Official Rules

Submission Guidelines:

  1. You must have an account on Vocal.media (“Vocal”) to enter the contest. 
  2. Your story must be in English.
  3. Your story must be a minimum of 600 words and a maximum of 5000 words (with a recommended length of between 1500 and 2500 words). Anything under or over that range will be disqualified.
  4. You must be a U.S. citizen and current U.S. resident over the age of 18 at time of entry.
  5. You can submit as many times as you want, as long as your submissions meet the contest guidelines as well as the Vocal guidelines, found here: https://help.vocal.media/getting-started/submission-guidelines
  6. Your story must adhere to O.school’s Community Guidelines, found here: https://www.o.school/community 
  7. Your story must be original and created by you.
  8. Your story must be tagged #MyWorstDate at the end of your submission.

In order to submit, please create a free account at https://vocal.media. Complete your author profile via “Settings”, then choose “Create Story” to begin writing. Once complete, choose “Submit”, select ‘Humans’ as the site and select your applicable tag. 

After you have successfully submit your #MyWorstDate story, it will be sent to the Vocal moderators. If your story needs any updates or does not meet quality standards or the submission guidelines, the story will be sent back to you for edits.

If your story is approved, your submission will appear in the My Worst Date collection. 

The winner will be notified via the email associated with their Vocal account.

All work posted to the site by members is the sole responsibility of the submitting person. Entrants are entirely responsible for all of their content submitted in the contest or otherwise posted from their Vocal account. Vocal reserves the right to declare any entries as ineligible if it determines, in its sole discretion, that any such entry is not in accordance with the stated terms of the Submission Guidelines. All entries shall be subject to the Vocal Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER THE CONTEST. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Contest Period: The contest begins 12:00 a.m. ET on January 16, 2018 and ends at 11:59 p.m ET on February 16, 2018. A winner will be announced on or before February 20, 2018.

Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number and content of eligible entries received.

Selection Criteria: The Vocal editorial staff is looking for a piece that creates the most creative, powerful, and original Worst Dates story. Preference will be given to stories that have an innovative storytelling structure, are humorous, and are consistent with O.school’s brand, all as determined by the Vocal editorial staff in its sole but reasonable discretion.

Rankings and Winner Selection: There will be one grand prize winner and three runner ups in the Worst Date Story Contest. The moderation staff of Vocal will consult with Sponsor to choose the winning entry in their sole discretion, based on the selection criteria. All editorial decisions and procedures relating to this Contest are final.

No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. No transfer or substitution of prizes permitted. Where permitted by law, by accepting a prize, each winner agrees to the printing, publication, broadcasting, distributing, and release of his/her name, pen name, likeness, photograph and city and state of residence for potential promotional purposes in any media worldwide, without further payment or consideration or, notice, review, or consent.

The Prize; Taxes: The contest winner will receive a pre-paid Visa Giftcard for $500 and will have their story featured on the O.school site; the contest runner ups (3) will receive a pre-paid Visa Giftcard for $100. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the foregoing prize is not available. All federal, state, and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.

Eligibility: Void where prohibited by law or regulation. Contest is not open to employees and their families (spouses, parents, children/siblings and their respective spouses, and those living in the same household) of Vocal or Jerrick Media Holdings Inc (“Jerrick”), or their affiliates, advertising or production agencies. Entrants consent to the use of their registration information in accordance with the Vocal Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Any entries that are currently or have previously been published or protected by a copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right other than the entrant’s may be entered, with the permission of the publisher or copyright holder, only. Entries must be original and conceived and created entirely by the entrant. Sponsor or Vocal may prohibit any entrant from participating in this Contest or any future promotion offered by the Sponsor, if, in the sole opinion of Sponsor or Vocal such entrant (i) has tampered with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website, (ii) repeatedly shows a disregard for the rules, or (iii) acts (a) in an unsportsmanlike manner, (b) with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass the Vocal or any other entrant, or (c) in any other disruptive manner. Entrants must be a Vocal Creator of https://vocal.media site, as appropriate, in good standing as of the end of each segment of the Contest period to be eligible to win. The Contest may be terminated at any time after its commencement without prior notice; however if such termination should occur, all prizes will be awarded to winners according to the rankings of the editorial staff. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.

Agreement to Rules: By participating in the contest, the entrant agrees to be fully unconditionally bound by these Official Rules, and represents and warrants that entrant meets the eligibility requirements. In addition, entrant agrees to accept the decisions of Sponsor and Vocal and acknowledges that the decision of Vocal and the Sponsor is final and binding. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of these Official Rules. In the event that any provision of these Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. 

Limitation of Liability: By entering, entrant agrees to release Sponsor, Vocal and Jerrick Media Holdings Inc, and their respective  subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the contest; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the contest or the processing and selection of entries. Vocal reserves the right to terminate or modify the contest if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of the contest as determined by Vocal in its sole discretion. In such case, Vocal and Sponsor may select the winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Vocal.  Vocal 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 contest or website or violates the contest rules. EACH PRIZE IS AWARDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES EXCEPT FOR ANY “IN THE BOX” WARRANTY THAT MAY BE PROVIDED WITH SUCH PRIZE.

Release of Social Media companies: This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat.  You understand that your participation in the contest is with the Sponsor and Vocal, and not Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, and that you are providing information to Sponsor and Vocal.  Any disclosure you make in connection with the contest is to Sponsor and Vocal and their respective affiliates, and not to any other party, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat.  Facebook Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are released from any obligation or liability in connection with the contest.

Disputes: This contest is governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey, without regard to conflict of laws doctrines. 

ARBITRATION NOTICE AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER: TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND VOCAL, JERRICK, OR SPONSOR WILL BE RESOLVED BY BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION AND YOU WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OR CLASS-WIDE ARBITRATION AND FURTHER WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL. In any such dispute, under no circumstances shall entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this contest). Entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

Winners List: For a list of winners or a copy of these rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to O.school Contest Winners List, 202 South Dean Street, Englewood NJ 07631, except for residents of states which prohibit a requirement that the envelop be stamped, in which case no stamp is required. Requests must be received no later than 3/16/2018. Winners will also be posted on Vocal’s site and social channels as they are determined.

Sponsor: O.school

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