Summer Spy Serial Contest (”Contest”) Official Rules
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1. Eligibility. Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older at the time of entry. Directors, officers, employees, and independent contractors of WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington DC 20071 (”Sponsor”) and each of its affiliates, subsidiaries, and divisions (as well as each member of their immediate family and of their household) are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Void outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local laws apply.
2. Agreement to Official Rules. Participation in this Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions which are final and binding in all matters related to this Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
3. How to Enter. The Contest begins at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (”ET”) on June 2, 2011 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on July 5, 2011. The Contest consists of five (5) separate entry rounds (each a “Round”). To enter, visit the Contest entry page located at www.washingtonpost.com/summerspy (”Contest Web Site”). At the Contest Web Site, fully complete the presented online entry form and submit your continuation of David Ignatius’ current spy story (maximum 350 words rounds 1 through 4, maximum 500 words final round) during any one or more of the Rounds. The entry period for each Round will begin on a Thursday at 12:00 PM ET and end the following Tuesday at 11:59 PM ET as set forth below. The first round will have a two-week entry period.
Round 1: Starts at 12:00 PM ET on June 2, 2011 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on June 14, 2011.
Round 2: Starts at 12:00 PM ET on June 16, 2011 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on June 21, 2011.
Round 3: Starts at 12:00 PM ET on June 23, 2011 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on June 28, 2011.
Round 4: Starts at 12:00 PM ET on June 30, 2011 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on July 5, 2011.
Round 5: Starts at 12:00 PM ET on July 7, 2011 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on July 12, 2011.
To be eligible for a given Round, your entry must be received by Sponsor during that Round’s entry period. Entries submitted during a given Round will not automatically carry forward to subsequent Rounds. Each entrant must follow the instructions presented and provide the information requested including entrant’s continuation of David Ignatius’ current spy story (written solely by such entrant) of up to 350 words (collectively, “Entry Materials”). You must have a registered washingtonpost.com username to enter. Limit one (1) entry per person per Round. Subsequent entries by an individual during a Round will be disqualified. Limit one (1) person per username.
Information provided must be true, accurate, current and complete. Entry Materials that are late, unintelligible, incomplete, unreadable, damaged, destroyed, delayed, tampered with, forged, misdirected or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules may be disqualified. All Entry Materials generated by a script, macro or other automated/repetitive electronic means (except as permitted in these Official Rules) will be disqualified and ineligible for the Contest.
In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the given Entry Materials will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each entrant may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.
Submitting Entry Materials constitutes entrant’s agreement to grant Sponsor (and Sponsor’s assignees, designees and licensees) a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and publicly display such Entry Materials in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for (but not limited to) promotional, commercial or marketing purposes. If requested, an entrant must sign any documentation that may be required for Sponsor (or its assignees, designees and/or licensees) to make use of the non-exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the Entry Materials and/or to make use of other rights as requested by Sponsor. All requested Entry Materials must be provided in English to enter and be eligible to win.
5. Winner Selection. For each Round, six (6) finalists will be selected - one (1) of which will be selected by Sponsor (a “Post Favorite”) and five (5) of which will be determined based on Washington Post reader input (each a “Reader Favorite”). With respect to Post Favorite, for each Round, Sponsor will determine the one (1) best eligible entry for that Round based on originality (1/3), creativity (1/3) and degree to which the entry advances the story (1/3). Sponsor intends to post each entrant’s submitted Entry Materials on the Contest Web Site where such Entry Materials will be publicly available. With respect to Reader Favorites, the five (5) entries in each Round that are the most “reader recommended” will be the Reader Favorites for that Round (subject to all limits regarding reader recommendations set forth in applicable advertising copy or elsewhere). In the event of a tie in determining a Reader Favorite or a Post Favorite, Sponsor will break the tie based solely on the writing quality of such tied entries. For each Round, Reader Favorites will be determined first and then the Post Favorites will be selected from among the remaining eligible entries. For each Round, David Ignatius will select one (1) winner from among that Round’s six (6) finalists based on originality (1/3), creativity (1/3) and degree to which the entry advances the story (1/3). The winning entry for each Round will be appended to the story and the entrant writer credited. Sponsor will attempt to contact the selected winner of each Round via his/her registered washingtonpost.com email account. If the entrant fails to respond as instructed in the email within 48 hours, he or she may forfeit the prize. Sponsor shall have no liability for any notification or other material sent pursuant to these Official Rules that is lost, intercepted or not received for any reason. In Sponsor’s sole discretion, a potential winner may be disqualified and required to forfeit his/her prize and an alternate winner may be selected in accordance with these Official Rules from among the remaining eligible entries for such prize, if such potential winner (i) is unreachable or notification is returned as undeliverable; (ii) declines or cannot accept a prize for any reason; (iii) provides false or misleading information to Sponsor; or (iv) fails to comply with these Official Rules.
