The Case Centre writing competitions: how to enter

Case authors

You must be a business teacher in an educational or corporate setting. More than one author can enter as a team. A team that includes students and/or research assistants must be led by a faculty member. Team members can be from different organisations.

If you are entering our Outstanding New Case Writer competition, your entry must be the first case you have written. If your case is by more than one author, it must be the first case written by every team member.

You can enter all of our writing competitions in the same year, but not with the same case. We can accept cases previously entered in competitions run by other organisations, but not those previously entered in our competitions.

Your case

Your entry can be a single case or case series and written from field research, published sources or generalised experience.

Your case must:

  • be in English
  • be focused on a business management situation
  • clearly identify a protagonist and supporting actors
  • articulate an issue, decision, problem or opportunity
  • be a maximum of 5,000 words (for the case or case series), excluding exhibits (you can submit an abridged version of your case if it is over 5,000 words), or 25 minutes if it's a video case (see different terms for the compact case competition below)
  • include a teaching note (no word limit)
  • have been completed after 1 January 2017
  • have been tested at least twice in the classroom
  • be submitted to The Case Centre should it win its category.
If entering the Compact Case Competition your case must:
  • be a maximum of five pages (including exhibits, annexes, footnotes etc)
  • conform to the required margin layout (left and right margins at least 2.9cm, top margin at least 2.7cm, bottom margin on page one should be at least 2.7cm)
  • use a font size 10pt or larger
  • be a maximum of 10 minutes if it’s a video case.

How to enter

Download your entry form and complete it in typeface. We’re sorry, but we cannot accept handwritten entries.

Word icon Outstanding Case Writer Download submission form
Word icon Outstanding New Case Writer Download submission form
Word icon Outstanding Compact Case Download submission form


  • do not include your name or institution on your case or teaching note; this ensures judging is anonymous and fair
  • send your case and teaching note as two separate PDF documents
  • state on the form who owns the copyright; the copyright holder will retain the copyright
  • if your case is based on field research include a case release letter. This can be scanned and emailed to us, or posted to us at the address below. View guidance

Email your completed form, and PDFs of your case and case notes to:

If you would like to send files that are larger than 10mb, please contact us and we will provide FTP details.

If you have supporting material that cannot be emailed or uploaded, please post it with a copy of your entry form to:

Case Writing Competitions
The Case Centre
Cranfield University, Wharley End
Beds MK43 0JR, UK

We’re sorry, but due to the volume of entries, we cannot give individual feedback.

All entries will be acknowledged by email. If you do not receive an email within 3 working days please get in touch.

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Hazel Walker Hazel Walker
External Relations Manager
+44 (0)1234 756418