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Rules, Terms & Conditions of Entry

  • Eligibility
  • The Competition is open to all living British and international persons based in the UK (with a UK address, or are studying or working in the UK) over the age of 18 years old on 1 June 2020.
  • Essays must be submitted in English.
  • Essays must be under 2,500 words in length (not including references).
  • Members of the judging panel, Sustainability First staff members, Associates, Trustees, Patrons or close family members thereof will not be eligible to enter the Competition.
  • The submitted essay must not have been previously published elsewhere.


  • The entry process
    • You MUST answer the question; How do we build from the current corona crisis towards a more sustainable future?’, with reference to one or more of the following perspectives: Cultural, behavioural and societal change; Government policy, regulatory & institutional change; and/or Business leadership, governance and practice.
    • Essays must be referenced and the references will not be included in the 2500 word count. Please use your preferred referencing style.
    • In order to enter the Competition, all entrants shall complete an online application form at (the “Entry Form”) and follow directions therein. Only online applications will be accepted. No hard copy applications should be made.
    • Entries must be submitted by 1 June 2020; essays submitted after this date will not be accepted.
    • You will automatically receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application.
    • Authors must only enter the Competition as individuals and not as part of a team, and no more than one essay per individual shall be submitted.
    • By entering the Competition, entrants agree that their essay may be published on the Sustainability First website and subsequently in an e-book of commended Competition entries and that quotes / extracts from the essay may appear in other Sustainability First publications and social media. Essays and any quotes / extracts from these shall always be attributed to the author.
    • Entry is free


  • The Selection Process
    • The judges shall be appointed by Sustainability First in such number and of such qualification as it sees fit at its sole discretion.
    • The judging criteria will include: identification of key issues; radical and practical ideas for action; evidence, style of writing & clarity of argument.
    • The Judges’ decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • All works will be judged anonymously.
    • Writers of shortlisted essays will be contacted via the email address or telephone number after 9 June 2020. We would like to hold video interviews with shortlisted persons.
    • Winning entrants will be contacted by 1 July 2020.
  • Prizes
    • Any Competition monies awarded to winning entrants is paid gross of all taxes and charges. The prizes are as follows:

First Prize  £1,000

Second Prize  £300

Third Prize £200

  • Data protection and privacy
    • In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (and all other relevant Data Protection legislation), Sustainability First will hold the personal data of entrants supplied on the Entry Form securely.
    • The data will only be used in the process of administering the Competition and will not be transferred to any third party not directly involved.
    • If you have any questions on data protection and privacy, please view Sustainability First’s privacy policy or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Copyright and ownership
    • Each writer by entering the Competition confirms that they hold all intellectual property rights to the essay as its sole author.
    • It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that their entry does not infringe the copyright of others; any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification.
  • Access and inclusivity
    • If you have a learning or physical disability and require any accommodation in regards to your entry, please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we will do our best to accommodate within our limited resources.
  • Agreement to the conditions of entry
    • By entering the Sustainability First Art Prize artists are agreeing to all of the conditions set out within these Rules, Terms and Conditions of Entry.
    • Sustainability First’s decision on all matters pertaining to the above is final and we reserve the right, at any time, and from time to time to amend, modify, vary, or discontinue the terms of this Competition.
    • Sustainability First excludes liability for all loss, damage or claim arising as a result of the participant's entry into the Competition or use of the prizes.

Sustainability First details

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