Official Rules of the Second Annual Nevermore Edits Writing Competition

How to Enter


To participate in the Writing Contest, entrants are required to have a working e-mail address. Between February 1, 2018 and April 1, 2018, entrants must email one (1) eligible manuscript with industry-standard formatting to contest@nvmedits.com. Manuscripts that do not comply with the Submission Requirements set out below will be disqualified.

Nevermore Edits will administer the Writing Contest. The Writing Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on February 1, 2018, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT) on April 1, 2018.

All Manuscript Submissions must be received only as directed by 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 1, 2018. Manuscripts will only be accepted via email as directed in these Official Rules.

By entering the Writing Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. In the event of a dispute regarding any aspect of the Writing Contest, Nevermore Edits will make the final ruling in its sole discretion. Such ruling shall be final and binding, and no communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants regarding such ruling(s) unless otherwise required by law.

Submission Requirements


In order to be eligible, Manuscript Submissions must meet the following requirements (collectively, the “Submission Requirements”):
  1. Each Submission must adhere to the industry-standard writing guidelines for a flash fiction story;
  2. Each Submission shall be in English;
  3. Each Submission shall not have been previously exploited or published in any form;
  4. Each Submission will begin with the following line: “The raven cried out and silence answered”;
  5. Each Submission shall be a flash fiction manuscript that is no longer than 500 words (including the required opening line);
  6. Each page of the Submission shall be numbered, and the header of each page shall include the title of the manuscript without the author’s name;
  7. The Submission shall contain no author-identifying information. This information should be present only in the email accompanying the manuscript;
  8. The Submission will be emailed as an attachment to contest@nvmedits.com;
  9. The Submission title should be written in the email subject line, and the body of the email should contain the author's legal name; pen name, if any; address; and phone number;
  10. The entry fee of $5 (USD) must be paid utilizing the PayPal link provided, and the title of the manuscript should be included as additional information when making payment. Payment may be made before or after emailing the Submission. Submissions that do not have a corresponding entry fee payment by 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 1, 2018, will be disqualified.
By participating in the Writing Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (i) the Submission is original to the entrant, and all right, title, and interest (including but not limited to copyright) therein and thereto is exclusively owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable Nevermore Edits to use the Submission as contemplated by these Official Rules; (ii) the Submission does not infringe upon the intellectual property or other statutory or common law rights of any third party (including but not limited to copyright, trademark, personality, or privacy rights); (iii) Nevermore Edits’s use and re-use of the Submission in accordance with the terms set out herein will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party (including copyright), or require any payment to or consent/permission from any third party; and (iv) the Submission has not been previously exploited or published in any form, and no rights in or to the Submission have been granted, pledged, or assigned to any third party which would interfere with or derogate from the rights granted to Nevermore Edits hereunder.

Eligibility


The Writing Contest is open to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their country/state/province/territory of residence or older at the time of entry. Entrants are required to have Internet access and an active e-mail account in order to participate. Void where prohibited by any law, regulation, rule, or authority. The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the Writing Contest: (i) members or Trustees of Nevermore Edits; (ii) employees of Nevermore Edits, or its respective parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries; (iii) all agencies, entities, and persons engaged in the administration of the Writing Contest; and (iv) Immediate Family members (as defined below) of any of the foregoing.

For the purpose of these Official Rules, the term “Immediate Family” shall mean husband, wife, spouse, partner, mother, father, parent, brother, sister, sibling, son, daughter, and/or child, whether or not they reside in the same household.

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to immediately disqualify, without notice, any and all Submissions that do not comply with the Submission Requirements set out above, as determined in Nevermore Edits’s sole discretion. No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants except with the entrants selected for a prize.

Submissions shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the Entry (i.e., the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet service provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address). A potential winner may be required to provide Nevermore Edits with proof that she/he is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the potential winning Submission.

