TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Journey writing competition

1. Psychologies' writing competition (the "Competition") is open to people living in the UK ("You").

2. To enter the Competition, You should write 500 words of your own personal story in any format.

3. To enter the Competition you should send your entry to Psychologies, 72 Broadwick Street, London W1F 7EP or email competition@psychologies.co.uk. Please don't send your entry as an attachment – we want it in the main body of your e-mail. You are responsible for the cost of sending your Competition entry to us.

4. When submitting your Competition entry, You must provide your real name (not a pseudonym), age and full contact details. We will only use this information in relation to the Competition (including checking your eligibility to enter it) and will not use it for any other purposes whatsoever. We will not keep this information for longer than is necessary for the operation of the Competition. If You win the competition we will publish your real name and photograph in the magazine.

5. You may only send one entry to the Competition.

6. Your entry may not have been previously published in any other format, website or publication.

7. We must receive your entry to the Competition by 11.59pm on 13 February 2012.

8. Employees or agents of Hearst and their group companies or their family members may not enter the Competition.

Picking the winners

9. Psychologies editor Louise Chunn and Helen Garnons-Williams from Bloomsbury will choose a winner and five runners-up from a longlist of 20, chosen by the Psychologies editorial team.

10. The winning entries will be those that the judges consider to be the most compelling and well-crafted pieces of writing

11. The judges' decision will be made on or before 14 March 2012. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Publishing the winning entries

12. The winning entry will be published in Psychologies magazine in 2012 or (if Hearst Magazines needs to delay this publication for any reason) a later date. Five runners-up will have their work published on psychologies.co.uk in 2012.

13. You own the copyright to your Competition entry as its author.

14. By submitting an entry to the Competition, You give Hearst Magazines: a. Permission for your entry to be published on the Psychologies website and grant Hearst Magazines a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence to republish your Competition entry in electronic format and hard copy for purposes connected with the Competition; b. The right to use your name, age and town or city of residence, and your photograph, for the purpose of identifying You as the author of your entry; and c. The right to make editorial changes to Your story if we publish it in the magazine, as we see fit.

The Prizes

15. The winner will receive a place on a Writers’ and Artists’ course.

16. The winner and five runners-up will be notified by telephone on or before 1 April 2012.

17. The prize will be valid until 11.59pm on 31 December 2012.

18. The prizes cannot be exchanged or transferred by You and cannot be redeemed by You for cash or any other prizes.

19. We will substitute the prizes with other prizes of similar value in the event that the original prizes offered are not available.

Some other rules

20. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.

21. We take no responsibility 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.

22. Your entry will not be returned to You.

23. Details of the winners can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: Psychologies, 72 Broadwick Street, London W1F 7EP

24. No purchase is necessary.

25. The Promoter of the Competition is Hearst Magazines UK, whose address is 72 Broadwick Street, London W1F 7EP. Any complaints regarding the Competition should be sent to this address.

26. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude the liability of Hearst Magazines UK for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence.

27. Hearst Magazines accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by You as a result of entering the Competition or accepting the prize. Hearst Magazines UK 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 Competition.

28. Hearst Magazines reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Hearst Magazines UK  in all matters under its control is final and binding.

29. Hearst Magazines UK 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.

30. The Competition will be governed by English law.