No. Ordering a book is not a condition of publication. Your child's work has been selected on its own merits. As long as the signed Copyright/Permission form is returned to us their work will be included. All schools with published pupils will receive a free copy of the book their pupils feature in so that parents, teachers and pupils can see the work in print.
The price of the book reflects the time and cost that goes in to producing them.
Our editorial team have to read all of the work that is submitted to us, all poems/ stories have to be typed, typesets have to be sent to parents and then corrected when they get back to us. Our design team create covers for each book. Once all this is done we have to print the books, which are printed in house. Please refer to your Copyright/Permissions form for details of book prices.
We do not pass on your or your child's details to any third parties.
We use the details we have to liaise with you about the publication of your child's work and any relevant orders. From time to time we may send you details of Bonacia's competitions, products and services. To opt out please tick the box at the bottom of the checklist on the Copyright/Permission form.
We ensure that all paperwork and information that is no longer required is regularly shredded by a professional shredding company to keep your card and personal details safe.
No. We can accept independent entries sent directly from home or an afterschool club etc as long as the entrantís full name, age and contact address are included with the entry, along with the name of the competition the entry is for.
Yes. We contact the school when we send out letters to the parents. We let them know who has been accepted for publication and give them details about when to expect their complimentary copy of the book.
No, because the books have multiple authors royalties would work out at only a few pence for each poet. Instead, we award prize money to the best schools in the series, which they can use to purchase resources for the children. We also pick individual prize winners from the books and award them book tokens.
Entries are selected on the basis of imagination, use of language, creativity and expression. We take the age of the entrant into account, as it cannot be expected that the work of a 7-year-old will be as good as that of a 16-year-old. We also take into account any learning difficulties we are made aware of.
We view our competitions as a creative writing experience, therefore we will endeavour to accept as many entries as we can, as long as they meet our editing criteria. We want to encourage children to enjoy reading and writing and to take pride in their work.
Work that has been submitted by schools for one of our series competitions will be returned to the school at the same time as the acceptance letters for the successful pupils are sent out. Unfortunately, due to the amount of entries received, we cannot return work that has been sent in independently. In this case the work will be professionally shredded in order to protect the children's personal details.
Once the entries have all been received we split them down into different areas of the country in order to make regional anthologies of a manageable size. Sometimes publications will be a mixture of regions and include entries from overseas depending on the amount of entries received from any one area.
We need a parent/guardian's permission to publish their child's work and so we send out the form for you to sign. By giving permission to use the work you are allowing it to be published only in the named anthology and copyright always remains with the author.
Once your child's work has been typed we send you a copy of how the work will appear in the book. We send this to you so you can check for any corrections. If you would like to make any changes please clearly mark them on the typeset and send it back to us.
Please Note: If you are sending back a typeset we still need to receive your signed Copyright/Permission form to be able to publish your child's work.
We can accept permission over the telephone if there are no changes to be made to the typeset before publication. If there are changes that need to be made then you must send the typeset back to us with the changes marked.
In some cases, customs charges may apply to packages being delivered to non EU countries. We do supply the relevant paperwork when shipping your order but parcels are being checked more frequently due to increased security. We cannot be liable for any additional customs charges made on your package as these charges are completely beyond our control.
Bonacia Ltd is a Limited Liability company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 05368980.
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