Prizes


One (1) first place prize will be awarded consisting of a $40 check; publication of the Submission in the next copy of the Nevermore Edits newsletter, the Corvidae Courier, and a certificate. One (1) second place prize will be awarded consisting of a $20 check; publication of the Submission in the next copy of the Nevermore Edits newsletter, the Corvidae Courier, and a certificate. One (1) third place prize will be awarded consisting of a $10 check; publication of the Submission in the next copy of the Nevermore Edits newsletter, the Corvidae Courier, and a certificate. Publication of Manuscript Submissions in Corvidae Courier is subject to the entrant entering into a publishing agreement with Nevermore Edits in a standard form.

Prizes must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, assigned, or substituted, except at the sole discretion of Nevermore Edits. The winning entrants are solely responsible for any and all costs associated with claiming a prize. The outcome of the Writing Contest is dependent on the total number of eligible entries received, the quality of each Submission, the entrant’s skill, and the Judges’ application of the Judging Criteria (as described below).

Nevermore Edits and/or their affiliates may, but are under no obligation to, contact entrants for the purpose of discussing the possible publication of Submissions that were not selected as a winning Submission.

Winner Selection


The winner will be determined through the following process:
  1. All eligible Manuscript Submissions will be anonymously reviewed and assessed by a panel of qualified judges chosen by Nevermore Edits in its sole discretion based on the following judging criteria:
a.         Narrative Voice (25%);
b.        Consistency (25%);
c.         Structure and Mechanics (25%); and
d.         Resolution and Promises (25%).

Decisions of the judges are final and binding in all respects.

Winner Notification


On or about July 1, 2018, the three (3) potential winners will be identified and the corresponding entrants will be notified by Nevermore Edits via e-mail using the information provided by the entrant at the time of entry. The potential winners will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release that confirms their: (i) eligibility for the Writing Contest and compliance with these Official Rules; (ii) acceptance of prizes as awarded; (iii) release, to the fullest extent permitted by law, of Nevermore Edits, and its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective employees, trustees, officers, suppliers, agents, sponsors, and administrators from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost, or expense arising out of participation in the Writing Contest, participation in any contest-related activity or the acceptance of any prize, including but not limited to costs, injuries, losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light, or from any and all claims of third parties arising there from; (iv) grant to Nevermore Edits, and its affiliates of the unrestricted right, in Nevermore Edits’s sole discretion, to publish, reproduce, convert, broadcast, communicate by telecommunication, exhibit, distribute, translate, adapt, and otherwise use and re-use the winners’ names, photographs, likenesses, voices, and biographical materials in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in connection with the Writing Contest and the promotion and exploitation thereof, without compensation, unless prohibited by law; and (v) agreement to Nevermore Edits’s exclusivity (i.e., entrant shall not submit Manuscript Submission to any other publisher or self-publish in print format) during the Writing Contest period and for a period of thirty (30) days following the close of the Writing Contest period.

In the event that a potential winner: (i) fails to respond within the stated timeline or refuses to sign the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release in the form provided; or (ii) is unable or unwilling to enter into Nevermore Edits’s standard form publishing agreement, the potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected by a process determined by Nevermore Edits in its sole discretion. Notification of potential winners is deemed to have taken place at the time Nevermore Edits contacts a potential winner, either by telephone or by e-mail, at the telephone number or e-mail address provided by the potential winner at the time of entry or submission. Upon winner confirmation, the winner will be required to provide to Nevermore Edits a photo of the winner which may be used by Nevermore Edits, and its parent companies, affiliates, and/or subsidiaries for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Writing Contest, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

Subject to receipt by Nevermore Edits of the signed Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release, the potential winners will be provided with Nevermore Edits’s standard form publishing agreement along with a non-disclosure agreement regarding same.

The winners will be announced on the Contest Website on or about July 1, 2018.

