The writing contest

What does “HOME” mean to you?

RULES AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

(Click here to download Cover Page of your written entry submission)

TOPIC:


What does “home” mean to you?  How would you describe what it feels like to be “at home?”  A “home” can be defined in many ways.  It’s a residence, a family dwelling place, and often times a refuge from the outside world.  “Home” may be something specific about the physical details of where you’d like to live, or it could be more about how you feel when you are in the right place. 


THE OFFICIAL RULES

  • All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST on September 30, 2016
  • Completely fill out all required data fields on the Cover Page form and submit the Cover Page with your essay
  • Each written entry must contain solely the student’s original ideas and language. Your submission of the essay/ story and the Cover Page is your guarantee that you are the sole author and copyright holder of the essay. Please submit only one entry per person. Entries that are not the original work of the student, or are illegible or are incomplete will not be accepted.
  • Written entries must be appropriate for posting on websites, social media pages chosen by Pacificwide. Obscene, inappropriate or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. Pacificwide retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.
  • Pacificwide is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions that occur on account of entering this contest. If, for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, Pacificwide reserves the right in their sole and unequivocal discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, delay or suspend the contest. Entries which have been altered are void. All entries become properties of Pacificwide.
  • All interpretations of the rules and decisions by Pacificwide are final. Pacificwide reserves the right, in their sole and unequivocal discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds or believes to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the website; to be acting in violation of the official rules.
  • Arrangements for the fulfillment of the Grand Prize and Second Prize will be made by Pacificwide. Pacificwide reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute the Grand Prize or Second Prizes, for any reason that Pacificwide deems necessary. All prizes are non-transferable. Upon receipt of any part of the prize, prize recipients are required to comply with any and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. All expenses, including taxes, on receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter.
  • Special Note to Parents and Teachers: Personal information is requested from students entering the contest so that the Pacificwide can contact winners and recognize their achievement. This information will not be shared with any other organizations.


ELIGIBILITY

Contest is open for students from 4th Grades to 8th Grades in Santa Clara county of California. By participating in this contest, entrants agree to be bound by these official rules and by the decisions of the judging panel, whose decisions are final in all matters relating to this contest.


PRIZE FULLFILLMENT

Category 01: 4th – 5th grades:
Grand Prize — One (01) Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $2,000.00.
One (1) Second Place Prize Winner will be awarded $500.00.

Category 02: 6th – 8th grades:
Grand Prize — One (01) Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $2,000.00.
One (1) Second Place Prize Winner will be awarded $500.00.
The receipt of any and all prize(s) listed above is subject to the following condition that the Grand Prize Winner and Runner-Up Winners must sign all required legal documents provided by Pacificwide.


OFFICIAL JUDGING PANELS

All essays/ stories will be evaluated by all Judges. There will be 04 final articles essays selected to announce.
 

CONTEST ENTRY COLLECITION /  SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION

Electronic versions of articles should be submitted using the online entry form.
Attachment PDF file or Microsoft Words at: contest@pacificwide.com by September 30 2016
Or Hard copies must be mailed along with the Cover Page to:
Pacificwide Business Group Inc.
3005 Silver Creek Rd, Suite 210-214, San Jose CA 95121


DEVELOPMENT OF CONTEST ENTRY/ JUDGING CRITERIA

Scoring will consist of 03 parts: content (40 points): grammar (30 points); structure (30 points).
All articles will be scored based on a scale of 100 points. 
 

REVIEW OF CONTEST ENTRIES (ESSAY)

All articles submitted by contestants will be reviewed by all judges.
Judges will read all essays to select 10 highest score.
Judges will read top 10 entires again to select final winners.
 

AFFIDAVITS OF ELIGIBILITY AND PUBLICITY / LIABILITY RELEASES

Contestants hereby agree to submit their entries under the following terms and conditions: (I) that Pacificwide may use any ideas, concepts, material, in whole or in part, contained in an entry; (ii) that all materials submitted become the property of Pacificwide and will not be returned; (iii) that all materials submitted are free from any lien or claim by anyone; (iv) Pacificwide has obtained all rights and permissions to use the entries for any purpose; (v) that no entry or any part thereof infringes any trademark or copyright or otherwise violates anyone’s right of privacy or publicity; and (vi) Entrants indemnify and hold harmless Pacificwide from any claims, suits, losses, damages and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that arise from any breach of the following conditions. They further agree, if chosen as Grand Prize Winners or Second Prize Winners, to assign all right, title and interest in all material and agree to sign such documentation as is necessary to formalize this assignment.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, entrants agree that their entry may be used by Pacificwide Business Group Inc. in whole or in part for any purpose whatsoever without compensation to non-prize winner entrants or without additional compensation to the winning entrants.


WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION

Starting on or around October 05, 2016, a panel of judges will judge all eligible entries based on effectiveness in illustrating entrant’s interpretation. Winners will be determined by the article’s subject matter treatment, scholarship, analysis, accuracy, creativity, style and grammar. The Grand Prize Winners and the Second Place Winners will be announced on or about November 05, 2016
 

AWARD WINNERS DATE

The celebration of our winners will plan on or about November 19 2016 at Pacificwide Office. The celebration will be broadcasted by local TV channels & social media network.

Contact Info

info@pacificwide.com

CA DRE License Number(s): 01403554, 01862307

3005 Silver Creek Rd, Suite 210-214, San Jose, CA 95121