The Cat in the Hat Writing Competition

Competition Terms an Conditions:

  1. This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers Limited (“HarperCollins”), 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF.
  2. This promotion is open to all schools in the UK other than schools in Northern Ireland.
  3. You must be 18 or over and authorized to represent your school to enter this competition.
  4. How to enter: You must input your class’s combined creative writing into a web-form on the following website The maximum word allowance is 250 words. Only a teacher or head of a class or year of children is allowed to participate in the competition.
  5. The opening date for entries is 20th February. The closing date for entries is 23:59 BST 31st March. No entries received after this date will be accepted.
  6. No purchase necessary.
  7. Only one entry allowed per class, up to a maximum of three per school.
  8. The prize is a visit, from the Cat in the Hat to the winning class. The Cat in the Hat will visit the class and read the latest Dr Seuss book to them.
  9. The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to availability. No guarantee is given as to the quality of the prize.
  10. No cash or prize alternatives are available.
  11. HarperCollins reserve the right in their reasonable discretion to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value.
  12. The winner of the competition will be selected by an independent judge/name judged based on the following criteria: an original piece of creative writing, no more than 250 words, in the style of Dr Seuss (we recommended that you read Dr Seuss books to better understand the themes and styles of Dr Seuss’s writing).
  13. We shall notify the winner by email no later than the 28th April. Where we require details from you, if you do not provide these within 28 days of notification we reserve the right to select a different winner.
  14. All entrants are expected to act fairly and in the good spirit of the competition. HarperCollins reserves the right to investigate any irregularities and disqualify entrants at its absolute discretion.
  15. The prize will be delivered to the winner by 26th May, though some discussion with the school will be required HarperCollins reserves the right to select another winner if the original winner cannot be contacted within a reasonable timeframe.
  16. Any application containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected. Any applications made on behalf of or for another person or multiple entries will not be included in the competition.
  17. HarperCollins’ decision as to who has won the competition shall be final.
  18. To obtain details of the prize winner after the closing date, please write to Children’s Brand Team, 15th Floor, HarperCollins Publishers, 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9FG.
  19. The entry instructions are part of the Terms and Conditions for this competition.
  20. By entering the competition you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.
  21. By entering this competition you are agreeing that, if you win, your name and entry may be a) used for the purpose of announcing the winner and/or distributed to individuals who request details of the winner and/or b) in any related publicity by HarperCollins, without additional payment or permission.
  22. Any personal information you give us will be used solely for this competition and will not be passed on to any other parties without your agreement. HarperCollins’ privacy policy can be found at:
  23. Under no circumstances will HarperCollins be responsible for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the competition or prize.
  24. HarperCollins will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, which may arise in connection with this competition and HarperCollins can cancel or alter the competition at any stage.
  25. Any dispute relating to the competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.