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Description-Rules-Prizes-Rights: "Biography of an Object" Writing Contest 2014

Full Contest Description:
“Biography of an Object Writing Contest” is a national writing contest sponsored by Garth’s Auctions, Antiques & the Arts Weekly, AntiqueWeek, Maine Antique Digest and Antiques & Auction News. Entrants may choose one of the following objects (or browse the Garth's archive, visit a local library, or search the internet) and choose an object within their personal field of interest:

~ a 19th C American painted Parcheesi gameboard
~ a 19th C cast iron “Uncle Sam” mechanical bank
~ a 1989 "Clenet Coachworks Cabriolet"
~ a pair of George III silver candlesticks
~ an 18th C Sino-Tibetan gilt Buddha figure
~ a 20th C Tiffany & Co. scarab bracelet
~ a painting of women making lace by A.G. Warshawsky
~ a mid 20th C lounge chair & ottoman by Eames

Once an object is chosen, contestants should create a brief fictional biography (prose or poetry) or a more studied, non-fictional account. In either case, the author will want to address similar questions to those one would ask if writing a biography of a person: Where are you from? What was your life like? What was your purpose?. For example, the biography of a chest of drawers from France from the 1800’s would reveal totally different details than the biography of a chest of drawers from Philadelphia circa 1776. Entrants are also required to submit an image of the item of focus (images may be original art illustration, created by the author or photograph). Entries will be judged based on the accuracy of information related to the object of focus, idea development and storytelling, organization and writing mechanics.

The “Biography of an Object” contest opens October 1 and closes on December 1, 2014. There will be three divisions: Kids (12 and under), Teens (13-19), and Adults (20 and above). This is a great project for older siblings, parents or grandparents to share with the young people in their lives or if you are a just a big kid yourself with a passion for antiques and the stories behind them!

Here's what you'll need to do to submit your biography. 1. Visit www.garths.com/contest.asp There you will find all of the information you need to get your story ready to submit! 2. 3. Visit www.garths.com/contestregistration.asp to Register and Submit.

RULES
The Garth’s “Biography of an Object Contest” is sponsored by Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Antiques & Auction News and Maine Antique Digest. The Contest begins on or about October 1, 2014 and submissions will be accepted through Midnight on December 1, 2014. Winners will be notified on or about January 31, 2015. . This promotion is void where prohibited.

Eligibility & Entry Guidelines
Entrants must be in one of three age groups: Kids (12 and under), Teens (13-19), and Adults (20 and above).

Employees and immediate family members of employees of Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Antiques & Auction News and Maine Antique Digest, and judges are not eligible. Only one entry per person will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified.

There are no requirements regarding the type of writing that may be submitted. Short story, essay, poetry, or other format may be utilized.

Any failure to adhere to these Contest Rules may result in disqualification from the contest.

No purchase is necessary to participate or win.

Each entry must include the official Garth’s “Biography of an Object” Contest Entry Form, with the required signature of a parent/guardian if contestant is 17 or under, confirming that the story and art are original, and granting certain rights to the entry materials.

Contest entries may be submitted by uploading the story and image at www.garths.com/contest.asp or mailing to: Biography of an Object Contest, Garth’s Auctions, PO Box 369, Delaware, OH 43015. Digital Contest entries may be submitted in any of the following formats: doc, odf, pdf, jpg, tiff. Photos, artwork and biographies sent via mail will not be returned.

Word Count/Image:
Kids (12 and under) stories are limited to a maximum of 500 words.
Teens (13-19) stories are limited to a maximum of 1000 words.
Adults (20 and above) stories are limited to a maximum of 1500 words.
The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those that enhance the illustrations.

Text must be printed legibly or typed.

Stories must include one(1) image of the object discussed in biography. Image may be a photograph or original art depiction (including drawings or paintings created by the author).

Judging, Awards & Notification

Judging panel will be determined by the Sponsors. Entries will be judged on accuracy (as it relates to the origin, maker, etc. of the object), idea development and storytelling, organization and writing mechanics. All decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal or review. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Winners will be notified on or about January 31, 2015.. Each winner’s story will be posted on the Contest Web site at garths.com/contest in late spring 2015, as well as possibly published in one or more of the following: a 2015 Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers Catalog, Maine Antique Digest, AntiqueWeek, Antiques and the Arts Weekly, or Antiques & Auction News.

Award details:

3 (three) 1st place prizes will be awarded (one in each Division): one Kindle Fire HD 7" e-reader, a $25 Amazon.com Gift card, a 1 year gift subscription to each: Garth’s Auctions catalogs, Maine Antique Digest, Antiques & the Arts Weekly, AntiqueWeek, and Antiques & Auction News. Winning story in each division may be published in the Sponsor publications and websites. Estimated value of each 1st Place Division award: $1,000.

3 (three) 2nd place prizes will be awarded (one in each Division): one Kindle Paperwhite 6" e-reader, a $25 Amazon.com gift card, a 6 month gift subscription to each: Garth’s Auctions catalogs, Maine Antique Digest, Antiques & the Arts Weekly, AntiqueWeek, and Antiques & Auction News. Estimated value of each 2nd Place Division award: $450.

3 (three) 3rd place prizes will be awarded (one in each Division): a $25 Amazon.com Gift card, a 6 month gift subscription to each: Garth’s Auctions catalogs, Maine Antique Digest, Antiques & the Arts Weekly, AntiqueWeek, and Antiques & Auction News. Estimated value of each 3rd Place Division award: $350.

Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Antiques & Auction News, and Maine Antique Digest reserve the right to substitute any prize for a prize of equal or greater value, at the sole discretion of Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Maine Antique Digest, and Antiques & Auction News. Prize recipients must allow a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks from notification to delivery. Prizes are non-transferable.

Rights Associated with Contest

Submission of the Entry Form constitutes permission for Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Maine Antique Digest and Antiques & Auction News 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 in advertising and promotion without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law. All entries, and any copyrights therein, become the sole property of Garth’s and will not be returned. By entering, entrants agree to abide by the above stated rules, and warrant that their entry is their original work and does not infringe upon or violate rights of any third party, and grant to Garth’s, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Maine Antique Digest, and Antiques & Auction News the right to edit, publish, promote, and otherwise use their entry materials without permission, notice or compensation. No royalties will be paid at this or any time.

By submitting an entry and Entry Form, each participant (and parent or guardian) assigns all right, title, and interest in and to the entry and Entry Form to Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Maine Antique Digest and Antiques & Auction News and warrants that the participant (and parent or 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 or guardian) agrees to cooperate with Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Maine Antique Digest and Antiques & Auction News to achieve fulfillment of such formalities.

By submitting an Entry Form, each participant (and parent or guardian) agree to be bound by these Contest Rules. Each participant (and parent or guardian) agrees to release and hold Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Maine Antique Digest and Antiques & Auction News, and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and liabilities arising out of participation in the Contest or resulting from acceptance or claiming of any prize hereunder. Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Maine Antique Digest and Antiques & Auction News reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, suspend or otherwise cancel the Contest at any time. Income and all other taxes are the responsibility of the prize recipient. Garth’s Auctions, AntiqueWeek, Antiques & The Arts Weekly, Maine Antique Digest and Antiques & Auction News are not responsible for any expenses incurred in connection with participation in the Contest.

     

   

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