POCKET STAR WRITING CONTEST (“Writing Contest”) OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR RECEIVE PRIZES. PURCHA-SE OR ACCEPTANCE OF A PRODUCT OFFER DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

How to enter: During the Story Submission Phase (as set out below), visit Wattpad.com/XOXOConnects (the “Contest Website”) for instructions on how to enter the Writing Contest by creating a Wattpad account and submitting one (1) eligible story (see Submission Requirements below) suitable for publication under the Pocket Star imprint (each, a “Story”), published by Pocket Star an affiliate of Pocket Books (collec-tively, “Simon & Schuster”). Publisher Pocket Star is, and shall be referred to herein, as the “Sponsor”. There are no fees associated with the creation of a Wattpad ac-count. Stories that do not comply with the Submission Requirements set out below will be disqualified. The Writing Contest begins at 12:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on October 9, 2015 and ends at 7:59 PM EDT on October 21, 2015 (the “Con-test Period”).

The Writing Contest consists of the following three (3) phases:

Phase Start Date(at 12:01 AM GMT) – End Date (at 7:59 PM GMT)
Story Submission Phase October 9, 2015 – October 18, 2015
Story Voting Phase October 19, 2015 – October 21, 2015
Top 5 Stories Judging Phase October 22, 2015 – October 23, 2015

Wattpad’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Writing Contest. A fee is not required to enter the Writing Contest.

All Stories must be received only as directed on the Contest Website by [11:50] GMT on October 18, 2015 (each an “Entry”). Stories will only be accepted online. A copy of these Official Rules can be viewed online at Wattpad.com/xoxoconnects. 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. Entries will not be returned to the entrant. By entering the Writing Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Of-ficial Rules. In the event of a dispute regarding any aspect of the Writing Contest, the Sponsor will make the final ruling in its sole discretion. Such ruling shall be final and binding, and no communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants regarding such ruling(s) unless otherwise required by law.

Submission Requirements: In order to be eligible, entrants must be a registered user of XOXOAfterDark.com and the Story must meet the following requirements (collective-ly, the “Submission Requirements”):

(a) Each Story must adhere to the writing guidelines for a novella under the Pocket Star imprint (the “Imprint”). Writing guidelines for the Imprint are available online at: Wattpad.com/XOXOConnects

(b) Each Story shall be in English;

(c) The Story shall adhere to the specific length requirements set out in the writing guideline for the Imprint (maximum 2,000 words); and

(d) The Story shall be submitted as directed on the Contest Website. Entrants who submitted the Top 5 Stories (as defined below) shall also be asked to email their Story as directed by the Sponsor.

By participating in the Writing Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (i) the Story 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 Story as contemplated by these Official Rules; (ii) the Story does not contain any material that is libelous, defama-tory, profane or obscene, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion; (iii) the Story does not contain any material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, reli-gion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; (iv) the Story does not contain any material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any juris-diction where the Story is created; (v) the Story does not infringe upon the intellectu-al 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 Story 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; and (vii) the Story has not been previously ex-ploited or published in any form (including being self-published), and no rights in or to the Story have been granted, pledged, or assigned to any third party which would interfere with or derogate from the rights granted to the Sponsor hereunder.

Eligibility: The Writing Contest is open only to anyone who at the time of entry is: (a) over the age of 18, (b) a legal resident of the fifty (50) United States (including the Dis-trict of Columbia), (c) an existing Wattpad account holder in full compliance with its Terms of Service and (d) a registered member of XOXOAfterDark.com. Entrants are required to have Internet access and an active e-mail account in order to participate. Void where prohibited by any law, regulation, rule or authority. The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the Writing Contest: (i) Professionals (as defined below); (ii) employees of the Sponsor and their respective parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries; (iii) employees of Pocket Star and its parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries; (iv) all agencies, entities and persons engaged in the marketing and/or administration of the Writing Contest; and (v) 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 Pocket Star or any of its affiliates (e.g., Simon & Schuster, CBS) in the Territory, regardless of whether such person has received any financial compensation in relation to such literary work.

The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to immediately disqualify, without notice, any and all Stories that do not comply with the Submission Requirements set out above, as determined in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Stories shall not be returned to the entrant for any reason. No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants except with the entrants selected for a prize.

Stories 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 as-sociated with the submitted e-mail address). A potential winner may be required to provide the Sponsor with proof that she/he is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the potential winning Story.

Prizes: One (1) grand prize will be awarded consisting of: (i) publication of a Story un-der the Imprint in the digital format of such imprint as of the time of publication, subject to the entrant entering into a publishing agreement with Pocket Star in its standard form for the Pocket Star Imprint; and (ii) access to the services of an editor for the duration of Pocket Star’s standard editorial assessment period (the length of which period will vary depending on the quality of the Story Submission), including an editorial evaluation of the Story (by telephone, e-mail, or in person, as determined by Pocket Star in its sole discretion), advice and guidance with respect to the strengths and weaknesses of the Story, and suggested revisions to the Story, as applicable; and (iii) an advance against royalties of no more than $500USD (collectively, a “Prize”).
The Prize must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, assigned, substi-tuted or redeemed for cash, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The Winning entrant shall be solely responsible for any and all costs associated with claiming a prize. The outcome of the Writing Contest is dependent on the total number of eligible entries received, the quality of each Story, the entrant’s skill and the Judges’ application of the Judging Criteria (as described below).
Pocket Star and/or its affiliates may, but are under no obligation to, contact entrants for the purpose of discussing the possible publication of Stories that were not selected as a winning Story.

Winner Selection: The winner will be determined through the following process:

i. Story Submission Phase: During the Story Submission Phase, entrants will be required to upload (as directed on the Contest Website) their eligible Story to the Contest Website for public viewing and comment.

ii. Story Voting Phase: During the Story Voting Phase, individuals who are 18 or older, and who have created a Wattpad account (each, a “Voter”) will be invited to vote online for their favorite Story made available on the Contest Website. Only the votes on the first chapters of all stories submitted will be counted. Subject to each entrant’s compliance with these Official Rules and the Submission Requirements, the five (5) Stories receiving the highest percentages of votes (each a “Top 5 Story” and collectively, the “Top 5 Stories”) will advance to the Top 5 Stories Judging Phase (as described below). In the event where two or more Stories receive an equal number of votes and these Stories span the last places in the Top 5 Stories, the Sponsor, in its sole and professional judgment, will select the Story(s) that best adhere to the writing guidelines of the Imprint to determine which Story(s) become a Top 5 Story.

iv. Top 5 Story Judging Phase: During the Top 5 Stories Judging Phase, the Top 5 Stories will be reviewed and assessed by a panel of qualified judges chosen by the Sponsor in its sole discretion (which will include at least one (1) judge who is from Pocket Star (the “Judges”) based on the following judging criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

Voice (33%) (the “Voice Category”);
Content/Originality (33%); and
Writing Skills (34%).

Subject to each entrant’s compliance with these Official Rules and the Submission Re-quirements, the Story receiving the highest score will be selected as the winning story and shall be awarded a Prize. In the event two or more Top 5 Stories receive the same overall score, the Top 5 Story receiving the highest score for the Voice Category, as de-termined by the Judges, will be deemed to be the winning story. In the event the tied Top 5 Stories received equal scores in the Voice Category, the Sponsor, in their sole and professional judgment, will select the winner.

Decisions of the Judges are final and binding in all respects. The identity of the Judges shall be made available upon request. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole dis-cretion, to select alternate winners at any of the public voting phases, based on the next highest percentage of votes, should the voting appear to have been tampered with or manipulated in any way. In the event the winning story is disqualified as a result of, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, voting having been tampered with or manipulated, the Sponsor shall award the Prize to the Top 5 Story receiving the next highest score as de-termined by Judges.

Voting Limit: Each Voter may enter one (1) vote (as directed on the Contest Website) for each of their favorite Stories during the Story Voting Phase. Votes received from any Voter or Voter’s e-mail address in excess of the stated number of votes will be void. The Sponsor will not accept Votes that are in their sole opinion intended to subvert the voting process or those generated by script, macro, or other automated means. En-trants are prohibited from manipulating or tampering with votes or otherwise obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public. Any entrant found to have done or attempted to do any of the foregoing shall be immediately disqualified from the Writ-ing Contest.

Winner Notification: On or about October 24, 2015, the Top 5 Stories will be identified and the corresponding entrants will be notified by the Sponsor via telephone or e-mail using the information provided by the entrant at the time of entry. On or about October 24, 2015, the grand prize winning Story will be identified and the corresponding entrant will be notified by the Sponsor via telephone or e-mail using the information provided by the entrant at the time of entry. The winner will be required to sign and return (scanned copy of original to be received by Sponsor within five (5) business days of the date of the Sponsor’ notification, with the original document to follow by registered mail) an Af-fidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release that confirms his/her: (i) eligibility for the Writing Contest and compliance with these Official Rules; (ii) acceptance of the Prize as awarded; (iii) release, to the fullest extent permitted by law, of the Sponsor, Pocket Star, Wattpad and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their respective employees, directors, officers, suppliers, agents, sponsor and administrators (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense arising out of participation in the Writing Contest, participation in any contest-related activity or the acceptance of any prize, in-cluding but not limited to costs, injuries, losses related to personal injuries, death, dam-age to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or por-trayal in a false light, or from any and all claims of third parties arising there from; and (iv) grant to the Sponsor, Wattpad and their respective affiliates of the unrestricted right, in the Sponsor’ sole discretion, to publish, reproduce, convert, broadcast, communicate by telecommunication, exhibit, distribute, translate, adapt and otherwise use and re-use the winner’s name, photograph, likeness, voice and biographical material in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in connection with the Writing Contest and the promotion and exploitation thereof, without compensation, unless prohibited by law.
In the event that a potential winner: (i) fails to respond within the stated timeline or re-fuses to sign the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release in the form provid-ed; or (ii) is a potential Prize winner and is unable or unwilling to enter into Pocket Star standard form publishing agreement for the Imprint, the potential winner will be disquali-fied and an alternate potential winner will be selected by a process determined by the Sponsor in their sole discretion. Notification of potential winners is deemed to have tak-en place at the time the Sponsor contact a potential winner, either by telephone or by e-mail, at the telephone number or e-mail address provided by the potential winner at the time of entry. Upon Prize winner confirmation, the Prize winner will be required to pro-vide to the Sponsor a photo of the Prize winner which may be used by the Sponsor, their parent companies, affiliates and/or subsidiaries for publicity and promotional pur-poses relating to the Writing Contest, in any and all media now known or hereafter de-vised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

