Could your novel be the next big hit on TapRead? Submit your webnovel to TapRead’s “2020 Vision” Contest by December 16, 2020! One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 prize money, one (1) Second Place winner will receive $500 prize money, one (1) Third Place winner will receive $300 prize money, and two (2) Runners-up will each receive $100 prize money. All winners mentioned above will also have their novels featured on TapRead’s homepage for one month. All entrants will be considered for paid writing contracts with TapRead. The contest is open to writers everywhere, aged 18 and up. No registration fee is required. We’re excited to see your story!
The Sponsor is TapRead, a subsidiary of Zongheng Culture, Inc., 520 112th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, United States (“TapRead”).
The Contest Administrator is TapRead, a subsidiary of Zongheng Culture, Inc., 520 112th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, United States (“TapRead”).
Submissions to TapRead’s “2020 Visions” Contest (the “Contest”) will be accepted between 00:00 (PST), 16th October, 2020 through 23:59 (PST), 16th December, 2020. The Winner Selection Period will take place from 00:00 (PST), 16th December, 2020 through 23:59 (PST), 31st December, 2020. Detailed information on the Contest is included in these Official Rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that the entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. The official end time for the Contest, including all winner selection periods, (the “Contest Period”) is 23:59 (PST), 31st December, 2020. This time may be extended if extra time is needed to judge a high number of entries.
The Contest is open to entrants who reside anywhere in the world. However, only individuals who are at least 18 years old before the end of the submission period (16th December, 2020) are eligible to enter the Contest. Any paid contracts offered as a result of the Contest may only be extended to entrants age 18 and older.
Each entry into the Contest consists of personal information requested in the entry process about each individual entrant, as well as the submission into the Contest. Each qualified submission into the Contest is a webnovel (in whole or in part) in any genre of popular fiction, including, but not limited to: Thriller / Horror / Supernatural / Mystery / Crime / Comedy / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Action / Superhero / Drama / Romance. Each submission must be a minimum of 5,000 words in length (including all chapters of the submitted novel and excluding the summary/description). There is no maximum length for submissions, but any submission of excessive length (10,000 words or more) may only be judged on the first 10,000 words.
Additional requirements for each qualified submission are as follows:
- All content must be submitted in English.
- The submission must be an original work by the entrant.
Sponsor reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Official Rules or who tampers with the entry process. In the event Sponsor determines there has been a violation of any of these restrictions, it may disqualify the subject entry, cancel any prizes awarded for the entry, and/or remove the entry. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights. While an entrant may submit multiple qualified submissions, duplicate entries containing the same submission(s) are not allowed.
During the Submission Period, go to http://www.tapread.com/activity/visioncontest and follow the on-screen instructions to submit your entry. All entries must be submitted in digital format through our online uploading process. Only online entries will be accepted. No hard copies of entries will be accepted for judging.
Each entrant hereby understands and agrees with the following:
- By submitting an entry to the Contest, the entrant acknowledges and agrees that such entries may be posted by Sponsor, including, but not limited to, the TapRead website and mobile app (the “Service”).
- If a submission is selected as a prize-winning work, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that the submission may be posted on the Service; and entrant(s) must agree to Author Agreement.
This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners. Chances of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Judging to determine the one (1) Grand Prize winner, one (1) Second Place winner, one (1) Third Place winner, and (2) Runners-up will be conducted from among all eligible entries received, by a panel of judges comprised of editors of TapRead.
Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:
- 30 points for Narrative – The story has an original, engaging plot and strong character(s).
- 30 points for User Engagement – The story has garnered a readership, sparked conversation and/or thoughtful reviews, and has received high ratings from readers.
- 20 points for Pacing - The story’s chapters are an appropriate length and make the audience want to click for the next chapter.
- 20 points for Clarity - The story is easy to follow, demonstrates high fluency in English, and contains very few grammatical errors.
A maximum of one hundred (100) points may be assigned to each entry by the panel of judges.
Sponsors reserve the right to select fewer Prize Winners if, in Sponsors’ sole discretion, Sponsors do not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified submissions. LIMIT: one (1) winning entry per user. A total of five (5) Prize Winners will be selected in the Contest.
The Contest will be administered by Contest Administrator, and the decisions of Contest Administrator, Sponsor, and the Judges (collectively, “Contest Entities”) in all matters regarding this Contest are final and binding. Potential Prize Winners must meet all eligibility requirements including the timely execution and return of all necessary releases and documents (including but not limited to an affidavit of eligibility, a tax acknowledgement form, liability release, and, except where prohibited by law, a publicity release) within two (2) days of Contest Administrator issuing the notification that he/she is being considered as a potential Prize Winner. Additional document(s) may be required, and any Prize Winner(s) must continue to comply with timely return of documents. Non-compliance with each allotted time period(s) or failure of potential Prize Winners to respond after two notification attempts may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate Winner may be selected by the panel of judges from among the remaining qualifying entries. If (i) any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, (ii) a potential Winner declines his or her prize, or (iii) a potential Winner fails to comply with any of the Official Rules as outlined herein, such potential Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Winner may be selected by the panel of judges, at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
Contest prizes are as follows:
- Two (2) Runners-up Prizes: Each Runners-up Prize winner will be awarded One-Hundred Dollars ($100.00 USD), and each winning entry will be featured on TapRead’s homepage for a period of no less than one (1) month.
