An Award-winning entrant writes:
1 FORGIVENESS –
Have a go at producing a poem, drawing, painting, song or any other Koestler artform using the word 'forgiveness as a theme. This year's theme was chosen by Jude Kelly OBE, artistic director of Southbank Centre, who will judge this category.
2 Fiction - A short story, collection of short stories, novel or part of a novel.
3 Non-fiction - An article, essay, report, brochure or full-length book on any factual subject.
4 Life story - Any autobiographical prose, from 'My Life in 50 Words' to a full-length book.
5 Magazine journalism - Up to 3 issues of a magazine or newsletter, judged for quality of writing. For visual design, you may enter more copies of the same magazine under Graphic Design.
6 Graphic novels - One full length graphic novel or up to 3 short comics, comic strips or one off cartoons, with drawing and/or text.
8 Achievement in English - 50 to 1,000 words of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by an entrant
who began writing English only in the last 12 months (and may or may not be a native English speaker). Must include a statement of eligibility signed by a teacher.
9 Poem - Please enter one poem as one entry. Up to 5 poems can be entered in total.
10 Poetry collection - 10 or more poems by one poet, arranged in a particular order with an overall title – in book or pamphlet form, or as if being submitted for publication. One entry per entrant in this artform.
11 Anthology - A volume of short stories, life stories and/or poems by a group of several offenders, detainees or secure patients, in book form or as if being submitted for publication.
12 Stage play - Script with stage directions - a short play, full-length play or part of one. A selection of the short plays will be performed by professional actors during our exhibition at Southbank Centre. We also hope to take the performance into prisons and other establishments.
13 Radio play - Script with studio directions – a full-length drama or part of one.
14 Screenplay - Script with directions for TV or film – a full-length film, an episode from a soap or sit-com, a sketch, documentary or children's programme.
15 Songwriting - Lyrics for a song. Not including the musical score or any recorded element.
16 Radio production - CD recording of an original broadcast radio production or an edited compilation, e.g. spot/advert, documentary or interview. Up to 40 minutes.
17 Spoken text - Audio recording (CD or cassette) of a reading or performance of an existing or original text, eg. a play, speech, poem or story. Ideal for Story Book Dads. For our reference please state if the text is existing or original.
18 Off-the-cuff speaking - Audio or audio-visual recording (cassette, CD, video or DVD)
of any spontaneous or improvised speaking, eg. telling ghost stories, children's stories, jokes, traditional folklore or legends. Must not be read or memorised from a text.
19 Music composition - A written score (not a recording) with or without lyrics. If lyrics are included, say whether or not they are original.
20 Choral music - A recording of a performance of choral music (by a group of singers). Please state whether the music and lyrics are original or existing.
21 Singer-songwriter - original - A recording of a performance by a musician or small group, that writes, composes and sings their own material including lyrics and melodies.
22 cover version - A recording of an individual or group performing an existing 'pop or rock' song. Your own interpretation of the song is encouraged.
23 Hip hop, rap, grime - A recording of a musician or small group performing their own material.
24 Instrumental - A recording of a musician or small group performing their own or existing music with no lyrics. Please state whether the music is original or existing.
25 Computer generated music - A recording of original music generated entirely, or mostly, using computers. Please state whether the music is original or existing.
26 Drama - Video or DVD of a live performance of a play or musical (or part of one).
27 Dance - Video or DVD of a live dance performance.
28 Film - Dramatic or documentary film on video or DVD.
29 Animation - Animated film on video, DVD or CD.
30 Oil or acrylic - A painting mainly in oil, acrylic or tempera.
31 Watercolour - A painting mainly in watercolour or gouache.
32 Drawing - Pencil, charcoal, felt pen or ink.
33 Pastels - If possible, use fixative to prevent smudging.
34 Portraits - All portraits entered in other visual artforms will be entered here.
35 Mixed media - Including collages, screen printing, silk painting and batik.
36 Murals and wall -hangings
37 Hand-made greetings cards - Enter computer-designed cards under graphic design.
38 Calligraphy - Hand-lettering of your own or others' words in any language. May include decoration and pictorial elements.
39 Photography - Up to 10 photographs as individual prints, or in a portfolio or book. Any size or shape, colour or black-and-white. Slides and discs are not accepted. You may manipulate the images using software, but you must have taken the original photograph yourself.
40 Nature photography - As for 39 above, except that the subject must be from the natural world and the image may NOT be manipulated.
41 Graphic design - A printed item with images and text which may be produced or formatted by computer, eg. a poster, leaflet, booklet, greetings card, sign, logo or up to 3 issues of a magazine. Judged for visual quality.
42 Digital image - Up to 5 images (with little or no text) produced or formatted by computer. May be sent as individual prints or in a portfolio or book, not on disc.
43 Web design - CD or DVD with print-out on paper.
44 Sculpture - Abstract or representational form in the round or in relief made from any material. Items larger than 2' x 3' x 4' or heavier than 20kg must be delivered and collected by hand. (Papier maché should be entered in Recycling)
45 Ceramics - A vessel made from clay, fired and glazed.
46 Matchstick models - Must contain only matchsticks, uncoloured, with the underlying structure visible.
47 Matchstick & mixed media models - May be coloured and include other supporting materials.
48 Recycling or papier machÉ - Must be made from waste and must include notes of the materials used and how the item was made.
49 Craft - Including toys, jewellery and mosaics.
50 Woodcraft - Emphasis on skills in joinery, veneering, marquetry, turning, carving, fine decoration. Metal and other materials may be added.
51 Furniture - Any material may be used. Items larger than 2' x 3' x 4' or heavier than 20 kg must be delivered and collected by hand.
52 Textile art - Weaving, macramé, machine embroidery, collage and wall-hangings. Flat or raised surface, in 2 or 3 dimensions.
53 Needlecraft - Knitting, crochet, needlepoint and any other items made by hand using needles or hooks. Include explanatory notes, preparatory sketches and any pattern used.
54 Soft furnishings - Including cushions, table linen, bed linen, bath linen and rugs. Include explanatory notes, preparatory sketches and any pattern used.
55 Fashion - Dress-making and tailoring. Include explanatory notes, preparatory sketches and any pattern used. (Enter jewellery under Craft.)
57 Beauty - Including make-up and finger-nail art
58 Employment projects - A workshop activity, vocational course or other project that helps prepare participants for employment, producing goods or services to commercial standards. A portfolio of evidence is required, likely to include a timeline, qualifications obtained, photographs, drawings, samples, models, budget and testimonials.