Please read these Official Rules before entering Amazon Services' Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest (the "Contest"). By submitting an entry into the Contest, you hereby acknowledge that: (A) you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by (I) each of the provisions of these Official Rules and (II) each of the decisions of Amazon Services LLC ("Sponsor") and the panel of judges for the Contest (the "Judges") (all of which decisions shall be final, binding and non-appealable in all respects); and (B) you satisfy each of the eligibility requirements for the Contest, as set forth herein. One "Grand Prize Winner" will be selected to receive a trip for himself/herself and one (1) traveling companion (the "Guest"), such trip to include airfare, lodging and a travel expense allowance to the London, England metropolitan area (the "Destination"), with the Grand Prize winner and his/her Guest to spend a weekend reading Sponsor's copy of the limited edition, handmade book written by J.K. Rowling and entitled "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" (such copy, the "Book") in a hotel at or near the Destination. Details of the Grand Prize and other Contest prizes (collectively, the "Prizes") are described more fully in Section 5 below. Except as otherwise provided in these Official Rules, the criteria to be applied by the Judges in evaluating the literary entries into this Contest are: (1) fifty percent (50%) on originality of idea/creativity, and (2) fifty percent (50%) on writing style ("Judging Criteria").
1. ELIGIBILITY. The Contest is open solely to individuals who, at the time of his/her submission of a Contest entry, are both (a) at least thirteen (13) years of age and (b) legal residents of, and physically located in, one of the following countries: (i) Argentina, (ii) Australia, (iii) Austria, (iv) Belgium, (v) Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), (vi) China, (vii) Denmark, (viii) Finland, (ix) Germany, (x) India, (xi) Ireland, (xii) Japan, (xiii) Luxembourg, (xiv) Malaysia, (xv) The Netherlands, (xvi) New Zealand, (xvii) Norway, (xviii) Romania, (xix) South Africa, (xx) South Korea, (xxi) Sweden, (xxii) Switzerland, (xxiii) the United Kingdom and (xxiv) the United States (i.e., encompassing the fifty (50) states and the District of Columbia, but not any of the United States' territories or possessions). The Contest is void outside of the geographic areas listed in subsections b.(i)-(xxiv) above, and the Contest is void anywhere else where prohibited by law. PLEASE NOTE: If you are (A) under the age of eighteen (18) or (B) a minor in the jurisdiction where you reside, your parent or legal guardian must grant his/her consent for you to be able to enter the Contest. (For purposes of these Official Rules, where you grant us a right, license, or any other type of permission, or where you make a representation or warranty hereunder, "you" means that you are either: (I) a Contest entrant who is eighteen (18) years of age or older and of the age of the majority in the jurisdiction where you reside; or (II) the parent or legal guardian of a Contest entrant who is under the age of eighteen (18) and who is a minor in the jurisdiction where he/she resides, and therefore capable of granting Sponsor rights and permissions on behalf of such Contest entrant.) The Contest is not open to the employees, independent contractors, officers, directors, shareholders, legal advisors or financial advisors of Sponsor or of any of Sponsor's affiliates or of any of Sponsor's advertising/marketing/promotion agencies, or to any of the Judges, or to the immediate family members of (i.e., spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren, regardless of whether living in the same household) or those living in the same household as (regardless of whether related) any such employees, independent contractors, officers, directors, shareholders, legal advisors, financial advisors or Judges. To enter the Contest, you must submit an original, unpublished English-language entry, as described in greater detail in Section 2 below.
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