finalists will be decided by a public vote. Votes will be cast via text message to a number advertised on the DNRC website and online.
  2. Each of the five finalists will be given a clearly identifiable moniker and members of the public will be invited to vote by texting that letter.
  3. Texts will be charged at your standard message rate. Please seek the bill-payer’s permission before voting, and those under the age of 12 should obtain parent/guardian consent before voting. For the avoidance of doubt, such fees will be payable to your normal network provider and are not a donation to the DNRC.
  4. Dates for voting will be published on the competition website 30 days in advance.
  5. Any votes received outside the announced voting times, or with any wording different from the keyword letter, will not count but will still be charged.
  6. Multiple votes are not allowed. Only one vote will be accepted from each mobile telephone number. Further votes will not count but will still be charged.
  7. The vote is not a competition and there is no prize or reward for those who take part.
  8. DNRC reserves the right to disqualify entries or suspend voting if it suspects fraudulent voting has occurred or there has been an attempt at fraudulent voting. DNRC also reserves the right to substitute an alternative selection or voting method at is absolute discretion.
  9. DNRC reserves the right to change these terms and conditions, and to change, cancel or suspend this vote at any time.
  10. DNRC cannot accept responsibility for any technical failure or any other problem with any telephone network, line, system, server or provider which may result in any lost being or lost or not counted.
  11. The result of the vote will be established from all eligible votes submitted between the opening date and time and the closing date and time and received by the DNRC.
  12. In the event of any fault, mistake or dispute concerning the outcome of the vote, the decision of the DNRC shall be final.
  13. No DNRC staff member or anyone who is directly associated with DNRC in any way is eligible to vote.
  14. We will only collect your vote and phone number in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. DNRC will only use your personal details for the administrating this competition and will only ever keep your details as long as is necessary to fulfil those purposes.
  15. DNRC accept no responsibility in the event that any vote is lost, delayed, misdirected or not properly received, registered or recorded.

Data Protection and Publicity

  1. If you are a winner of the competition, you agree that the DNRC may use your name, image and town or county of residence to announce the winner of this competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional purposes.
  2. You further agree to participate in any reasonable publicity required by the DNRC.
  3. By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition entry may be held and used only by the DNRC or its agents and suppliers to administer the competition.
  4. All entries to the competition can be used by the organisers for media purposes solely related to the promotion of the competition.


  1. Insofar as permitted by law, DNRC and its agents will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winners or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of DNRC or its agents or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
  2. If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these terms and conditions, the DNRC may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition.
  3. The DNRC reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel or amend the competition where it becomes necessary to do so.
  4. These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.