Young Journalist Award T&C’s

These are the Terms and Conditions for participation in The Blackmore Vale Young Journalist Award Competition 2020.

The competition is open to all residents of the Blackmore Vale area aged 25 years old or under on the closing date of Saturday 31st October 2020.

For the purposes of the competition, The Blackmore Vale area is roughly outlined at a 17km radius of Sturminster Newton: however if you’re just outside that, do email and check – it’s a loose geographical target, not a rigid line on a map.

The competition is not open to those closely related to, or employees of, Bluebean Publishing Ltd or Fox-Pitt Eventing.

Bluebean Publishing Ltd reserves the right to request proof of age as well as a parent’s or guardian’s consent.

One entry is allowed per individual.

Entries will only be considered when submitted via the online mechanism.

Written entries should be no more than 500 words in length. Videos or audio recordings should not be over two minutes. Any excess entry will be disregarded so please ensure your entry does not run over the maximum length. Each entry must also include, in no more than 500 words, an outline why you want to share your story with a Dorset audience and what makes your perspective on the story so unique.

The entry submission must be the entrant’s own original work and not defame nor breach any copyright or contain anything that could be deemed offensive or inappropriate. Any material that is deemed unsuitable will be removed from the judging process and disqualified.

Entrants should keep a copy as no entries will be returned. The submission must be accompanied by all the information requested via the online submission process. Any entry with missing information will not be a valid entry and will not progress in the competition.

Parental Permission and safeguarding

Parental permission is needed before young people enter the competition. If entries are received without parental permission Bluebean Publishing will contact the entrant and request parental permission. If this is not provided on request the entry will be disqualified. Any stories which raise concerns about a person’s safety or welfare may be referred to relevant support services or authorities to investigate. For safeguarding these entries may also be withdrawn from the competition process.

Closing date

Entries must be received by Bluebean Publishing Ltd no later than 23:59:59 on 31st October 2020. Late, incomplete, illegible or inaudible entries will be disqualified. Bluebean Publishing Ltd cannot take any responsibility for any technical failure or malfunction, which may result in any entry being delayed, or not properly registered or recorded.

Bluebean Publishing Ltd acknowledges that the ownership of any intellectual property rights in the entry remains with the entrants, but that by applying each entrant’s parent or guardian grants Bluebean Publishing Ltd the non-exclusive right to use or reproduce, free of charge, their entry or part thereof for the purpose of the competition, including publicising the competition in any and all media in perpetuity throughout the world, fulfilling the prize and any associated competition publicity / coverage on any Bluebean Publishing Ltd channel.


Judging will be completed using the following criteria:

  • Editorial merit – strength of story and angle / suitability of story to programme or platform
  • Originality and/or unique perspective
  • Motivation for telling the story

Judges will also be looking to find a range of diverse stories representing a variety of subjects across the county and the final selection of stories will reflect this.

Winners will be contacted and their entries verified by 9th November 2020. If, after reasonable attempts to make contact the verification has not occurred, Bluebean Publishing Ltd reserves the right to disregard that entry.

Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

Number of winners

There will be three winners. All winners will be announced in the November issue of The Blackmore Vale, and online at

Prizes and awards

All winners will receive a Young Journalist of the Year award. All Winners will get to work with Bluebean Publishing Ltd through the following 12mths, reporting on features within the magazine.

All winners will also participate in collaborative group Zoom calls with Alice Fox-Pitt, and two one-to-one mentoring sessions with Alice Fox-Pitt.

The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into.

Entrants will be expected to take part in post-competition publicity for Bluebean Publishing Ltd.

Bluebean Publishing Ltd reserves the right to cancel the competition or change any of these rules at any stage if deemed necessary in its opinion or if circumstances arise outside of its control. Any such changes will be duly communicated. Bluebean Publishing Ltd cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen events relating to the competition having to be cancelled or delayed.

Bluebean Publishing Ltd cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system or otherwise which may result in any entry not being properly registered or recorded.

These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.