Official "LeBlanc Challenge" Contest Rules NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, QUEBEC AND WHERE PROHIBITED.
ELIGIBILITY. The LeBlanc Challenge ("Challenge") is open to legal residents of the U.S. who are age 13 and up and who have Internet access at the time of entry. Employees and contractors of Sponsor and all others associated with the development and execution of this Challenge and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. All federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply.
SPONSOR. Sponsor is Deborah LeBlanc, P.O. Box 92180, Lafayette, Louisiana 70509 ("Sponsor").
TERM. The Challenge begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 10, 2009 Central Standard Time (CST) and ends August 01, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. CST ("Term").
AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES. Participation in the Challenge constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and all decisions of Sponsor.
HOW TO COMPETE. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. To enter, entrant must register by visiting www.theleblancchallenge.com and completing the registration form with the required information, including your name, zip code, date of birth, telephone number, e-mail address, and high school information if applicable. Entrant must have read the novels, Water Witch (ISBN 0-8439-6039-6) and There Be Dragons (ISBN 1-6054-2071-9), in order to compete. To participate without purchase, copies of the novel are available at public libraries across Canada and the United States. If your local public library does not carry a copy of either or both novels, ask the librarian to order copies from either their local book distributor or from Dorchester Publishing, 200 Madison Ave, New York, New York, 10016. (1-800-481-9191) (Water Witch) Or Medallion Press, 1020 Cedar Avenue, Suite 216 St. Charles, Illinois 60174. (1-630-513-8316) (There Be Dragons) After reading, entrant must then successfully answer a series of 192 multiple-choice questions (2 "Quizzes") regarding the novels. Each entrant will have to answer 96 questions related to Water Witch and 96 questions related to There Be Dragons. To begin each Quiz, entrant must click the BEGIN Challenge link near the image of the cover of Water Witch. The screen then will display eight scene titles from this novel. Each scene will feature a flash scene with one question which must be answered correctly; answers for this question may be chosen until the correct answer is selected and this flash scene question will not be scored. After the flash scene question is answered, entrant must answer all 12 multiple choice questions for that scene before moving on to the next scene. Entrant must move on to seven additional scenes and answer one flash scene question and all 12 multiple choice questions for each scene. After this portion of the Quiz, the entrant will be asked to answer an essay ("Essay" or "Essays") question related to the novel. The Essay answer must be at least 200 words but no greater than 250 words in length and must be submitted using the form provided on the Challenge Site. Once the entrant has completed the essay answer for Water Witch, they must then answer 96 questions from the novel There Be Dragons. The screen will display eight scene titles from this novel. Each scene will feature a flash scene with one question which must be answered correctly; answers for this question may be chosen until the correct answer is selected and this flash scene question will not be scored. After the flash scene question is answered, entrant must answer all 12 multiple choice questions for that scene. Entrant must move on to seven additional scenes and answer the flash scene question and all 12 questions for each scene. After this portion of the Quiz, the entrant will be asked to answer an essay ("Essay" or "Essays") question related to the novel Water Witch. The Essay answer must be at least 200 words but no greater than 250 words and must be submitted using the form provided on the Challenge Site. The Essays will be judged according to the judging criteria discussed below. Entrant may not change an answer after it has been submitted. There is only one correct answer per Quiz question.
By entering the Challenge, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted Essays are original works created solely by the entrant. Entrant understands that, upon entry, his or her Essays will become the property of the Sponsor. No facsimiles, mechanical reproductions, alterations or forged entries will be accepted.
Entries must be received by August 01, 2010. If an entrant has requested a copy of one or both books from a public library and the book reaches the library on or after August 01, 2010 the entrant will be given an additional five (5) days from receipt of the book by the library to submit his/her entry. This late submission must be accompanied by a letter addressed from said public library that states and verifies that the book was received on or after August 01, 2010.
CHALLENGE PRIZES. Sponsor will award the following prizes:
Grand Prize--One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected. The Grand Prize consists of an award of $5,000 USD that will be awarded to the Grand Prize Winner. In addition, the Grand Prize Winner will be able to choose a public school for Sponsor to award a separate $1,000 USD cash gift. This $1000 USD cash gift must be used for the purchase of text and/or library books.
Although the Grand Prize award of $5000 can be spent in any manner the winner chooses, if said winner chooses to place the prize money into a college fund, Sponsor will work with the University of the winner’s choice to help set up a matching funds program, the objective being to double the winner’s college fund. Should the Grand Prize winner choose this course of action, then, once enrolled in said University, displays a dedication to education through his or her grades (Min. 3.0 GPA,) and attendance, Sponsor will fund the tuition for a subsequent semester and will continue to do so as long as the winner maintains the required GPA and consistent attendance, until a four-year college degree has been earned.
