WestBow Press

Second Annual New Look Writing Contest Official Rules

1. How to Enter

You may enter the Second Annual New Look Writing Contest, brought to you by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. and WestBow Press (the “Contest”) by completing the steps listed below and at https://www.westbowpress.com/newlook2015.aspx during the Submission Period.

Only one (1) contest entry (“Entry”) is permitted per entrant. Any additional entries will be disqualified without notice.

2. When to Enter

The submission period begins 12:01 AM EST September 1, 2015 and the last entry will be accepted at 11:59 p.m. EST, on November 30, 2015 (the “Submission Period”).

3. No Entry Fees

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. There are no entry fees, no subsidy payments and no purchases of any kind required to enter and/or win the contest.

4. How to Enter

  • Visit https://www.westbowpress.com/newlook2015.aspx and register with Westbow Press by filling in the required information, including name, email address and phone number in the designated spaces and press ”Enter the Contest.”
  • Once you are registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration and setting forth the next steps required to enter the contest (which can also be found below). You must register with Westbow Press prior to entry.
  • Once registered, submit your manuscript as an email attachment to contest@westbowpress.com (NOTE: Do not paste your manuscript into the body of the email).
  • The subject line of your email should read: NEW LOOK WRITING CONTEST - (Your Name Here).
  • The body of the email should include the following: your full name, physical mailing address (no PO Box), phone number with area code, email address and the title of your submission.
  • If and when your manuscript is received, you will receive a confirmation notice by email.

5. Eligibility Requirements

  • Entrants must be legal residents of the United States at least 18 years of age or older as of September 1, 2015.
  • Employees and immediate family members of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc, and Author Solutions LLC and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, advertising, promotional and fulfillment agents, attorneys, and other representatives and the persons with whom each of the above are domiciled are not eligible to enter the contest.
  • Each entrant in the contest must be the rightful owner or have authorized use of the e-mail account indicated by the entrant's e-mail address. In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of the winner submitting an entry, the winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account is opened. The e-mail account must be opened prior to September 1, 2015.
  • Offer void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

6. Content Requirements

  • The submission must be a previously unpublished full-length manuscript — fiction or nonfiction — of any genre and subject manner, with the exception of those genres listed below.
  • The submission must be an inspirational, positive story that is consistent with the Christian mission of WestBow Press as set forth in WestBow Press’ Editorial Standards.
  • The submission must be an original and completed manuscript.
  • Picture books, travel guides, cookbooks and children’s books will not be considered. However, young adult novels are acceptable.
  • Submitted manuscripts must meet a minimum word count of 10,000 words.
  • Each submitted manuscript must be double-spaced, formatted in Times New Roman font and contained in a single Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx).
  • List your full name as a header on each page of your manuscript.
  • Each submitted manuscript must be written in English.
  • All content should be consistent with our WestBow Press Editorial Standards.
  • Entrants must retain a copy of their submitted entry either in digital or hard-copy form.
  • Entrants who do not meet these Content Requirements will not be considered.

Sponsors reserve the right to declare any entry ineligible (and such entry will be disqualified without notice) if it is determined in their reasonable business judgment that the entry is not in accordance with the terms stated in WestBow Press’ Editorial Standards or in these Official Rules.

Manuscript entries will not be returned and will be destroyed.

  • By submitting your email address, you understand that you may receive email communications from Westbow Press, Author Solutions LLC and HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. providing information about the products of Westbow Press, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. and its affiliates. HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., is located at 501 Nelson Place, Nashville, TN 37214. You may unsubscribe from HarperCollins' Christian Publishing's emails at any time. If you have any questions, please review our Privacy Policy or email us at customerservice@harpercollins.com.
  • By registering for the contest and submitting your phone number, you are consenting to receive phone calls from Westbow Press representatives with more information about its products and services. You may withdraw your consent to receive these phone calls by emailing donotcall@westbowpress.com.

