Young Music Critic competition: terms and conditions

1. The Young Music Critic Competition (the "Competition") is open to people living in the UK aged up to and including thirty years old ("You"). To be eligible to enter, you must be aged thirty years or under on the closing date of the Competition (see paragraph 11 below).

2. Employees or agencies of New Statesman Limited ("New Statesman", "We"), its group companies or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Competition may not enter the Competition.

3. To enter the Competition, You should submit a review of no more than 500 words of a concert you have attended recently, accompanied by a brief CV, to Orchestral, ensemble, opera and contemporary classical performances are all eligible. Include the date, location, venue and title of the performance at the start of your review. Please mark your email "Music Critic Competition" in the subject line. The closing date is 31 May.

4. Your review must not have been published before in any national newspaper or magazine (including on their website).

5. When sending in your Competition entry, You must provide your name, age, date of birth, address, telephone number and e-mail address. We will only use this information in relation to the Competition (including checking your eligibility to enter it and announcing the winners) 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.

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

7. Your review must be your own work and must not be copied. If We have reason to believe your review is not your own work, then We may not consider it.

8. We must receive your entry to the Competition by 11:59 pm on Monday 31 May 2010.

9. A panel of judges will choose one winning entry for the Competition. The shortlist will be chosen by the New Statesman's culture desk. The overall winner will be chosen by Alex Ross (author), Suzy Klein (BBC Radio 3 presenter), Ian Bostridge (tenor), Roger Scruton (philosopher), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (prinicpal, Royal Academy of Music) and Jonathan Derbyshire (Culture Editor, New Statesman).

10. When choosing the winning entries, the judges will be looking for original opinions, a powerful and persuasive writing style, and a passion for, and knowledge and curiosity about, the chosen subject.

11. The judges' decision will be made on or before 31 August 2010. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. Details of the Competition judges are correct as at their date of publication on New Statesman reserves the right to appoint new/substitute judges for reasons outside its reasonable control (including, but not limited to, in the case of illness, unavoidable absence, or conflict of interest of any of the judges).

13. The winning entry will be published on the New Statesman website.

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

15. By submitting an entry to the Competition, You give New Statesman:
a. Permission for your entry to be published on the New Statesman website and grant New Statesman a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence to republish your Competition entry in electronic format and hard copy for purposes connected with the Competition; and
b. The right to use your name, age and town or city of residence for the sole purpose of identifying You as the author of your entry.

16. The winner will be invited to pitch pieces on classical music for publication in the New Statesman's Critics section. These will be subject to normal editorial considerations and publication is not guaranteed.

17. The winner will be notified either by telephone or email on or before 30 September 2010.

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

19. 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.

20. Your entry will not be returned to You.

21. No purchase is necessary.