Official Competition Rules and Regulations
1. OPEN ONLY TO REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THENEXTBIGWRITER.COM. TO ENTER.
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Writing members of theNextBigWriter.com may enter by:
- Posting their flash piece on theNextBigWriter.com site, anytime during the Contest period. The flash must include the tags Flash Writing Contest (entered as flash_writing_contest) in it..
The winner will receive a publishing contract that pays $100 and will be featured on the homepage of Booksie.com, a publishing site that receives over 500,000 visits per month. Each piece must be no longer than 500 words. The number of words in each entry will be based on the count from Microsoft Word. You may write about any subject you wish as long as the length of your submission is 500 words or less. The piece does not have to be fiction.
Although non-fiction submissions are allowed, you may want to review what constitutes a good flash fiction piece when writing or editing your submission. This link to a Google search query provides some resouces. You may also discuss this in TheNextBigWriter short story forum.
The deadline for the Contest is 11:59 PM ET on March 1, 2010. All submitted work must be received by the deadline stated above to be eligible for the prize award. TheNextBigWriter members can enter one or both contests but can only win in one category.
All work posted to the site by members is the sole responsibility of the submitting person. Entrants are entirely responsible for all content posted or otherwise made available via the site. Sponsor reserves the right to declare any entries determined to not be in accordance with the stated terms of theNextBigWriter Member Agreement ineligible for entry.
2. Rankings and Winner Selection: There will be one winner chosen. The editorial staff of TheNextBigWriter will choose the winning entry. The site's rankings and recommendations will guide the editors but sole discretion for choosing the winners rests with the editorial staff. All editorial decisions and procedures relating to this Contest are final. The editorial staff is looking for a piece that is original and creative within the constraints of the flash format.
3. Prizes: The winner will receive a $100 publishing contract. The work will be published on Booksie.com and featured on the homepage for at least two weeks, where it will be seen by over 250,000 readers. If the winner elects not to sign the contract, then the award will be given to a runner-up until the contract is accepted.
No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. No transfer or substitution of prizes permitted. By accepting a prize, each winner agrees to the release of his/her name, pen name, likeness, and city and state of residence for potential publicity purposes, where permitted by law.
5. Limitation of Liability: Sponsor is not responsible for typographical errors in any contest-related materials; or for any individual's inability to enter this contest, including but not limited to unavailable network, server, telephone, or other connections; failed software or hardware transmissions; other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic, including lost, late, incomplete, damaged, or misdirected entries; or for any damage to any computer related to or resulting from participation. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or modify contest if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of the contest as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In the event that the contest is terminated, all eligible entries received before termination will be ranked. Entrants agree that the Sponsor, its promotion partners, related companies, agencies, and their respective employees or officers shall not be liable for injury, losses, damages or costs of any kind resulting from participation in this contest or acceptance of or use or misuse of a prize or parts thereof. By entering, participants agree to be bound by these official rules.
6. Winners List: For a list of winners send a postcard, only, with your name and address to: theNextBigWriter Awards Winners List, P.O. Box 610383, Newton, MA 02461. Winners will also be posted on theNextBigWriter.com website as they are determined.
7. Sponsor: theNextBigWriter, LLC, P.O. Box 610383, Newton, MA 02461.