Contest Terms and Conditions

Seattle Writing Contest invites all visitors to enter and compete in our writing contests. In order to help guide protocol in running, administering, and enforcing the rules and restrictions of the contests, we have created the Contest Terms and Conditions. We urge all potential entrants to read through this document, especially before entering one of our contests.

Contest Entry and Entrant Agreement:

These Contest Terms and Conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”), apply to all contest categories hosted by Seattle Writing Contest (collectively, the “Contest” or the “Contests”. By paying entry and uploading your writing for Contest submission, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions herein.

Seattle Writing Contest reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of these Terms and Conditions, at any time. It is your responsibility to check these Terms and Conditions periodically for changes. Your continued entry of one or more Contests following the posting of changes will mean that you accept and agree to the changes. As long as you comply with these Terms and Conditions, Seattle Writing Contest grants you a personal, non-refundable, non-transferable, limited privilege to enter and compete in our Contests

1.) Contest Nature and Basic Guidelines:

  • All Contests are competitions which are based on skill, and judged by measureable criteria. There will be no luck or random chance involved in the screening, judging, or ranking of any entrees.
  • All Contests require paid entry. Absent promotional or special case situations, any entrant submissions which are found without full entry fee will be disqualified.
  • All Contests are first screened by Seattle Writing Contest staff readers, then judged by invitee judges. No communication, criteria, or judgement outside individuals chosen by Seattle Writing Contest for the specific Contest category will be considered.
  • Each decision made for each specific Contest is final, and no further correspondence. gestures, or petition will be considered; nonetheless, Seattle Writing Contest reserves full right to overturn, revise, or cancel any previous decisions made in regards to any Contest, at anytime with or without notice.
  • All Contest entrants for all Contests are bound not only by the Terms and Conditions, but the Website Terms of Use and The Privacy Policy [Hyperlinks on the words to each respective document please]. Any entrants or submitted work found in violation of any stipulation in the aforementioned documents can be disqualified without any prior warning.
  • There is no region restriction on any of our Contests.
  • Contest entry is restricted to all individuals under the age of 13. Seattle Writing Contest may or may not choose to waive this restriction in the event where written and signed consent is obtained by the guardian of the minor, and payment is made in full with consent or by of said guardian.

2.) Contest Categories and Formats:

Seattle Writing Contest currently offers contests in 3 different Categories of Literature; Poetry Contest, Short Story Contest, and Long Fiction Contest [Hyperlinks on the words for each of the contest categories to their respective pages please]. The specific format for each of these Contest categories can be seen described on each of the pages.

3.) Screening Process and Criteria Metric Disclosure:

Each of our Contests are based on measurable skill. In order to effectively narrow down entrees Seattle Writing Contest relies on a proprietary point based screening metric, which our staff readers will use to comb through entrees. Each reader is assigned in such a way that the process is redundant, and each one entry is screened by multiple readers.

Entrees are penalized points for mistakes in grammar and spelling, incoherence, or lack of specific literary elements such as prose, character or plot. Entrees are awarded points for lack of technical errors, continuity, and attractive literary elements, again, such as prose, plot or character. These points are weighted toward penalizing and rewarding more obvious elements of the writing and lighter for the more numerous, subtler elements. The entrees with the highest point totals are considered as the finalists and then sent to the final invitee judges.

The point system is designed in such a way that ties are actually impossible. However, just as a fail-safe measure, in the event of a tie, Seattle Writing Contest reserves right to all form of remedy, including but not limited to re-screening based on a differently weighted metric scale, committee decision, public polls, and any non-stated methods.

4.) Finalist Judging Process and Invitee Judges Disclosure:

Each Contest ranking of the finalist entrees are determined by individuals who have been hand-selected by Seattle Writing Contest to participate as invitee judges (collectively known as, “Judges”) for a specific Contest. Said Judges are considered based on relevance, acclaim, and ties to the literary industry.

