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Welcome to the

ANNUAL
La Viness Short Story Writing Contest

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CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS

By entering the contest, participants agree to the following:

1. Participants shall submit their own original stories which they bear the legal right to submit.
2. Participants under 18 years of age must also submit a signed permission letter from their parent or legal guardian stating it is okay for the minor participant to enter the contest and for the contest website to publicly share participant's name, general location (e.g., state, country), story title, and a photo of the participant with the Award Certificate, if the minor participant's submission wins an award. (Photo is not required, but must be stated in the letter as permitted or not.)
3. Submitted stories must be unpublished as of the submission deadline. (See unpublished definition on front page of website.)
4. Participants will retain all rights to their submitted stories.
5. Winning participants are responsible for all tax obligations that arise due to their award winnings.
6. Winners' names, general locations (e.g., state, country), and story titles will be listed on the website by December 5th of the contest year. Photos of winners with their award certificates may also be published, if submitted afterward.
7. All stories will be judged blind.
8. Stories will be judged on unique and memorable story line, spelling, punctuation, grammar, author voice, presentation, etc.. All stories will be judged against the same criteria, and judges' decisions are final.
9. Short story submissions will be used strictly for determining contest winners, and all copies will be destroyed two weeks after winners are posted on the website.
10. Submissions will not be returned, so participants should retain a copy of their submitted stories.
11. First, Second, and Third Place winners will receive a Cash Award (in the form of a USPS Money Order or a Certified Check), and an Award Certificate. All other winners will receive an Award Certificate. All Cash Awards will be paid in US Dollars.
12. Winners will be individually notified by email, phone, or USPS mail, in that order of attempt. Certificates and Cash Awards will be sent to the mailing address originally submitted on the Cover Page unless participant submits a change of address before the awards are mailed out.
13. Entry Fees, Cash Awards, etc.:
Cash awards will be determined by total of entry fees collected and will be divided as follows:
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40% - First Place Cash Award
30% - Second Place Cash Award
20% - Third Place Cash Award
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The remaining 10% will be used to cover contest expenses, such as printing, advertising, mailing awards, etc.
14. Judges, their spouses/partners and children/step-children are not eligible to enter the contest or win awards.
15. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

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