THE DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD 
SECOND ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST FOR CHILDREN

 Grand prize winner receives $1,500 
 
worth of Kane Miller and Usborne books for
 
a school or community library of their choice

 and

the 30 top poems will be published 
 
by Kane Miller Books in a free e-book!

 

FOR: Students in 3rd through 8th Grade

WHEN: September 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014

WHAT: Write an original biographical poem and a non-fiction paragraph about someone who not only dreamed, but took action and made the world a better place.

HOW:   Email the submission along with the following information to daretodreamchangetheworld@gmail.com

Student’s first name

Student’s age and grade

Student’s email address

Parent’s or legal guardian’s email address

Name of student’s school and state of residence

Subject line of email must be “DARE TO DREAM Writing Contest.”

Names of winners will be posted on this website by June 1, 2014.

 

Click HERE to see 2013 WINNERS 
 

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OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

1. HOW TO ENTER: This Contest begins 12:01 a.m. EST on September 1, 2013, and ends 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30, 2014. 

Email an original biographical poem and a non-fiction paragraph about someone who not only dreamed, but took action and made the world a better place. 

Include the following information and send to daretodreamchangetheworld@gmail.com

Student’s first name

Student’s age and grade

Student’s email address

Parent’s or legal guardian’s email address

Name of student’s school and state of residence

Subject line of email must be “DARE TO DREAM Writing Contest.”

Limit one entry per person or e-mail account. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible or incomplete entries, or those not received for any reason. Entries become sole property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned. By entering, Entrant warrants that the entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party, (2) has not been published in any medium and (3) has not won an award.

2. JUDGING: All entries will be judged by professional poets including Jill Corcoran, editor of DARE TO DREAM…CHANGE THE WORLD (Kane Miller, 2012), based on the following criteria: creativity and originality (50%), use of language and factually correct research  (25%) and appropriateness to Contest theme (25%). In the event of a tie, an additional “tie-breaker” judge will determine the Winner from among all such tied entries using the judging criteria above. Sponsor reserves the right to choose fewer than one Winner and 29 Finalists if, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible and/or qualified entries is received. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winner will be notified by e-mail and must respond within ten days as described in Rule 5.

3. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are elementary or middle school students in 3rd through 8th grade at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor, its promotional partners and their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible.

4. PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE: Our judge will select thirty (30) Semifinalists from which one (1) Grand-Prize Winner and twenty-nine (29) Finalists will be chosen. The one Grand-Prize Winner will receive $1,500 worth of Usborne and/or Kane Miller books (approximate value $1,500) that they must gift to either their school library or a community library of their choice. All Semifinalists as well as the Grand-Prize winner agree to allow Kane Miller and EDC Publishing to publish their book as a free ebook to be made available by Kane Miller and EDC Publishing. Kane Miller and EDC Publishing retain complete and total discretion of where and when they will distribute the free ebook. All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the Winner. ALL TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.

5. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: No transfer, assignment or substitution of a prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal or greater value at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Nothing in these official Contest rules shall obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. By entering, Entrant represents that any poem and other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such poem and other materials. In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted poem, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law). Potential Winner and Finalists, and their respective parents or legal guardians, as a condition of receiving any prize, also may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and, where legally permissible, a Publicity Release and Confirmation of a License as set forth above within 10 days following the date of first attempted notification, certifying, among other things, the following: (a) entry does not defame or invade the privacy of any party; (b) entry does not infringe upon the rights of any third party; and (c) the poem and other materials submitted are original and have never been published, and entry has never won an award. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use Winner’s or Finalists’ names and/or likenesses, biographical information, and poems for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. By entering and/or accepting prize, Entrants, Winners and Finalists agree to hold Sponsor and its promotional partners, its directors, officers, employees and assigns harmless for liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse, or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the Entrant ineligible. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant, prizewinner or finalist if either commits or has committed any act, or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence, which the Sponsor deems likely to subject the Sponsor, Entrant or Winner to ridicule, scandal or contempt, or which reflects unfavorably upon the Sponsor in any way. If such information is discovered by Sponsor after a winner or finalist has received notice of his or her prize and before the prize is awarded, Sponsor may rescind the prize in its entirety. If a portion of his/her prize has already been awarded, Sponsor may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize.

6. INTERNET: Sponsor is not responsible for lost or late entries, nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions, or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor or Presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. CAUTION: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent of the law. If there is a dispute as to the identity of the Entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the e-mail address. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person to whom the e-mail address is assigned.

7. GOVERNING LAW: This Contest is governed by the internal laws of the state of California without regard to principles of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this Contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the city of California, without recourse to class action suits.

8. SEVERABILITY: If any provision of these Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.

9. WINNER’S LIST: For names of the Winner and Finalists, log on to www.daretodreamchangetheworld.com (on June 1, 2014, available for a period of at least 10 days).

10. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is Educational Development Corporation and Kane Miller Books.