Sweepstakes Rules

FORTUNE PUBLISHING GROUP BOOK SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

  1. ELIGIBILITY

The Fortune Publishing Group Book Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open to entrants in the continental United States who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Fortune Publishing Group or any of its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or individual involved with the design, production execution or distribution of the Promotion and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of each such employee are not eligible. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules (the “Rules”) and Fortune Publishing Group’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Winning a Prize (as defined below in Section 8) is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. The Promotion consists of a contest (the “Contest”).

  1. SPONSOR

The Promotion is sponsored by Fortune Publishing Group (the “Sponsor,”  “we” or “us”).

  1. TIMING

The Promotion begins on November 1st, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on November 30th, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST (the “Promotion Period”). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this Promotion.

  1. HOW TO ENTER

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Registering by providing full name, email address and a current phone number on Sponsor’s website, together with your edited and completed written materials (the “Material”) entitles you to participate in the Promotion and shall constitute your entry (“Entry”) in the Promotion. The “Material” must be submitted in a Microsoft Word Doc or Adobe PDF document and must be submitted via e-mail as an attachment to sweepstakes@fortunepublishinggroup.com.  Any form of entry than that described herein is void.  Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or grammatical errors in the Material submitted. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected registrations or entries, which will be disqualified.

  1. Material

As part of each Entry, you may submit one  (1) Unpublished manuscript, Unpublished Graphic Novel, Short Story, which can be fiction or non-fiction and must be at least 50,000 words but no more than 80,000 words along with author biography and full color photograph of the author for evaluation and consideration for the Prizes (as defined in Section 8 below) by the Sponsor or it’s designee.  The Material must be submitted in a Microsoft Word Doc or Adobe PDF document and must be submitted via e-mail as an attachment to sweepstakes@fortunepublishinggroup.com.  The Material must be your original creative work, and you hereby warrant and represent that you are the sole and exclusive owner of all right, title, and interest in and to the Material and/or have obtained prior written authorization or license to submit the Material from any and all third party rights holders therein. You are prohibited from submitting any pieces of Material that have previously been published or sold by or to anyone, at any time, and you warrant and represent that the Material has never been published or sold by anyone at any time and is not currently under any option agreement.

  1. WINNERS SELECTION

On the dates set forth below, Sponsor or independent judges will select one (1) Entry for the Prizes described below in Section 8. The winning entrant (the “Winner”) will be selected from among the entrants based upon the level of creativity, originality, marketability, and entertainment value of the associated Material, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor or independent judge, as applicable. Inquiries concerning Entries will not be accepted. The Winners will be contacted using the email addresses and/or telephone numbers provided on the corresponding Entry Forms and may be awarded the Prizes (subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Rules.) Sponsor’s decisions as to the administration and operation of the Promotion and the selection of potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Drawing will be held no later than January 30, 2017. Winners will be notified approximately seven (7) days after the drawing. Failure to respond to the initial verification notification within fourteen (14) days or return of notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts will result in disqualification.

POTENTIAL CONTEST WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE PROMOTION.

  1. VERIFICATION OF POTENTIAL WINNER

Potential Winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential Winners may be required to sign and return to Sponsor, within five (5) days of the date notice is sent, an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited by law) in order to claim their respective Prizes. If a potential Winner of any Prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period or if the Prize or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the potential Winner forfeits the Prize. In the event that a potential Winner of a Prize is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor may award the applicable prize to an alternate Winner from among all remaining eligible Entries.

  1. PRIZES

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a contract to self-publish their submitted manuscript via Fortune Publishing Group which will include the following: Front cover book design, Back cover design, Spine design, ISBN and Bar codes will be generated and registered on behalf of  Author, Typesetting of manuscript to format for print, E-book created along with 20 copies of book in paperback form will be printed in black ink and shipped to the winner. All Cover Designs and typesetting work will be created solely by Fortune Publishing Group and may or may not be based on input from the author. For all Prizes, if applicable: No cash equivalent for the Prize, Prize is non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any listed Prize for one of equal or greater value for any reason. Within sixty (60) days after receiving each Winner’s affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release, Sponsor will mail the winner’s prize(s) via USPS to the address provided therein, if applicable, or follow up via email if prize constitutes a service. Winners are responsible for all taxes and  fees including shipping and handling associated with Prize receipt and/or use and agree to pay them prior to receiving prizes.

One Second Prize winner will be awarded a Voucher entitling entrant to $750 off of Fortune Publishing Group’s Silver, Gold or Platinum Author packages only. Second Prize winner will be determined in part by the amount of social shares and points received via sharing this promotion on social media within their network as indicated by Fortune Publishing Group’s Sweepstakes campaign. Voucher can be used along with the $250 Voucher that all entrants will receive entitling Second Prize Winner to be able to combine Vouchers for a grand total of $1,000.00 off of Fortune Publishing Group’s Silver, Gold or Platinum Author packages only. Voucher is good for a limited time only and will expire on February 28, 2017. Voucher can not be used with any installment agreements. For all Prizes, if applicable: No cash equivalent for the Prize, Prize is non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any listed Prize for one of equal or greater value for any reason. Within seven (7) days after receiving each Winner’s affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release, Sponsor will e-mail the winner’s prize(s) via the e-mail address provided therein, if applicable, or follow up via email if prize constitutes a service. Winners are responsible for all taxes and  fees including shipping and handling associated with Prize receipt and/or use and agree to remit any fees prior to receiving prizes.

