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Sunday, August 01, 2010

2010 Family Circle Fiction Contest Rules

(This news courtesy Rhonda Browning White)

See the rules and entry information for the 2010 Family Circle Fiction Contest.


Contest begins March 1, 2010 and ends September 8, 2010. Entries must be postmarked on or before September 8, 2010 and received by September 15, 2010. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for illegible, lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or stolen entries or mail.

ENTRY: Submit an original (written by entrant), fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words, typed on 8-1/2x11paper. Entries must be unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Include your name, address, daytime telephone number and e-mail address (optional) on each page and send to: Family Circle Fiction Contest, c/o Family Circle Magazine, 375 Lexington Avenue, Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10017.

LIMIT: Up to two (2) entries per person will be accepted but each entry must be a unique short story. No group entries. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, disqualify, modify, edit, and revise any entries, subjects, stories, or related materials that Sponsor deems to be nude, obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards, audience expectations, or reputational interests or that Sponsor believes may violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of any third party. By entering this contest, entrants consent to a background check, and Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to verify any element of any entry or related materials and to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the contest, Sponsor, or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule.

ELIGIBILITY: Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older are eligible to enter, except employees of Sponsor, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement
or promotion of the contest and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and members of their immediate families or persons residing at the same address.

WINNER SELECTION: On or about October 15, 2010 a qualified panel of judges will judge eligible entries equally on the basis of sustained writing ability (25%), topic creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%). One (1) grand prize winner and two (2) runners-up will be selected. In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges will determine the winner based on the criterion of overall excellence. Sponsor reserves the right to choose fewer than two runners-up if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. Potential winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and the prizes delivered on or about November 30, 2010. Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects.

PRIZING: One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package including a check for $750.00, a gift certificate to one (1) course of his or her choice, up to a value of $610.00, one (1) year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00 and a one (1) year On Demand Videos membership valued at $160.00. Total approximate retail value of grand prize package $1,575.00. One (1) Second Place winner will receive a check for $250.00, a one (1) year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00 and a one (1) year on Demand Videos membership valued at $160.00. Total retail value ("RV") of second place prize package $465.00. One (1) Third Place winner will receive a
check for $250.00 and a one (1) year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00. Total RV of third place prize package $305.00. One (1) prize per household. Prizes may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. The
awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. The Grand Prize winner's story may, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, be published in a future issue of Family Circle magazine. Runner up stories may, in the sole discretion of sponsor, appear on the Family Circle website, currently located at Publication of winning entries is not guaranteed, and has no retail value.

CONDITIONS/WARRANTIES: Entrants agree to be bound by Official Rules and agree that if any winner fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide required affidavit, is found to have violated the Official Rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Entrants understand that Sponsor is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this promotion and acceptance, possession and use of prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest or in the announcement of the prize. Decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.

PRIVACY: By entering and providing the required entry information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may also send you information, samples or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS PROMOTION.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Except where prohibited, by participating Contest entrants agree that: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and Sponsor and their agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Contest, or awarding of the prizes,
shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the
State of New York and entrant hereby consents and submits to the
personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating
any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this
Contest, entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and
causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or
awarding of the prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort
to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and
awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred,
including costs associated with participating in this Contest but in
no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any
participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all
rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any
other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any
and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some
jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability
for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to

GENERAL: Except where prohibited by law: (i) entry constitutes
permission to use entrants' entry, name, hometown, voice, likeness,
photograph and any statements regarding this contest for editorial,
public relations, promotional and advertising purposes on behalf of
Sponsor without compensation; (ii) potential winners will be required
to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership/Liability
Release, Publicity Release and License of Pre-Existing Work within ten
(10) days of notification or the entry with the next highest score may
become an alternate winner. If winner notification is returned as
undeliverable, the entry with the next highest score may become an
alternate winner. By participating and winning a prize, winners
release Sponsor, and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and
agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees and
agents from any and all liability with respect to the prize won and
participation in the contest. Subject to all U. S. federal, state and
local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. Taxes on prizes are
sole responsibility of winners. Grand prize winner will be issued a
1099 tax form for the retail value of the prize. For winners' names,
available after December 15th, 2010, send a separate, self-addressed,
stamped envelope to Winners' List/Fiction Writing Contest, Family
Circle Magazine, 375 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017. VT
residents may omit return postage.