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Close Encounters with Science


Close Encounters with Science (“Contest”)
From 12:00 pm EDT on November 2, 2012  
to 12:00pm EDT on November 20, 2012  (“Contest Period”)

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“CBC”) 
and Canada Council for the Arts (the “Sponsor”)

No purchase required. To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period send to us a true story about a memorable personal encounter with science or technology in the world around you. You must submit your entry via www.cbc.ca/canadawrites (the “Website”) along with your name and the requested contact information. 

To be valid, entries must be received by 12:00pm EDTon November 20, 2012.

Limit of one entry per person. If you attempt or are suspected of attempting to enter more than once, or use robotic, automatic, programmed or any entry methods not authorized by these rules, it shall be deemed as tampering and will void your entries.  

Entry forms and Submissions become the property of CBC and will not be returned to you.

Any Submissions you make will be deemed to be “Submissions” under the cbc.ca Terms of Use available at http://www.cbc.ca/aboutcbc/discover/termsofuse.html#submissions. 

Any Submissions deemed by CBC to be inappropriate or not suitable for its audience will be disqualified at the sole discretion of CBC. 

Submissions should be between 400 and 500 words. All Submissions must be composed by you and be your original work, and must not violate the rights of any third party. By making a Submission, you give CBC a perpetual royalty-free license to reproduce your work and to communicate it to the public for all world territories, exclusive until November 20, 2013 and non-exclusive afterwards. You waive any moral rights you may have in such Submission. You acknowledge that CBC may publish Submissions in whole or in part on any medium (radio, television, internet or other) or platforms controlled or authorized by CBC.

Contest is open to all Canadian residents who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at the Contest opening date. 

Employees of CBC, the Sponsor, their affiliates, as well as such employees’ immediate family (father/mother, brother/sister, son/daughter) or persons living under the same roof are not eligible to enter this Contest.

A judging panel (“Judging Panel”) comprised of a well-known established Canadian writer will review all eligible entries received during the Contest Period and select the winner based upon: 

  • the author's use of language, originality of subject and writing style. 
The winner will be contacted by telephone or by e-mail during the week following the announcement and should claim their prize as instructed by CBC by no later than 30 days after the date they are initially contacted. If a winner cannot be reached within 30 days following the first attempt of contact, declines the prize, or fails to return the required release form, the prize shall be forfeited and CBC has the right, at its sole discretion, to select another winner.

The winner will receive $1,000 from the Sponsor  in the form of a cheque. 

5.1. The winner shall sign a release declaring their eligibility as stipulated in Section 2 of these rules; agreeing that their name, image and/or voice may be used for advertising purposes related to this Contest free of charge; and releasing CBC, the Sponsor,  as well as their respective directors, officers and employees (the “Contest Parties”) from all liability for any damage or loss arising from participation in this Contest or from the awarding, acceptance or use of the prize. 

5.2. Refusal to accept the prize releases the Contest Parties from any obligation toward the winner.

5.3. If a contestant makes any false statement, (s)he will be automatically disqualified from the Contest.

5.4. The Contest Parties assume no liability for any loss, damage or injury, including without limitation: (i) lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late, destroyed, illegible or incomplete entries; (ii) loss, theft or damage to software or computer or telephone data, including any breach of privacy; (iii) fraudulent calls; (iv) inability of any person to participate in the Contest for any reason including mistaken addresses on mail or e-mail; technical, computer or telephone malfunctions or other problems with computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, or software; congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination of the foregoing; (v) damage to any person’s computer, including as a result of playing or downloading any material relating to the Contest; (vi) any delay or inability to act resulting from an event or situation beyond their control, including a strike, lockout or other labour dispute at their location or the locations of the organizations and businesses whose services are used to administer this Contest; or (vii) prizes that are lost, damaged or misdirected during shipping.

5.5. CBC reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond their reasonable control corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws.  Should such an attempt be made, CBC reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. 

5.6. All personal information, such as name and contact information, is collected by CBC solely for the purposes of administering this Contest and shall not be used for any other purpose without your express consent. By providing this information, you consent to it being used for the stated purposes. Please see CBC’s privacy policy at http://www.cbc.ca/aboutcbc/discover/privacy.html. 

5.7. If the identity of a contestant is disputed, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry will be deemed to be the contestant.  The individual assigned to the e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address is considered the authorized account holder.  A selected contestant may be required to provide proof that (s)he is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the selected entry.  All entries must be submitted from a valid e-mail account that may be identified by reverse domain name search. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry in this Contest will be the Contest server.

5.8. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries.  All entries that are incomplete, illegible, damaged, irregular, have been submitted through illicit means, using any robotic, automatic programmed method that artificially increases the odds of winning or do not conform to or satisfy any condition of the rules may be disqualified by the CBC.  CBC is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest.

5.9. CBC reserves the right to amend the Contest rules or to terminate the Contest at any time without any liability to any contestant.  Any amendments to these Contest rules will be posted on the Website. 

5.10. By entering, you agree to abide by the Contest rules and the decisions of CBC and the Judging Panel, which decisions are final and binding on all contestants.

5.11. Contest rules are available on the Website.

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