Glamlife competition - Your amazing stories

On Glamlife, we know that there are amazing stories around campus, just waiting to be told. We know that there are amazing students, amazing experiences, and amazing times to be had at uni, and we’d like to share and celebrate these stories.

So here’s our competition for this term with some amazing prizes!

An achivenment

Tell us a story from your student life!

Glamorgan students There are fabulous prizes to be won. We have three £100 Red Letter Days gift cards, which allow you to choose an adventure or experience from a fantastic selection.

There are two strands to this competition: The Tip-Off and The Whole Story.

For the Tip-Off, you can send us a short paragraph (up to 100 words) telling us about a story that would make a great feature article on Glamlife. We’ll draw a winner from all submissions that meet our criteria (which are outlined below).

For the Whole Story, you can tell the story in a longer article, or a photo collection, or even a video, and submit it to be considered for publication on Glamlife. We’ll select the two submissions that impress us the most, and award each author a prize.

The themes

The aim of the competition is to share stories about Glamorgan students and their lives and experiences. We’re especially interested in positive or hopeful stories. So, ask yourself:

How amazing…

  • sporty student …are your friends? Do you have amazing friends? Perhaps a specific friend, who deserves a shower of praise and a little admiration from your fellow students? Tell us his/her story. Don’t just tell us they are nice. Tell us about things they have done – achievements, overcoming difficulties, doing something fantastically creative, or tell us how they’ve helped someone or made a difference. We’re not looking for Nobel Peace Prize winners, but real stories about real students.
  • …are you? Don’t be modest. If you’ve got an interesting story to tell, tell it. Perhaps you’re planning to run a marathon for charity, or do a baking sale. Perhaps you’ve won a prize or two. Perhaps you’re representing your country in a contest. Perhaps you have a part-time job that is interesting – or maybe you volunteer for an interesting organisation. Perhaps you’ve done an amazing job on a project for your course – and you’re excited enough to want to tell us about it.
  • …are your experiences? Have you gone backpacking recently? Tried quadbiking or geocaching? Learnt to cook something exciting but affordable? Started a family? Student life can be full of exciting new things – if something delighted, stunned, thrilled you, then maybe others would be just as amazed.

So, how do you share those stories with us? There are two methods, and you can use either or both methods. We even accept multiple entries – but if several of you write an article together, only one of you should submit the final piece.

The Tip-Off

silhouette: students in a band For The Tip-Off, send us the following;

  • A short paragraph, up to 100 words, telling us about a student (or a group of students) who have done something interesting, exciting, or impressive that we could write a feature about. This subject of the tip-off could be yourself or someone you know.
  • Your contact details
  • If you are not the subject of your tip-off, a method to contact the subject of the tip-off (eg an email address or a link to a Facebook profile) so we can verify the entry if you win.

It is important that your tip-off is about a student of the University of Glamorgan. You can send us several tip-offs about different students if you like.

For the Tip-Off, we will choose one winning entry by means of a random draw.

The Whole Story

student in an interview for a story For The Whole Story, you need to tell us the entire story in the best way you can think of. The most obvious method is a written article (Glamlife featured articles usually are between 500-1500 words in length). However, if you are feeling creative, we’re happy to consider other methods. You could send us a series of photographs (alongside some text or narrative) that tell the story. You could draw us a comic. You could create a video and interview someone.

The theme of your story could be

  • a student and his/her experiences or achievements
  • an interesting aspect of student life
  • your own experiences as a student
  • creative work you would like us to showcase to other students

If you submit photographs, please be aware that you need to have the permission of people in the photos.

If you write a story collaboratively with others, you should agree who submits it to the competition. If the story wins a prize, it would be up to the winner to decide how the prize is used – the Glamlife team will not be able to divide the voucher.

For The Whole Story, we will select the best two submissions. We’re looking for work that is interesting, engaging, positive, and that will appeal to a diverse and multicultural student audience. One of the factors in our decision making will be how ready for publication the entry is – the less editing a submission would require to be published on Glamlife, the better.

Multiple entries

Please note that we will not award multiple prizes to the same student – so if the two best articles are written by the same student, we would choose the next best article written by another student. Similarly, a student cannot win both for a Tip-Off and for a Whole Story. You can submit as many Tip-Offs and Whole Stories as you like, but you can only win a maximum of one prize.

The prizes

The prizes up for grabs are three £100 Red Letter Days Gift Cards, which allow you to choose an adventure or experience from a fantastic selection.

Some examples

Here are some example feature articles from the past:

Produced by the Glamlife team:

  • In the Summertime… – an article about a fresher who acted in a film musical and represented Wales at an international Karate championship, all in the summer before starting his time at the University.
  • Changing the world – an article about a student doing a sponsored placement in the Welsh Assembly Government.

Written by students:

You can find our other feature articles in the features archive.

