The winner will receive pounds 2,000 and the winning story will be published in the Independent in early June. Two runners-up will receive pounds 500 each. The top three stories and up to 10 other entries will be published in the autumn in a Story of the Year 2 anthology by Scholastic Children's Books.
The competition is not open to employees of or relatives of employees of Scholastic Publications Ltd or Newspaper Publishing plc. The judges' decision will be final, and no correspondence can be entered into. Entry grants Scholastic Publications Ltd and Newspaper Publishing plc the exclusive rights to publish your story throughout the world. Any story chosen for publication in the anthology that does not win one of the top three cash prizes will receive a flat fee in accordance with publishing industry practice.