FAQs

TIMED ROUTE

WHAT ARE THE RULES?


There are four rules: 1. You must write a new piece every day. 2. It must be complete. 3. It must fit the appropriate discipline (whether it's a play, a short story, a script, etc.). 4. It must be delivered by the 10am UK time deadline (not a second after 09:59:59).




HOW DOES THE FINANCIAL SPLIT WORK?


At the end of the challenge, the money in the pot will be split between all those who completed on the Timed Route. 25% of the money received will be kept to help cover some of our costs. The money that is left will first go towards covering the money that participants added to the pot. If there is more money in the pot than was added, it will be split evenly between everybody and added to their final payment. If there is less money in the pot than was added, it will be split evenly and deducted from the final payment. Therefore the final payment for anyone who completes the Timed Route will be their intial contribution to the pot +/- any extra money left over divided by number of completers. Please note that, as per our T&Cs, we cannot guarantee that people will receive more than they put in, as this depends on the number of participants dropping out. Howeer, in previous years, participants always received a little bit more than they'd put in, but we cannot guarantee that this will always be the case.




WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL TO DELIVER ON TIME?


At exactly 10:00:00 GMT, the submission form will close and you will not be able to submit. If you did not click the submit button before, you will not be eligible for the financial reward. However, you can still continue submitting the briefs and complete the challenge on the Creative Route. Our judgement on timekeeping is final.




WHAT IF I'M LATE JUST ONCE?


You will not be eligible for the financial reward, however you can (and will be encouraged to) complete the challenge by still submitting something every day.




EVEN IF I'M A MINUTE LATE?


Yes. Even if you're a second late! The form closes exactly at 10:00:00 and the submit button will not work.




IF I MISSED THE DEADLINE, WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE?


Yes! Absoloutely! You can still keep receiving the writer prompts and play along to complete the challenge, but you will not be eligible for any financial reward.




CAN I WRITE ONE LONG PIECE THROUGHOUT THE CHALLENGE?


No. One new and complete piece of writing, every single day.




WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE THE BRIEF?


You don't have to respond to the brief. As long you write a new and complete piece of writing, we don't care what it's about. So if you don't like the brief - write about something else. Just make sure it's new, complete and is delivered on time.




I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO FINISH MY SUBMISSION, BUT THAT'S OK, RIGHT?


No. One complete piece of writing every single day.





GENERAL

HOW DOES IT WORK?


The concept is simple. Every day throughout the challenge, you will receive a new brief to inspire you to write. Then, all you need to do is write something. Starting on the day before the start date at 10pm UK time, and every evening throughout the challenge, you will receive a brief, to help you along the way and get your creative juices flowing. You don’t have to follow the brief, but boy is it more fun if you do!




HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE?


As long as you can give it, be that ten minutes on your commute each day or eight-hour overnight sessions.




WHAT SHOULD I WRITE?


Anything you like. Our writer prompts are useful as starting points but are not rules to follow. This is about committing to writing something each day of the challenge. Do that and everyone is happy.




HOW LONG SHOULD MY SUBMISSIONS BE?


We don't care as long as you consider the work original and complete. It could be one page or a hundred. The choice is yours.




DO I HAVE TO BE IN THE UK AND/OR WRITE IN ENGLISH?


Not at all. Our writer-briefs know no borders. Do note that all timings and deadlines are UK time, and it’s your responsibility to adapt it to your time zone.




WHAT IF I WRITE BADLY?


We don’t care. In fact, we expect you to write badly. If you’ve written something new and complete, then you have completed the daily challenge. Well done.




WHAT SUPPORT DO I GET?


There's a whole community of people doing this with you, and we even have a forum. So go on the forum, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and support each other. The team is incredibly busy during the challenge-period, so it might take us longer than usual to respond, but if you really need us, contact us through the chat or the Contact page.




WILL ANYBODY READ MY SUBMISSIONS?


We might, but chances are low. We do open all the files to do a spot-check and make sure all deliveries are kosher. If you write something you really don't want us to read - you will have the option of asking us not to read it - and we promise we won't! (although we will still spot-check the file).




CAN I SEE THE BRIEFS IN ADVANCE?


No. Seeing the daily writer-briefs as they are published is the only way to be involved. Trust us. It's fun to wait.




WHO OWNS COPYRIGHT OF SUBMITTED WORK?


You do and you always will. We are not publishers and will not share your work without your say so or for profit. In fact, we delete everything once the challenge is over.




CAN I COPY/PASTE THE BRIEFS FOR MY BLOG, OR FORWARD TO MY FRIENDS/STUDENTS?


We can’t stop you, but we’d rather you didn’t. We're very happy for you to paraphrase, if you want to add context to your posts.




CAN I REGISTER A FRIEND?


Yes, you can purchase more than one registration, but each person will need a seperate email address for registration.




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TIMED ROUTE AND THE CREATIVE ROUTE?


TIMED ROUTE - You will have 36 hours to respond to each brief. If you join us and complete all the daily challenges by the 10am deadline, you will be rewarded with a share of the money left in the pot (see next question)

CREATIVE ROUTE - If you like the idea of the challenges but not the stress of the deadlines – fear not – you can still participate without the looming deadlines, by simply receiving the briefs and not sharing the financial reward at the end. If you still send all your submissions before the final deadline, you will still be on the "Completers List".




HOW DOES THE MONEY SPLIT WORK?


At the end of the challenge, the money in the pot will be split between all those who completed on the Timed Route and contributed to the pot. 25% of the money received will be kept to help cover some of our costs. The money that is left will first go towards covering the money that participants added to the pot. If there is more money in the pot than was added, it will be split evenly between everybody and added to their final payment. If there is less money in the pot than was added, it will be split evenly and deducted from the final payment. Therefore the final payment for anyone who completes the Timed Route will be their intial contribution to the pot +/- any extra money left over divided by number of completers. Please note that, as per our T&Cs, we cannot guarantee that people will receive more than they put in, as this depends on the number of participants dropping out. Howeer, in previous years, participants always received a little bit more than they'd put in, but we cannot guarantee that this will always be the case.




WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE MONEY YOU KEEP?


At the moment, any money that we keep goes into helping us pay for our expenses. Our core team is still working without being paid, and we try to hire other writers to help us run the challenges. However, as we regard ourselves a social enterprise, if at any point in the future, we will make any profit, it will all go into the community, to develop more challenges, improve the website, hire more writers, and continue offering our challenges on a 'commit-what-you-can' basis.





THE WEBSITE

IS REGSITERING FOR THE WEBSITE AND REGISTERING FOR THE CHALLENGE THE SAME?


Registering to the challenge will only give you access to the briefs and the submissions. If you register for the website, you will be able to access our online community, chat to people and discuss your writing in the forum. It's a great place to promote your work or just share your thoughts.




HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE CHALLENGE?


Click here and follow the instructions.




HOW DO I REGISTER ON THE WEBSITE?


If you click on the "Log in" button at the top right corner of this page, you will be taken to the log in page, click on "New to the site? Sign up" and follow the instructions.




HOW DOES THE FORUM WORK?


Once you are logged in and on your member page, click on "Go To Forum". You will see several categories and various posts in each one. You can start a new post, respond to existing ones or just like them.





 

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