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for college students: american identity literary contest (no fee)

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    American Identity Literary Contest http://www.oftwominds.com/american-identity.html Contest Rules Prizes: Prize is $500 in each of two genres—fiction (short
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 4, 2007
      American Identity Literary Contest

      Contest Rules

      Prizes: Prize is $500 in each of two genres—fiction (short story) and
      non-fiction (essay)—and publication on www.american-identity.com.

      Eligibility: There is no reading fee. Entrants must be 18 years of age or
      older and actively attending an accredited four-year U.S. college or university.
      Students are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-U.S.
      citizens. Contestants must have a valid email address for notification purposes.

      Purpose: The aim of the contest is to encourage emerging student writers to
      explore the dynamic nature of American Identity as the nation continues its
      transformation into a multi-ethnic and multi-heritage society. Specific subjects
      of inquiry or fictional development include but are not limited to:

      How have your own heritages shaped your understanding of American Identity?
      How have mixed-ethnicity individuals (“Hapas”) changed your understanding of
      American Identity?
      How has exposure to other heritages transformed your understanding of
      American Identity?
      Any other theme relating to the adaptation of the American Identity,
      collectively or individually, in a dynamic, mobile society of mixed heritages and
      mixed-ethnicity citizenry.

      Sponsor: The contest is sponsored by writer Charles Hugh Smith, author of
      I-State Lines. Smith's own family is a mix of Mexican-American, Asian-American,
      African-American and Anglo heritages, and the contest reflects his interest in
      the dynamic nature of identity in America.

      How to Enter:

      All entries require a signed entry form
      (go to http://www.oftwominds.com/american-identity.html for entry form)
      Submit via U.S. Postal Service no more than one original, previously
      unpublished work between 1,000 and 2,500 words in length in each genre (fiction/story
      and non-fiction/essay); i.e. you may submit a single story or essay, or one of
      Entries will not be returned, so keep a copy for your records.
      Emailed submissions will not be accepted.
      Entries must be written in the English language and be printed or typed in
      doubled-spaced or 1.5 spaced 12-point font.
      Include the title and page number in the header of every page of each
      manuscript being submitted.
      Multiple submissions are allowed—i.e., you can enter stories or essays that
      have been submitted to other contests or publishers.
      Mail your completed and signed entry form and a copy of your original story
      and/or essay, to: American Identity, P.O. Box 4727, Berkeley CA 94704.
      Entries must be received by June 30, 2007.
      The winners will be notified via email and their names posted on our website
      no later than September 6, 2007.
      All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever
      prohibited or restricted by law.
      Reasonable care is taken, but we are not responsible for manuscripts lost in
      the mail.
      All taxes (federal, state, local, and any other) are winners’ sole
      responsibility. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be assigned. No substitutions
      allowed. Prizes will be paid by check in U.S. currency.

      Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that all submissions are
      judged fairly. American-Identity.com subscribes to the Council of Literary
      Magazines and Presses (CLMP) Contest Code of Ethics.

      Author Rights
      American-Identity.com reserves the right to publish entries on the website
      for the lifetime of American-Identity.com, and to submit the winning entries to
      other print and online publications. You retain all other rights to your story
      or essay.

      Partially completed entries, illegible entries, and submissions with
      incomplete or unsigned entry forms will not be accepted. No liability is assumed for
      lost, late, mutilated, illegible, stolen entries, or for postage due or
      misdirected mail. American-identity.com is not responsible for errors in printing or
      electronic presentation of the Contest. If for any reason the Contest is not
      capable of running as planned, due to causes beyond our control which adversely
      affect the secrecy, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, we
      reserve the right, at our discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers
      with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the
      contest. In the event the contest must be terminated, a notice will be posted on our

      Prize Winners will be notified by email and will be required to sign and
      return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability within 14 days of
      notification. A noncompliance within that time period or the return of any
      notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and, at our discretion,
      the selection of an alternate Winner. In the event of any other noncompliance
      with rules and conditions, prize may be awarded to an alternate winner.

      Limits of Liability
      By participating, all entrants agree that American-Identity.com and Charles
      Hugh Smith will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or
      damages of any kind, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from
      the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the prize, or participation in
      this contest. By entering the contest the Prize Winners consent to the use of his
      or her name and biographical data for publicity and promotional purposes on
      behalf of future American Identity contests with no additional compensation or
      further permission (except where prohibited by law). Other entry names will
      not be used for subsequent mail solicitation.

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