One Third Prize winner will be awarded a Voucher entitling entrant to $500 off of Fortune Publishing Group’s Silver, Gold or Platinum Author packages only. Third Prize winner will be determined in part by the amount of social shares and points received via sharing this promotion on social media within their network as indicated by Fortune Publishing Group’s Sweepstakes campaign. Voucher can be used along with the $250 Voucher that all entrants will receive entitling Third Prize Winner to be able to combine Vouchers for a grand total of $750.00 off of Fortune Publishing Group’s Silver, Gold or Platinum Author packages only. Voucher is good for a limited time only and will expire on February 28, 2017. Voucher can not be used with any installment agreements. For all Prizes, if applicable: No cash equivalent for the Prize, Prize is non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any listed Prize for one of equal or greater value for any reason. Within seven (7) days after receiving each Winner’s affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release, Sponsor will e-mail the winner’s prize(s) via the e-mail address provided therein, if applicable, or follow up via email if prize constitutes a service. Winners are responsible for all taxes and  fees including shipping and handling associated with Prize receipt and/or use and agree to remit any fees prior to receiving prizes.

All Entries will receive an emailed voucher entitling entrant to $250 off or up to 10% discount (whichever is higher) off of Fortune Publishing Group’s Silver, Gold or Platinum Author packages only. Voucher is good for a limited time only and will expire on February 28, 2017. For all Prizes, if applicable: No cash equivalent for the Prize, Prize is non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any listed Prize for one of equal or greater value for any reason.

  1. ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE

By entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to the Promotion; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, Prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest and Promotion, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, members, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights arising out of or relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Promotion and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the Material by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the Promotion and/or entrant’s acceptance, use or misuse of Prize.

  1. PUBLICITY

Except where prohibited by law, participation in the Promotion constitutes each Winner’s consent  to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of Winners’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a Winners’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy: http://fortunepublishinggroup.com/privacy-policy

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

You hereby warrant and represent the following:

  • You are the exclusive owner and sole author of the Material, such that the Material is your original creative work and your submission thereof will not infringe, misappropriate or violate the intellectual property, privacy or other rights of any third party; and/or you have obtained prior written authorization to act on behalf of any co-creators of the Material;
  • Neither your execution of this agreement nor your participation of in the Promotion, including your submission of the Material, will conflict with or violate any term or condition of any other agreement to which you are a party, including but not limited to any union or guild regulation;
  • There are no threatened, pending or current claims, actions or lawsuits in connection with the Idea and you agree to notify Fortune Publishing Group immediately upon your notification of any such claims, actions or suits;
  • You are submitting the Material voluntarily on a non-confidential basis;
  • You are at least eighteen (18) years of age; and
  • You have the right, authority, and capacity to enter into this agreement, and you agree to abide and be bound the terms and conditions herein.
  1. CHOICE OF LAW AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION

This agreement shall be deemed to have been entered into and shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland as applied to contracts made and to be performed entirely within Maryland, without giving effect to the state’s conflicts of law statute. Any controversy, dispute or claim arising out of or related to the agreement or your participation in the Promotion shall be settled by an arbitrator, within in the County of Baltimore, State of Maryland, subject to the rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect, except that such arbitration shall be handled by a single arbitrator selected in accordance with such rules and regulations. The arbitrator shall be well acquainted with the entertainment business in the County of Baltimore, and the arbitrator’s decision shall be final and binding. Each party to any arbitration shall bear its own costs, including attorney’s fees. Failure to appear at any arbitration hearing entitles the arbitrator to proceed ex parte.

  1. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

By accepting your Entry, including your submission of the Material, we in no way grant you any additional rights therein or otherwise expand the scope of your rights under applicable copyright laws. You are solely responsible for protecting your rights in the Material, including without limitation, for filing or registering the Material with the Writers Guild of America and/or the United States Copyright Office. However, you retain all rights to the Material itself and any other creative materials submitted to the Promotion.

  1. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

The relationship between you and Fortune Publishing Group is one of independent contractors. Neither party will represent that it has any authority to assume or create any obligation, express or implied, on behalf of the other party, or to represent the other party as agent, employee, or in any other capacity, except as specifically provided herein.

  1. GENERAL CONDITIONS

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. 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 or to be acting in violation of these Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately 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. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

  1. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of Entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any Prize.

  1. ENTRANT’S PERSONAL INFORMATION

Information collected from entrants is subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy which is available here: http://fortunepublishinggroup.com/privacy-policy.