7. Contest Judging Process

Winners of the Contest will be selected during a two (2) round process:

Round One:

  • Each submitted entry will be reviewed based on the criteria set forth below by the following panel of judges: Kathi Macias, Speaker, Award Winning Christian Author and VP of Acquisitions for Elk Lake Publishing and Jerry Gramckow, author, editor and a graduate from Multnomah Bible College with a B.S. in Biblical Education and Journalism.
  • In the event of a tie, Kathi Macias will act as the tie-breaking judge assessing the submissions based on the criteria set forth below.
  • The judges will select ten (10) entries as semi-finalists to move on to Round Two. Top 10 semi-finalist authors will be notified directly via email, and their names and manuscript titles will be posted on www.westbowpress.com on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

Round Two:

  • The 10 entries that make it into this round will be reviewed based on the criteria set forth below by a separate panel of judges comprised:
    • Lisa Murphy, WestBow Press Imprint Manager , and
    • Pete Nikolai, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. Director of Publishing Services.
  • In the event of a tie, Kathi Macias will act as the tie-breaking judge assessing the submissions based on the criteria set forth below.
  • The judges will select one (1) Grand-Prize winner, one (1) First-Place winner and one (1) Second-Place winner. All decisions made by the judges are final.
  • The Grand Prize, First Place, and Second-place winners will be announced on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. All prize winners will be notified via email, and the names of the finalists and winners will be posted on www.westbowpress.com.

Judging Criteria:

Entries will be judged based on the following:

  • Originality (25% of score)
  • Quality of writing (25% of score)
  • Conveyance of an inspirational, positive story that is consistent with the Christian mission of WestBow Press as set forth in WestBow Press’ Editorial Standards (50% of score)

8. Prizes for the Contest

  • One Grand-Prize winner will receive:
    • In its sole discretion, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. may publish the winning entry through its Thomas Nelson or Zondervan imprints (Not for sale – no estimated retail value); or, if HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. declines to publish the winning entry, the Grand-Prize winner will receive a FREE Bookstore Advantage publishing package with WestBow Press (Estimated retail value $3,149)
    • The winning entry will be placed on the WestBow Press website homepage during month of publication (Not for sale – no estimated retail value)
    • The winning entry will receive placement on the BookLook Bloggers book review site until such time as the ebook title has been downloaded 50 times. (Estimated retail value $1,499)
  • One First-Place winner will receive:
    • A FREE Pro Format publishing package with WestBow Press (Estimated retail value$1,999)
  • One Second-Place winner will receive:
    • A FREE Essential Access publishing package with WestBow Press (Estimated retail value $1,099)
  • The remaining seven (7) Round-Two finalists will receive:
    • A 50% discount on any one (1) of the following WestBow Press publishing packages (at their election): Essential Access, Pro Format, Bookstore Advantage, Online Platform, Video Plus, Speakers Platform, Video Premier or Pro Launch. REDEMPTION IS NOT REQUIRED. IF FINALIST ELECTS TO REDEEM, FINALISTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE REMAINING 50% BALANCE OF THE PUBLISHING PACKAGE OF THEIR CHOICE (For reference, following are the full retail values of each available package: Essential Access $1,099 Pro Format $1,999 Bookstore Advantage$3,149; Online Platform $4,149, Video Plus $6,599, Speakers Platform $5,599; Video Premier $10,149 and Pro Launch: $14,149.)
    • One (1) copy of Christian Writer’s Manual of Style by Robert Hudson (Estimated retail value $19.99) (published by Zondervan)
  • Prizes are subject to availability. No transfer or substitution of prizes is permitted. Prizes cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. Sponsors may substitute a cash payment of equal or greater value for any prize. Winners are solely responsible for all costs or expenses not specifically exempted herein and for any and all applicable federal, state or local taxes on the value of their prizes. All prizes will be awarded, provided there are at least ten (10) eligible entries.
  • Winners must execute, notarize and return within five (5) days of receipt: (1) a liability release; (2) a publicity release (where legal), (3) an IRS Form 1099; and (4) any other documentation that Sponsors require. By the act of accepting a prize, each winner agrees to the release of his or her name, pen name, likeness, and city and state of residence for potential publicity purposes and use on the BookLook Bloggers, Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing and WestBow Press websites, except where prohibited by law, and without further compensation.
  • All prize winners must redeem their prize within one (1) year of selection as a prize winner. Failure to timely redeem a prize within this time period shall result in forfeiture of entitlement of the prize. In the event of forfeiture, no substitute prize winner will be awarded.
  • Entrants and winners are under no obligation whatsoever to purchase a publishing package but may be offered the opportunity by a WestBow Press Publishing Consultant.