How we’ll use what you send us

It is likely that not every tip-off or story will be published as a feature article on Glamlife. Whether something is published depends on the number and quality of submissions, on staff time, and on a calendarised schedule for promotions and featured articles on Glamlife. We reserve the right to be selective – and if we do select your submission for publication, we may liaise with you about edits or changes to a feature before it is published. We will have to use photos / pictures for any feature that gets published, so we’ll be in touch about taking photos, or using stock photography, if your article is chosen for publication and if you did not submit any pictures with it.

We may also share submissions with other departments of the University of Glamorgan. For example, if you tell us an interesting story that we cannot feature on the home page of Glamlife, we may pass it to your Faculty, in case they’d like to publish it on their Faculty website. We will also share submissions that may be of interest with our Webteam, Alumni Office or the Press Office. They would then liaise with you if they are interested in using your submission.

To enter the competition, you must email your submission(s) to the Glamlife team (glamlife@glam.ac.uk). If you have any questions about contributing content to Glamlife, please contact glamlife@glam.ac.uk. Please note, the competition closes at noon on Wednesday 1st December 2010.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is only open to students currently enrolled at the University of Glamorgan.
  2. To enter the competition, you must email your submission(s) to the Glamlife team (glamlife@glam.ac.uk).
  3. There are two parts to the competition: The Tip-Off and The Whole Story. You can enter either or both parts of the competition. Multiple entries are allowed. However, you cannot win multiple prizes. If you win one part of the competition, you will not be eligible to also win in the other part of the competition.
    1. The Tip-Off: To enter The Tip-Off, you should email a short paragraph of text to the Glamlife team, with details of one or more University of Glamorgan student(s) who has/have done something of interest to other students. You can be the subject of the tip-off. The details must include a short summary of the story, your contact details, and contact details of the subject of the tip-off (if that is not yourself).
    2. The Whole Story: To enter The Whole Story competition, you should email your submission to the Glamlife team. The submission can take the form of an article (of at least 300 words), a series of picture files, a video (of at least three minutes length), or other creative / multimedia works. Media files can be uploaded via the “Your Documents” tool on Glamlife, and are limited to 1GB in size. The media files would then have to be shared with glamlife@glam.ac.uk. For assistance, please contact glamlife@glam.ac.uk at least 72 hours before the submission deadline.
  4. Offensive or fake entries will not be permitted to take part in the draw. The Glamlife team will attempt to verify the accuracy of all winning entries, and any submissions chosen for publication.
  5. Entries into the competition should have a positive attitude about the students, achievements, experiences and the University of Glamorgan.
  6. By sharing any contribution (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio) with the University of Glamorgan, you agree to grant to the University of Glamorgan, free of charge, permission to use the material in any way it wants (including modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) in any media worldwide. In certain circumstances the University of Glamorgan may also share your contribution with trusted third parties.
  7. Copyright in your contribution will remain with you and this permission is not exclusive, so you can continue to use the material in any way including allowing others to use it. You can submit your work as coursework if there are no objections from your lecturer(s) – however, if you submit a version that has been edited or adapted by Glamlife editors, you would have to discuss this with your lecturer first, as you may need to acknowledge the editorial input to avoid falling foul of plagiarism regulations.
  8. In order that the University of Glamorgan can use your contribution, you confirm that your contribution is your own original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any UK laws, that you have the right to give the University of Glamorgan permission to use it for the purposes specified above, and that you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your contribution or the consent of their parent / guardian if they are under 16.
  9. In cases where students work collaboratively on a submission to the competition, only one student should submit it. The prizes cannot be subdivided and it would be up to the winner to find a fair way of sharing any prize won. In the unlikely event that several students submit identical or near-identical entries, and that the entry in question is a winning entry, the Glamlife team would award the prize to the first submission received.
  10. Please do not endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or break any laws when creating content you may share with the University of Glamorgan.
  11. If you have any questions about contributing content to the Glamlife student portal of the University of Glamorgan, please contact glamlife@glam.ac.uk.
  12. The competition will close at noon on Wednesday 1st December 2010.
  13. Winners of the Tip-Off will be decided by a random draw after the closing of the competition and will be notified by email. Only entries complying with all rules will be entered into the draw.
  14. Winners of the Whole Story will be chosen based on the quality of their submissions. To decide the quality, the Glamlife team will take into consideration the readiness for publication and the likely interest value of the submission to other students.
  15. Students can only win a maximum of one prize.
  16. No cash alternative is available for any of the prizes.
  17. Prizes not claimed by Friday, 8th April will be retained by Glamlife and given away in future competitions.
  18. We will only use your personal details for the purposes of administering this competition. However, your name will be published if you win the competition. Additionally, all winners will be required to participate in publicity and your personal image can be used in any and all media for educational and promotional purposes only. By entering this competition you waive any rights, claims or interest you may have to control the use of your identity, likeness or quotation and agree that any described herein may be made without compensation.
  19. The decision of the Director of Student Services is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  20. No responsibility is accepted for any entry which, due to a technical error or any other reason, is not delivered or is delayed.
  21. This competition is not open any person directly or indirectly involved in the running of the competition, or the direct family members of persons involved in the running of the competition.
  22. The University of Glamorgan reserves the right to cancel a competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  23. Participants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering the competition.