NO PURCHASE, FEE, OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN, AND PURCHASES, FEES, AND PAYMENTS WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING DEPEND ON THE RATINGS THAT THE ONLINE COMMUNITY OF LULU POETRY USERS (THE "LULU COMMUNITYâ€ť) GIVES TO YOUR ELIGIBLE POEMS AND ON THE JUDGING OF THE QUALITY OF YOUR POEMS BY A PANEL OF JUDGES FROM LULU POETRYâ€™S SELECTION COMMITTEE (THE "LULU JUDGESâ€ť) ACCORDING TO THE CRITERIA SET FORTH BELOW. CONTEST OPEN TO PUBLISHED AND UNPUBLISHED POETS WHO MEET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH BELOW. CONTEST ENDS APRIL 14, 2011 AT 11:59 PM EASTERN TIME (THE "CONTEST PERIODâ€ť).
ELIGIBILITY: Contest open to individual persons who are 18 or older as of the time of their initial entry. Previous winners of the Lulu Poetry Yearly Contest grand prize are not eligible to win the Yearly Contest again. Current and former employees, contractors, directors, and officers of Lulu Poetry (LLEI, Inc.), their immediate family members (parent, child, sibling, and spouse), and those living in the same domicile therewith are ineligible.
. To enter your eligible poem(s), register at Lulu Poetryâ€™s website at www.poetry.com
, provide the registration information (including name, username, valid email address, and password), and submit your poem(s) using Lulu Poetryâ€™s online submission form, which will automatically enter the poem(s) in the Contest. You may submit as many of your poems as you like and you can potentially win multiple prizes for your poems, but you must submit each poem separately using a separate online submission form. Your poem(s) must be submitted during the Contest Period.
RATING AND JUDGING OF POEMS: Each poem that you submit during the Contest Period can be given a numeric rating online by the Lulu Community, and this will allow your poem(s) to be ranked against poems submitted by others using a calculation that factors in both the numerical ratings and the numbers of such numerical ratings. For each day of the Contest Period, the Lulu Judges will review the top 10% of the submitted poems as rated by the Lulu Community for that day and will select from that dayâ€™s top 10% one poem (the "Daily Winner Poemâ€ť) that meets all of the eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules and that the Lulu Judges judge, in their sole discretion, as the best according to the following criteria: originality, creative imagination, characterization, and artistic quality (the "Judging Criteriaâ€ť). For each month during the Contest Period, the Lulu Judges will review the top 10% of the submitted poems as rated by the Lulu Community for that month and will select from that monthâ€™s top 10% one poem (the "Monthly Winner Poemâ€ť) that meets all of the eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules and that the Lulu Judges judge, in their sole discretion, as the best according to the Judging Criteria. At the end of the Contest Period, the Lulu Judges will review the top 10% of the submitted poems as rated by the Lulu Community for the entire Contest Period and will select from that top 10% one poem ("Annual Winner Poemâ€ť) that meets all of the eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules and that the Lulu Judges judge, in their sole discretion, as the best according to the Judging Criteria. A single poem can be a Daily Winner Poem, a Monthly Winner Poem, and the Annual Winner Poem, but no single poem can be a Daily Winner Poem, a Monthly Winner Poem, or an Annual Winner Poem more than once. An entrant who submits multiple eligible poems, however, can potentially win multiple prizes for those poems. Your chances of having your poem(s) selected as a Daily Winner Poem, a Monthly Winner Poem, or the Annual Winner Poem depend on the ratings given to your poem(s) and to other entrantsâ€™ poems by the Lulu Community and to the quality of your poem(s) and other entrantsâ€™ poems, as judged by the Lulu Judges according to the Judging Criteria.
