Critique Sweepstakes Official Rules: September 2019

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CARINA PRESS CRITIQUE SWEEPSTAKES (September 2019)

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR RECEIVE PRIZES.

PURCHASE OR ACCEPTANCE OF A PRODUCT OFFER DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. 

How to enter: To participate in the Sweepstakes, visit https://www.carinapress.com/blog/2019/09/first-page-critiques-open-to-submissions/(opens in a new tab)  (the “Promotion Website”) and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the entry form and submit a minimum 400-word, maximum 800-word scene of a story you would like to have critiqued by a Carina Press editor (“Submission”).  No other method of entry will be accepted. The Sweepstakes begins at 9:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on September 11, 2019 and ends at 11:59 PM EDT on September 18, 2019 (the “Promotion Period”). Entries must be received by 11:59 PM EDT on September 18, 2019. The computer of the Sponsor (defined below) is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.  Limit of one (1) entry per person.  If more than one (1) entry is submitted by the same person, only the first eligible entry submitted will be considered.  By entering the Sweepstakes, the entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Harlequin Enterprises Limited (the “Sponsor”) which are final and binding.  A copy of these Official Rules is available online at the Promotion Website.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:  By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants acknowledge and agree that in the event they are selected as a winner, their Submission and the accompanying editorial feedback and critique will be posted publicly online on the Carina Press blog.  In order to be eligible, the Submission must meet the following requirements (collectively, the “Submission Requirements”):

  • Each Submission must fall within one of the following adult romance fiction genres:
  1. Contemporary;
  2. Paranormal;
  3. Romantic Suspense;
  4. Historical;
  5. Science Fiction; or
  6. Fantasy,

and may be of any heat level and may contain same-sex/multiple pairings.

For greater certainty, Submissions targeting the young adult market or younger will not be eligible for critique and commentary;

  • Each Submission shall be in English;
  • Each Submission shall not fall below 400 words or exceed 800 words; and
  • Each Submission shall not have been previously exploited or published (including having been self-published) in any form.

By participating in the Sweepstakes, 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 the Sponsor to use the Submission as contemplated by these Official Rules; (ii) the Submission does not contain any material that is libelous, defamatory, profane or obscene, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion; (iii) the Submission does not contain any material that 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; (iv) the Submission does not contain any material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the Submission is created; (v) 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); (vi) the Sponsor’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; (vii) the Submission has not been previously exploited or published (including having been self-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 the Sponsor hereunder; and (viii) the Submission adheres to the Submission Requirements.

The Sponsor reserves the right to immediately disqualify, without notice, any and all Submissions that do not adhere to the Submission Requirements, as determined in the Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Entrants acknowledge that entries and Submissions are not considered to be submissions to either Carina Press or Harlequin (imprints of the Sponsor) and will be deleted following the close of the Sweepstakes.

Eligibility:  The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence or older as of the time of entry. Void where prohibited. The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes: (i) Professionals (as defined below); (ii) employees of  the  Sponsor or its parent  company,  affiliates,  and/or subsidiaries; (iii) all agencies, entities and persons engaged in the marketing and/or administration of the Sweepstakes; 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, mother, father, brother, sister, son and/or daughter, whether or not they reside in the same household.  Furthermore, the term “Professional” shall mean any person who has had a literary work, in any format (i.e., print or digital), acquired or published by the Sponsor or any of its affiliates (e.g., Harlequin Books S.A., HarperCollins), regardless of whether such person has received any financial compensation in relation to such literary work.  Entries 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). Potential winners may be required to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry.  No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants except with the entrants selected for a Prize (as defined below).

PrizeFour (4) prizes will be awarded consisting of editorial feedback and critique from a Carina Press editor on the Submission to be posted online on the Carina Press blog (the “Prize”).  While the Submission and editorial feedback and critique will be viewable by the public on the Carina Press blog, Sweepstakes winners will be given the choice to select whether the public comment section on the blog posting containing their critiqued Submission shall be open or closed.  Sweepstakes winners will be responsible for all applicable taxes associated with the winner’s acceptance of the Prize and any other expense not explicitly included in the description of the Prize.  The Prize (and any and all portions thereof) must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, assigned, substituted or redeemed for cash, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  In the event that a specific prize item is discontinued or otherwise unavailable, a prize item or cash of equal or greater value may be awarded to the Sweepstakes winner in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of eligible entries received.

