Friday, March 4, 2011

2nd Gig Book Storywriting Contest

This is your chance to get published.

The 2nd Gig Book Storywriting Contest is now accepting entries.

Deadline: July 31, 2011

Official Contest Rules (also available at

1. The 2nd Gig Book Storywriting Contest hereinafter referred to as
the "Contest" is organized and sponsored by Gig and the Amazing
Sampaguita Foundation Inc. hereinafter referred to as the "Organizer"
with business address at Suite 600 The Gregorian, 2178 Taft Avenue,
Malate, Manila, Philippines.

2. The Contest starts on March 1, 2011 and is open to anyone age 18
years or older, except the officers and employees of the Organizer and
their relatives up to the third degree of consanguinity.

3. Entries must be stories written in English and intended for
children age 6 to 12 years. The word count must be 750 words or less,
and the plot and sequence must be capable of sustaining a 20- to
32-page illustrated book. The theme must be something that seafarer
families, especially children, can identify with. The story must, in
the judges' opinion, resonate well with children whose fathers are
mostly away at sea, and preferably promote positive human values (e.g.
love, respect, honesty, compassion, care, humility, responsibility,
understanding, strength, courage, resilience, etc.). Bonus points and
a greater chance of winning will be given to positive, sensitive, and
creatively child-appropriate stories that deal with difficult seafarer
family issues like relatives, in-laws, neighbors, troubled teens,
money management, parental infidelity, sibling rivalry, resentment,
anger, alienation, abandonment, illness, and others.

4. By entering the Contest, contestants warrant that their entry: (a)
is their original creation; (b) has not been previously published; (c)
has not been entered in another contest where it won First, Second, or
Third prize.

5. All entries must be submitted by email to
The subject heading must be the word "Entry" followed by a space,
dash, another space and the title of the story. (Example: Entry - My
Dad is a Sailor and I am a Mermaid) Furthermore: (a) The main message
of the email must contain the following items only: the title of the
story, and the contestant's complete name, age, mailing address,
cellphone number, and landline. (b) The entry itself must be sent as a
Microsoft Word attachment. It must be set in 12 points Times Roman
normal (no bold, no italics, no underlining), double-spaced, with no
author name or accompanying or inserted artwork or graphics or
identifying marks whatsoever, on letter-size paper (8.5 inches by 11
inches) with a 1-inch margin all around. Entries that do not conform
to these specifications may be accepted by the Organizer at its
discretion and reformatted accordingly, or rejected outright. (c) By
submitting an entry via this method, the contestants agree that the
primary mode of communication between them and the Organizer will be
via the email address that they used to submit their entry. The
Organizer may, at its discretion, disqualify any contestant who fails
to respond within ten calendar days to the Organizer's attempts to
contact him or her via email, snail mail, phone call, and/or text
message. (d) Contestants may submit more than one entry.

6. The contest deadline is July 31, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Manila time.
Entries received after the deadline will be ignored.

7. A Board of Judges consisting of three or five individuals will
choose up to ten winning stories. The judges will be selected by an
Executive Editor/Book Designer who will also serve as Chairman of the
Board of Judges. The decision of the judges is final.

8. The authors of the winning stories will receive a cash prize of
P20,000.00 each, a Winner's Certificate, and the opportunity to have
their winning story published as a full-color, fully illustrated

9. Barring any unforeseen circumstances beyond the Organizer's
control, the winners will be announced on or before September 30,
2011. On the day of the announcement, individual winners will also be
notified by email.

10. The Organizer reserves the right to declare that there are no
winners if the judges decide that no entries were deemed acceptable.
In this case, the Organizer will have no right whatsoever over all the
entries received, and no entry will be published by the Organizer in
any venue or format without the prior written consent of the author.

11. By entering the Contest, the contestants individually and
independently agree that the Organizer will be the exclusive publisher
of their winning story, if the Organizer decides to publish it. In
this case, it is understood that: (a) the winning authors
automatically grant and transfer to the Organizer all intellectual
property rights to their winning story, including the right to publish
it in whatever venue or format the Organizer deems fit, as well as the
right to translate, adapt, and/or make modifications to the winning
story as the Organizer deems fit; (b) aside from the cash prize
received from winning the Contest, the winners are not entitled to any
other additional payments, royalties, or fees whatsoever resulting
from the Organizer's publication of their winning story in whole or in
part, in whatever venue or format; (c) the Organizer shall have full
and exclusive editorial and artistic control over the publication of
the winning entries, resulting books, and other derivative works.

12. Barring any unforeseen circumstances beyond the Organizer's
control, the printed books will be launched or made available for
distribution on November 30, 2012 or no later than November 30, 2014.
Otherwise, the Organizer forfeits its right to publish the winning
stories and the winners are free to submit their winning stories to
other publishers.

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