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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!


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.
Mar. 15th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Wouldn't surprise me. We're an odd state...
Mar. 31st, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
How irritating. As if being a resident of Arizona isn't enough, we now can't enter contests.

In the official rules it says something about Arizona being a place that might require translation of the official rules...and therefore we're ineligible. Which is weird because I'm pretty sure our official language is English. But...whatever.
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC)
Is this due to the illegal that won some contest that was for US residents only? Yes, English is legally the official language but it's not being enforced hence our education is in battle over being sued over ESL in schools. Sorry it's a rather sore subject lately... :(
Apr. 6th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I just kinda don't understand why it should influence an LJ contest. I can see how it would lead to bigger issues, but if, you know, it's a contest on LJ and someone couldn't understand the official rules...then...they're probably not going to win the contest because they probably couldn't write a contest-winning essay in English.
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Couldn't have said it better... :)

Nice icon btw!
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
I'm a fan of YOUR icon.
Apr. 6th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
I don't understand the link between residency status and language requirements, but then, many aspects of law and politics mystify me... Eh, whatever.
Apr. 6th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
There was an illegal alien who won a contest and sued because they refused him his prize due to not being a US citizen as stated in rules. Therefore contests have to be translated or you can't take part or something, it's down right ridiculous but I guess it's the law now.
Apr. 6th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
The whole "official language" thing is probably in dispute, which may be the reason. I'd be surprised if we were the only border state requiring translations in multiple languages. Who knows?
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Well, it's the de facto language of the United States. The problem is that there isn't an official language of the US, period, so it seems kind of unfair that Arizona is the only one singled out as possibly needing translation.