The MeeGenius Author Challenge 2014 encourages aspiring authors to write and submit an original story book for children.

What can I win?

Grand Prize

A grand prize of an eBook publishing contract on the MeeGenius proprietary publishing platform (based on MeeGenius’ standard form of publishing agreement will be awarded to encourage the writing of eBooks for children and a cash prize of $1,500.

The Challenge prize is not substitutable or transferable, except at the sole discretion of MeeGenius. All taxes and other expenses, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner. This Challenge is void where prohibited or otherwise regulated. All federal, state and local laws apply.

Who can enter?

You are eligible if you are 18 years of age or older as of the date you enter and are a legal United States resident residing in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia during the competition. Entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry. This Challenge is governed exclusively by the laws of the United States. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

You are not eligible to enter and will be disqualified if you are a previous Grand Prize winner of any MeeGenius contest, an author with books already published through MeeGenius, or an employee of MeeGenius, Inc. or its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, or a member of the immediate family (parent, children, siblings, spouse, regardless of where they live) or same household of such employees (whether related or not).

How do I enter?

Online entries only. Go to www.meegenius.com/challenge and submit your story using the online entry form, filling in all requested information completely. We will accept submissions for both pictures books and chapter books, as follows:

  • Picture Books. For picture books, the entire manuscript for your story should be submitted. Please do not submit illustrations (see below).
    • Length. Picture book stories should be between 15 and 40 pages in length and under 500 words total.
    • Formatting for Picture Books
      • Please make sure to download the Example Manuscript, which demonstrates the proper formatting for your entry. Entries that do not follow this formatting may be disqualified.
      • Triple-space between pages, and label the page number in the manuscript (please see the example manuscript).
      • No text formatting, all of the type should be the same size and style.
  • Chapter Books, Early Readers, and Short Stories. Please submit only the first chapter of the book as well as a detailed outline of the entire story. All entries that are submitted must have the capability of being expanded into a series of chapter books. (If you have more chapters written, we would love to take a look but the winner will be selected based only on the first chapter.)
    • Length. Chapter books and short stories should be up to 80 pages in length in their entirety (this does not need to correlate with the number of pages in Microsoft Word).
    • Formatting for Chapter Books
      • Each page should be roughly 250-350 words per page.
      • Double-space between pages, and label the page number in the manuscript.
      • Clearly label the chapters in a table of contents and within the book itself.
      • Do not double or triple space between your sentences.
      • No text formatting, all of the type should be the same size and style. Bold and italic are acceptable.

Please do not submit any illustrations with your manuscript. MeeGenius reserves the right to provide an illustrator and to illustrate any entry in its sole discretion. Any entries submitted with illustrations will not be disqualified but the illustrations may not be used and will not be taken into account in the selection of the Grand Prize Winner.

All electronic entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on July 13, 2014. Entrants may be notified between July 13 and July 29, 2014 as submissions are evaluated by MeeGenius staff. Final Challenge results will be announced on the MeeGenius Web site on or around September 16, 2014.

Each electronic entry should be submitted only once. Stories submitted to MeeGenius Inc. may not be submitted to other publishers or literary agents while under consideration for the prize. Stories previously submitted to MeeGenius are not eligible.

Authors may submit up to two (2) story manuscripts to the Challenge. Each submission must meet all eligibility requirements. Use of automated processes and devices to submit electronic entries are not permitted. MeeGenius is not responsible for any changes or effects caused to the entrant's computer system as a result of submitting electronic entries.

Only entries submitted via the website electronic form will be accepted. Entries submitted via facsimile, mail or other method of delivery will NOT be accepted. MeeGenius is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or otherwise undeliverable submissions, or submissions that cannot be processed due to phone, network, electronic or computer hardware or software failure, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, web site, Internet or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause), failed, incomplete, garbles, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the Challenge, or technical failures of any kind, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Challenge or downloading any materials in this Challenge.

By submitting your story, you accept all contest rules and agree to be bound by the decisions of MeeGenius, which will be final. You also agree that if you are selected as a Grand Prize winner, MeeGenius reserves the right to publish and use all or a part of your entry as an eBook and for other uses as described and provided for in the MeeGenius Standard Form of Publishing Agreement, Even if you are not a winner, MeeGenius reserves the right to publish and use all or a part of your entry as an eBook and for other uses as described and provided for in the MeeGenius Standard Form of Publishing Agreement, in which case you may be contacted separately with an acceptance of your entry for publication purposes only. If you are not a winner or separately contacted about publication by December 31, 2014, all rights in your submission fully revert back to you and you retain full rights to your submission.