The Judges are sent the finalist entrees and are asked to rank the entrees based on their knowledge and preference. Each Judge is allotted a specific number of points, which will bedistributed to the finalist entries of their choice. These ranking allotments of the Judges are tabulated, and used to form a consensus on the ranking of finalist entries.

We respect the prowess and discipline that each of our invitee Judges have crafted in literature, and thus are able to fully vest our trust into their decisions. We urge our Contest participants to give our invitee Judges the same respect.

Again, the ranking system is designed in such a way that ties are actually impossible. However, just as a fail-safe measure, in the event of a tie, Seattle Writing Contest reserves right to all form of remedy, including but not limited to re-casting ranking responses, committee decision, public polls, and any non-stated methods

5.) Fees and Payments

If you submit a credit, debit, or charge card number, or other payment information to us upon registration, at the time of purchase, or otherwise, you authorize, give us permission, and direct us to retain such information and to charge all fees to such payment method.

We may, in our sole discretion, charge fees to your designated payment method individually, or elect to aggregate Fees for some or all of your purchases.

All Contest fees are due promptly and are non-refundable. You must notify us about any billing problems or discrepancy within thirty (30) days after they first appear on your statement; otherwise, you waive any right to challenge or dispute such problem or discrepancy.

If Fees cannot be charged to the payment method you designate, or payment is returned to us for any reason, including charge back, we reserve the right, in addition to our other remedies, to: (i) demand immediate payment of all outstanding Fees due to us from you; (ii) assess an additional 1.5 percent late charge, or the highest amount allowed by law; (iii) Seattle Writing Contest reserve the right to take any and all lawful steps necessary to collect Fees owed to us, and you will be responsible for all costs and expenses incurred in connection with such collection activity, including collection fees, court costs, and attorneys’ fees; (iv) charge such Fees to any other payment method you have on file with us; and (v) terminate, discontinue, suspend, and/or restrict your account/profile, your ability to access, enter our Contests, and/or the Terms and Conditions, including without limitation any of our purported obligations hereunder.

In addition, you are responsible for obtaining and maintaining at your own expense all equipment, hardware, software, and telephone, mobile, wireless, Internet and other services necessary to enter any of our Contests. If you are entering a Contest via a mobile device, your mobile carrier may charge you fees for data, text messaging, and other mobile access or communications services.

6.) Prohibited Content and Activity

By participating in any of our Contests, you acknowledge that all content submitted is in accordance with all local, state, federal, provincial, national, international, and foreign copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws, rules, and regulations, and is the property of us or our licensors, vendors and/or service providers. Any content that is found in violation of any form of these terms will be disqualified and in additional to other remedies, Seattle Writing Contest reserves all rights to pursue damages or relevant charges to the fullest extent of the law.

All content submitted to our Contests must adhere to the speech laws of all relevant local, state, federal, provincial, national, international, and foreign enforcement agencies. Seattle Writing Contest disclaims all relevant codes, regulations, laws, and rules which pertain to the specific region or individual entering into any of our Contests, and denies liability.

Submitting to the Contests any malicious code or content, which disrupts, monitors, or limits operation of our Site or its features and content, is strictly prohibited.

Disclosure on any form or level of the Contest mechanisms, including but not limited to judging, ranking, logistics, administration, or any unstated factors, beyond what is directly stated and authorized in writing by Seattle Writing Contest is strictly prohibited.

Any submitted information to the Contests or otherwise may not impede, interupt, or reduce the capacities to any degree perceivable or not, of the Contests, the Site (as mentioned further in our Website Terms of Use [link to Website Terms of Use on the words please]),or our third-parties. A

7.) Disqualification from Contests

Seattle Writing Contest reserves all rights to disqualify any entrant of any Contest, with or without notice, at our sole discretion.

Disqualification from any Contest will remove your content from further consideration. No refund will be issued, and no further consideration on the decision needs to be made.

