Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has greatly expanded its role in international security. Major conflicts have been waged in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, and more. Defense guarantees have been extended to more than a dozen additional nations. The War on Terror, now in its seventeenth year, involves seventy-six countries. There are some eight hundred overseas military bases, costing taxpayers an estimated $100 billion per year even as the national debt grows.
Proponents argue that these extensive global security commitments are essential to America’s own safety. Are they right? If they are, is each and every current commitment worth the costs and risks? Questions like these deserve serious consideration. Accordingly, the John Quincy Adams Society is partnering with The National Interest—one of Washington’s most important foreign-policy magazines—to launch a new essay contest for college students. The winners will run in TNI, meaning they’ll be read by many of those who make the decisions and shape the discussions that set our country’s course in the world. By appearing in such a respected forum, you’ll help make a name for yourself as a thoughtful, professional voice in international affairs.
It’s a tremendous opportunity to restore balance to the discourse in DC—and to build your own personal brand. Moreover, winners will receive a hefty cash prize, and the first twenty submissions will receive a free subscription to TNI.
With this in mind, submissions shall answer the following question:
In what area of the world could the United States reduce its military involvement? Explain your reasoning.
Submit your entry here.
Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who will be attending institutions in the United States in Fall 2018 or who attended in Spring 2018 are welcome to participate.
The winning essays will run on TNI’s website and be promoted on social media by both TNI and JQA.
Prizes are as follows:
– First prize (one): $1000, essay featured on TNI, two year subscription to TNI
– Runner up (two): $250, essay featured on TNI, one year subscription to TNI
Additionally, the first twenty submissions will receive a free one-year subscription to the National Interest.
If you’re stuck, consider reading some of the articles in the Intellectual Development section of the Society’s Resources page.
Submissions shall be between 900 and 1500 words, and are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, April 8, 2018, by following the instructions at this link. Sources should be hyperlinked, rather than footnoted, when possible. Complete rules follow.
Student Foreign Policy Essay CONTEST RULES
1. SPONSOR: The sponsor of the Student Foreign Policy Essay Contest is the John Quincy Adams Society.
2. ELIGIBILITY: Contest entrants must be legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia aged eighteen years or older, except where prohibited. Employees, officers, and directors of the sponsor, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and divisions (“Related Entities”) and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings and their spouses) and household members (whether or not related) of each are not eligible to enter. Anyone serving as a contest judge is ineligible for the contest. The contest is void outside the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and where prohibited and restricted by any federal, state, or local law, rule, or regulation (“Law”). The contest is subject to all Law.
3. HOW TO ENTER: The contest begins on February 26, 2018 at 12 p.m. EST and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, April 8, 2018. This time frame is known as the “contest period.” To be eligible for the contest, you must:
– Before the end of the contest period, go to the contest entry page at this link, and submit an essay between 900 and 1500 words in length on the topic of “the benefits of a more restrained, careful foreign policy for the United States.”
To be eligible to submit a contest entry, you must be enrolled as of the spring of 2018 or fall of 2018 in an accredited postsecondary institution or program listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s most recent database (http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/GetDownLoadFile.aspx). No person may submit more than one contest entry. Attempting to submit multiple contest entries will result in your disqualification from the contest. Your participation in the contest is optional and at your sole and absolute discretion.
4. PROHIBITED CONTENT: By entering the contest you agree not to create or submit a contest entry that:
– Infringes on any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary or property rights of any party;
– May be deemed, within the meaning of Law, to be electioneering communications, intervention in a political or electoral campaign, or lobbying;
– Is unlawful, threatening, harassing, abusive, obscene, vulgar, harmful, tortious, defamatory, libelous, false, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful racially, ethnically, or otherwise, or in any other way objectionable;
– You do not have the legal or contractual right to make available pursuant to any Law, or under any contractual or fiduciary relationship (such as inside information, proprietary information, and confidential information, learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
– Harms minors in any way; or
– Violates any Law, intentionally or unintentionally.
The sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any and all contest entries that violate the above conditions, or for any other reason at any time without prior notice.