Winner Selection and NotificationOn or about September 18, 2019, four (4) potential winners will be selected by a random draw from among all eligible entries received. The potential winners will be notified by e-mail (the “Prize Notification”) and must respond within three (3) days of notification.  The potential winners may be required at the Sponsor’s sole discretion to sign and return (within ten (10) business days of notification) an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release that confirms the potential winner’s: (i) eligibility for the Sweepstakes and compliance with these Official Rules; (ii) acceptance of the Prize as offered; (iii) release of the Releasees (as defined below) from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense arising out of participation in this Sweepstakes, participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity or the acceptance, use, or misuse of the 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; and (iv) consent to Sponsor’s use of his/her name, photograph, likeness, and biographical material in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, for purposes of advertising and publicity relating to the Sweepstakes, without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.  If a potential winner fails to respond within the stated timeline, or if a Prize Notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable, the potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected. To be declared a winner, Canadian resident(s) must correctly answer an arithmetical skill-testing question to be administered by mail, e-mail, or telephone.

Grant of Rights and Waiver of Moral Rights:

By participating in the Sweepstakes and submitting a Submission, the entrant hereby grants to the Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, licensees and assigns, a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, world-wide, non-exclusive license, without compensation, to produce, reproduce, publish, copy, modify, excerpt, reformat, adapt, translate, display, exhibit, distribute, transmit, communicate by telecommunication and otherwise use and re-use the Submission or any portion thereof, by any means, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, for advertising and promotional purposes relating to the Sweepstakes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the entrant acknowledges that the Sponsor has no obligation to use the Submission in any way.  All rights granted to the Sponsor are granted on a non-exclusive basis.  The entrant reserves all rights and uses in and to the Submission not granted to the Sponsor hereunder.

The entrant hereby perpetually and irrevocably waives, in favor of the Sponsor and its affiliates, any so-called moral rights and similar non-assignable rights in and to the Submission, as such rights may presently or in the future exist at law, in equity, or pursuant to other legal systems or theories, anywhere in the world.  Furthermore, the entrant agrees not to institute, support, maintain or authorize any action on the grounds that any exercise of the rights granted to the Sponsor hereunder constitute any infringement of any moral right or similar right.

Conditions:  The Sponsor and its parent company, affiliates and/or subsidiaries, are not responsible for printing, clerical or typographical errors of any kind or nature relating to entries. In no event will the Sponsor be obligated to award more than the stated number of prizes. Each entrant agrees that the Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for damages, injuries or losses of any kind resulting in whole or in part from participation in the Sweepstakes, or from acceptance and/or use or misuse of the Prize. The Sponsor assumes no 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 an entry. The Sponsor is not responsible for damage to any participant’s computer system/software related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in connection with this Sweepstakes. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability in the event that the Sweepstakes cannot be conducted as planned for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to reasons beyond the control of the Sponsor, such as infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes outside the control of the Sponsor which impair or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes. The Sponsor 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 Sweepstakes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS.  SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for undeliverable e-mails resulting from any form of active or passive e-mail filtering by a participant’s Internet service provider and/or e-mail client or for insufficient space in participant’s e-mail account to receive e-mail. Sweepstakes is void, in whole or part, where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable laws and regulations.

Release and Indemnity:

By participating in the Sweepstakes, the entrant hereby releases and discharges the Sponsor, its parent company, subsidiaries, and affiliated entities, and each of their respective employees, directors, officers, suppliers, agents and administrators (collectively, the “Releasees”), from and against any and all claims, actions, liabilities, judgments, damages, penalties, and expenses of any kind (including legal fees) in any way arising from or in relation to the entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or the Sponsor’s use of the Submission, including but not limited to causes of action relating to libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, or infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights.

Furthermore, by participating in the Sweepstakes, the entrant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, its parent company, subsidiaries, and affiliated entities, and each of their respective employees, directors, officers, suppliers, agents and administrators (collectively, the “Indemnitees”), from and against any and all claims, actions, liabilities, judgments, damages, penalties, and expenses of any kind (including legal fees) in any way arising from or in relation to the entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or the Sponsor’s use of the Submission, including but not limited to causes of action relating to libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, or infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights.

Privacy and Use of Personal Information:  By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant consents to the Sponsor’s collection and use of the entrant’s name, e-mail address, phone number, mailing address, photograph and likeness (“Personal Information”) for the purpose of administering the Sweepstakes (including but not limited to contacting and announcing the winner) and for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Sweepstakes, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law. The Sponsor 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 the Sponsor’s privacy policy located online at: www.Harlequin.com.

Termination:  Subject to any governmental approval which may be required, the Sponsors reserve the right to terminate or suspend the Sweepstakes, 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 Sweepstakes is terminated or suspended, the Sponsors will select winners from all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to such action. In the event that the Official Rules are amended, all entries received prior to such action which were eligible according to the original Official Rules will be deemed eligible.

Winner’s List: To receive the official name of the winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope, between September 18, 2019 and October 1, 2019 to: Carina Press Critique Sweepstakes Winner (September 2019), c/o Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 22 Adelaide Street East, 41st Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E3.

Sponsor:  Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 22 Adelaide Street East, 41st Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E3..

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