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The competition


  • Organizer: The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG, United Kingdom (the "Bodleian Libraries").
  • The Shelley’s Ghost video competition is part of the Shelley’s Ghost online exhibition – a site created and managed by the Bodleian Libraries.
  • Competition entry is free.

General terms

  • Competition entrants, by entering, agree to abide by the rules of the competition.
  • Details of how to enter your video form part of the competition rules.
  • Entrants are responsible for informing the organizers at communications@bodleian.ox.ac.uk of any changes to the information submitted on the entry form before the judging date (2 March 2011).
  • The organizer reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud.
  • The competition and the competition rules will be governed by English law.


  • Entrants (and anyone else who appears in the video) must be 18 years or over.
  • The competition is not open to employees of the University of Oxford (including employees of the Bodleian Libraries) or their family members, or anyone else professionally associated with the competition. University of Oxford staff members and their families can enter videos onto the video wall but are not eligible for prizes. A declaration of University of Oxford staff member status or a relationship to a staff member will be required at the time of submitting the video.

Creating and submitting an entry

  • The video should not be more than three minutes in length.
  • Videos can feature more than one person but the same video cannot be submitted by multiple entrants and only one prize will be awarded for the winning video.
  • No more than two video entries per person are allowed.
  • Video content should be as follows:
    • The author and title of the text being performed
    • The performance of the text

  • Performance texts should be selected from work by one of the following writers: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin.
  • Information on how to submit videos is here and forms part of the rules of entry.

Acceptable content and judging criteria

  • Videos will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Strength of reason given for choosing the author / text
    • Enthusiasm of performance
    • How well the video captures the spirit of the text
    • Whether the video adheres to the competition rules and guidelines

  • The organizer reserves the right to remove videos from the website and disqualify them from the competition if the content is considered inappropriate or offensive, or is not relevant to the subject of the competition.
  • The organizer reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition.
  • Entrants who fail to declare that they are employees of the University of Oxford (including the Bodleian Libraries), or are related to staff members,  will have their videos removed from the video wall.

Closing date, judging, notification and prize

  • All entries must be received by midnight on 1 March 2011. Entries received after that date and time will not be considered.
  • Judges will be staff members of the competition organizers and may be subject to change.
  • The organizer's decision on all matters relating to the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging and organisation of the competition.
  • The winner will be selected on 2 March 2011 and notified by email on 3 March 2011. Winners will be given details of how to claim their prize. If the winner's email address is not valid or messages to that address are for any reason undeliverable, a new winner will be selected.
  • If a winner does not respond within 14 days of being notified by the Bodleian Libraries, or rejects their prize, then the winner's prize will be forfeited and the Bodleian Libraries shall be entitled to select a new winner.
  • The prize for the winning video will be a copy of the exhibition book, Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family, signed by both co-authors (Stephen Hebron and Elizabeth C. Denlinger).
  • The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. The organizer reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of similar value.
  • The prize will be delivered free of charge.
  • Only one prize will be awarded for the winning video regardless of how many individuals appear within the video.


  • The organizer reserves the right to withdraw or amend the competition without notice as necessary.
  • The organizer accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered, entered or viewed for any technical or other reason.
  • The organizer accepts no responsibility for prizes that are lost or damaged in transit. Proof of postage will be provided on request.
  • The organizer accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by entrants as a result of entering the competition or accepting the prize.
  • The organizer accepts no responsibility for any injury or damage to your or any other persons computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading or uploading any materials in connection with the competition.
  • The organizer shall not be responsible for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by reasons outside its reasonable control.
  • Nothing in these competition rules shall exclude  or limit the organizer's liability for death, personal injury, fraud, or any other liability which, by law, cannot be limited or excluded.

Data protection

  • For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the "Act"), the University of Oxford is the data controller.
  • All personal data as defined in the Act will be processed in accordance with the Act.
  • By entering the competition, entrants agree that the organizers can collect, save and process personal data provided in the competition entry form for the sole purpose of administering the competition and the awarding of competition prizes.
  • By entering the competition, entrants agree that the organizer can collect, save and process personal data included in the videos for the usages set out below under 'Copyright and usage'.

Copyright and usage

  • By entering the video competition, you warrant that:
    • You own the copyright and any intellectual property rights in the video
    • You are the person performing in the video and / or that you have the permission of the person(s) featured in the video for the usage rights set out below, and that you will indemnify the organizer against any claims by third parties in respect of infringement of their rights by such usage.

  • By entering the video competition, you grant permission to the organizers for a non-exclusive licence to display the video and use images of the video for the following purposes:
    • Display the video in the competition area of the Shelley’s Ghost website, both during and after the competition
    • Display the video on other areas of the Shelley’s Ghost website as required
    • Display the video on the Bodleian Libraries website
    • Display the video on a screen anywhere in the Bodleian Libraries
    • Display the video on New York Public Library web pages
    • Use the video for the purposes of judging the competition
    • Use still images of the video in publicity materials for the video competition and for the Shelley’s Ghost website
    • Use the video in digital publicity for the video competition

Object details

Bodleian Libraries

Broad Street