5. JUDGING AND SELECTION OF PRIZE WINNERS: All contest entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
– Originality in thought (30 percent)
– Demonstrated understanding of foreign policy (40 percent)
– Composition and style (30 percent)
6. PRIZES: On or about June 99, 2018, three prize winners will be announced (the “Prize Winners”). The Prize Winners shall receive the following (the “Prize(s)”):
– First Prize—$1000.00, two years’ subscription to The National Interest
– Runners Up (two)—$250.00, one year subscription to The National Interest
All Prizes will be paid in United States Dollars. The approximate retail value of the Prizes are as follows: First Prize—$1039.95; Runner Up—$279.95. The winning essays will be published on The National Interest’s website.
7. PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: The specifics of all elements of the Prizes stated in these contest rules shall be determined by sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion. If an alternate prize is substituted and awarded: any portion of the alternate prize not used by any Prize Winner is forfeited and no substitute will be offered or permitted; all elements of the Prize being offered are: (a) provided “as is” with no warranty or guarantee either express or implied by sponsor; (b) without warranty other than that offered by servicers or as required by Law; (c) provided without making the sponsor responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the Prize, including but not limited to their quality or fitness for a particular purpose; and (d) if applicable, not transferable or redeemable for cash and may not be extended, transferred or substituted, except that the sponsor may substitute a prize of equal or greater value when necessary (not to exceed $1039.95 for the First Prize or $279.95 for the Runner Up), as determined in its sole and absolute discretion (any such changes will be announced at the sole and absolute discretion of the sponsor). Each Prize Winner assumes sole responsibility for all costs associated with any elements of the Prize not explicitly included as part of the Prize, including without limitation, all federal, state and local taxes (if any), fees, surcharges, or other expenses. Other restrictions may apply. In compliance with United States Internal Revenue Service regulations, the sponsor will send a Form 1099-MISC to any Prize Winner, which requires disclosure to the sponsor of the Prize Winner’s Social Security number. Prize Winners remain solely responsible for paying all federal and other taxes in accordance with Laws that apply in the Prize Winner’s state of residence.
8. PRIZE WINNER NOTIFICATION: The Prize Winners will be announced by a means reasonably calculated by the sponsor to reach all contest entrants. Following the announcement of the Prize Winners, the individuals selected as the Prize Winners will be notified via email or telephone within three days from the date of selection by the sponsor based on the information provided by that person on his or her entry form. The Prize Winners will be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release, and Publicity Release (the “Winners Affidavit”) within fourteen days of the date the sponsor provides a Prize Winner the notification email or call. If a Prize Winner fails to satisfy any eligibility requirements, declines to accept the Prize, or is ineligible for any other reason, the Prize Winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected at the sole and absolute discretion of the sponsor. Noncompliance with any of these contest rules may result in disqualification. The sponsor is not responsible for fraudulent communications made by third parties to contest entrants or the Prize Winners. A Prize Winner is not an official winner until the Prize Winner returns the Winner’s Affidavit and eligibility has otherwise been formally verified by the sponsor.
9. OWNERSHIP OF YOUR CONTEST ENTRY: By submitting your contest entry you hereby relinquish, grant, transfer, assign, and deliver to the sponsor all right, title, and interest of every kind and nature whatsoever that you have in the essay you write as part of your contest entry, including the copyright and all other intellectual property rights thereto. As a condition of receiving your prize, you may be required to execute additional documentation such as copyright assignments to sponsor of your contest essay. In addition, you hereby irrevocably assign to the sponsor all causes of action, including accrued, existing, and future causes of action, arising out of or related to the rights, including copyrights, in and to the essay you write as part of your contest entry.
10. DISPUTES: By participating, entrants release sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and their members, directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability with respect to all aspects of the contest including all losses, damage or bodily injury resulting from participation in this contest, and the possession, acceptance, or misuse of prizes. By entering the contest, you agree that (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected to the contest or the prize, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and you hereby waive all rights to, any claim; punitive, incidental, or consequential damages; and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these contest rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrants and sponsor in connection with the contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Virginia without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Virginia. Any legal proceedings arising out of this contest or relating to these contest rules shall be instituted only in the federal courts located in the Eastern District of Virginia, and the parties consent to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these contest rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these contest rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these contest rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained in these contest rules.
