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15-18-year-old writers: Win the chance to interview YA author Chris Ould

Street Duty: Knock DownAre you between 15 and 18? Do you want to be a journalist or writer, or just love writing?

This is your chance to interview BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and YA crime author Chris Ould, author of Street Duty Case One: Knock Down, and have your write-up of the interview featured on the Foyles website.

How it works:

  • Tell us why you love writing in no more than 50 words
  • The top 50 entries will receive a copy of Street Duty Case One: Knock Down to review
  • Those 50 people then review Street Duty Case One: Knock Down in no more than 100 words
  • The reviews are judged and a winner announced

The winner will meet and interview Chris Ould at the YA Crime Night at Foyles, Charing Cross Road on Friday 19th October. Your write-up of the experience will then be featured on the Foyles website.

NB You will need to be able to attend the event on the evening of 19th October

CLOSING DATE: Submit your 50 words by MIDNIGHT, MONDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2012


Usborne logoStreet Duty Case One: Knock Down is published by Usborne on 1st October

Victim: teenage female (13-14?). Unconscious. Head injury, laceration to arm. Struck by lorry. Driver present at scene. Possible victim ID = Ashleigh Jarvis. Bus pass + purse in pocket. No shoes. Feet dirty. When Ashleigh is taken to hospital following a traffic accident, an examination of the unconscious girl reveals injuries that suggest a disturbing series of events prior to her being knocked down. Ashleigh has been keeping a dark secret - and sixteen-year-old Trainee Police Officer, Holly Blades, will stop at nothing to discover the truth.

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Terms and Conditions

1. No purchase necessary. Proof of entering is not proof of receipt of entry.

2. To be eligible, entries must be received on or before the competition closing date as stated on this page, and must not exceed 62 words in length; hyphenated words are counted as single words. Entrants shall retain copyright in their submitted entries; however, by entering, you do grant permission to allow Foyles Bookshops and/or 26 to display your story and your name on their website(s) without legal restriction or payment in any form. Foyles Bookshop, and their directors, officers, representatives, and promotional agencies are not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

3. The competition is open to all. Parents/guardians must submit the entry for those under the age of 16. If the winner is under 16 they must be accompanied by an adult to the panel event.

4. The prizewinners will be decided by Foyles Bookshop and John Simmons. Foyles Bookshop will not enter into correspondence about the choice of winners.

5. The competition ends as specified on the competition page; no entry received after that time will be considered. The winners will be announced on 50 winners will be selected by the judges and invited to review Street Duty: Knock Downin 100 words or less by Monday 8th October and one winner will then be selected to interview Chris and have the resulting work published in a London magazine and the websites of Foyles and Usborne. Usborne will cover the UK travel costs only for the winner and one adult to attend the panel event. Accommodation costs are not included.

6. The promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prizes or offer alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

7. The prizewinners will be notified by email. If any of the selected entrants do not meet all of the contract conditions, other entrants will be selected from the remaining eligible entries.

8. The competition is not open to employees of Foyles Bookshop and and their sponsors or their immediate families.

9. The decisions of the contest judges are final. The prizes must be accepted as awarded.

10. The right is reserved to terminate or withdraw this contest at any time.

11. All entries become the property of Foyles Bookshop, who assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the promotional period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received by Foyles Bookshop on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion. Foyles Bookshop reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the email portion of this contest should a virus or bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of Foyles Bookshop corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of this promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Foyles Bookshop reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered within any way. Entrants agree to abide by the Contest Rules and the decisions of the independent judging panel, which are final.

13. Entries must be submitted by the named entrant (or their parent/guardian for children aged 16 or under) and will be invalid if found to come from a third party. Multiple entries from a single source (e.g 'competition entry' website/company) will be disqualified.

14. For name/county of prize winners, please send a stamped addressed envelope marked Foyles Bookshop, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EB. No entries should be sent to this address.

15. Entry to the competition is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

16. The email address you provide to enter the competition will be used by us to contact you if necessary, and will not be shared with other companies. Foyles Bookshop will only use your email address in compliance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and in accordance with our privacy policy.

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