Official Rules

MIKELLE DESIGN HAPPY ELEPHANT CONTEST WRITING CONTEST AND GIVEAWAY

OFFICIAL RULES

 

1. HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST.

 A.  TELL US IN 1-3 PAGES (750 WORDS OR LESS), YOUR VERSION OF “WHAT MADE THE ELEPHANT HAPPY”.  SUBMISSIONS MAY BE A SHORT STORY, POEM, OR SONG.  ONLY THESE FORMATS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CONTEST.  (I.E. VISUAL OR AUDIOVISUAL WORKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED NOR ARE WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS OVER 3 PAGES IN LENGTH (AROUND 750 WORDS)).  LIMIT FIVE ENTRIES PER PERSON.

B. BY CLICKING ON THE AGREEMENT BOX ON THE OFFICIAL MIKELLE DESIGN HAPPY ELEPHANT WRITING CONTEST ENTRY FORM, YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREED TO THE CONTEST RULES.  YOU ALSO AGREE THAT MIKELLE DESIGN HAS A LIMITED LICENSE THAT ALLOWS MIKELLE DESIGN TO PUBLISH THE ENTRANT’S WORK IN ANY MEDIUM WITHOUT ANY TIME/DATE RESTRICTIONS.  YOU RETAIN ALL RIGHTS IN AND TO THE COPYRIGHT, BUT YOU DO GRANT MIKELLE DESIGN PERMISSION TO USE ALL OR ANY PORTION OF YOUR WORK IN ANY MANNER.

C. MIKELLE DESIGN WILL ACCEPT EMAIL ENTRIES ONLY USING THE OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM FOUND AT WWW.MIKELLEDESIGN.COM.  THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS 11:59PM MARCH 15, 2012.

D. YOU MAY SUBMIT UP TO FIVE (5) SUBMISSIONS OF DIFFERENT WORKS PER ENTRANT.  EACH SUBMISSION REQUIRES AN ENTRY FEE OF $5.00, WHICH WILL GO TO THE mik-ellephant SANCTUARY FUND for elephants.  PAYMENT OF THE $5.00 FEE MUST BE THROUGH PAYPAL.

E. THERE ARE TWO CATEGORIES FOR ENTRIES: (1) 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER, AND (2) 17 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER. ENTRANTS 17 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER MUST PUT “17 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER” IN THE TITLE OF SUBMISSION.  MINORS MUST BE ENTERED BY THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

2.  ENTRIES:  RIGHTS OF MIKELLE DESIGN.

 MIKELLE DESIGN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST, LATE, MISDIRECTED OR ILLEGIBLE ENTRIES.  EACH ENTRANT NON-EXCLUSIVELY AND IRREVOCABLY LICENSES TO MIKELLE DESIGN THE RIGHT TO USE ANY SUBMISSION IN MIKELLE DESIGN’S PUBLICITY.  MIKELLE DESIGN IS AUTHORIZED TO USE SUBMITTED ENTRIES AS IT SEES FIT, INCLUDING USAGE IN MARKETING, PROMOTION AND ADVERTISING.  MIKELLE DESIGN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REPRODUCE THE SUBMISSION IN FULL, OR TO MODIFY OR EDIT THE SUBMISSION AT IT’S SOLE DISCRETION.  ALL ENTRANTS HEREBY GRANT PERMISSION FOR MIKELLE DESIGN TO USE THEIR NAME, LIKENESS AND VOICE FOR ADVERTIZING AND PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES BY MIKELLE DESIGN WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION OR CONSENT.

3.  JUDGING.

THE DECISION OF THE JUDGES IS FINAL.   THE JUDGING WILL BE BASED ON THE CONCEPT OF THE WRITTEN SHORT STORY, POEM, OR SONG LYRICS AS WELL AS THE WRITING ABILITY.  SONGS/MUSICAL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED BASED ON LYRICAL CONTENT ONLY.  ALL SUBMISSIONS WILL BE JUDGED TOGETHER. JUDGING WILL DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES: 1) 18 YEARS OLD AND OLDER AND 2) 17 YEARS OLD AND UNDER. PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED IN EACH AGE CATEGORY.

4.  PRIZES.

EACH CATEGORY WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING PRIZES: FIRST PLACE PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL EDITION 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND HAPPY ELEPHANT NECKLACE AND A SIGNED EDITION OF NICK BRANDT’S PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE TITLED, ON THIS EARTH, A SHADOW FALLS.  APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE OF PRIZE:  $1200.00.

ALL PRIZES ARE CONTINGENT UPON COMPLIANCE WITH THE CONTEST RULES. PROOF OF AGE IS REQUIRED FOR THE WINNERS OF 17 YEAR OLD AND UNDER CATEGORY.  PRIZES CANNOT BE REDEEMED FOR CASH OR ANY OTHER GOODS OR SERVICES. PRIZES FOR MINORS WILL BE AWARDED TO MINORS’ PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

5.  WINNER.

 TWO FINALISTS WILL BE SELECTED AND WILL BE NOTIFIED EITHER BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 15, 2012.  FINALISTS WILL SIGN A RELEASE ALLOWING USE OF ANY AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPING SURROUNDING FINALIST’S SELECTION TO BE USED AT MIKELLE DESIGN’S DISCRETION.