11. INTERNET: If for any reason this contest is not capable of running as planned due to an infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest, the sponsor reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest. The sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, or theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to or alteration of entries. The sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received by the sponsor due to technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this contest or downloading any materials in this contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Uses of automated devices are not valid for entry.
13.GENERAL: By entering this contest or accepting the Prize, you (a) agree to be bound by the sponsor’s policies, these contest rules, and the decisions of sponsor which are final and binding in all respects; and (b) consent to the use of your name, voice, picture, and likeness for charitable, educational, advertising, and promotional purposes in any medium throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation unless prohibited by law. The sponsor reserves the right to correct typographical, clerical, or printing errors in any contest materials. The sponsor reserves the right to prohibit any person from participating in the contest if, at its sole and absolute discretion, the sponsor finds such person to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest, or if such participant repeatedly shows a disregard for or attempts to circumvent these contest rules, or acts: (x) in a manner the sponsor determines to be not fair or equitable; (y) with an intent to annoy, threaten, or harass any other entrant, the sponsor, or related entities; or (z) in any other disruptive manner. The sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest at its sole and absolute discretion.
14. WINNERS’ LIST/CONTEST RULES: To request an official prize winners list or a copy of these contest rules, both available through September 1, 2018, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. OPEN ONLY TO RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND D.C. WHO ARE ENROLLED IN GRADES 6-12 FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR.
ELIGIBILITY: The Maryknoll Student Essay Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to people who are enrolled in grades 6–8 (Division I) and grades 9–12 (Division II) for the 2017-2018 school year and, as of the date of entry and the date on which the prize is offered (if applicable), are a resident of one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or a province of Canada (except Quebec). Children of Maryknoll employees, associates and affiliates are not eligible. Eligibility determinations will be made by Sponsor in its discretion and will be final and binding. Void where prohibited by law.
HOW TO ENTER: The entry period for the Contest begins at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on August 15, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on November 10, 2017 (the “Entry Period”). To enter the Contest, entrants must submit an essay written by the entrant (“Essay”) that complies with the following submission guidelines: (a) the Essay must be written in English and must be approximately 500-750 words; (b) the Contest’s theme (‘Recognizing Violence and Promoting Peace’) must be at the heart of the Essay; and (c) the Essay must comply with all requirements set forth in these Official Rules, including the Submission Guidelines set forth below. Sponsor’s determination as to whether an entrant’s Essay complies with these Official Rules will be final and binding. There are two ways to enter the Contest.
Online Entry: To enter the Contest online, during the Entry Period, entrants must visit the website located at MaryknollSociety.org/Essay (the “Website”) and follow the on-screen entry instructions. Online entry is limited to only those entrants who are 13 years old or older at the start of the Entry Period (younger Entrants may submit their essay by mail). Each entrant who enters online will be required to upload his or her Essay to the Website and complete and submit the Contest entry form. Online entries must comply with all technical specifications provided on the Website (including those relating to approved file formats for the Essay) and must be submitted and received by Sponsor prior to the conclusion of the Entry Period. Entry times will be determined using Sponsor’s computer, which will be the official clock for the Contest. Normal time rates, if any, charged by the entrant’s Internet service provider will apply. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant, the entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry (i.e., the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address).
Entry by Mail: To enter the Contest by mail or delivery, entrants must send to Sponsor at the address specified in Section 12 below a package containing a hand-written or printed copy of the entrant’s Essay and a legibly completed Contest entry form. The package must be sent either via U.S. mail with proper postage affixed, or by a major courier that regularly delivers to New York City (for example, FedEx or U.P.S.) with all delivery charges prepaid. Contest entry forms will be made available on the Website and in some promotional materials for the Contest. Entrants can also request a printed copy of the Contest entry form by sending Sponsor a self-addressed, stamped envelope as described in Section 12 below. Mailed entries must be postmarked or provided to the courier service by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 10, 2017 and must be received by Sponsor by no later than December 1, 2017.
