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We’re thrilled to announce LiveJournal’s very first writing contest! With all the avid readers and writers here on LJ, we’re wondering why we didn’t do this sooner.

What’s the topic?
This non-fiction writing contest is focused around National Women’s History Month, celebrated in the United States each March to highlight the significant contributions of women to events in history. The topic should center on how women’s issues and/or women’s history have affected you personally.

What are the requirements?
We are accepting the first 1000 separate submissions fulfilling the criteria below. All submissions are subject to the contest requirements, in addition to the terms and conditions identified below:

  • Your submission must be written in English.

  • Your submission must be emailed to lj_contests@sixapart.com with “LiveJournal Non-Fiction Essay Competition” in the subject line. Please submit your entry as an attachment in .txt, .doc, or .rtf format.

  • Your submission must be your own original content, based on a true story, about how women’s issues and/or women’s history has affected you personally.

  • You submission must not have been previously published in any media formats, online (this includes your journal within LiveJournal.com) or in print.

  • Your submission must not be defamatory, offensive or obscene, and does not violate or infringe on the trademark, copyright, publicity, privacy or other rights of any third party

  • Your submission must be no longer than 1500 words.

What are the criteria for judging?
Judges will choose the submissions with the highest composite scores based on these factors:

  • Content 30%

  • Originality 30%

  • Style 20%

  • Grammar 10%

  • Spelling 10%

Who are the judges?
Our panel of judges includes 3-5 people from the LiveJournal staff.

More important, what are the prizes?
What? You want something besides the massive amount of fame you'll receive for winning? Of course you do!

There‘ll be two winners: one “Grand Prize” winner selected by us, and one “LJ Community Grand Prize” winner selected by the members of the LiveJournal community from a list of finalists that we’ll choose.

Each Grand Prize winner will receive a five hundred dollar ($500) cash prize from LiveJournal and the right to choose one out of the following four charitable organizations, to which LiveJournal will donate five hundred dollars ($500):

LiveJournal will also provide the winner with an official Award Certificate, which they can proudly display above their desk or mention on their resume or college applications. Bragging rights are included, of course.

How do I enter?
Your submissions should be sent via email to lj_contests@sixapart.com with “LiveJournal Non-Fiction Essay Competition” in the subject line. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Saturday, April 7th, 2007. We’ll accept up to a thousand (1000) submissions; we can’t guarantee that we’d be able to judge any more than that.

Approximately two weeks following the deadline for submissions, we’ll post the judges’ top ten selections to the lj_contests community. Every user on LiveJournal will be able to vote for their favorite submission, and voting will close on 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Saturday, May 5th, 2007. The submission with the most votes will win the LJ Community Grand Prize. After the polls have been tallied, we'll announce our other Grand Prize winner and hand out the prizes!

No purchase necessary. Purchases made to LiveJournal (of a paid account, v-gifts to the judges or otherwise) will not increase your chance of winning.

What will happen to my entry?
LiveJournal reserves the right to use each entry in whole or in part however we see fit, including but not limited to quoting winning submissions in press releases, reprinting entries within LiveJournal, etc. Read the Official Promotion Rules & Regulations (the “Official Rules”) for the full details.

Eligible Contestants

(Our lawyers make us say this.)

The contest is open to individuals who are legal residents of the United States or its territories (excluding Arizona, Puerto Rico and any other jurisdiction that may require a translation of these Official Rules), who have an active e-mail account and Internet access, who are registered LiveJournal.com users, who are eighteen (18) or older as of 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, on Saturday, April 7th, 2007, and who, under applicable law, can form legally binding contracts (hereinafter legal participating individuals shall be referred to as "Participant").

Becoming a registered LiveJournal.com user is free. The Promotion is not available to any individual who has been suspended or terminated from using Sponsor's or its affiliates’ websites.

Employees of Sponsor, past employees of Sponsor, immediate family members of Sponsor’s employees, or members of the household of any such employees, or any employees of Sponsor's various affiliates, partners, their parents or subsidiaries, or employees of Sponsor’s advertising, promotion, fulfillment or other coordinating agencies, or individuals providing services to Sponsor through an outsourcer or temporary employment agency during the Promotion, are not eligible to participate in this Promotion.

