Craig note- We hit 4,000 “followers” this week!
In celebration, Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin thought we would offer an opportunity for expats in Japan and other writers to get a little prize or recognition for their content creation! We begged our best sponsor (my wife) for some money for the contest.
In the end, we traded our birthday present in return for the funds to sponsor this writing contest. (Seriously, we did that for you folks.)
Apologies for all the “rules.” People can be really, really, really difficult when money is on the line. We want this to be an opportunity for expats produce some quality content for a chance at a buck or two. (Enjoy!)
Official Contest Rules
A fee is not required to enter the Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Guest Blog Writing Contest.
All Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Guest Blog contest Submissions must be received only as directed below by 5:00 PM Japan time on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Submissions will only be accepted online by DM on Twitter @craighoffman11. No other method of contest entry is acceptable.
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 Official Rules. In the event of a dispute regarding any aspect of the Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Guest Blog Writing Contest, Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin (Craig Hoffman) will make the final ruling in its (his) sole discretion.
Such ruling shall be final and binding, and no communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants regarding such ruling(s) or disputes thereof. All decisions are final.
Each Submission must adhere to the following writing guidelines:
- At least 500 words.
- No more than 1000 words.
- It must promote a positive image of Japan.
- It must be original.
- Each Submission shall be in English.
- No photographs. (The Grand Prize Winner may be asked to submit such media later.)
Each Submission shall not have been previously exploited or published in any form. However, authors who own all rights in a self-published work (a “Self-Published Work”) may submit the Guest Blog post as a Submission so long as no other entity may lay any claim legal or otherwise to its contents therein.
Eligibility: The Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Blog Writing Contest is open to legal foreign residents of Japan who have reached the age of majority in Japan at the time of entry. Entrants are required to have Internet access, and an active Twitter account in order to participate.
The entrant must be following Twitter account: @craighoffman11. Void where prohibited by any law, regulation, rule or authority.
Special note– People outside of Japan may submit entries, but they are ineligible for any monetary prize. (There are funny rules about that oddly enough.) But, they are eligible to claim the title of Grand Prize Winner.
Japanese citizens of Japan are also free to enter the contest. They are eligible to receive the Grand Prize and or Judge`s Awards.
Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin (Craig Hoffman) reserves the right, in its (his) sole discretion, to immediately disqualify, without notice, any and all Submissions that do not comply with the Submission Requirements set out above.
Submissions shall not be returned to the entrant for any reason. No communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants except with the entrant(s) selected for a prize(s).
Submissions shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the Twitter account associated with the Entry. A potential winner may be required to provide Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin with proof that she/he is the authorized account holder of the Twitter account associated with the potential winning Submission.
Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded based upon the number of qualified entries submitted by the deadline.
10 entries or less= (1) 1,500 yen iTunes Card
10-20 entries= (1) 3,000 yen iTunes Card
20-30 entries= (1) 5,000 yen iTunes Card
30-75 entries= (1) 10,000 yen iTunes Card
75 or more entries= (2) 10,000 iTunes Card winners will be awarded.
Quality non-winning submissions may also be awarded Judge`s Prizes in amounts from 1,500-10,000 yen.
(If you want more money to be awarded, it behooves you to retweet and share this post!)
The Grand Prize must be accepted as awarded. It cannot be transferred, assigned, substituted or redeemed for cash, except at the sole discretion of Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin.
**iTunes (Amazon gift card, for example) may be substituted by Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin by mutual agreement with winner(s)**
Prize Awarding Method
The valid iTunes Card number will be sent via Twitter Direct Message to the Grand Prize and/or Judge`s Award winner(s). The winning entrant(s) is solely responsible for any and all costs associated with claiming the prize.
The outcome of the Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Writing Contest is dependent on the total number of eligible entries received, the quality of each Submission, the entrant’s skill and the Judges’ application of the Judging Criteria (as described below).
Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin (Craig Hoffman) may, but are under no obligation to, contact non-winning entrants for the purpose of discussing the possible publication of Submissions that were not selected as the Grand Prize Winner or Judge`s Award.
Winner Selection: The judge(s) will select winners from the eligible entries received.
1. Writing Quality
2. Clarity of message
3. Contribution to a positive image of Japan
Winner Notification: On or about Monday, June 26, 2017, the Grand Prize and Judge`s Award winners will be identified and the corresponding Winner(s) will be contacted using the information provided by the entrant at the time of entry.
Contest Termination: Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin (Craig Hoffman) reserves the right to terminate or suspend the Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin 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 Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Writing Contest is terminated or suspended, no prize will be awarded.
No Submissions will be published on this website in the event that the Grey, Grizzled, And Gaijin Guest Blog Contest is terminated or suspended.
All that being said, we look forward your participation. Good luck!
Grey, Grizzled, and Gaijin
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“Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.”- Amy Lowell