General Entry Terms and Conditions: Completion of the Contest entry form will require that the entrant provide his or her name, e-mail address (optional for entrants submitting the Contest entry form by mail and such other information as Sponsor may require. There is a limit of one entry per person. Each Essay may be submitted only once. If a particular Essay is submitted more than once, Sponsor will have the right to disqualify all entrants who submitted the Essay. Essay will not be returned. Each entrant must keep a copy of his or her Essay for his or her own records. Sponsor will not be responsible for lost, damaged, stolen or mislaid Essay.
SUBMISION GUIDELINES: All Essays submitted in the Contest must comply with the following guidelines: (i) Entries must be written in English; (ii) Entries should be 500–750 words; (iii) The core theme of the Essay cites examples of violence and tells what actions the entrant is taking or could take to promote peace; (iv) the entrant’s name must not appear anywhere within the Essay other than on the accompanying Contest entry sheet; (v) Essays submitted online must be uploaded to the Website in a single electronic file in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file format, and named in accordance with the following naming convention: “[ESSAY TITLE] – [FULL NAME OF ENTRANT]”; (vi) Essays submitted by mail or courier must not be bound; (vii) the Essay must be original and have been written solely by the entrant; (viii) the Essay must not previously have been published or won any award; (ix) the Essay must not contain any material that violates or infringes upon the rights of any third party, including without limitation any copyright, trademark or rights of privacy or publicity, or that is defamatory, unlawful or in violation of or contrary to any applicable law or regulation; and (x) the Essay must not contain any material that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate for public viewing.
SUBMISSION RELEASE: By submitting an Essay, and in consideration of the review by the Judges (as defined in Section 5) of such Essay, each entrant irrevocably agrees to the following: The entrant understands and agrees that Sponsor does not undertake to consider the Essay in confidence. The entrant acknowledges that Sponsor must disclose the Essay to various employees of Sponsor, and may disclose the Essay to those outside Sponsor’s employ, in connection with the judging and winner selection process pursuant to these Official Rules. It is understood that no confidential or fiduciary relationship is entered into by reason of Sponsor’s receipt or consideration of the entrant’s Essay. The entrant’s submission is made with the understanding that the Judges will give his or her Essay such consideration as it merits based on the Judging Criteria (as defined in Section 5) in Sponsor’s sole and final judgment. Sponsor will not be obligated to consider or use any Essay or to offer, negotiate with or enter into an agreement with any entrant pertaining to his or her Essay or otherwise. The entrant acknowledges that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or may be implied against, Sponsor unless and until such time, if ever, as a formal written contract has been entered into between the entrant and Sponsor. The entrant shall not be entitled to any compensation from Sponsor with respect to the review by the Judges of his or her Essay. Consideration of the Essay for purposes of the Contest is not an admission by Sponsor or the Judges of the novelty, propriety or originality of the entrant’s Essay. The entrant acknowledges that other persons, including Sponsor’s employees, may have previously originated and/or submitted to Sponsor or to others, or made public, or may hereafter originate and/or submit or make public, similar or identical material, which Sponsor will have the right to use. The entrant understands that he or she will not be entitled to any compensation because of Sponsor’s use of such other similar or identical material. Without limitation of the foregoing, Sponsor may use, without any payment or other obligation whatsoever to the entrant, any part of his or her Essay, and any idea or concept contained therein, that (a) is similar or identical to, or contains significant elements encompassed in, a concept that is under consideration or in development by Sponsor before or at the time of the submission, (b) is not unique, novel, original, and concrete so as to be entitled to intellectual property protection under applicable laws, (c) has been made public by anyone at the time of its submission to Sponsor, or otherwise is in the public domain, (d) would be freely usable by a third person if it had not been accepted as a submission or the subject of any agreement, (e) is not protected by copyright law in the pertinent territory, or (f) is similar or identical to, or contains significant elements encompassed in, an idea, concept or material that is independently created by Sponsor or its employees or contractors or those of third parties. Sponsor shall be entitled to all rights of exploitation in accordance with all applicable laws, in any ideas, concepts or materials that are created independently by Sponsor, even if similar or identical to the entrant’s Essay. The entrant agrees that his or her agreement to the foregoing is a prerequisite to Sponsor’s review of his or her Essay.
WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: Following the conclusion of the Entry Period, the following will be selected from each of the two Divisions by judges designated by Sponsor (the “Judges”) from among all eligible entries received during the Entry Period: (i) one potential Grand Prize winner; (ii) one potential Second Place Prize winner; and (iii) one potential Third Place Prize winner. All winners will be chosen by assessing each Essay based on the following criteria (the “Judging Criteria”), weighted as indicated: overall quality of essay & adherence to the topic (50%); creativity (20%); originality (20%); and spelling & grammar (10%). Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to select one or more additional Grand Prize winners if, in the sole opinion of Sponsor and/or the Judges, the quality of the eligible entries submitted warrants selection of more than one Grand Prize winner. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to not select any winner if, in the sole opinion of Sponsor and/or the Judges, none of the Essays submitted are of acceptable quality. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received. Potential winner(s) will be notified by mail, telephone and/or e-mail, at Sponsor’s discretion on or about February 15, 2018. Each potential winner is subject to verification of eligibility. If a potential winner cannot be reached or does not respond within 10 days of the initial notification attempt, or if any attempted notification is returned as undeliverable, or if a potential winner is deemed ineligible by Sponsor, or if a potential winner does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules and/or cannot accept their Prize as awarded for any reason, then the potential winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may, at Sponsor’s discretion, be selected from among the remaining eligible entries as specified in these Official Rules (in which case the foregoing provisions will apply to such newly-selected entrant).
PRIZE: A total of Two (2) Grand Prizes, Two (2) Second Place Prizes, and Two (2) Third Place Prizes will be offered (unless Sponsor elects in its discretion to increase the quantity of Grand Prizes offered). Each Grand Prize consists of a Cash Award in the amount of $1,000, and each will appear in the May/June 2018 issue of MARYKNOLL magazine. Each Second Place Prize consists of a Cash Award in the amount of $300. Each Third Place Prize consists of a Cash Award in the amount of $150. In addition, all winners will: (i) receive a certificate of merit; (ii) be published online at MaryknollSociety.org/Winners by April 1, 2018; and (iii) receive a letter of recognition from the superior general of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Each winner will not receive any part of his/her corresponding prize unless and until the standard form acceptance agreement has been signed by both parties. If a selected winner has not signed and returned to Sponsor the standard form acceptance agreement within 30 days after the date on which Sponsor provides the standard form acceptance agreement to the winner, the Prize will be deemed to have been withdrawn and Sponsor will have no further obligation or liability to the winner. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of the right to receive any Prize is permitted. Each Prize consists only of those items expressly specified in these Official Rules as being part of the Grand Prize. Sponsor and the Judges will not provide any evaluation of or commentary on Essay submitted in connection with the Contest. All expenses or costs associated with the acceptance or use of the Prize are the responsibility of the winner. All federal, state, provincial/territorial and local taxes on the value of a Prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. FOR U.S. RESIDENTS: An IRS form 1099 will be issued in the winner’s name if required by law.
GRANT OF RIGHTS: By entering the Contest, each entrant, if selected as a potential winner, irrevocably grants to Sponsor and its affiliates, and the successors, agents, licensees, marketing contractors and assigns of each of the foregoing and Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, Inc. (all of the foregoing, the “Contest Entities”) the right to use the entrant’s name, likeness, voice and/or biographical information, and the title of the Essay submitted by the entrant, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats whether now or later known or developed (including without limitation on Sponsor’s websites and social media channels), for the purpose of announcing the winner(s) and administering and publicizing the Contest and future contests, without further compensation.