MeeGenius will be collecting personal data about participants online, in accordance with its privacy policy. Please review MeeGenius' Privacy Policy at www.meegenius.com/about/privacy and User Terms and Conditions at www.meegenius.com/about/terms. By participating in the Challenge, entrants agree to MeeGenius’ collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted MeeGenius' Privacy Policy and User Terms and Conditions.

Author Guidelines; How will entries be judged?

All entries must be the fully original creations of the entrants and be appropriate story/content. In the case of picture books, the story and content should be appropriate for children ages 2 to 8. In the case of chapter books and short stories, the story and content should be appropriate for children ages 7 to 12. Entries will be judged by MeeGenius and its editorial staff based on the following criteria:

  • Emotional connection
  • Writing quality
  • Uniqueness
  • In the case of picture books, read-aloud potential

MeeGenius will disqualify any entries with language, themes or content inappropriate for children. MeeGenius may also disqualify any content which we determine, in its sole discretion, resembles or directly copies or reproduces previously published stories, such as, but not limited to, those in publication, in magazines, from publishing companies, on major book or children’s story websites and winners in national contests.

Up to ten (10) picture books will be chosen as finalists and up to ten (10) chapter books will be chosen as finalists. Two MeeGenius-published authors invited by MeeGenius and the MeeGenius editorial staff will choose one Grand Prize winner from the up to twenty (20) picture and chapter books selected as finalists.

By entering, entrants are representing, warranting and certifying (and, upon MeeGenius’ request, agree to represent, warrant and certify in a sworn affidavit or other writing) that their respective entries are their own fully original creations, have not been published, publicized or submitted elsewhere for consideration or publication, and have not won another contest, and further that their respective entries (including but not limited to any other materials of such entrants that may be integrated into their entries) will not infringe or violate the rights of any third parties, including but not limited to copyrights, trademarks and/or rights of publicity/privacy.

Without limiting the foregoing, MeeGenius reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge should a virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other cause beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Challenge as determined by MeeGenius in its sole discretion. In such cases, MeeGenius shall have right, if it so determines in its sole discretion, to select the Grand Prize Winner from all eligible entries received previously. MeeGenius reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or website or violates the Challenge rules. All decisions by MeeGenius will be final.

Please note that any attempt by any entrant to deliberately damage the MeeGenius website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge may be a violation of criminal or civil laws and should such an attempt be made, MeeGenius reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

Entrant also acknowledges that, once posted, his or her entry will be viewable and may be used and reproduced by the general public as well as others, including without limitation Internet-based search engines, archival services, and others, and MeeGenius shall have no responsibility or obligation to any entrant to prevent any third party from using his or her entry or publicity rights in any manner or format that the posting thereof on the Internet may permit or result in.

By participating, entrants (including any finalists and the Grand Prize winner) agree to release and hold harmless MeeGenius, Inc. and its suppliers, advertising and promotion agencies and its parents, investors, principals, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors, from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in Challenge, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Challenge-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery. If MeeGenius, in its sole discretion, has reason to believe that any entry contains any material that may infringe or violate the rights of a third party, MeeGenius may take all other measures MeeGenius may deem appropriate to protect its interests.

In case of dispute as to the identity of any entrant, entry will be declared made by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the email address submitted at time of entry. The "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. Any potential winner may be requested to provide MeeGenius with proof that such winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry.

What happens if I win?

If you are chosen as a finalist, you will be notified on or around July 25, 2014 via email and/or phone. Finalists, to be eligible as a potential winner of the Grand Prize, will be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a publicity release. Any finalist who has not or fails to comply with the requirements of these rules or cannot be easily located at the email and/or phone number provided may forfeit such finalist status and will not be considered for Grand Prize winner and an alternate winner may be selected. If you are chosen as a Grand Prize winner, you must reply within three (3) business days of notification by email and/or phone number. The finalists and Grand Prize Winner will be announced or posted on the Internet at www.meegenius.com and elsewhere and the Grand Prize Winner will be announced and posted no later than September 30, 2014. After accepting prize, the Grand Prize winner will not be eligible to win another prize in a subsequent MeeGenius contest, challenge or competition. All federal, state, and local taxes, if any, are the winner’s sole responsibility. Prizes are not transferrable and cannot be assigned.

MEEGENIUS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL THE CHALLENGE OR ANY ASPECT OF THIS PROMOTION AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION.

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