Residents of Canada and the US are eligible to enter.
Previously published and unpublished authors may submit texts providing that the submissions are unpublished works. There must be only one author per entry.
All works that have appeared in print or on the web, including self-published works, as well as works that have been broadcast or delivered in front of a public audience, are considered previously published and are therefore not eligible for the competition.
Entrants warrant they have created the entry they are submitting and that they own all rights to it. Entrants will indemnify and hold Modern Dog and its affiliates harmless from and against any and all loss, damage, costs and other expense arising out of claims, whatever their nature, resulting directly or indirectly from breach of this warranty.
Modern Dog shall have the right to first publish and reproduce the winning entries, in the original language and in translation, on the internet as well as on accompanying material of products that could be manufactured or sold.
Modern Dog shall also have exclusive rights to manufacture, sell and license products derived from the winning entries.
Modern Dog shall also have all rights to record and broadcast a reading of the winning entries, in whole or in part, and all rights to publish and reproduce the winning entries in Modern Dog magazine and on the internet.
Winners, as well as the people accompanying them, or their parents or guardians if the winners and/or the people accompanying them are minors, shall agree, if necessary, to have their name and/or picture, including their photograph, and/or their voices used for advertising purposes related to this contest, free of charge.
All entries must be original and unpublished works. Entries must be written in English. All entries must be creative nonfiction and be no more 800* words in length.
* Word count excludes titles. Texts above the specified word count will be disqualified. We use Microsoft Word to verify word counts.
Participants may submit as many entries as they wish.
For each manuscript entered, participants must complete a separate official entry form.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Entries must be submitted via the online registration form. Entries will not be accepted by mail or fax.
* All submissions are final: no changes or substitutions are allowed.
* Editorial comments will not be given on the entries.
* Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent via email to those who provide a valid email address.
A fee of $15 in the US/$18 in Canada for administration purposes is required for each entry. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Modern Dog magazine.
The competition is 100% not-for-profit, with all fees going towards covering administrative costs which include payment of readers and jurors of the competition. Entries will not be eligible until payment has been received online. The entry fee will not be refunded if your submission is ineligible. All submissions are final: entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
All entries and payments must be made before Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at midnight, Pacific Standard Time. Winners will be announced June 1, 2010.
Works are judged anonymously on the basis of the author's use of language, originality of subject and writing style. All decisions by the jury are final.
* Fame and glory! Publication in Modern Dog magazine and on moderndogmagazine.com for winning texts.
* Visibility offered by Modern Dog to the winners and their winning entries.
Entrants retain copyright of their entries subject to what is provided for in the complete contest rules and regulations.
To be declared a winner, entrants have to meet all the conditions described in these regulations. The winners or, if they are minors, the parents or guardians of the prize-winner, shall sign a document attesting to their or the winner's eligibility as stipulated in these regulations and releasing Modern Dog Inc. and its affiliates from all liability for any damage or loss resulting from participation in this contest.
Should winners make any false statement, they shall be automatically disqualified from the contest.
Modern Dog Inc and its affiliates, as well as its respective directors, officers and employees, shall assume no liability resulting from losses, delays, mistaken addresses on mail or e-mail received, typographical errors, technical, computer or telephone malfunctions, loss or theft of computer or telephone data, damage to software or computer equipment, fraudulent calls or any other mistake.
Modern Dog Inc and its affiliates shall assume no liability of any kind whatsoever in any cases in which their inability to act results from an event or situation beyond their control, including more particularly a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their place of business or the places of business of the organizations or businesses whose services are used to hold this contest.
All personal information, such as your name, address, telephone number, email address, date of birth and occupation, is collected solely for the purposes of administering this contest and shall not be used for any other purpose without your consent. By providing this information, you consent to it being used for the stated purposes.
By entering, contestants agree to abide by the contest rules which shall be applied by Modern Dog. All its decisions are final.
This contest is subject to all federal, state/provincial and municipal legislation applicable. MODERN DOG INC 2009/10http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/writingcontestrules
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