Contest Rules

The Share a Story Contest (“Contest”) is sponsored by WGTE Public Media. The Contest begins April 12, 2010 and ends 4:30 p.m., May 21, 2010.

1. How to Enter
To enter, each participant and his or her parent/guardian must completely fill out, sign and submit the Entry Form (“Entry Form”) available through WGTE and posted on www.wgte.org during the Contest period. The information requested marked “optional” on the Entry Form may be completed at participant’s discretion. Limit one entry per participant. Entry Form must accompany the entry. In the event of multiple entries, the first entry will be accepted and all other entries will be ignored.

WGTE reserves the right to verify that each prize recipient is qualified and entitled to receive his or her prize. Submission of an Entry Form constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) for WGTE to use the participant’s name, likeness, biographical information, information and materials contained in the Entry Form, photographs and any statements or remarks made about the Contest for advertising and promotional purpose without additional compensation.

2. Contest Guidelines
Preschool Category
The child will tell their story, which is written down by an adult. The child illustrates the story with one or more pictures. The adult then sends the entry in with the signed Entry Form. Preschool entries must be at least one page and a maximum of three pages.

Kindergarten, First grade, Second grade, Third grade
Each Kindergarten and First grade participant must submit an original, single authored story (no co-authored stories) with a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words. Each Second and Third grade participant must submit an original, single authored story (no co-authored stories) with a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words. Stories must include at least five original, clear and colorful illustrations. Text and illustrations (or a combination of both) must appear on one side of each piece of paper.

For purposes of counting words, include such words as “a,” “an,” and “the,” but do not include words on non-story pages such as the title page. Stories may be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Text must be typed or printed legibly. Participants who cannot write may dictate their story to an adult, but the story must be the original work of the child. Invented spelling will be accepted.

Deadline for receipt of entries: 4:30 p.m., May 21, 2010
Please send entries to:

Share a Story Contest
WGTE Public Media
PO Box 30
Toledo, OH 43614

Stories may also be dropped off at WGTE’s broadcast facilities at 1270 South Detroit Avenue, Toledo, during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

3. Eligibility
The Preschool Contest is open to children ages 3, 4 and 5 who have not entered Kindergarten. The School-Age Contest is open to students in Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grades. Employees of WGTE, manufacturers, sales reps, subsidiaries or parent companies, advertising/sales promotion, judges and the immediate families of each are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Entry materials become the property of WGTE and may not be acknowledged or returned. WGTE is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, misdirected or illegible Entry Forms or unsuccessful attempts to notify the winners. All materials submitted as part of the Entry Form must be the participant’s own original work. The Entry Form may not contain any unauthorized use of names, likeness or biographical information of any third parties.

4. Judging
All entries will be judged by a community advisory committee. All decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal or review.

5. Prizes
Each child will receive a completion certificate. Prizes will be awarded to the First, Second and Third Place winners in each age/grade category at the Family Fun Day Celebration scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2010.

6. Conditions
All Federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. WGTE is not responsible for any expenses incurred in connection with participation in the Contest. By submitting an Entry Form, each participant and parent/guardian agrees to be bound by these Contest rules, and the decision of WGTE is final. Each participant and parent/guardian agrees to release and hold WGTE their employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representative and its subsidiaries, parent companies or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and/or liabilities arising out of participation in the Contest or resulting from acceptance or claiming of any prize hereunder. WGTE reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to terminate, suspend or otherwise cancel the Contest at any time. Income and other taxes are the responsibility of the prize recipient.

7. Use of Information
Upon submission, each entry and the Entry Form become the sole property of WGTE. By submitting an entry and Entry Form, each participant and parent/guardian assigns all right, title, and interest in and to the entry and Entry Form to WGTE warrants that the participant and parent/guardian have the authority to assign such right, title, and interest. In the event that any applicable law requires certain formalities to be fulfilled to effectuate such grant of rights, each participant and parent/guardian agrees to cooperate with WGTE to achieve fulfillment of such formalities at WGTE’s request.

8. Winners
Winners will be notified by mail and posted at wgte.org. Winners and all participants will be recognized at the celebration event on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the WGTE Studios.

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