If a prize is forfeited and/or the winner is disqualified, then (in Sponsor’s sole discretion) another participant may be selected as a winner from among the remaining eligible entrants for such prize in accordance with, and subject to, these Official Rules. Forfeited prizes may or may not be awarded in Sponsor’s sole discretion.
6. Prizes. Sponsor will award the winner of each Round a signed copy of David Ignatius’s book “Bloodmoney.” Approximate retail value (”ARV”) of each prize: $25. Total ARV of all prizes: $125. All costs and expenses are not included and are each winner’s sole responsibility unless indicated herein as being awarded. No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent of prize permitted by a winner. Sponsor may substitute a prize with one of equal or greater retail value if prize is unavailable or cannot be awarded for any reason. The value of the prize set forth above represents Sponsor’s good faith determination. Reporting and payment of any applicable federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of winner. Limit one (1) prize per person.
7. Limitation of Liability and General Conditions. By participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. By entering, each entrant agrees to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless the judges and Sponsor and its affiliates and subsidiaries, and each of their respective employees, officers, shareholders, directors, representatives and agents (collectively, “Releasees”) from and against any claims, damages or liability involving or arising out of: (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, garbled or unintelligible entries, notices, and other materials; (ii) telephone system, technical or computer malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, transmission or other errors of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise; (iii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession or use or misuse of any prize or from participating in the Contest or any Contest related activity; or (v) any printing, distribution, typographical, administrative, human or technological errors involving or associated with the Contest. Sponsor disclaims any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with, the Contest.
Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend this Contest (or any portion of the Contest) should any virus, bug, computer problem or other cause or problem corrupt or inhibit the administration, security or proper operation of the Contest and, in such situation (or in the event of any type of error), to select participants, alternates, and/or winner(s) from among the eligible entries received prior to and/or after the action taken or in such manner as deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. In no event will Sponsor be liable for more than the stated number of prizes in these Official Rules. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives. Releasees have not made and/or are not responsible for any representation or guaranty, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prize. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees and acknowledges that if he/she is selected as a winner, then Sponsor may use his/her name, voice, biographical data, entry information and other submitted materials, likeness and city name in any and all media throughout the universe and in perpetuity for promotional and any other purposes without additional compensation and in the sole discretion of Sponsor, except where prohibited by law.
By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event will attorneys’ fees be awarded or recoverable; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby knowingly and expressly waives all rights to seek, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and/or any other damages, other than actual out-of-pocket expenses, and/or any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. The interpretation of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the District of Columbia exclusively and solely by and within the courts of the District of Columbia with regard to choice of law principles.
8. Winners List. For the names of the prize winners, available after July 15, 2011, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Build A Spy Story Contest Winners List, The Washington Post, Editorial Department, 1150 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20071. Requests must be received by January 15, 2012.
9. Official Rules. For a copy of the Contest Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope (Vermont residents need not affix return postage) to: Build A Spy Story Contest Official Rules, The Washington Post, Editorial Department, 1150 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20071. Requests must be received by January 15, 2012.