- One (1) Third Place Prize: The Third Place Prize is Three-Hundred Dollars ($300.00 USD), and the winning entry will be featured on TapRead’s homepage for a period of no less than one (1) month.
- One (1) Second Place Prize: The Second Place Prize is Five-Hundred Dollars ($500.00 USD), and the winning entry will be featured on TapRead’s homepage for a period of no less than one (1) month.
- One (1) Grand Prize: The Grand Prize is One-Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00 USD), and the winning entry will be featured on TapRead’s homepage for a period of no less than one (1) month.
The ARV of all prizes to be awarded is Two-Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00 USD).
Each Prize Winner shall be solely responsible for all federal/national, state/province, and/or local taxes, and the reporting consequences thereof, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prize. Winner must additionally execute a Tax Acceptance Form and SWIFT instructions to receive prize cash, where outside the United States (collectively, the “Documents”). Documents must be signed and returned by the date and/or time indicated within such documents. If the potential Prize Winner fails to sign and return such documents within that time, or if an entrant is found to be ineligible, or if an entrant does not comply with the Official Rules, then the potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner will be selected. Entrant waives the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize any and all costs of verification and redemption or travel to redeem said prize and any liability which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. Sponsor is not responsible for fraudulent calls or emails made to entrants not by the Sponsor. All international, federal, state or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Contest will be the sole responsibility of the winner. Except where prohibited by law, each winner's entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for the Contest Entities to use said winner's name, entry, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city/state/country for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with this Contest on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission or further compensation. All entries are subject to verification prior to awarding of prize. Eligibility, age, and claims made by a Prize Winner also are subject to verification prior to awarding of prizes.
By receipt of any prize, Winners agree to release and hold harmless Contest Entities and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees, and agents (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical, or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the submission process or the Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network, or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Contest-related materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged, or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable entries or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of any entry.
Entrants agree that the Contest Entities (A) shall not be responsible or liable for, and are hereby released from, any and all costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including, without limitation, death and bodily injury, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or from entrants’ acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize, and (B) have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any damage to an entrant’s computer system or other device which is occasioned by accessing the Contest Web Site or App or otherwise participating in the Contest, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, damaged, stolen, or postage-due submissions or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet service providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.
In the event Sponsor is prevented from awarding prizes or continuing with the Contest or a particular Contest drawing as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic of health or other means, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis (e.g. COVID19, SARS), order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), then subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest in its entirety, or the affected portion thereof. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error, or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If terminated, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the submission process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated entries. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, SPONSOR DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE TO ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM RESULTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN, OR ACCESSING, POSTING, UPLOADING, OR DOWNLOADING INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH, THIS CONTEST, AND RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, TO MODIFY, CANCEL, TERMINATE, OR SUSPEND THIS CONTEST SHOULD ANY VIRUS, BUG, TECHNICAL FAILURES, UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION, OR OTHER CAUSES BEYOND SPONSOR'S REASONABLE CONTROL CORRUPT OR AFFECT THE ADMINISTRATION, SECURITY, FAIRNESS, OR PROPER CONDUCT OF THE CONTEST. In the event of any such cancellation, termination or suspension, a notice will be posted on the contest site, and the winners will be selected from among all eligible entries received prior to such time. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant from this Contest or any other promotion conducted now or in the future by Sponsor or any of its affiliates if the entrant's fraud or misconduct adversely affects the integrity of the Contest.
No mechanically reproduced, illegible, incomplete, forged, software-generated, or other automated multiple entries will be accepted. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of the entrant, any entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the TapRead account and underlying email address from which it was sent, provided such account holder still meets the eligibility requirements for the Contest. The authorized account holder shall be the natural person to whom the email address associated with the applicable TapRead account has been assigned by the Internet access provider, service provider, or other online organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. The potential winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry. If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible.
Only the type and quantity of prizes described in these Official Rules will be awarded. If, for any reason, more bona fide winners come forward seeking to claim prizes in excess of the number of each type of prize set forth in these Official Rules, the winning entries, or remaining winning entries, as the case may be, associated with the advertised number of prizes available in the prize category in question may be re-judged from among all submissions with purportedly valid claims for such prize(s). Inclusion in such re-judged prize pool shall be each entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with law by a duly authorized representative of Sponsor. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
By participating in this Contest, each entrant accepts the conditions stated in these Official Rules, agrees to be bound by the decisions of the Contest Entities, and warrants that he/she is eligible to participate in this Contest.
Except where prohibited, each Entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resorting to any form of class action, and exclusively by the competent jurisdiction within Seattle, Washington, United States; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Washington without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.
For a Winners List, please visit our website at http://www.tapread.com/activity/visioncontest.