I came across this condition under the rules and conditions of entry for the 2012 FABER/STYLIST CRIME FICTION COMPETITION:
a) Each entrant should submit the first 6,000 words of a crime novel or thriller, an outline (no more than 300 words) to show how the story will unfold but that doesn’t reveal the ending and a 250 word biography of their central character. They should include their name, contact details and date of birth.
The rules already stipulate you must be over 18. So, does anyone know why Faber & Faber and Stylist need to know the date of birth for any writer over 18 years old as a condition of entering their competition? Want to hazard a guess? Do you think this a fair condition of entry? If you are someone who enters writing competitions, or any competitions, have you seen an age stipulation as an entry condition before?
Be great to have your thoughts on this 🙂