9. Representations and Warranties of Entrants

By submitting your entry, you hereby specifically represent and warrant that your contest entry:

  • Is original material written solely by you;
  • Has not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other work (as written in any language or in any medium, whether now known or hereafter devised);
  • Has not been previously published, produced, or distributed in any audio or visual form, or otherwise exploited in any medium (whether now known or hereafter devised, in whole or in part);
  • Does not defame, and does not infringe upon or violate the right of privacy, right of publicity, copyright, trademark, service mark, trade secret, or any intellectual property, proprietary or other right(s) of any third party;
  • Meets each of the Content Requirements set forth in paragraph 6 of these Official Rules; and that
  • You are entirely responsible for all content submitted.

10. Limitation of Liability

  • By participating, Entrants signify their acceptance of the Official Rules and decisions of the judges, which will be final in all respects, and to waive any claim with respect to ambiguity of the Official Rules. By participating, Entrants grant to Sponsors a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to (i) publish and/or display excerpts from their entry on the BookLook Bloggers, Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing and WestBow Press websites; (ii) to use the participant’s first name and address (limited to City and State) for purposes of advertising and promotion on the BookLook Bloggers,Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing and WestBow Press websites, except where prohibited by law; and (iii) to use the Entrant’s likeness and first name and address (limited to City and State) for purposes of advertising and promotion on the BookLook Bloggers, Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing and WestBow Press websites, except where prohibited by law.
  • Entrants release, discharge, and hold harmless HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. and WestBow Press, Author Solutions LLC and their respective parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and assigns, and their respective employees, attorneys, representatives and agents, including advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, from any and all liability or damages arising from the administration of the Contest, the use of the photos and the names and likenesses of the Entrants for purposes of advertising and publicity, and the use or misuse of any prize received in the Contest, including, without limitation, the following: (i) late, lost, incomplete, delayed, misdirected or unintelligible entries, (ii) any printing, typographical, administrative or technological errors in any materials associated with the Contest, including, without limitation, entry materials and prize notifications, and (iii) any damage to the Entrant’s computer and related equipment and software resulting from Entrant’s downloading of information regarding the Contest or participation in the Contest. Entry materials and prize notifications that have been tampered with, altered, or do not comply with these Official Rules are void.
  • HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. may use the personally identifiable information obtained from the Entrants only in accordance with its privacy policy, which may be found at: https://www.harpercollinschristian.com/privacy/
  • WestBow Press may use the personally identifiable information obtained from the Entrants only in accordance with its privacy policy, which may be found at: https://www.westbowpress.com/PrivacyPolicy.aspx
  • Author Solutions may use the personally identifiable information obtained from the Entrants only in accordance with its privacy policy, which may be found at: https://www.authorsolutions.com/Privacy-Policy.aspx
  • If a virus, bug, computer problem or other causes beyond its control corrupts the administration, security or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsors reserve the right at their sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the contest and to select winner from entries received prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsors. Sponsors may prohibit you from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its or their sole discretion, determines that you are attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking or employing other unfair practices or by abusing other entrants or the representatives of any of Sponsors.
  • ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND, IN SUCH EVENT, SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO PURSUE THEIR REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING COSTS AND ATTORNEY'S FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.
  • Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND/OR AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS PROMOTION. REGISTERED CONTESTANT HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHTS OR CLAIMS TO ATTORNEY'S FEES, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ENTRANT, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT AND WHETHER BASED ON NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE. • Any dispute arising from the Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of laws principles, and the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the State and Federal Courts located in the State of New York, County of New York over them and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.
  • ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND UPON THE NATURE, QUALITY AND NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE ENTRIES.
  • For the names of finalists and winners, e-mail your request to Lisa Murphy at lmurphy@westbowpress.com no earlier than December 17, 2015, but no later than March 31, 2016. The Contest may be terminated without prior notice at any time.

11. Contest Sponsors

  • HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., 501 Nelson Place, Nashville, TN 37214
  • Author Solutions, LLC, 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403