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Writing Showcase

Many people have asked us why our March writing contest is limited only to US residents of every state but Arizona, and to people age 18 and over. It's really not our choice, I promise -- the laws regarding contests like these are very specific and very limiting, and we made the decision to offer the contest for those people who could participate rather than not offer it at all. This contest is going to be the first of several in 2007, and we're working with our lawyers and our legal advisors to broaden who can partcipate as much as possible.

However, several people have suggested a way to let people who aren't eligible for the current contest showcase their work, and our lawyers have agreed that it's okay. So, if you fall into one of the categories of people prohibited from entering -- individuals under the age of 18, non-US residents, residents of the state of Arizona, employees of Six Apart and their families, and LiveJournal volunteers, among others -- we're happy to announce that you can submit your work in a special "non-contest" showcase to have your voice heard.

If you aren't eligible to enter the March nonfiction writing contest, but you'd still like a chance to have your work posted, you can email lj_contests@livejournal.com (note the different email address!) with "LiveJournal Non-Fiction Showcase" in the subject line. Please follow all the other guidelines from the contest itself: your work should be no more than 1500 words, on the topic of how women's issues and/or women's history has affected you personally. Please state, in the body of the email, the reason why you're not eligible to enter the contest ("I am under the age of 18" or "I'm not a resident of the US" or similar).

We'll choose a sampling of what we consider the best work and post them separately during the month of April. Participating in this showcase does not make you eligible to win any prize. There will be no prizes associated with this showcase. It's for people who are prevented, legally, from participating in the contest itself. There will be no awards -- except, of course, bragging rights.

If we had our way, we'd make the contest open to everyone, but the law surrounding contests is very strict. See the official contest rules for a list of who's eligible to enter and who isn't. Hopefully, the people who are excluded by the legalities will enjoy this chance to submit their work for a potential wider audience.

And thanks to everyone who's submitted an entry to the writing contest itself so far. We've really been enjoying reading the submissions, and we look forward to seeing more!


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Mar. 14th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Hey, awesome idea! I'm eligible for (and have entered) the actual contest, but this should hopefully help the disappointment for those ineligible.
Apr. 6th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
definetly! i wish I had seen the showcase thing. I kinda skimmed. I really should quit doing that.
Mar. 14th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
As an Arizonan, I'm curious...why are submissions from Arizona prohibited?
Mar. 14th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Same as all the other restrictions: there's something in the laws that make it impossible. I'm not positive, but I think it's because Arizona's contest laws prohibit contests run by any company that doesn't have a physical presence in Arizona.
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Mar. 14th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
People just want the chance to get free stuff. That's why they're whining. I really doubt they honestly care that much about bragging rights. *sigh* Oh well. At least you've tried to appease them a bit :)
Mar. 15th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Nice to see a option for those who can't enter. I'm hoping the next contest could at least open to say Canada.
Mar. 15th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
As a Quebecker, I stand in solidarity with Arizonans and Puerto Ricans who are often bumped from national contests thanks to the weirdnesses of local contest law.
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Mar. 15th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this! It was depressing to realize I couldn't participate in yet another contest simply because I'm not American, and here in my own LJ playground no less! It's completely understandable to be held back by laws, and this is a fabulous way of showing your good intentions. Thank you!

I mean, cash is nice, but especially for someone wanting to become a published author, winning a contest is a great thing to have on the resume. And sharing your work with others in a forum like this would be awesome.
Mar. 15th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Am I reading the legalese wrong, or does it really say that if you've ever posted erotic fanfiction on LiveJournal in any of your accounts or if you've ever linked to your Amazon.com wishlist or your eBay auctions in any of your accounts, you're not eligible to enter this contest?
Mar. 15th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
You're reading the legalese wrong. :)
Mar. 16th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! As I live in Australia, I usually can't participate in those sorts of contests, but I will now!
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Please state, in the body of the email, the reason why you're not eligible to enter the contest
<nitpick>reasons (several may be applicable)</nitpick> :-)
Mar. 16th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Below is a quote from the official rules. Was it intended to indicate that the contest in the year 2006?

"NO ENTRY FEE. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Promotion begins on March 7th, 2006, and ends on April 7th, 2006."

Just curious!!
Mar. 16th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Re: 2006????
Ha, oops.
Mar. 16th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it's been mentioned already but would it be possible to give the winner of this showcase a paid account or anything like that? I'm just wondering.
Mar. 18th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
I believe they mentioned already that there are no prizes, period, for the showcase winners.
Mar. 17th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! This is wonderful for the of us ineligible to win the contest! We can still write and be judged!
Mar. 18th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
That is a wonderful thing to do. Thanks, LJ.
Mar. 18th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
i would love to enter but i really don't think i could write anything meaningful about women's rights. Not that I'm not grateful for the wonderful women who have shaped my country and made sacrifices for the betterment of everyone else, or anything. (:
Mar. 21st, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Room for one more
Ever the Proceastinator, just wondering if LJ's received it's 1000 entries yet...
Mar. 21st, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Room for one more
Nope, we'll let you know!
Mar. 29th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Couldn't you just provide a translation of the rules?
Mar. 29th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
"(excluding Arizona, Puerto Rico and any other jurisdiction that may require a translation of these Official Rules)"
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