The So You Think You Can Write Online Contest – Official Rules
No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning.Contest Description
Contest begins at 12:01 P.M. (PT) on March 31st, 2011, and ends at 12:00 noon (PT) on April 29th, 2011 (the “Promotion Period). Cash prizes (the “Prizes”) will be awarded (the “Awarding”) to the eligible entrants with the winning entries in accordance with these Official Rules.ELIGIBILITY:
THE CONTEST IS NOT OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF CUBA, IRAN, IRAQ, SYRIA, NORTH KOREA, MYANMAR (FORMERLY BURMA), SUDAN, PUERTO RICO OR THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC. This contest is void in these countries and any other jurisdiction where prohibited and restricted by law. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD AT THE TIME OF ENTRY TO PARTICIPATE. Entrants must participate by way of an Internet Service Provider or other method of Internet access and have a personal e-mail address. You must live in a country where you can receive contest earnings via PayPal, since this is our method of disbursement. Employees of HubPages Inc. and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members and/or those living in the same household as such employees are not eligible to enter or win. All national, federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.HOW TO ENTER:
HubPages Inc. is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, or incomplete entries, technical or software malfunctions, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete or delayed electronic communications. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any winning entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the record holder of the e-mail account from which the entry originated. Use of any automated or robotic devices to create Hubs is prohibited and such entries shall be void. Proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt.AWARDINGS/PRIZES AND ODDS:
The Awarding of the Daily Drawing and and Staff Pick winners will be conducted on or about 4pm (PT) at the end of each day’s eligibility period from among all eligible entries received, beginning April 1st, 2011 (12pm on the Monday following weekend entries), and continuing every day until April 29th, 2011. Odds of winning any Daily Drawing or Staff Pick Awarding depend on the number of eligible entries for that Awarding. Each Daily Drawing and Staff Pick Winner will receive US$ 50, payable through PayPal.
The Awarding of the weekly Best Hub Winner and People’s Choice Winner will be conducted on or about 4pm (PT) on the Monday after the week’s contest period, or April 11th, 18th, and 25th, and May 2nd. Every week, the Best Hub Winner will be chosen by HubPages-appointed judges or HubPages. Every week, the People’s Choice Winner will be chosen through a poll administered on the contest page, which will feature the seven (7) Staff Pick Hubs selected by HubPages, and which will run from approximately 4:00pm (PT) on Friday through 4:00pm (PT) on Monday for approximately 72 hours; the Hub receiving the highest number of eligible votes will be declared the Winner. Odds of winning any Best Hub Awarding or People’s Choice Awarding depend on the number of eligible entries for that Awarding. Each Best Hub Winner and People’s Choice Winner will receive US$ 100, payable through PayPal.
The Awarding of the Grand Prize will be conducted on or about 12pm (PT) on May 5th, 2011, from among the eight Best Hub and People’s Choice Winners. Odds of winning the Grand Prize Awarding depend on the number of eligible entries for that Awarding. The Grand Prize Winner will receive US$ 250, payable through PayPal.
Winner must have an active and functioning PayPal account in order to receive the prize, and will be responsible for any and all fees and taxes associated with the cash transfer. Winner will be notified by e-mail at the e-mail address associated with the HubPages account. Winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability, and where legally permissible publicity release within seven days following attempted notification. Failure to comply within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.PARTICIPATION/ACCEPTANCE OF RULES:
HubPages Inc., in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person who tampers or is suspected of tampering with the entry process or who is otherwise in violation of the Official Rules and void all associated entries. CAUTION; ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, HUBPAGES INC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OR OTHER RELIEF FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.
If, for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized, intervention, fraud, technical failures, human intervention, technical, human or other error, or any causes beyond the control of HubPages Inc. which corrupt or affect the administration, security fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest, HubPages Inc. reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. In the event of cancellation or termination, HubPages Inc. reserves the right to select the winner for the Awarding impacted from among all eligible entries received prior to termination or cancellation. In no event will HubPages Inc. be responsible or liable for more than the number of prizes stated herein.
All federal, state and local taxes associated with the acceptance of the prize, are solely the responsibility of the winner.
No substitution or transfer of prizes permitted. This contest will be governed by the laws of the State of California. Any and all legal actions or claims arising in connection with this giveaway must be brought in the State or Federal Courts in San Francisco, California.
By participating in the giveaway, each participant agrees to release and hold HubPages Inc. and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the sweepstakes or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize.