Privacy Policy

Our use of your data

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the EU regulation aimed at strengthening data protection for EU citizens and residents both within the EU and the wider world. At The Casket of Fictional Delights we take the protection of your data extremely seriously and have put in place the following measures to comply with GDPR.

Competition Submissions

Your details are only kept for the duration of the competition unless you are one of the winners. Your details are not shared with anyone involved with judging the competition as we use a pseudo-nomination system.

Published Writers

Your details are kept on a secure system.

Contact Form Communications

Your details are kept on the system for three months only and then deleted.

Audio Form Communications

Your details are kept on the system for three months only and then deleted.


Your data is kept on the system for three months only and then deleted.

Requests to view or delete data

Anyone can make a subject access request for information that we hold about them on The Casket of Fictional Delights, if it is still on our system (please first check the time periods we keep data on our systems prior to deletion, if applicable, above).

Viewing your Data

If you wish to see the data held on you by The Casket of Fictional Delights please download and fill in our Subject Access Request form. All requests will be dealt with as soon as possible.

Right to Be Forgotten

You may request your data is deleted at any time by downloading and filling in our Subject Access Request form.

You may unsubscribe from our MailChimp mailings at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any of the email mailings you receive from The Casket of Fictional Delights via MailChimp, or by contacting The Casket to let us know, using the email address you signed up with.

Third Parties

The Casket of Fictional Delights works with two third party organisations: MailChimp and PayPal.

We use MailChimp as our newsletter automation platform. The information you provide when signing up will be transferred to MailChimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms.

We use PayPal to collect payments (Competitions and Donations). The information you provide is processed in accordance with their Privacy Policy. Data is deleted once it is no longer required.


If you choose to leave a comment on an article, in addition to the comment text you provide, we also collect your IP Address and your User Agent (browser and operating system details). Your comment text, your name, email address, website UR, IP Address and User Agent are accessible by administrators on our site.

Following approval of your comment, your comment text, your name, and website URL (if provided) are visible to the public. Your comment data is:

  • Shared with the Akismet service to determine whether or not your comment is spam. View Privacy Policy
  • Stored in the website’s database, access to which is restricted to site administrators
  • Retained indefinitely until explicitly deleted by an administrator

Our use of cookies

The Casket website uses Google Analytics to help analyse how users use the site. This analytical tool uses ‘cookies’, which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for The Casket.

The Casket will not (and will not allow any third party) to use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to our site. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the Google statistical analytics tool.  We have ensured that your IP address is anonymized as soon as it is tracked by Google. Neither The Casket nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user.

Cookies set by Google Analytics:

  • _ga –  Registers a unique ID used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
  • _gat  – Used to throttle request rate
  • _gid – Registers a unique ID used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

The Casket website uses a security plugin called Wordfence to help in monitoring attempts to hack our website, and sets the following cookies to track malicious attacks. This involves processing IP addresses for security purposes, so as to enable blacklisting of malicious agents and check IPs against current blacklisted IP addresses (hackers). The following cookies are set by Wordfence:

  • wordfence_verifiedHuman
  • wfvt_#

Further information about cookies

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is an industry body that develops standard and guidelines to support online business processes. It has produced a series of web pages which explain how cookies work and how they can be managed.

Disabling and enabling cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings on your browser. The IAB site tells you how to remove cookies from your browser. This advice currently comprises the following steps (however please check the IAB site for the latest guidance).

If you are using Microsoft Windows Explorer:

  • open ‘Windows Explorer’;
  • click on the ‘Search’ button on the tool bar;
  • type ‘cookie’ into the search box for ‘Folders and files’;
  • select ‘My computer’ in the ’Look in’ box;
  • click ‘Search now’;
  • double click on the folders that are found;
  • select any cookie file; and then
  • use the ‘Delete’ button on your keyboard.

If you are not using Microsoft Windows Explorer, then you should select ‘cookies’ in the ‘Help’ function for information on where to find your cookie folder.