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Strange New Worlds Contest


Strange New Worlds Contest Rules * * *

1) ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

No purchase necessary to enter. Purchase does not increase your chances of winning. To enter, send an original story based on the established Star Trek universe and/or characters as specified below. All entries must be received between June 1, 2006, and October 2, 2006. Entries received after October 2, 2006, will not be accepted. All federal, state and/or local rules and regulations apply.

2) CONTEST ELIGIBILITY:
This contest is open to nonprofessional writers who are legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada (excluding Quebec) over the age of 18 at time of entry. Entrant must not have published any more than two short stories on a professional basis or in paid professional venues. Employees (or relatives of employees living in the same household) of Simon & Schuster, CBS, Viacom, or any of their affiliates are not eligible. This contest is void in Puerto Rico, Quebec and wherever prohibited by law. Entrants agree to be bound by the Official Contest Rules.

3) FORMAT:
Entries should be no more than 7,500 words long, must not have been previously published, and must not have been entered into any other contest or won any other awards. Entries must be typed or printed by word processor, double-spaced, on one side of noncorrasable paper. Do not justify right-side margins. The author's name, address, e-mail address, and phone number must appear on the first page of the entry. The author's name, the story title, and the page number should appear on every page. No electronic or disk submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be in English. All entries must be the original and sole work of the Entrant and the sole property of the Entrant. Entries must not be subject to the rights of any third parties. Entrants not complying with these requirements will be subject to disqualification. By submitting an entry, Entrant warrants that the entry is the Entrant's original and sole work and Entrant's sole property.

4) ADDRESS:
Each entry must be mailed to:
STRANGE NEW WORLDS 10
Licensing and Media Tie-In Department
Pocket Books
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Each story may be submitted only once. Multiple copies of the same story or a slightly altered story (based on the sole discretion of Judges) will not be accepted. No facsimile, mechanically reproduced, altered, forged, incomplete, or illegible entries will be accepted. Please retain a copy of your submission. Entrant may submit more than one story, but each submission must be mailed separately. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, stolen, postage-due, damaged, or misdirected mail. Entries are the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify and remove any entry which is, in the judging panel's discretion, inappropriate, offensive, defamatory, or demeaning to Star Trek or any third party.

5) PRIZES:
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive:

Simon & Schuster's Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 10 Publishing
Contract for Publication of Winning Entry in our Strange New Worlds 10
Anthology with a bonus advance of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00)
above the Anthology word rate of 10 cents a word.

One (1) Second Prize winner will receive:

Simon & Schuster's Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 10 Publishing
Contract for Publication of Winning Entry in our Strange New Worlds 10
Anthology with a bonus advance of Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) above
the Anthology word rate of 10 cents a word.

One (1) Third Prize winner will receive:

Simon & Schuster's Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 10 Publishing
Contract for Publication of Winning Entry in our Strange New Worlds 10
Anthology with a bonus advance of Four Hundred Dollars ($400.00) above
the Anthology word rate of 10 cents a word.

All Honorable Mention winners will receive:

Simon & Schuster's Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 10 Publishing
Contract for Publication of Winning Entry in the Strange New Worlds 10
Anthology and payment at the Anthology word rate of 10 cents a word.
Approximate retail value of prizes will depend on the number of words published for all winning entries included in the Anthology.
There will be no more than twenty (20) Honorable Mention winners. No contestant can win more than one prize. One prize per household.
Each Prize Winner will also be entitled to a share of royalties on the Strange New Worlds 10 Anthology as specified in Simon & Schuster's Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 10 Publishing Contract.

6) JUDGING:
Submissions will be judged on the basis of (1) writing ability and (2) the originality of the story, which can be set in any of the Star Trek time frames and may feature any one or more of the Star Trek characters. Each factor will be judged equally. The judges shall include the editor of the Anthology, one employee of Pocket Books, and one employee of CBS Consumer Products. In the event of a tie, the finalist with the highest score in the originality component will be the winner. The decisions of the judges shall be final on all matters. Sponsor reserves the right not to award prizes in the event that an insufficient number of entries meeting the criteria established by the judges. is received.

7) NOTIFICATION:
The winners will be notified by mail or phone on or about December 22, 2006. The winners may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release/Prize Acceptance Form. The winners will receive a publishing contract. Winners must sign the publishing contract in order to be awarded the prize. Noncompliance with these requirements or noncompliance within the specified time frame may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. Return of Prize Notification or publishing contract as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. The alternate winner will be the entrant with the next highest score. Prize is not transferable. No substitution or cash redemption of prize except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize of greater or equal value in the event that a prize in unavailable. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to parent or legal guardian, who must sign and return all required documents. All federal, local, and state taxes are the responsibility of the winners. A list of the winners will be available after January 3, 2007, on the Pocket Books Star Trek Books Web site,

http://www.simonsays.com/startrek/

or the names of the winners can be obtained after January 3, 2007, by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a request for the list of winners to

WINNERS' LIST
STRANGE NEW WORLDS 10
Licensing and Media Tie-In Department
Pocket Books
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

8) STORY DISQUALIFICATIONS:
Certain types of stories will be disqualified from consideration:

a) Any story focusing on explicit sexual activity or graphic depictions of violence or sadism.

b) Any story that focuses on characters that are not past or present Star Trek regulars or familiar Star Trek guest characters.

c) Stories that deal with the previously unestablished death of a Star Trek character, or that establish major facts about or make major changes in the life of a major character, for instance a story that establishes a long-lost sibling or reveals the hidden passion two characters feel for each other.

d) Stories that are based around common clichés, such as "hurt/comfort" where a character is injured and lovingly cared for, or "Mary Sue" stories where a new character comes on the ship and outdoes the crew.

9) PUBLICITY:
Acceptance of prize constitutes permission by winner to use his or her name, photograph, likeness, and/or entry for any advertising, promotion and publicity purposes without further compensation to or permission from such winner, except where prohibited by law.

10) RIGHTS IN ENTRIES:
By mailing in your submission, Entrant grants Sponsor all right, title, and interest in entry, including any copyrights therein. All entries will become the property of Pocket Books and of CBS Studios, the sole and exclusive owner of the Star Trek property and elements thereof. Contest void where prohibited by law.

11) GENERAL:
Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for incomplete, late, lost, stolen, damaged, mutilated, illegible, returned, postage-due or misdirected entries or mail. By participating in this Contest, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor and CBS and their respective advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, parent companies 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 or death, which may occur in connection with, preparation for, or participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or with the acceptance, possession and/or misuse of prize, and for any claims of publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Sponsor is not responsible if the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 10 Anthology does not get published Sponsor is not responsible for any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend, or suspend the Contest should (in its sole discretion) non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Contest. In such case, judges will select the winners from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Sponsor.

12) SPONSOR:
Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.

TM, (R), and (C) 2006 CBS Studios, Inc.. All Rights Reserved.

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