Please read the full rules carefully

Rules: General

  • To enter, you must be either a year 11 or year 13 student who was due to sit their GCSEs, A Levels or other qualifications at a school or college in Wales this summer
  • The competition is free to enter
  • You can submit an entry in either Welsh or English
  • You can enter a maximum of two pieces for consideration; the focus should be on quality rather than quantity.
  • Entries must be your original work and cannot have won any other competition.
  • We can accept the following formats:
    • Powerpoint presentation (no more than 10 slides)
    • A pdf of a poster (A2 sized)
    • An audio file (up to 7 minutes long)
    • Written work up to 2,000 words, with images if you wish (pdf or Word document – other file types will not be opened)
    • Video entries (of no more than 7 minutes) Videos should be posted on YouTube / Adobe Spark / Vimeo or another video hosting site, and the link submitted as the entry.
  • We will accept your work only if it is original work. You may have created it previously, but it must not have been:
    • used as part of your coursework at school or college
    • published in anthologies, magazines school publications, blogs or any other online platforms
    • broadcast on any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform
  • You cannot enter work which has been created by more than one person.
  • Due to the large number of entrants we are unable to respond individually to submissions.
  • The first prize in each category will be £300; runners up will receive £150.
  • All entries must be received by 7pm on Tuesday 30 June 2020.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.

Rules: winners

  • All winners will be notified in July 2020, ahead of the public announcement in August 2020. All winners will be required to provide a biography, photograph, permission form (if under 18) and proof of age.
  • Due to the volume of entries, only successful entrants will be notified. Details of the full winners’ list will be announced publicly on the Learned Society of Wales’s website in August.
  • The copyright of each piece of work remains with the creator. However, creators of the winning pieces, by entering the competition, grant the Learned Society of Wales the right to publish and/or broadcast their work, and to do this before anyone else.
  • If you allow your winning entry to be published after the winners’ announcement in August 2020, you agree to acknowledge the Learned Society of Wales by using the words “First published by the Learned Society of Wales for the Lockdown Learner Challenge 2020” and include a hyperlink to
  • Creators of the winning entries will grant the Learned Society of Wales irrevocable, non-exclusive licence to republish the work in perpetuity, including (but not limited to):
    • publishing the work online, including Society’s website. The Society will notify the writer if a third party requests permission to use their work in any way;
    • production of reprints;
    • publication (in print or online) of the work as part of an anthology or as an educational resource.