WRITING CONTEST RULES (“RULES”)
Have fun writing your story—and get paid for it if you win! Submit a short ‘n sweet piece or a longer one so long as it doesn’t exceed 3,500 words and has not previously been published.
Entries must include the Contest name, subject line, valid email and postal address (these will not be published) and any other specific entry information requested in the Contest announcement. Your submission must be unpublished with the exception of self-published material. Only one entry per individual is permitted. You may not enter with multiple emails and/or multiple identities. Submissions must be in English.
Awards & Prizes
1st Place - $2,500
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $500*
4th Place - $375*
5th Place - $250*
Reader’’s Choice Awards
1st Place - $250
2nd Place - $125**
*Retail price store credit at cardozabooks.com; choose from over 200 Cardoza titles.
**The best entry as voted on by users to the site, that is not among the top five as shown above, shall receive retail price store credit at gamblersbookclub.com, the largest gaming bookstore in the world.
Winners Will Be Published!
Winning submissions and selected finalists will be published in the 2012 Cardoza Publishing book: Wild and Crazy Las Vegas Stories.
Who Can Enter
No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this Contest. The Contest is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years of age or older.
Judging and Selection of Winners
Entries will be judged by Cardoza Publishing (CP) based on originality, creativity and entertainment value within the contest theme. The Reader’s Choice Awards will be the top vote-getting submissions (only one voter per email address) as picked by the site visitors, who will be able to vote on the best submissions, combined with the judge’s picks on a weighted system.
Contest registration opens on October 1, 2011 and closes March 1, 2012 at midnight EST. Internet access is required to register for the Contest.
Must be Your Work
By submitting any content to CP, you hereby represent and warrant that the submitted work is original and of your creation, you are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder, it has not been copied from others, and your submission does not infringe on any copyright or rights of any third party, and you have the right to grant any and all rights and licenses granted to CP herein, including but not limited to all necessary rights under copyright, free and clear of any claims or encumbrances.
Copyright and Permission to Use
While copyright in any submission remains with you, you hereby grant to CP and its affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees and assigns, without further compensation or attribution, an irrevocable, perpetual and royalty-free right to use, reproduce, modify, edit, distribute, display, publish, and otherwise make use of the content or other information in any and all media, throughout the world and for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, including display on the Cardoza website; and to use the Submission and the entrant's name and city and state for editorial, advertising, commercial and publicity purposes.
Any misuse or plagiarism of another’s work will result in immediate disqualification and forfeiture of eligibility to receive prizes. CP reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to disqualify any Entrant we find to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, providing false information, or who we believe infringes upon any third party right, violates any law, or otherwise does not comply with these Rules. You also agree to allow CP to make public statements regarding any grounds for disqualification.
Posting and Comments
You acknowledge and agree that CP shall have no obligation to post and content submitted by you, and that any content submitted by you to CP may be available for viewing, rating, review and comment on by the public. You understand that comments or ratings with which you disagree may be published or otherwise become associated with content you submit. Any submissions that, in our sole discretion, are considered obscene, offensive, libelous, slanderous, incendiary, or defamatory, will not be eligible for the Contest. Colorful language is permissible, though it shouldn’t be gratuitous. We accept no responsibility for incomplete submissions, or submissions lost, delayed, damaged, or not received for any reason.
Contest winners will be contacted at the email used to enter, and the person receiving and replying to the winner announcement email will be considered the winner unless specified otherwise from that email. CP will mail the Contest prize to the address supplied by the recipient of such email.
All cash winners are required to verify proper and legal picture identification, Social Security number, and provide any additional information that may be required including his/her legal name, mailing address, birth date, contact telephone numbers, and a copyright transfer/liability/publicity/permission release within 10 days of notification of winning the cash prize. Winner may forfeit any and all prizes if verification cannot or has not been made within 10 days. Upon proper verification, cash winnings will be awarded by check, and mailed to winner's mailing address within seven business days. Winners may not request substitutions of prize winnings. All winners are solely responsible for any and all taxes and/or fees, and all such additional costs that may be incurred. By accepting a prize, Contest winners agree that their name and likeness may be used for advertising and promotional purposes in any and all media, and acceptance of the Prize constitutes consent to use winner’s name, likeness, and winning entry for editorial, advertising, and publicity purposes, without further compensation. In the event there are not enough eligible entries, not all prizes will be awarded. If a winner is not able for whatever reason to accept his prize, then CP reserves the right, but is not required, to award it to another Entrant.
Your Agreement to These Rules
You agree that a submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes your agreement to these Rules, and further agree to comply with and be bound by the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law. The Rules consist of the terms and conditions on this page. If you do not agree to the Rules, you are not eligible to participate in the Contest or to win any of the prizes. CP reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or modify the Contest or its rules at its discretion.
You hereby agree to hold CP and its employees, sponsors, agents, representatives affiliates, and assigns harmless from and against, and hereby waive any right to pursue, any claims of any nature arising in connection with the inclusion in, publication via or display on any CP site, usage of any prizes won, or any other use authorized under these Terms, of any content submitted to CP by you. CP is not liable for any loss arising out of or in connection with or resulting from the Contest, including without limitation, legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demand or actions of any kind. CP is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or announcement of the prizes. Headings are for convenience only. If any provisions of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect. Employees, interns, management, and official office-holders, as well as their immediate families, or other persons professionally connected with the Contest are not eligible to participate.
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