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Submission Terms & Conditions




  • Entrants must be UK citizens or residents, and be enrolled in a UK school.
    Entrants must also be between 11 and 14 years of age.


  • Only one original story per student is allowed. If more than one entry is submitted by one student, only one will be considered for the competition. The selection of which entry is submitted to the judges is at the discretion of Animal Aspirations.

  • All entries must have a maximum of 250 words (not including the provided Story Starter) and be written in English. If entries are more than 250 words, only the first 250 words will be read.

  • All entries are prohibited from containing any profanity and inappropriate content.

  • All entries must be a continuation of one of the Story Starters provided.

  • Once submitted, no alterations may be made to your entry.

  • Make sure you keep a copy of your work as your entry will not be returned to you.

  • ​Entries will be judged without the panel of judges knowing the identity of the competitors, so the entrant’s name must not be included with their story, only on the online submission form where requested.

  • Entries must be sent electronically via the online submission platform, and must arrive no later than BST 11.59pm on Friday 13th January 2023.
    If the entrant is under 13, a parent or guardian must complete the consent form and email it to Please use the same email to send the consent form that you used on the submission form. Teachers, librarians and youth leaders should not use the permission form, but should comply with their own organisation’s GDPR policy. The permission form must be completed by BST 11.59pm on Friday 13
    th January 2023, and be submitted with the written piece

  • In the event that an entry is incomplete (i.e. missing parent consent form), the candidate will not be considered in the competition.

    For acknowledgment of receipt of entries, please give your email address on the entry form. The online submission platform provides confirmation of online entries once you have completed the process.

    Judgement and Prizes

  • First prize: Off road guided VIP experience and animal behaviour talk with Natasha, one of the Heads of Education for (up to) 2 adults and 2 children 

  • Second and third prizes: Family ticket to the Safari Park (up to 2 adults and 2 children) and animal behaviour talk with Natasha, one of the Heads of Education

  • Each winner’s name, age, and entry will be published on the Animal Aspirations website and social media accounts.

  • The prizes will be administered by Animal Aspirations and judged by Jane Elson, Damien Hine, and Aisha Bushby.
    Their decision will be final and the organisers will not enter into any correspondence about the results.

  • The organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.

  • The results will be announced on the Animal Aspirations website and social media platforms in 2023.

  • The winning entries and any others the judges wish to select will be published on the Animal Aspirations website and social media accounts.

  • The copyright of each prize-winning story will remain with the authors but Animal Aspirations will have the right in perpetuity to publish and/or broadcast the stories.

  • By entering the competition, you give permission for Animal Aspirations to hold the personal information you have given for the sole purpose of the competition. Once the competition has finished and winners are announced, your data will be deleted.

  • The personal information that you provide will be securely stored by Animal Aspirations and will be used for no other purpose than this competition activity, nor knowingly passed to any other organisation or person not associated with or authorised by Animal Aspirations.

Consent form

**We will only use your personal data for this competition. Once the competition is complete, we will delete all of the personal data that you have provided. 

 'I huddle in my armchair next to my bedroom window, watching. Will he come tonight? All is silent under the stars. I wait and wait and wait. Crash a clutter as the dustbin at the bottom of the garden topples on to the path. I creep downstairs, throwing on an old coat over my P’J’s and squelching my feet into dad’s old wellingtons. Opening the backdoor, I hurry over the wet grass and kneel in front of the bin and peep inside. A pair of frightened eyes stare back…'

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