An LGBT writing competition for young people aged 11-16.
Organised by the York LGBT Forum and
York LGBT History Month
November 2017 – 28th February 2018
About the Competition
OutWord Bound is an LGBT-themed writing competition for young people aged 11-16 in the York area.
The competition forms part of the York LGBT History programme of events marking LGBT History month. The theme for the 2018 LGBT History Month is Geography: Mapping the World.
Competition entrants are asked to write a piece of fiction, non-fiction or poetry of up to 1,000 words, focusing on any aspect of LGBT life.
Some ideas include:
- The theme of LGBT History Month 2017: “Citizenship, PSHE and Law”
- Other LGBT history topics
- Personal experiences
- Coming out
- Equality and diversity related to LGBT issues
The competition aims to celebrate York’s diverse community and combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
The competition will take place throughout LGBT History Month.
Timeline Key Dates
- Competition Launch – 1st November 2017
- Competition Deadline Closing Date – 23:59 28th February 2018
- Judging will take place during March
- Prize Giving Award Ceremony will take place on – Exact date TBC
- A description of the competition
- Competition rules
- Guidance for teachers
- Information on competition organisers
If you would like your school to be involved, why not download a pack and give it to your teacher?
Submit your entry by email or hand it in at school by 28th February 2018
All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form. You can download one form this link
Millthorpe School: Miss Parr
Manor Academy: Miss Richards
Queen Ethelburga’s: Mrs Habberjam
Other schools: Please speak to your form tutor or firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners will be announced at the Award Prize Giving Ceremony – we’ll let you know in good time when this will be.
Winners in the past have been able to choose vouchers from the following:
First prize: £50 vouchers
Second prize: £30 vouchers
Third prize: £20 vouchers
Highly commended Judges overall Winners Prize : £100 voucher
- The competition is organised by York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month supported by Aviva.
- Entry to this competition is open to school pupils aged 11-16 attending schools in York and the surrounding area.
- Entrants are required to write a short story, essay, or poem of no more than a thousand words (no minimum) that explores themes of LGBT life. Topics can include, but are not limited to:
- The LGBT History Month 2018 theme: Geography: Mapping the World
- Other LGBT history topics
- Personal experiences
- Coming out
- Equality and diversity related to LGBT issues.
- In the event that entrants wish to write about people that they know (other than public figures or celebrities) they must obtain written permission from the people concerned if they wish to use real names, or if the people could be identified. Entrants are advised that without such written permission they should ensure that the people they are writing about cannot be identified. Teachers are requested to guide pupils regarding these terms and conditions. York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month accept no responsibility if entrants ignore these terms and conditions.
- Entrants do not need to identify on the LGBT spectrum. It is especially desirable that non-LGBT pupils are encouraged to enter.
- Entry opens 1st November 2017 – 28th February 2018 (Unfortunately submissions received outside this timeframe will not be considered.)
- Entrants can only enter individually. Only one entry per person is permitted. If more than one entry is submitted, only the entrant’s first submission will be considered.
- Entries can be in any style or form, fiction or non-fiction, but must be in English.
- All entries should be emailed to email@example.com or handed in at school to a nominated member of staff.10. Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing to the above email address.
- All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form counter-signed by an appropriate teacher who has approved the entry and agreed to these Terms and Conditions.
- Entries cannot be returned, so please retain a copy. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted in respect of their entry and no feedback will be given.
- All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month accept no responsibility if entrants ignore these terms and conditions.
- Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material and teachers are requested to guide pupils regarding these terms and conditions.
- Entrants retain the copyright in their entries, but grant to York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month a royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and includes all the necessary rights and permissions to enable York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month to award the prizes and complete the administration of this competition.
- Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
- Relevance to LGBT issues.
- The competition will be judged by a panel of voluntary judges chosen by York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month for their relevant expertise, but independent of the participating schools, York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month. Detailed guidelines on how to judge the entries according to the criteria will be agreed between the judges, York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month.
- A list of prize winners will be sent to all participating schools and the prizes will be awarded at a ceremony.
- Prize winners unable to attend the awards ceremony will need to make an arrangement with York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month to receive their prize.
- Winners will be able to choose vouchers from the following:
- City Screen Picturehouse York
- Restaurant Choice
- The prizes will be awarded on the following basis:
- First prize: £50 vouchers
- Second prize: £30 vouchers
- Third prize: £20 vouchers.
- York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month reserve the right to change, or vary the prizes on offer without giving prior notice.
- The decision of the judges, York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month reserve the right to disqualify any entry which breaches these terms and conditions.
- York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or circumstance arise outside of its control.
- York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month, the judges, or any person or organisation associated with this competition cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever, however caused, for an entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
- All publicity will acknowledge York LGBT History Month and York LGBT Forum.
28. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.
Entries will be judged by a team including:
OutWord Bound is jointly organised by York LGBT Forum and York LGBT History Month.
The York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Forum was established in 2006 to act as a strong and unified voice for the local LGBT community.
The Forum recently gained charity status in the summer of 2015.
The Forum is made up of a number of sub groups. Each group is tasked with supporting activities and initiatives in association with the groups theme.
The schools sub group aims to source & provide access to a multitude of LGBT related resources. You can check out our Pinterest board here…..
Whilst our resource bank is open and available to all, our hope is that the following groups in particular will benefit from the resources available:-
- LGBT people
- Parents of LGBT people
- The wider community
The group are keen to provide a consultation mechanism and support network to schools and other agencies to help tackle common issues.
Through making our resources available to all, we aim to enhance the health, well being, confidence and self esteem of LGBT people. For non LGBT people, our aim is to raise awareness and make for a more informed society when it comes to the current issues affecting the LGBT community.
York LGBT History Month brings together organisations from across the city to create a programme of events during February. Our aim is to increase public awareness of the place of LGBT people in history. (Side note: LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bi and trans, but we take it to include any non-heterosexual sexual orientation and any non-cisgender and/or non-binary gender identity, gender expression or sex.)
We bring to light stories that might traditionally have been ignored, working to develop inclusivity, challenge stereotypes and promote understanding. Our programme of events provides a wide variety of ways for the public to learn about these stories.
We also work with schools to help them celebrate LGBT History Month and include LGBT history in their lesson plans. We can support you to develop your plans and produce free resources tailored to your needs.
Past work with schools includes:
- Producing a set of posters featuring historical “LGBT heroes” from each subject area
- Providing assembly speakers on the topic of LGBT History Month
- Supporting schools to develop PSHE lessons on LGBT issues
Can we help your school celebrate LGBT history? Please get in touch, or check out the school outreach pages on our website!
We are also seeking volunteers to expand our work with schools, so if you would like to be involved, please get in touch.
Contact: Kit Heyam (Outreach Coordinator)
Key stage 4
First Place – they-try
Second Place – Trans Me
Third Place – the-costs-of-love
Key Stage 3
First Place – No it’s Not
Second Place – Escape Route