World Book Day

15 February 2018

World Book Day is coming! Thursday 1st March! Here at the Water Gardens we're giving 3 lucky children the chance to showcase their creative writing skills to the people of Harlow and beyond...

World Book Day is coming! Thursday 1st March! Here at the Water Gardens we're giving 3 lucky children the chance to showcase their creative writing skills to the people of Harlow and beyond...

If you love creative writing, why not tell us your Harlow Story? In celebration of World Book Day, the Water Gardens Shopping Centre is asking children aged 4 - 12 to write about Harlow in no more than 500 words. We're looking for each story to have 2 x drawings attached to illustrate your story. 

It can be about anything you like, but must feature Harlow.

Three lucky children will have their stories published across the Water Gardens digital platforms, as well as highlighted to the local media. 2 drawings will be professionally illustrated and brought to life as part of the prize - by our competition partner

To Enter:

Just email your 500 word story and 2 x drawings (either as a scan or quality photo) to to enter.

Please find full terms and conditions at the bottom of this page.


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Terms & Conditions:

1 This is a short story writing competition. To enter, please send your original, unpublished, fictional short story, in English, of no more than 500 words on the theme of Harlow to Please send the typed text, in 12 point type. Please include your child's full name and age.

2 This competition is open to anyone aged between 4 - 12 years of age resident in the United Kingdom except for employees of The Water Gardens or companies that are within the same group of companies, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families. The entry must not have been published before.

3 The competition opens at 12:01 am GMT on 15th February 2018 and closes at 11:59 pm GMT on Thursday 1st March 2018. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.

4 By submitting your entry, you agree and warrant that (i) your entry has not been published before; (ii) your entry is entirely your own original work; and (iii) nothing in your entry is defamatory, private or an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right or in any way a breach of another's rights. Any entry in breach of this clause will be disqualified from participating in and winning the competition.

5 THREE winners in 3 separate age categories (4-6) (7-9) (10 - 12) will be selected from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions based on the creativity and thought that is put into the entry.

6 A panel of judges from the Water Gardens will read the entries received in accordance with these terms and shortlist the 3 winning entries whose decision will be final.

7 The winner's name will be announced by Friday 9th March on the Water Gardens website and social media accounts.

8 The winners 2 x handrawn pictures will be professionally illustrated by

9 All entrants retain copyright in their entry. The winner of the competition grants the Water Gardens a non-exclusive licence to publish their entry, in whole or in part, on the Company's website and social media sites for a period of [12] months.

10 The winner will be offered the opportunity to have their winning entry published across other news outlets.

11 There is no purchase necessary to enter.

12 Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted in bulk or on behalf of someone else unless by a parent or guardian. Joint submissions will not be accepted.

13 The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

14 The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes, these terms and conditions or cancel the competition. No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided. If the entries are not of sufficiently high quality the Company may extend the closing date (in which case it may also be necessary to alter the prize). Entries will not be returned.

15 The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address: Management Suite,  The Water Gardens Harlow, CM20 1AN

16 The email addresses of entrants will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner and administering the competition. It will not be possible for the Company to contact unsuccessful entrants, give advice or feedback on unsuccessful entries or to enter into correspondence.

17 By entering the competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

18 This competition is being organised by The Water Gardens, Harlow.

19 These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including noncontractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.


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