Conditions


Neither Nevermore Edits, nor its respective parent company, affiliates and/or subsidiaries, are responsible for printing, clerical or typographical errors of any kind or nature relating to entries. In no event will Nevermore Edits be obligated to award more than the stated number of prizes. Entrants agree that neither Nevermore Edits nor its parent company, affiliates and/or subsidiaries shall be obligated to publish or otherwise exploit any Submission (including the winning Submission) in any manner, unless a written agreement is entered into between the entrant and Nevermore Edits. Entrants agree that Nevermore Edits, and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, and promotional agencies shall not be liable for negligence, gross negligence, damages, injuries or losses of any kind resulting in whole or in part from participation in the Writing Contest, or from acceptance, use or misuse of any prize, except that which cannot otherwise be excluded by law. By participating in the Writing Contest, entrants agree to indemnify Nevermore Edits, and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, and promotional agencies from any claims incurred as a result of such damages, injuries and losses. Neither Nevermore Edits, nor its parent company, affiliates and/or subsidiaries assume any liability for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, undeliverable or misdirected entries, notifications, and/or responses, or for any computer, online, software, hardware or technical malfunctions that may occur, including but not limited to malfunctions that may affect the transmission or non-transmission of a Submission. Entrants are responsible for all costs associated with participation in the Writing Contest, including but not limited to computer equipment and internet connection charges. Neither Nevermore Edits, nor its respective parent company, affiliates, and/or subsidiaries are responsible for damage to any participant’s computer system/software related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in connection with the Writing Contest. Neither Nevermore Edits, nor its respective parent company, affiliates, and/or subsidiaries assume any responsibility or liability in the event that the Writing Contest cannot be conducted as planned for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to reasons beyond the control of Nevermore Edits, such as infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes outside the control of Nevermore Edits which impairs or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Writing Contest. Neither Nevermore Edits, nor its respective parent company, affiliates, and/or subsidiaries assume any responsibility for undelivered or undeliverable e-mails resulting from any form of active or passive e-mail filtering by an entrant’s Internet service provider and/or e-mail client or for insufficient space in entrant’s e-mail account to receive e-mail. Nevermore Edits reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Writing Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE CONTEST WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE WRITING CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, NEVERMORE EDITS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. The Writing Contest and these Official Rules are void, in whole or part, where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable laws and regulations.

Privacy and Use of Personal Information


By participating in the Writing Contest, each entrant grants to Nevermore Edits, and its parent company, affiliates, and/or subsidiaries, the right to use his/her name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address as follows: (i) for the purpose of administering the Writing Contest, including but not limited to contacting and announcing the winners; (ii) for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Writing Contest, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law, such use shall only be with respect to the entrant’s name, city and country, state, province or territory of residence; and (iii) for the purpose of contacting an entrant with respect to the submission of additional literary works unrelated to the Writing Contest, at Nevermore Edits’s sole discretion. In addition to the foregoing, the winners acknowledge and agree that a photo of the winners (which shall be submitted by the winners to Nevermore Edits upon winner confirmation) may be used by Nevermore Edits, and its parent company, affiliates, and/or subsidiaries for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Writing Contest, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law. Nevermore Edits, and its affiliates, and/or subsidiaries will use the entrant’s personal information only for identified purposes, and will protect the entrant’s personal information in a manner that is consistent with Nevermore Edits’s bylaws.

Termination


Subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Nevermore Edits reserves the right to terminate or suspend the Writing Contest, in whole or in part, and/or amend the Official Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason, without prior notice. In the event that the Writing Contest is terminated or suspended, Nevermore Edits will select a potential winner from all eligible, non-suspect Submissions received prior to such action.

Amendments to Official Rules


Any amendments to the Official Rules will become binding upon all entrants at the time they are posted to the Contest Website. Entrants are advised to regularly check the Contest Website for updates, notices and revisions to the Official Rules during the Contest Period.

Governing Law


All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant or Nevermore Edits in connection with the Writing Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Oklahoma in the United States of America.

Winners List


The winner’s name and country of residence will be posted to the Contest Website on or about July 1, 2018 and will be available for viewing for at least one (1) month thereafter.