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RAC Driving Abroad Short Story Competition 2014

Lady lying on grass writing

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away …

Apologies, this competition closed at 9am on the 11th September 2014. The Winner and the two runners up will be published shortly.

To celebrate the launch of the RAC’s new 5* Defaqto European Breakdown Cover, we’ve created a national short story competition based on the theme of driving in Europe.

The Driving Abroad Short Story Competition 2014 is a great opportunity to showcase your writing talent. And if you win you’ll scoop £500 and FREE RAC 5* European Breakdown Cover for a year^. Plus, you’ll also have your story published in the RAC’s online club magazine.

Two runners up will be awarded £100 M&S vouchers and all shortlisted entries have the chance to be published on our website.

The competition will be judged by Ben Hatch, the well respected and loved writer of brilliantly funny road trip books such as Are We There Yet? and The Road to Rouen.  So if you’re a would-be writer over the age of 18, why not submit a short story?

^ RAC Driving Abroad Short Story Competition Terms and Conditions:
  1. These terms and conditions apply to the RAC’s Driving Abroad Short Story Competition (“the Promotion”) and entry to the Promotion is acceptance of these terms and conditions. Therefore please read these carefully.
  2. No purchase is necessary to enter the Promotion.
  3. Stories should be entirely the work of the entrant with one entry per person.
  4. The entry must be written in English – translation into English of your own work also accepted.
  5. Anonymous entries will not be accepted.
  6. Entries must not have been published in any form elsewhere.
  7. Stories cannot have won prizes or been placed (as in 1st, 2nd or 3rd) in other competitions.
  8. A maximum of 1,000 words, no minimum. Please include word count on top right of opening page. Title is not included in word count.
  9. Entries must be submitted in 12 point of any readable font.
  10. They must be double line spaced and the bottom of the pages in footer/bottom of pages must be numbered.
  11. Copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the RAC Motoring Services will have unrestricted right to publish the winning and any other stories received on its website and in any other RAC-owned materials or promotional work.
  12. The winner will be required to take part in publicity surrounding the competition.
  13. The Promotion is only available to United Kingdom residents over the age of 18.
  14. The promoter of this Promotion is RAC House, Brockhurst Crescent, Walsall WS5 4AW (“the Promoter”).
  15. To enter the promotion visit and upload your entry with the online entry form.
  16. The closing date and time of the Promotion is 9:00 a.m. 11 September 2014 (“the Closing Date”). Entries received after the closing date will not be processed.
  17. The winner will be selected by Ben Hatch (“the Winner”).
  18. There shall only be one Winner.
  19. The Winner will receive a cheque for £500 along with details of how to claim their free annual European Breakdown cover (“the Prize”) within 21 days notification. The Prize is subject to availability. The Promoter retains the right to substitute the Prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original Prize offered is not available.
  20. The Winner will be notified by telephone by the Promoter within 7 days of the Closing Date for the Promotion and given details of how to claim their. If the Winner does not respond to telephone contact from the Promoter within 3 days of the time of notification, then the Winner’s Prize will be forfeited and the Promoter will be entitled to select another winner (and that winner will have to respond to the telephone call by the Promoter within 3 days of that email being sent to them or else they will also forfeit their prize).
  21. The Promoter may ask the Winner to provide proof of age and/or country of residence.
  22. The Winner will be required to take part in post-Promotion activity.
  23. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted.
  24. The Prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the Prize and that are not specifically included in the Prize, such as travel to a European destination.
  25. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence.
  26. Subject to the above, the Promoter accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Promotion or accepting the Prize. The Promoter further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to you or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Promotion.
  27. The Promoter shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
  28. No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
  29. The decision of the Promoter is final and the Promoter will not enter into correspondence relating to its decision.
  30. The Promoter reserves the right to modify the Promotion at any time without prior notice.
  31. The name of the Winner for the Promotion will be available upon request for 3 weeks after the Winner has been notified by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; the RAC Driving Abroad Short Story Competition Competition, FAO Sarah Rice, RAC, Great Park Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 4QN. The Winner agrees to have their name and county disclosed for this purpose.

Ben Hatch said: “Short stories are an excellent way of trying out writing styles and narratives and can be a lot of fun to do, but that’s not to say it’s always easy. With a short story each sentence really does have to earn its place and work in terms of moving the narrative on and with 1,000 words to play with that will be really important.

“We’ll be looking for concise and exciting writing alongside a real grasp of the theme and can’t wait to see what the entries provide.”