By entering this Promotion, Participant agrees to these Official Promotion Rules & Regulations (the “Official Rules”) and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. This Promotion and any participation therein are void where restricted by federal, state, or local law.

Participant must have access and rights to use equipment and software that meets the technical requirements necessary to register for an account at LiveJournal.com (the “Promotion Site”).


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Mar. 11th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
Awww :( I wanted to join~
Oh well, good luck everyone :D
I'm looking forward to reading the best essays (we are gonna be able to read them, right?)
Thanks LJ for such great ideas :)!
Mar. 12th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
I have some concerns with your contest. For instance the rules state thus:

By entering the Promotion, and as a condition of eligibility, Participant agrees to transfer and assign any and all intellectual property rights Participant may have relating to Participant’s Submission including but not limited to copyright and moral rights, to Sponsor. Participant’s Submission becomes the sole and exclusive property of Sponsor and as such Sponsor has a right to adapt, edit, modify, publish, promote, reproduce, distribute, publicly display and perform and make derivative works of Participant’s Submission in any and all media as Sponsor sees fit, to identify Participant as the author of the Submission and to authorize others to do any of the above...

So, basically what you are stating here is that LiveJournal and its Affiliates can change what the author writes to whatever they see fit, possibly editing it to the point where it no longer means what the author had intended.

Yet credit would still be given to the author. In short, there is the potential for mis-representation of the author.

Am I interpreting this correctly? If so, you can count me out.
Mar. 12th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
those are the basic rules for anybody who publishes your work - especially first rights. but typically, first rights are only handed over for a certain amount of time, like one year, and then it's yours again.

sneaky little buggers. it bothers me too, but i don't think they do much to it that impedes on the content. though i agree: it's the principle of the thing.
Mar. 12th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Awesome! You guys are kinda cool... and stuff. :P
Mar. 12th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
why restrict the competition to US domiciled people alone?
Mar. 12th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
No Canadians allowed, eh?
So NO to Canadians, eh?

Mar. 12th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
Can you update us periodically with how many applicants you have so far? It would be annoying to write something great, and then be over the 1000 number.

Also, does it have to be written in formal essay style, or can it be more untraditional?
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, we'll let the community know if we reach the submissions cutoff!

And no, there's no requirement for style -- go crazy. We don't want to hold back anyone's creativity; our users are a varied and diverse bunch. *g*
Mar. 12th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Arizonans can't enter?
Mar. 12th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
will there be an announcement when the 1000th entry has been received? writing may begin on this topic soon. <3
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: texts
Yes, don't worry, we'll let you know if we reach the submissions cutoff!
Mar. 13th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
No love for the Canadians. Ouch-
Mar. 13th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yes.. It is a great idea, tho I can't play because I am not from US. I feel a little sorry for that you have all this great stuff in here and it is all only for citizens of united states.. Oh well, maybe I'l survive :D
Mar. 14th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
Fantastic Idea!
I hope to make the deadline!
Mar. 14th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
I just saw only the first 1,000 entries are being accepted. Is it already full or is there time? :)
Mar. 14th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, we'll let people know if we hit the maximum number of submissions *g*
(no subject) - ladystewart - Mar. 14th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 14th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
So LJers who are not in the US don't get to play. No fair.
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
I have another question, with apologies. Is there a preferred format for the files, beyond file type? I.e. a preferred font/font size/double vs. single spaced, etc?
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Not at all! Most of us who are judging are picky about what we consider readable, but we're all perfectly happy to reformat anything that doesn't meet those personal defintions. :) As long as you send in .txt, .rtf, or .doc, it'll get read.
Mar. 16th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
information to include with entry?
what personal information needs to be included with the email containing the entry? i just included my name and username and then started wondering if you needed something else.
Mar. 16th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: information to include with entry?
Nope, that's fine. We'll contact the winners to provide the required extra information.
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