Disqualified entrants are free to join a different contest, or even the same Contest again if it is still running.

Repeat offenders may be disqualified from further participation in our Contests at our

7.) Promise to Protect Your Content

Seattle Writing Contest is committed to the protection of all content submitted to any of our Contests. We take measure to make sure that not only your contact or payment information is properly stored, but also the content you submit into the Contests to compete.

Seattle Writing Contest has no plans to publish or distribute any content that is, or has significant likeness to any content that has been submitted to our Contests, for purposes of profit or perjury.

Nonetheless, Seattle Writing Contest reserves all rights to the submitted content to be used for means at our discretion, we commit to our visitors and contest entrants that all use for gain will be requested in writing to the author of said content.

Seattle Writing Contest reserves all rights to the content, but does not have any agreements to the contest entrants that prohibits use of submitted content for any purpose the author sees fit.

8.) Copyright Complaints:

We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our Contest entrants to do the same. We may, in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, in addition to our other remedies, terminate, discontinue, suspend and/or restrict the account/profile or ability to access, visit, and/or the Contest of entrants who infringe the copyright rights of others, and we may choose to remove, delete, erase, or disable access to Content deemed to be infringing. It is our policy to terminate the access of repeat infringers.

If you have reason to believe that your content has been copied and/or is accessible on the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that the Site contains links or other references to another site, application, destination or service that contains content or activity that infringes your copyright rights, you may notify us by providing a document via fax, first class U.S. mail, or e-mail that includes the following information (as required by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. sec. 512) to our copyright agent set forth below:

(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

(ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at the Site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at the Site;

(iii) Identification of the copyrighted work that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate such copyrighted work;

(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to enable us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;

(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted work in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Copyright Issues:

Seattle Writing Contest
1425 Broadway, #478
Seattle, WA 98122

Note: Only copyright complaints should be sent in this manner. No other communications will be accepted or responded to.

9.) Indemnification:

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless for all processes related to our Contests, and all the individuals involved in the administration of the Contest processes. Seattle Writing Contest and any invited entity, and each of our and their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent and sub-contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, “Indemnitees”) from and against any and all claims, disputes, demands, proceedings, cause of action, judgments, damages, liabilities, losses, costs or expense (including, but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees) of any kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed (collectively, “Claims”) which may arise out of or are in any way connected with your access, entry, and subsequent competition and judgement of your content, unauthorized use of content obtained on or through the Site, breach or alleged breach of the Terms and Conditions, or from any of your acts or omissions in connection with the Site.

Additionally, content submitted to Seattle Writing Contest via any of its Contests, does not necessarily represent the opinions or views of our organization or any of our affiliates. By entering the contest you agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless all Claims against you or us, or between you and us, arising out of the content you submit to us via our Contests.

Further stipulations can be found for contests within our Website Terms of Use.

10.) Additional Disclosures

Contest categories and rules may be added, changed or removed at anytime with or without notice. By entering any of our Contests you acknowledge that it is your sole responsibility to check for such updates, and that your continuing entry of any Contest is subject to the new changes in ruling, policy, or any unstated aspect of the specific Contest you entered.

Again, Seattle Writing Contest reserves the full right to change, cancel, or disallow any Contest entrants who are found in violation of any of these Terms and Conditions. This right extends retroactively to any previous Contest winners. The awarded monies for any previous Contest winner are subject to recollection by all legal means available.

All terms and regulations laid out in any of our disclaimers or documents, not limited to posted disclaimers on the Site, Website Terms of use, Privacy Policy, and this Contest Terms and Conditions are applicable and enforceable to all contest entrants in the same manner as if they were included into these Terms and Conditions.

If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of Seattle Writing Contest disclaimers, Website Terms of Use, Contest Terms and Conditions, or Privacy Policy, or portion thereof, to be invalid or unenforceable, that provision or portion will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the parties, and the remainder of said disclaimers and documents will continue to be valid and enforceable in full force and effect.

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