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Education.com Story Challenge
You know we are all about learning at Education.com–and we know that writing is an awesome way for kids to learn about themselves and spark their creativity. As part of our Reading Month celebration, we are in launching, for the first time, the Education.com Story Challenge!
During the month of March, parents can submit their children’s original story to Education.com using our printable online form. The story can be fiction or nonfiction, really anything — as long as it comes from your child!
At the end of the month, Education.com will select one story submission for each grade range (PreK–1, 2–3, 4–5) and turn it into an Interactive Story, complete with illustrations and narration on our website. (For rules and details, please click here.)
To submit your child’s or student's story, download a parent or teacher Story Submission Form then follow the instructions below.
Step 1: Information and Permissions (required)
Please download, read, and complete the Parent/Guardian Consent Form on page 3 of the Story Submission download from above. All forms require a parent or legal guardian’s signature.
Step 2: Write (or illustrate) Your Story
Have your child or student write a story — or an idea for a story — using our Story Submission Form. Consider having younger children use the form to draw a picture to convey their story.
We also recommend asking older children to outline their idea on a separate piece of paper before submitting their final draft.
Step 3: Submit Your Story
Take a photo of or scan your completed story submission page, along with your signed submission approval form, and email it to Stories@education.com.
Please be sure the image is high resolution enough so that all writing is legible and all illustrations are clearly visible.
Or send to us via conventional mail:
Attn: Story Challenge
401 E. 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Education.com Story Challenge
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
ELigibility:The Education.com Story Challenge (the “Contest”) is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States of America or the District of Columbia who are under age 13 at the time of this contest. Eligible minors may only participate in the Contest with the express written permission of their parents or legal guardian. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor Education.com, and their immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and members of the same household (whether or not related), are not eligible. Eligible minors will only be able participate in the Contest if they have access to a valid, registered user account to Education.com. Individuals who meet the above requirements are referred to as “Eligible Entrants.”
AGreement to OFficial RUles:Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and legally binding. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Void outside the United States and where prohibited by law.
SPonsor:The Contest is sponsored by Education.com, 401 E. 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401 (“Sponsor”).
ENtry PEriod:Submissions must be received between 12:00:01 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on March 11, 2019, and 11:59:59 p.m. PT on April 19, 2019 (the “Entry Period”). Sponsor’s computer system is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.
ENtry:To enter, an Eligible Entrant must complete his or her story using the Story Submission Form. The completed Story Submission Form should be scanned and emailed to Stories@education.comAlong with the Parent Submission Approval Form or Teacher Submission Approval Form (which must be sent home and completed by a parent or guardian).
The Submission must be the entrant’s own original work, must be primarily in English, and must not contain any material that:
- Violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights;
- Depicts nudity or is indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
- Promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
- Promotes any illegal activities or any other activity that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
- Promotes any particular political agenda or message;
- Is unlawful or violates the laws in any state where the Submission is created; or
- Relates to lotteries, gambling, tobacco, alcohol or drugs.
Limitations on entry: Limited to one entry per person. Any attempt by any entrant to enter by using multiple/different email addresses, social media accounts, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that entrant's entry and that entrant may be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant and he/she must comply with these Official Rules. Potential Winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. 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. Multiple entrants are not permitted to use the same email address.
Invalid Entries.Use of any script, macro, or other mechanical or automated program to enter will result in disqualification and all such Submissions will be void. Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, inaccurate, delayed, stolen, garbled, unintelligible or misdirected entries, all of which will be disqualified. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt by Sponsor.
DEtermination OF WInner:Three (3) winner(s) will be selected from among all Submissions meeting the entry requirements received from Eligible Entrants during the Entry Period (each a “Winner”).
A panel of qualified judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion will select the top Submission from among all eligible Submissions. Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria :
- Creativity (50%)
- Clarity and cohesiveness (50%)
Decisions of the judges are final and binding. Only Winners will be notified. Entrants will not be notified if their Submission is disqualified or if their Submission does not win.
PRizes:Selected entries will be published as Interactive Stories on the Education.com website (Www.education.com).
PRize COnditions:Prizes are not transferable or refundable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the stated prize is not available for any reason as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Winner is responsible for any applicable fees, surcharges, service charges associated with receipt or use of a prize. Winner is fully responsible for all applicable taxes (including income and withholding taxes). For prizes with a value of $600 or more, Sponsor will issue Winner an IRS Form 1099-MISC.