Second Prize: One (1) Second Prize Winner will be selected. The Second Prize consists of a desktop computer.
Third Prize Winner: One (1) Third Prize Winner will be selected. The Third Prize consists of a $275 USD gift certificate from the bookstore of winner's choice.
Fourth Prize Winner: One (1) Fourth Prize Winner will be selected. The Fourth Prize consists of a $175 USD gift certificate from the bookstore of winner's choice.
Fifth Prize Winner: One (1) Fifth Prize Winner will be selected. The Fifth Prize consists of a $75 USD gift certificate from the bookstore of winner's choice.
Sixth Prize Winner: One (1) Sixth Prize Winner will be selected. The Sixth Prize consists of a $50 USD gift certificate from the bookstore of winner's choice.
Seventh Prize Winners: Four (4) Seventh Prize Winners will be selected. Each Seventh Prize consists of a $25 USD gift certificate from the bookstore of winner's choice.
LIMIT ONE PRIZE PER PERSON. Gift certificates may be redeemed at participating retail locations in the United States, or for purchases made at their websites. Winner is solely responsible for any and all applicable taxes and costs associated with prize receipt and redemption not specifically included in the prize description. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, shipping, handling, taxes, customs duties (if applicable), and any other incidental expenses related to redemption will be the responsibility of the winner. Except where prohibited by law, potential winners are required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release and return these documents to the Sponsor during the required time. Prizes won by minors will only be awarded if a parent or legal guardian signs and returns all required documents. If a potential Grand Prize winner (1) does not wish to claim the applicable prize; (2) is ineligible; or (3) if the potential Grand Prize winner did not complete and return required the Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release at the time of prize notification, the potential winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize and Sponsor will select as the alternate winner the entrant with the next-highest score based on the judging criteria. No prize transfer, assignment or substitution by winners is permitted. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. Sponsor reserves the right to increase the pool of prizes. Winner is solely responsible for any and all applicable taxes and costs associated with prize receipt and redemption not specifically included in the prize description. Odds of winning depend on the skill of the entrant and the number of eligible entries received.
JUDGING. The Challenge will be judged, and a winner determined, based on entrants' performance in the two phases of the Challenge: (1) Quizzes and (2) Essays. Each entry will be evaluated by three Judges, who are published authors and/or literary agents ("Judges"), based on the following criteria:
1. Obtaining 50% or higher on the Quiz...25%
2. Utilization of proper grammar....25%
3. Adhering to the topic of the question...25%
4. Creativity in the essay....25%
In the event of a tie, the Judges will select the winner based upon the entrant with the highest percentage points in (1) and (2). All decisions of Judges are final.
WINNER NOTIFICATION. Winner(s) will be chosen on or about August 01, 2010 and notified by e-mail or telephone by August 06, 2010. If prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. Sponsor is not responsible for any non-intentional, incorrect or inaccurate information associated with the Challenge or for any technical or human error that may occur in the administration of the Challenge. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in the operation or transmission of any entry, or the destruction, unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer networks, servers or computer network providers, computer equipment, software, hardware, e-mail or any combination thereof, including injury or damage to entrants or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this Challenge. If, for any reason, the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Challenge is corrupted, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole and exclusive discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge. Sponsor is not responsible for any injury to person or property in relation to this Challenge. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CHALLENGE IS A VIOLATION OF STATE AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SPONSOR MAY SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY ENTRANT OR OTHER PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS FEES, COURT COSTS AND EXPENSES).
BY RECEIPT OF ANY PRIZE, WINNER(S) AGREE TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE. All material submitted by the entrant is the sole property of Sponsor and such material will not be returned.
CONDITIONS. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines that the Essay is not the entrant's own original work, of if the Essay is counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.
Entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Sponsor is final on all matters relating to the Challenge; (c) if he/she wins, that Sponsor may use the winning photographs and each winner's name, photograph, likeness and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Challenge or future promotions without compensation or approval (except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor, in her sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another winner. In case of unavailability of prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize with one of equal or greater value.
RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CHALLENGE. If for any reason the Challenge is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration of this Challenge, Sponsor reserves the right, in her sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Challenge. If Sponsor elects to cancel or terminate the Challenge, Sponsor will not retain any rights in the submitted essays.
WINNERS LIST & OFFICIAL RULES. Entrants are responsible for complying with these Official Rules. Winners' names and the Official Rules will be available online at www.theleblancchallenge.com shortly after 2008-2009 Challenge. For names of winners send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The LeBlanc Challenge: P.O. Box 92180, Lafayette, Louisiana 70509 (Residents of Vermont need not include postage).