Mission Briefing...

Mission Details

Kielder Observatory and Deershed need your help!

Your mission, should you choose to except it, is to help us search out aliens in the cosmos. We’d like you to journey into your mind and create a written story/poem of up to 250 words about visiting another world and meeting some aliens, or meeting some aliens who have made their way all the way to us here on Earth. How would another world look? What would you feel when you meet them? Would they have a particular smell? Or would the atmosphere, weather, or any other condition of the world you imagine be different to Earth?

We’re looking for poems of short stories (no more than 250 words) about searching for aliens! Maybe you’ve visited another world, maybe you’ve lost one in your back garden – let your imagination run wild!


A Family ticket (2 x adults, 2 x children) worth £40 for a Kielder Observatory Space Kids event.

Entries must be created by a young person aged 7-12 and submitted by parent or guardian.

Submission Dates 

28th March to 14th April 2024

The Boring Stuff...


1. This competition is open to all UK residents aged 7-12 years old, except any employee of or person directly connected with Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society (KOAS), Deershed Festival and their immediate family members.

2. Applicants must get consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before entering the competition. The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of applicants agree to the Rules and Terms and Conditions on behalf of the applicants.

3. The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

4. KOAS must receive entries by 5.00pm on Tuesday 14th April 2024. Any entry which is late, incomplete or inappropriate will be deemed invalid at the discretion of the KOAS.

6. KOAS accepts no responsibility for damaged or lost entries.

7. The judges shall assess the entries and one winner, and one winner only. The judges’ decisions shall be final. No correspondence regarding the results will be entered into.

8. The winner will receive family ticket comprising of 2 Adults and 2 Children for a Space Kids event at Kielder Observatory, no cash alternative will be offered. The prize will be sent to the winner by email within seven days of the winner responding to notification from KOAS that they have won.

9. The winner will be notified by email or telephone (using the details provided at entry) within seven days of a decision being made and must provide an email address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to KOAS within seven days of being notified by KOAS, then they will forfeit their prize and a replacement winner will be selected from the other applicants. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. KOAS reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if necessary. The winner’s name will be published on the competition website and in the media. KOAS reserves the right to refuse entry or to refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions or the spirit of the Rules or the Terms and Conditions.


Terms and Conditions

1. By submitting an entry, you agree to be legally bound by the Rules and these Terms and Conditions.

2. Any entry must be your original work and it must not infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, privacy, publicity, personal or proprietary rights.

3. Full copyright title shall be retained by the author of any entry. By submitting any entry to KOAS (including any text, photographs, graphics, video or audio), you agree to grant KOAS a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable right and worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and exercise all publicity rights with respect to your entry, and/or to incorporate your entry in other works, in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your entry.

4. By submitting an entry, you agree to waive any moral rights contained in your entry. Any entry you provide shall be non-confidential.

5. By submitting an entry, you agree KOAS may use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, marketing, publicity, advertising and presentations.

6. KOAS (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage or for any costs, claims or demands of any nature whatsoever arising directly or indirectly out of the use of your entry or any part thereof.

7. Insofar as is permitted by law, KOAS (including its subsidiaries, agents or distributors) will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize, except where it is caused by the negligence of KOAS, its subsidiaries, agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

8. You agree to indemnify KOAS (and its subsidiaries) against any claim from any third party for any breach of the Rules or these Terms and Conditions.

9. KOAS reserves the right to update the Rules and these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published on www.kielderobservatory.org

10. KOAS takes your privacy very seriously; we will only use your personal information in accordance with the terms of these Terms and Conditions and KOAS’s Privacy Policy. By submitting an entry, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms of our Privacy Policy. Any personal data submitted will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. Personal data supplied may be passed on to third party suppliers only insofar as required for fulfilment/delivery/arrangement of the prize. The winner may be required to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media. You agree that your personal data may be used for this purpose. For the avoidance of doubt, by submitting your entry you warrant that all persons featured in your entry have given you their express consent for their image, voice or other details to be used and, in the case of vulnerable adults or persons under 18 years of age, you warrant that you have obtained express consent from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

11.This competition is governed by English law and English Courts have exclusive jurisdiction