NOtification:The potential Winners and their parent/guardian or teacher will be notified by e-mail (in the sole discretion of Sponsor) provided at the time of entry on or around Summer, 2019 ("Prize Notification"). Each potential Winner and his/her parent/guardian must, within seven (7) days of the date of issuance, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability and, unless prohibited by law, a Publicity Release, or other document(s) required by Sponsor. In the event that the Prize Notification is returned as undeliverable, or the potential Winner is otherwise unreachable for any reason within the stated time, the Sponsor may award the prize to an alternate potential Winner. If any potential Winner is deemed a minor under the laws of his/her state of residence, confirmation of eligibility and acceptance of these Official Rules may be required from a parent or legal guardian or disqualification may result.
Each Winner or the parent/guardian of the Winner if the Winner is under 18, by acceptance of a prize, hereby grants the right to publicize such Winner's name, address (city and state of residence), photograph, voice, statements and/or other likeness and prize information in any media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without additional compensation or consideration, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.
TRansfer of OWnership / LIcense to SPonsor:As condition of entry into this Contest, you represent, warrant and agree that (i) the Submission is your wholly original creation,(ii) you are the exclusive owner of all of the rights to the Submission, (iii) you have all rights necessary to transfer ownership of license of the Submission to Sponsor, and (iv) the Submission does not infringe on the intellectual property or any other rights of any third party. You further agree to, and hereby do, irrevocably assign to Sponsor all rights, title and interest in and to the Submission, including without limitation the right to display, publish, publicly perform, broadcast, use, adapt, excerpt, edit and/or modify the Submission in any way, in any and all media now known or hereafter created, for promotional or any other purpose related to the business of Sponsor, including but not limited to all intellectual property rights therein, without additional compensation to the entrant except for the prize to Winner(s) as determined in accordance with these Official Rules.
GEneral COnditions:The decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest. Sponsor shall have the sole right to disqualify any entrant for violation of these Official Rules or any applicable laws relating to the Contest, and to resolve all disputes in their sole discretion. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Contest, in whole or in part, if any fraud, virus or other problem corrupts the administration, security, or fairness of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize(s) from among the non-suspect eligible Submissions received up to the time of the impairment or cancellation. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, annoying, abusing, threatening or harassing any other entrant or Sponsor's representatives, or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.
The Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for incomplete, inaccurate, misdirected, lost, delayed, stolen, postage-due, damaged, or garbled Submissions, entries, email or mail; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable telephone, computer network, social media network, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, cable, satellite or other connections, computer hardware or software malfunctions or failures, or other errors or problems of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer or communication network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with entry into Contest, administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the availability of Prizes or any portion of Prizes, the announcement of Winners or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information caused by website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury, death or damage to participants or to any other person or their computer or property related to or resulting from participating in this Contest, accepting or using a Prize or downloading materials from or use of any website.
RElease, INdemnity and LImitations of LIability:ENTRANTS AGREE TO RELEASE, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, AND EACH OF SUCH PARTIES’ DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, AND AGENTS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THEIR RESPECTIVE ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES (COLLECTIVELY, “RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM AND AGAINST ANY INJURIES, DEATH, LOSSES, DAMAGES, CLAIMS, ACTIONS AND OTHER LIABILITY OF ANY KIND RESULTING OR ARISING FROM THE CONTEST OR ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE, MISUSE OR NONUSE OF ANY PRIZE THAT MAY BE AWARDED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ALL MATTERS ADDRESSED IN THE GENERAL CONDITIONS ABOVE.
ENTRANT FURTHER AGREES THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES’ LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE COST OF ENTERING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, OR THE VALUE OF THE PRIZE IF THE ENTRANT WAS PROPERLY SELECTED AS A WINNER, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ATTORNEYS’ FEES. ENTRANT WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES.
DIsclaimer of WArranty:RELEASED PARTIES (I) MAKE NO WARRANTY, GUARANTY OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND CONCERNING ANY PRIZE, AND (II) DISCLAIM ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES.
GOverning LAw:All issues and questions relating to the Contest or concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than California.
ARbitration:All disputes, claims, controversies or causes of action arising out of or relating to this Contest or the Official Rules (each, a "Claim"), shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration. Each Claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis only, and shall not be consolidated or joined with or in any arbitration or other proceeding involving a Claim of any other party. The arbitration shall be administered by a single arbitrator appointed by JAMS in accordance with its then-current commercial arbitration rules. The arbitration will be conducted in the English language in the County of San Mateo, California. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction thereof. Under no circumstance will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses.
OFficial RUles:To request a copy of the Official Rules, please visit Www.education.com/story-challengeOr send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Story Challenge, Education.com, 401 E. 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401. Requests must be received by July 19, 2019. Vermont residents may omit postage for rules request.
WInner’s LIst:For a list of Winners, submit your request to Stories@education.comBy July 19, 2019.