Upon receipt by the Sponsor of the signed Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release, the potential Prize winner will be provided with a Pocket Star standard form publishing agreement for the Imprint along with a non-disclosure agreement regarding same.

The grand prize winner will be announced on the Contest Website on or about October 24, 2015.

Conditions: None of the Sponsor, Wattpad nor their respective parent companies, af-filiates and/or subsidiaries, are 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. Entrants agree that neither the Sponsor, nor their respective parent companies, affiliates and/or subsidiaries shall be obligated to publish or otherwise exploit any Story (including the winning Story) in any manner, un-less a written agreement is entered into between the parties. Entrants agree that the Sponsor, Pocket Star, Wattpad and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotional agencies shall not be liable for negligence, gross negligence, damages, injuries or losses of any kind resulting in whole or in part from participation in the Writing Contest, or from acceptance, use or misuse of any prize, except that which cannot otherwise be excluded by law. By participating in the Writing Contest, entrants agree to indemnify the Sponsor, Pocket Star, Wattpad and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotional agencies from any claims incurred as a result of such damages, injuries and losses. None of the Sponsor, Wattpad nor their respective parent companies, affiliates and/or subsidiaries assume any 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. Entrants are responsible for all costs associated with participation in the Writing Con-test, including but not limited to computer equipment and internet connection charges. None of the Sponsor, Wattpad nor their respective parent companies, affiliates and/or subsidiaries are responsible for damage to any participant’s computer system/software related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in connection with the Writing Contest. None of the Sponsor, Wattpad nor their respective parent companies, affiliates and/or subsidiaries assume any responsibility or liability in the event that the Writing Contest 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 or Wattpad which impairs or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper con-duct of the Writing Contest. None of the Sponsor, Wattpad nor their respective parent companies, affiliates and/or subsidiaries assume any responsibility for undelivered or undeliverable e-mails resulting from any form of active or passive e-mail filtering by an entrant’s Internet service provider and/or e-mail client or for insufficient space in entrant’s e-mail account to receive e-mail. 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 Writing Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN EN-TRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE CONTEST WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE WRITING CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. The Writing Contest and these Official Rules are void, in whole or part, where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable laws and regulations.
Privacy and Use of Personal Information: By participating in the Writing Contest, each entrant grants to the Sponsor, Wattpad and their respective parent companies, affiliates and/or subsidiaries, the right to use his/her name, mailing address, tele-phone number, and e- mail address (collectively, “Personal Information”) as follows: (i) for the purpose of administering the Writing Contest, including but not limited to contacting and announcing the winner; (ii) for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Writing Contest, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law, such use shall only be with respect to the entrant’s name, city and country, state, province or territory of residence; and (iii) for the purpose of contacting an entrant with respect to the submission of additional literary works unrelated to the Writing Contest, at Pocket Star’s sole discretion. In addition to the foregoing, the Prize winner acknowledges and agrees that a photo of the Prize winner (which shall be submitted by the Prize winner to the Sponsor upon winner confirmation) may be used by the Sponsor, Wattpad and their respective parent companies, affiliates and/or subsidiaries for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Writing Contest, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law. The Sponsor, Wattpad and their respective parent companies, affiliates and/or subsidiaries 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 and Wattpad’s respective privacy policies located online at http://www.simonandschuster.com/about/privacy_policy and www.wattpad.com/privacy.
Termination: Subject to any governmental approval which may be required, the Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or suspend the Writing Contest, 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 Writing Contest is terminated or suspended, the Sponsor will select a potential winner from all eligible, non-suspect Stories received prior to such action.

Amendments to Official Rules: Any amendments to the Official Rules will become binding upon all entrants at the time they are posted to the Contest Website. Entrants are advised to regularly check the Contest Website for updates, notices and revisions to the Official Rules during the Contest Period.

Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant or Sponsor in connection with the Writing Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the stat of New York.

Winners List: The winner’s name and country of residence will be posted to the Con-test Website on or about October 24, 2015, and will be available for viewing for at least one (1) month thereafter.

Sponsor: Publisher Pocket Star 1230 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020.

Administrator: WP Technology Inc. (d/b/a Wattpad) 36 Wellington St E, Ste 200 Toronto, ONT M5E 1C7 Canada.