PRIZES AND NOTIFICATION: 365 Daily Prizes: $25.00 each. 12 Monthly Prizes: $250.00 each. One (1) Annual Prize: $5,000.00. Each winner of a Daily Prize, each winner of a Monthly Prize, and the winner of the Annual Prize will be notified by on or about 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the Friday after they win. Each winner will be notified by electronic mail, using the email address that he or she provided in his or her online registration. The name of each winner will be posted on the Lulu Poetry Leaderboard at the Lulu Poetry website at www.poetry.com
, and the winning poems will be published at the Lulu Poetry website at www.poetry.com
. Winners must respond to Lulu Poetry by electronic mail, providing PayPal account information and any other information requested, within 30 days after email notification is sent or they will forfeit their prizes. Winners who respond to the email notification in a timely and correct manner will receive prizes as follows: Daily Prize winners will be paid $25.00 on or about the 15th day of the month following the month in which they responded to their Daily Prize email notification. Monthly Prize winners will be paid $250.00 on or about the 15th day of the month following the month in which they responded to their Monthly Prize email notification. The Annual Prize winner will be paid $5,000.00 on or about the 15th day of the month following the month in which he or she responded to his or her Annual Prize email notification. All prizes will be paid in U.S. dollars and through PayPal (which is not affiliated with this Contest). Lulu Poetry reserves the right to validate information provided on any online submission forms and to verify eligibility before awarding any prizes. If a prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded for any reason, Lulu Poetry reserves the right to award another prize of approximate equal value. No substitute prizes are allowed except at the sole discretion of Lulu Poetry. Prizes are not transferable.
OWNERSHIP AND USE OF WINNING POEMS: All entrants retain the copyright rights that they have in the poems they submit, but all entrants, by participating in this Contest and submitting poems, grant Lulu Poetry and any of Lulu Poetryâ€™s successors and assigns the perpetual and irrevocable right, license, and ability to use and publish all submitted poems (in the format submitted or in an altered format and in complete form or in excerpted form) on Lulu Poetryâ€™s websites, on other websites, and in other media, for any purpose. Entrantsâ€™ opportunity to submit their poems and participate in this Contest constitutes full consideration for the foregoing grant. The foregoing grant requires no further consideration and is not dependent on entrantsâ€™ winning any prizes. Lulu Poetry can publish or decline to publish, or use or decline to use, any submitted poems in Lulu Poetryâ€™s sole discretion.
7.GENERAL CONDITIONS: All online submission forms become the sole property of Lulu Poetry and will not be acknowledged or returned. All entries and submissions are subject to verification. Lulu Poetry assumes no responsibility for entries or submissions that are lost, late, misdirected, stolen, illegible, undelivered, garbled, damaged, mutilated, incomplete, reproduced mechanically, forged, falsified, altered, or tampered with (and any such entries or submissions are ineligible), or for any computer, online, telephone, or technical malfunctions that may occur. Lulu Poetry assumes no responsibility for any technical problems in connection with the transmission or receipt of entries, including faulty electronic data transmission, traffic congestion on the Internet or on websites, hardware or software error, equipment failure or malfunction, or other online communications problems. In the event of disputes regarding the identities of the persons submitting entries, entries will be deemed made by the individuals who identify themselves on the entry forms. Winners may be required to provide proof of identity in order to receive prizes. Winners may receive IRS Form 1099s or other tax forms for the value of prizes. Winners are solely responsible for any taxes associated with any prizes. Lulu Poetry will publish the names of all winners. If for any reason this contest cannot be run or completed as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the contest, Lulu Poetry reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who is responsible or who tampers with the contest, and to modify, cancel, or terminate the contest and select winners from all eligible entries received prior to the cancellation or termination. Lulu Poetry reserves the right, under its sole discretion, to disqualify any individuals who do not abide by the Membership Agreement. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST MAY VIOLATE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, LULU POETRY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. In addition, Lulu Poetry may modify the terms of the Contest with or without prior notice.This Contest is subject to all applicable laws and regulations, but is governed by the substantive law of the State of North Carolina. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Any claims related to this Contest must be resolved in the federal or state courts serving Raleigh, North Carolina. Entrants agree to abide by the Official Rules and the decisions of Lulu Poetry with respect to this contest, which are final.
WINNERSâ€™ LIST: A list of winners will be posted at the Lulu Poetry Leaderboard at www.poetry.com
This contest is sponsored and administered by LLEI, Inc., 3101 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607.http://www.poetry.com/http://www.poetry.com/contest-rules/
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