1 All pieces of writing should be by children aged 7 to 10 years on August 31, 1998.
2 All pieces should be autobiographical, and should deal with a significant moment in the writer's life.
3 Pieces may be in any prose genre, for example narrative, diary, letter or dialogue, but should be in the first person.
4 Pieces should not be less than 300 words and not more than 600 words long.
5 Schools may send in any number of pieces of writing, but not more than one piece should be submitted from any one writer.
6 Teachers submitting writing must be satisfied that each piece is the writer's own work.
7 Where possible, pieces of writing should be supplied word processed.
8 Two copies of each piece of writing should be supplied, each clearly marked with the name and address of the writer's school and the writer's age on August 31, 1998.
9 All pieces should arrive with the organisers by January 29, 1999.
10 Schools expecting to submit pieces of writing should register with the organisers by filling in the form provided as soon as possible. Registration does not commit a school to sending the number of pieces entered on the registration form, or to sending any pieces at all.
A figure for the likely number of pieces is requested purely to aid the organisers in making arrangements for the judging.
11 Following registration, schools will receive a form to fill in and send with the pieces of writing being submitted.
12 The Times Educational Supplement shall have first publication rights in all pieces of work submitted.
13 Winners will be informed by May 1, 1999 and the results of the competition will be published in The Times Educational Supplement.