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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”).

Comments

months
Mar. 7th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Well that sucks.
You may be a US-based company, but you have plenty of non-US members, so I think it kind of sucks to run a competition that only some site members can enter. A writing contest may be a great idea, but now non-US LJ-ers (and those from Arizona) are going to feel really excluded. Couldn't you have come up with something everyone could have joined in with? Could you at least come up with a decent explanation of why people from other countries can't take part? Is it to do with copyright, or what?
rahaeli
Mar. 8th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: Well that sucks.
Believe me, it's not our choice. Any time you start offering prizes for a contest or sweepstakes, you trigger complex legal requirements; each country has vastly different sweepstakes laws (many of which contradict each other) and accepting non-US entrants would require us to do prior sweepstakes clearances in every country we anticipate getting submissions from. It could quite conceivably take a team of twenty lawyers a good month and a half to handle it, and that's assuming we could even design rules that didn't conflict with every country's laws.

It's not just non-US users who are barred from participating, even; Arizona's sweepstakes laws are so complex that we have to leave them out, too. This one totally isnt us; the law is an ass.
hailerro
Mar. 8th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: Well that sucks.
I was wondering why AZ wasn't included. I moved here two years ago. I'm a great essayist so sucks to be me on this one. (I suppose it would be stretching it to say my LJ account started out in the Northeast????) Any chance you'll have another contest that can include arizonans?
rahaeli
Mar. 8th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: Well that sucks.
I honestly don't know if it was a case of "couldn't get clearance in time" or "couldn't get clearance at all", so I couldn't tell ya. Sorry. :/
stargazersilent
Mar. 9th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Well that sucks.
"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)..."

Excluding Arizona... that may require a tralsation of these Official Rules??

Is this a translation to the legalese of the area, or a translation to another language? In 2006, Arizona voted (AGAIN) to make English the official language of the state.

Clarification would be appreciated... Or somewhere where I can get clarification.
erunamiryene
Mar. 11th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Re: Well that sucks.
I second this ... can we get some clarification for why we little essayists here in AZ can't participate, at least? I mean, it feels like it's reverse discrimination if it's because the rules MIGHT have to be translated into another language for someone. (Point them to AltaVista's Babelfish or something! :D )
linear_flower
Mar. 13th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: Well that sucks.
I don't think the Arizona deal is a matter of having to translate the rules, I think there's something else in the sweepstakes laws here that bar of from entry. (I don't quite know what it is, but I would love to research it. I wanted to enter a couple times on PlayMania on GSN but couldn't for the same "void in AZ" reason and it's always sucked major.)