Roots of Liberty National Essay Contest
Rules and Information
Contest entries accepted January 15, 2016 through April 15, 2016.
Deadline: April 15, 2016
Section 1. General Rules
From January 15, 2016 through April 15, 2016. The Cornerstone Project LLC will conduct an essay contest in the United States of America. To enter, eligible students (see Section 2. for eligibility requirements) must visit the essay website and submit an entry that follows the Submission Guidelines as detailed in Section 3. We will not accept or consider entries that are submitted outside the website. Entrants agree to accept and be bound by all terms of these Official Rules and Regulations and to accept and be bound by the decisions of The Cornerstone Project LLC, whose decisions are final with respect to all matters of the Contest.
Only one entry per student is permitted. Entries that are incomplete, are submitted late, do not answer all required questions, or otherwise do not comply with these Official Rules and Regulations will not be accepted. By entering the Essay Contest, entrants agree that the The Cornerstone Project LLC will own and administer 100% of the copyright in all entries submitted, with the perpetual right to use such entries and that said entries are solely the work of the entrant for whom they are submitting an entry. The Cornerstone Project LLC may edit for grammar, modify for style only, and distribute the submitted entries with no additional notification or permission of the entrant. Entries will only be used to further the educational mission and goals of the The Cornerstone Project LLC (please see Section 4 for a Privacy Statement). Contest is void where prohibited by law.
Section 2. Eligibility
The Contest is open to all United States citizens or legal residents who are students no older than 19 years of age and no younger than 14 years of age as of April 15, 2016 who attend school in the United States, one of its territories or districts, or an American Armed Forces School Abroad, and who are in grades 9-12 attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, or are enrolled in a GED or correspondence school program, or are attending a homeschool program.
Section 3. Submission Guidelines
Submissions should fully answer the question and all sub-parts. Submissions are limited to a maximum of 3250 characters and must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on April 15, 2016.Only online submissions from http://rootsofliberty.org/essay-contest/ will be accepted for the contest. Only one entry per student will be accepted.
Section 4. Judging and Timing
After April 15, 2016, the judges selected by the The Cornerstone Project LLC will review and select finalists from the eligible entries received. The judges will then select the prize-winners. Entries will be evaluated based upon the following criteria: adherence to the Submission Guidelines (as stated in Section 3), originality, organization, writing style, and depth of analysis. Winners will be announced on the contest site on or before May 1, 2016.
The The Cornerstone Project LLC reserves the right in their sole administration of the Contest to disqualify any individual they find or believe to be tampering with the entry process or the administration of the Contest, be acting in violation of these Official Rules and Regulations, or plagiarizing or otherwise submitting work not their own as original.
The selection of the judges is within the sole and absolute discretion of the The Cornerstone Project LLC. The judges who are selected by the The Cornerstone Project LLC will not have a direct connection to the student who has submitted the entry or be in a position to affect the objectivity and impartiality of any judge with respect to a submission.
Section 5. Awards
Winners will be announced on the contest site on or before May 1, 2016. Winners must provide publicity photos and information as well as Social Security numbers in order to receive prize money. Social Security numbers are requested from winners for tax purposes only. The The Cornerstone Project LLC will not sell, nor use student Social Security numbers for any reason other than the required reporting for Federal tax purposes. Winners will receive the following prizes based upon the judges’ evaluations as outlined in Section IV.
Prizes for Students in the Roots of Liberty National Essay Contest
National Grand Prize – $5,000 plus airfare & hotel accommodations for the winner and their parent or guardian to visit the National Capital Area*
Second Prize – $3,000
Third Prize – $1,000
Honorable Mention – three awards for $500 each
Cash prizes for Teachers of winning students
Teachers of Winners of the Grand Prize, Second Prize, or Third prize – $1,000 each. Teachers of Winners of Honorable mention – $250 each.
Teachers with 5 or more nominations – 5 random drawings for $50 each
Prizes will be awarded within 90 days of Roots of Liberty receiving all personal information from winning contestants/teachers required for disbursement. Prizes not claimed within 180 days of the check date or the end of the Contest will be void. The Cornerstone Project LLC will make its best effort to mail the prize to the winner and is not responsible for any incorrect address or other information provided by the contestant. All entrants are solely responsible for understanding and complying with any and all federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances that may apply to the entrants and the activities or business in which such entrants may engage. There may be tax consequences associated with the prizes and income received by a Contest winner, which may include, without limitation, an obligation to report as income and to pay taxes on such income to federal, state, or local authorities. Each Contest winner is responsible to determine the tax consequences of the income received and to comply with all applicable laws in all respects. All prize-winning teachers are solely responsible for understanding and complying with any and all federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances, as well as school policies that may apply.
Section 6. Privacy Statement
Section 7. Availability Disclaimer
The administration of the Contest, including, without limitation, determining the eligibility of a student or entry, selection of a judge, evaluation of any submitted entry, and awarding of the prizes, is within the sole and absolute discretion of the The Cornerstone Project LLC. No student or teacher, or person or organization related thereto, has a right to appeal, contest, dispute, or otherwise challenge any aspect of the administration of the Contest, and any decision of the The Cornerstone Project LLC is final in all respects.
No responsibility is assumed for incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized by this contest or by any human error which may occur in the processing of entries into this Contest. The The Cornerstone Project LLC is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, or delayed entries or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of players on account of technical problems, or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof.
If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the The Cornerstone Project LLC, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest or for any reason the The Cornerstone Project LLC deems it necessary, the The Cornerstone Project LLC reserves the right to cancel, modify, or delay the Contest.