Letter from the future competition

Letters from the future competition

Letter from the future competition for young people

Young writers and artists to create a vision of what life could be like in the future in a green and sustainable borough.

The Letter from the Future competition asks young people to imagine it is 2030 and to write a letter or create a piece of artwork for their past selves about how the borough has changed over the past eight years to become more sustainable and reduce its carbon emissions.

Launched by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to mark Net Zero Week 2022, the competition aims to get young people to think about how Basingstoke and Deane could meet the ambitious target to become a net zero carbon borough by 2030.

The competition is open to three age groups: primary (11 and under), secondary (11 to 16) and college and sixth form (16 to 18). Young people who live or go to school or college in the borough are able to enter. Letters should be no longer than 300 words and the judging will be led by the Mayor.

How to enter and closing date

The competition is free to enter. Letters and artwork must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 3 October 2022.

You can enter using your own letter or artwork or by using the entry form for the competition.

Individuals
You can enter your letter or piece of art yourself by emailing it to competition@basingstoke.gov.uk. A signed consent form must be submitted alongside your entry.

Entrants aged 16 and over can complete their own consent form, while those aged 15 and under must have theirs completed and signed by a parent or guardian.

Schools, colleges and group
If you are a school, youth group or adult that would like to submit entries by one or more young writers or artists, you can enter their work by emailing it to competition@basingstoke.gov.uk. A signed consent form must be submitted alongside each piece of work.

Entrants aged 16 and over can complete their own consent form, while those aged 15 and under must have theirs completed and signed by a parent or guardian.

Winners and the prize ceremony

The Mayor and a local author, as the judges for the competition, will choose four winners from each category. The winners, as well as their school or college, will each receive books about climate change, sustainability or nature written by popular authors as well as an e-book bringing together all of the winners’ entries.

The winners will be announced following Green Week (Saturday 24 September to Sunday 2 October) and invited to a presentation ceremony hosted by the Mayor in November.

Topics and ideas to think about

The judges are looking for original, creative work that expresses how young people feel about climate change and how they think the borough and the people that live here should be more sustainable in the future.

When writing your letter or creating your artwork, it might be helpful to think about how we could be living differently for a more sustainable borough.

The below links may be useful:

It could also be helpful to think about topics and questions including:

  • how the natural environment could be different – what kinds and how many trees and plants might there be?
  • the weather, including the temperature and how often and how much it rains
  • how people get around – will the same type of vehicles be used and could people be walking or cycling more than they do right now?
  • what our homes and other buildings look like
  • where energy comes from – could there be more wind turbines and solar panels around?
  • what types of food people eat and how often.
Rules, terms and conditions

The ‘Letter from the future’ competition is open for entries until 12 noon on Monday 3 October 2022. It is free to enter and open to people aged 19 and under. Entries must be submitted electronically by emailing them to competition@basingstoke.gov.uk along with a signed consent form.

The rules are:

  • Entrants must be aged 19 or under on the closing date of Monday 3 October 2022 to enter. This is to allow people who are 18 when the competition launches but will be 19 when it closes to enter.
  • If an entrant starts a new school or changes school or college following the start of the competition but prior to the deadline for entries on Monday 3 October, the entrant must note their new school or college as their place of education when entering the competition.
  • Entrants who leave education following the start of the competition but before the deadline for entries on Monday 3 October should note their final school or college as their place of education when entering the competition.
  • One entry (letter or artwork) per person.
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • Entries must be submitted electronically via email to competition@basingstoke.gov.uk. Entries submitted using another method or email address may not be counted.
  • The competition is open to those who either live/lived in or go/went to school or college in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane between the dates of Friday 8 July 2022 and Monday 3 October 2022.
  • Letters must be 300 words or less.
  • Letters or artwork must be focused on at least one of the following themes: climate change, sustainability or nature and the natural environment.
  • An entry is accepted on the basis that this will be its first publication anywhere in the world. This includes print and online media such as anthologies, magazines, solo collections, school prints and newsletters. It also includes social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Entries cannot have been broadcast on any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform.
  • Entries cannot have won any other competition.
  • Entries cannot be published anywhere else in the world until the competition period ends on Wednesday 30 November 2022.
  • Entries must be the original work of the author.
  • Letters must be in English, British Sign Language or Braille.
  • Competition entries will be held by the council for the duration of the competition period (until Wednesday 30 November 2022) and cannot be returned. Those entering should keep their original work and send a copy only.
  • By entering this competition, entrants agree that their work may be published online and in print, including in the news and on social media. If an entrant wins and their work is published, the competition team may publish an entrant’s name and photo alongside it if they have permission to do so.
  • Entrants aged 15 and under must have the consent of their parent or guardian to enter the competition and this must be given using the consent form for those aged 15 and under. This must be submitted alongside their entry. Without this permission, we cannot keep information about them, such as their contact details or those of their parent or guardian, and therefore cannot enter them into the competition. This is because of data protection rules.
  • Entrants aged 16 and over must give their consent to enter the competition using the consent form for those aged 16 and over. This must be submitted alongside their entry. Without this, we cannot keep information about these entrants, such as their contact details, and therefore cannot enter them into the competition.
  • The consent forms include spaces for the entrant (if aged 16 or over) or their parent or guardian (if aged 15 or under) to sign. The forms must either be printed, physically signed and scanned, or signed with a digital signature. A form with typed signatures only will be considered invalid and the work it relates to will not be entered into the competition.
  • Personal data for all entrants will be kept by the council only for the duration of the competition period (until Wednesday 30 November 2022). Personal details for entrants (and their parents and guardians) who do not win will be destroyed after that point.
  • By entering the competition, the entrants agree that their work and personal data may be shared with the Mayor and a local author as the two judges for the competition.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning their decision.
  • All entries must be received by 12 noon BST on Monday 3 October 2022.
  • We are unable to respond individually to submissions.
  • Only winning entrants will be notified.

Further rules for the winners

In addition to the above, the following rules, terms and conditions will apply to the winners:

  • All winners (four from each of the three categories for a total of 12) will be notified in October 2022 and invited to an award ceremony in November 2022. Winners will be required to provide proof of age at this point.
  • Winners who were aged 16 or over when they entered: their names and email addresses will be kept in perpetuity to allow the council to contact them in relation to the competition and their entry only.
  • Winners who were aged 15 or below when they entered: their names as well as the names and email addresses of each of their parents or guardians will be kept in perpetuity to allow the council to contact the parent or guardian in relation to the competition and their child’s entry only.
  • Photos will be taken during the winners’ ceremony for use in printed, broadcast and digital communications. Winners (or their parent or guardian if aged 15 or under) will be asked to provide consent at this point.
  • The winners, as well as their schools and colleges if known and relevant, will receive books on subjects such as climate change, sustainability or nature as prizes.
  • The copyright for the entries remains with the entrant. However, by entering the competition, the entrants grant us the right to publish and/or broadcast their poem and do this before anyone else.
  • The entrants of the winning works will grant us irrevocable, non-exclusive licence to hold and republish their works in perpetuity. We will notify the relevant winners if a third-party requests permission to use particular pieces of work in any way.

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