Guidelines for ‘Hadassah Magazine,’ ‘jGirls’ Essay Contest
Official Rules for the Hadassah Magazine and jGirls Magazine 2020 Teen Essay Contest
Hadassah Magazine, a division of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., and jGirls Magazine are co-sponsoring a teen essay contest (the “Contest”) to engage and encourage self-identifying Jewish girls and women between the ages of 13 and 19 to make their voices heard in powerful ways. The following rules (the “Official Rules”) govern the Contest.
- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., of which Hadassah Magazine is a division, located at 40 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005, and jGirls Magazine, located at 145 West 117th Street, #1, New York, NY 10026.
- The Contest is open only to self-identifying Jewish girls and women between the ages of 13 and 19 who reside in the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia and the State of Israel, except where prohibited by law.
- The following individuals are ineligible to enter the Contest: Employees, family members of employees and family members of board members of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. and The Hadassah Foundation, Inc. and employees and board members of jGirls Magazine and their respective family members.
- The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
- Void where prohibited by law
HOW TO ENTER
- Write an essay (“Personal Perspective”) that will address the following question: How does my Jewishness impact my work for social and racial justice? Entrants may interpret and approach this question in any way that feels most authentic. Topics may include a positive or negative impact or internal or external factors.
- Entries must state the following information at the top of the Personal Perspective: full name, title of the work, e-mail address, telephone number, date of birth and city and state of residence.
- Print, complete, sign and return the applicable entry form in accordance with the instructions below.
- The Contest begins on July 17, 2020 at 9:00 am EST. All entries (including the Personal Perspective and signed copy of the entry form) must be submitted electronically by September 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: Hadassah/jGirls Teen Essay Contest.
- Entries must be submitted in English, as a word document and be between 600 and 800 words in length.
- Personal Perspectives must be original, not be in the public domain, must be appropriate for publication (i.e., not obscene or offensive) and must not infringe or violate any law or the legal or equitable right of any person or entity, nor include any brand name, trademark or logo of any entity or contain material that infringes or violates any personal property rights of others or that constitutes defamation, invasion of privacy, or infringement of the intellectual property rights of any third person, or is otherwise unlawful. Personal Perspectives also must not include any partisan statements or any endorsement or opposition of a candidate for public office.
- All entries will be shared with jGirls Magazine for consideration for publication. If an entrant’s Personal Perspective is accepted by jGirls Magazine for publication, the entrant will be asked to provide additional information to jGirls Magazine at that time.
- By submitting a Personal Perspective, an entrant grants to Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., Hadassah Magazine, jGirls Magazine and their respective designees the right to edit her Personal Perspective and to reproduce, publish, promote, advertise, copy, use and distribute her Personal Perspective, in any and all current or future media, throughout the world in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to the entrant or any third party.
- Hadassah Magazine, on behalf of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., and jGirls Magazine reserve the right to use an entrant’s name/photo, entry, city and state of residence and biographical information in connection with the Contest, including in any advertising or promotional materials relating to the Contest, in any and all media, including the internet, without further notification, permission, or compensation to the entrant, except where prohibited by law.
- Limit of one entry per person.
- The winning Personal Perspective will be published in the November/December 2020 print issue of Hadassah Magazine and on the jGirls Magazine website at jgirlsmagazine.org at such time as determined by jGirls Magazine.
- The entrant who submits the winning Personal Perspective will also receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the print version of Hadassah Magazine. Approximate retail value of the Hadassah Magazine subscription: $36.00. The subscription to Hadassah Magazine is neither transferable nor redeemable for cash.
- Any and all taxes on the prize, and any other costs, fees, and expenses are the sole responsibility of the prize recipient.
CHOOSING THE WINNING ENTRY
- All entries will be reviewed by judges appointed by Hadassah Magazine and jGirls Magazine who will judge and select the winning entry based upon the following equally weighted criteria: 1) quality of writing, 2) originality, 3) aptness to theme and 4) presentation of ideas. The judges’ decision is final and binding.
- Nothing in these Official Rules requires the judges to choose a winner of the Contest.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNING ENTRY
- The selected potential winner will be notified by email by October 2, 2020.
- The selected potential winner must execute a written agreement with Hadassah Magazine, on behalf of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., granting Hadassah Magazine first publication rights to publish her Personal Perspective in Hadassah Magazine, and return a signed copy of the agreement to email@example.com within five (5) days of being provided with such agreement. The selected potential winner will not become the official winner until such agreement has been returned, and eligibility has been formally verified.
- After the selected potential winner has executed a written agreement with Hadassah Magazine and has become the official winner, the winner will be announced in the November/December 2020 print issue of Hadassah Magazine along with her Personal Perspective.
- These Official Rules supersede and replace any other previously published rules governing this Contest.
- Entries that do not comply with these Official Rules will automatically be disqualified.
- Hadassah Magazine and jGirls Magazine reserve the right to cancel the Contest and/or substitute or modify these Official Rules and/or the prizes at any time for any reason whatsoever and without notice.
- Hadassah Magazine and jGirls Magazine reserve the right, in their discretion, to disqualify any entrant they find to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, to be acting in violation of the Official Rules, or whose entry they deem obscene, indecent or offensive in any way.
- The submission of materials to Hadassah Magazine and jGirls Magazine is solely the responsibility of the entrant. Hadassah Magazine and jGirls Magazine are not responsible for computer system, technical, hardware, software, program, website or server failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or network connections or any other difficulties that are human or technical in nature.
- Hadassah Magazine and jGirls Magazine are not responsible for entries that are processed late or incorrectly or those that are lost due to computer or electronic malfunction or other error or for those entries that for any reason are not received by Hadassah Magazine and jGirls Magazine prior to the stated deadline.
- By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., Hadassah Magazine, jGirls Magazine, their related entities and affiliates and each of their respective directors, officers, members, volunteers, agents, employees, representatives, successors and assigns from any and all damages, costs, expenses (including attorneys’ fees), causes of action, suits, claims, demands, penalties, judgments, liability and loss, of any kind whatsoever, arising out of or in connection with the Contest and/or the use, misuse or non-use of the prize awarded.
- The Contest and these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York.