RELEASE AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: The Contest Entities, all other companies involved in the development or operation of the Contest or the provision of the Prizes, and the directors, officers, employees and agents of each of the foregoing (collectively, the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for, and will have no liability for, (a) late, lost, delayed, illegible, stolen, mislaid, damaged, corrupted, postage-due or incomplete entries or Essays, incorrect or inaccurate capture of, damage to, or loss of entries or Essays, or any other human or technical errors of any kind relating to the operation of the Website, communications or attempted communications with any entrant, the submission, collection, storage or processing of entries or Essays or the administration of the Contest, (b) undeliverable e-mails resulting from any form of active or passive e-mail filtering by a user’s Internet service provider and/or e-mail client or for insufficient space in user’s e-mail account to receive e-mail or (c) any damage to any computer system resulting from participation in or accessing or downloading information in connection with the Contest. By entering, each entrant releases and agrees to hold each of the Released Parties harmless from and against any and all claims and liabilities of any kind that the entrant ever had, now has or might in the future have arising out of or relating to the Contest, participation in the Contest, the use of the Website, the Essays (including any loss or damage to the Manuscript), the acceptance of any Prize and/or any use of the entrant’s name, likeness, voice and/or biographical information as permitted pursuant to these Official Rules, including without limitation all claims and liabilities based on any violation of the right of privacy or right of publicity, copyright infringement, misappropriation or violation of any other personal or proprietary right. Entrants assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in the Contest, the Essay, the use of the Website, the acceptance of any Prize and/or any use of the entrant’s name, likeness, voice and/or biographical information as permitted pursuant to these Official Rules. The Released Parties are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, or administration of the Contest.
GENERAL RULES: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify these Official Rules (including without limitation by adjusting any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in these Official Rules) or cancel, modify or suspend this Contest at any time in its discretion, including without limitation in the event that a virus, bug, technical problem, entrant fraud or misconduct, or other cause beyond the control of the Sponsor corrupts the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the Contest or if for any other reason Sponsor is not able to conduct the Contest as planned (including without limitation in the event the operation of the Contest is interfered with by any fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or of public enemy, communications failure, riot or civil disturbance, war [declared or undeclared], terrorist threat or activity, federal, state, provincial/territorial or local law, order or regulation or court order). In the event of termination of the Contest, a notice will be posted on the Website and if Sponsor has received Essays of acceptable quality, a winner will be selected in accordance with the procedures set forth in these Official Rules from among all eligible entries received prior to the time of termination. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify or prohibit from participating in the Contest any individual who, in Sponsor’s discretion, Sponsor determines or believes (i) has tampered with the entry process, or has undermined the legitimate operation of the Website or the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception or other unfair playing practices, or (ii) has engaged in conduct that annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants or any representative of Sponsor, or (iii) has attempted or intends to attempt any of the foregoing. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. The use of agents or automated devices, programs or methods to submit entries is prohibited and Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry that it believes may have been submitted using such an automated device, program or method. All federal, state, provincial/territorial and local laws and regulations apply. All entry materials become the property of Sponsor and will not be verified or returned. By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and the judges, which are final and binding in all respects. These Official Rules may not be reprinted or republished in any way without the prior written consent of Sponsor.
DISPUTES: By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees that, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, the Essay, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action (Note: Some jurisdictions do not allow restricting access to class actions. This provision will not apply to you if you live in such a jurisdiction.); and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. Any legal proceedings arising out of this Contest or relating to these Official Rules shall be instituted only in the federal or state courts located in the State of New York, waiving any right to trial by jury, and each entrant consents to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these rules or the Contest. In the event of any conflict between these Official Rules and any Contest information provided elsewhere (including but not limited in advertising or marketing materials), these Official Rules shall prevail. All entries are subject to verification at any time.
REQUESTS FOR WINNER’S NAME, RULES AND ENTRY FORMS: For additional copies of these Official Rules, copies of the Contest entry form and/or the name of the winner (which will be available after approximately February 15, 2018), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, 2017 Student Essay Contest, Division I (or II), PO Box 302, Maryknoll, New York 10545-0302.
SPONSOR: Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, Inc. (aka Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers), PO Box 302, Maryknoll, New York 10545-0302.