6.  COPYRIGHT.

EACH ENTRY MUST BE THE ENTRANT’S ORIGINAL WORK AND CANNOT BE SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR TO OR A DERIVATIVE COPY OF ANOTHER’S WORK. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY TO THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT, OR THE ENTRANT’S LEGAL GUARDIAN, CERTIFIES THAT THE ENTRANT HOLDS ALL RIGHTS TO THEIR SUBMITTED WORK.  IF THE ENTRANT’S WORK HAS BEEN PREVIOUS PUBLISHED, ENTRANT WILL DISCLOSE ANY PUBLISHER’S COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS.

 7.  GIVEAWAY DRAWING.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

 A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST OR IN DETERMINING THE WINNER.

8.  DRAWING.

FOR THOSE ANY ENTRANTS/PARTICIPANTS IN THE DRAWING FOR THE 18K DIAMOND HAPPY ELEPHANT NECKLACE BASED ON $10 PURCHASE OF A HAPPY ELEPHANT DIRECTLY FROM MIKELLE DESIGN DURING THE DATES OF AUGUST 28TH 2011 AND JANUARY 15TH, 2012, THE WINNER WILL BE RANDOMLY SELECTED ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 22, 2012.  THIS DRAWING DOES NOT INCLUDE ANYONE WHO PURCHASES NECKLACES FROM STORES OTHER THAN MIKELLE DESIGN.

9.  ENTRY WITHOUT DONATION.

TO ENTER BY MAIL: ON A 3″X5″ CARD HAND PRINT YOUR FULL NAME, COMPLETE HOME ADDRESS INCLUDING ZIP CODE, HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER WITH AREA CODE, E-MAIL ADDRESS (IF AVAILABLE), AND MAIL IN A FIRST CLASS STAMPED ENVELOPE TO MIKELLE DESIGNS, HAPPY ELEPHANT DRAWING ENTRY REQUEST, ANSONIA STATION P.O. BOX 230379, N.Y, N.Y,10023.  EACH PROPERLY COMPLETED AND RECEIVED CARD WILL RECEIVE ONE ENTRY.  EACH CARD MUST BE MAILED INDIVIDUALLY.  NO PHOTOCOPIES, FACSIMILES OR MECHANICAL REPRODUCTIONS OF CARDS PERMITTED.  NO METERED MAIL WILL BE ACCEPTED.  ENVELOPES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JANUARY 15, 2012 AND RECEIVED BY JANUARY 21, 2012. ONE ENTRY ALLOWED PER PERSON.

10.  ELIGIBILITY.

THIS PROMOTION IS OPEN TO ALL AGES, PROVIDED THAT ANY MINOR’S ENTRY IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE MINOR’S LEGAL GUARDIAN’S CONSENT AND IS SUBMITTED BY THE LEGAL GUARDIAN.  EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF MIKELLE DESIGN AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILIES OR MEMBERS OF HOUSEHOLD (PARENTS, CHILDREN, SIBLINGS, SPOUSE) ARE NOT ELIBIBLE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

11.  DONATION.

ALL PARTICIPANTS OF BOTH THE CONTEST AND THE DRAWING, ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY ARE NOT PERSONALLY DONATING TO ANY ORGANIZATION (I.E. THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY, BIG LIFE FOUNDATION, THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST, ETC.) AND THAT NO PORTION OF THEIR ENTRANCE FEE OR JEWELRY PURCHASE IS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.   ENTRANCE FEES FOR THE WRITING CONTEST MINUS ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS (PAYPAL AND/OR CREDIT CARD HANDLING FEES) AND $10 OF THE PURCHASE OF EACH HAPPY ELEPHANT NECKLACE IS BEING DONATED TO VARIOUS ELEPHANT CHARITIES BY MIKELLE DESIGN.

12. GENERAL.

BY ENTER, ALL PARTICIPANTS RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS MIKELLE DESIGN AND ITS RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, SUCCESSORS, SHARHOLDERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, ONE AND ALL, FROM ALL LIABILITY (INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES AND COSTS) REGARDING PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST AND RECEIPT OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZES AWARDED.  ODDS OF WINNING WILL VARY DEPENDENT UPON THE NUMBER OF VALID ENTRIES RECEIVED.  ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES (IF ANY) ON PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSILBILITY OF THE WINNERS.  BY ENTERING, EACH PARTICIPANT AGREES TO ABIDE BY AND BE BOUND BY THESE RULES AND THE DECISIONS OF THE SPONSOR WHICH ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL RESPECTS.  ANY DISPUTES ARISING UNDER THIS PROMOTION MUST FIRST BE BROUGHT TO MEDIATION THROUGH VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS.  IF MEDIATION IS NOT SUCCESSFUL, DISPUSTES SHALL BE GOVERNED BY NEW YORK LAW, AND MUST BE BROUGHT IN THE STATE OF FEDERAL COURT LOCATED IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK, MIKELLE DESIGN SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR TECHNICAL, PICTORIAL, TYPOGRAPICAL OR EDITORIAL ERRORS IN THESE RULES OR OTHER MATERIALS RELATION TO THE CONTEST.  MIKELLE DESIGN RESERVES THE RIGHT AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION TO DISQUALIFY ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO TAMPERS WITH THE ENTRY PROCESS AND VOID ANY ENTRIES SUBMITTED FRAUDULENTLY, TO MODIFY OR SUSPEND THE CONTEST, OR TO TERMINATE THE CONTEST.