The 2017 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest

Complete Official Rules for United States, Canada, and United Kingdom Participants

Facing History and Ourselves teaches us to think about the world in news way, igniting conversations about how we can build societies free from racism, antisemitism, bullying, and hatred of all kinds. This contest will provide students and their teachers with opportunities to earn scholarships and awards through an essay contest in response to some of the questions Facing History raises on making choices in today’s world.

The contest is open to students in the United States, Canada (excluding for Quebec), and United Kingdom. Please note that slightly different rules apply for participants in the United Kingdom. ​This is due to legal differences and the need to take account of exchange rates. It will not affect chances of UK participants winning the contest. 

Outlined first are the Official Contest Rules for participants in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). The Official Contest Rules for participants in the United Kingdom are listed separately below. 


Official Rules for United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) Participants

The Prizes:

There will be three Overall Winners and seven Finalists.

Overall Winners: Three $5,000 Upstander Scholarships will be awarded to students in 7th-12th grade and their teacher will also receive a $500 Classroom Award to be used for a classroom project of the teacher’s choice. At least one $5,000 Upstander Scholarship will be designated for a graduating high school senior. 

Finalists: Seven $1,000 Upstander Awards will also be awarded to students in 7th-12th grade and their teacher will also receive a $250 Classroom Award to be used for a classroom project of the teacher’s choice. 

The prizes are generously funded and paid by Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project directly.

The Timeline:

● The details of the Contest will be announced on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The Contest will be open to entrants, who may each submit 1 entry via the Contest website, from March 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. EST through March 15, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The final day to submit an entry will be March 15, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

● Facing History will select and notify a minimum of 10 finalists no later than Tuesday, April 4, 2017. We will then open online voting to the public to choose the overall winners on or around Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

● Winners will be notified on or about Monday, April 24, 2017 and will be announced publicly on or around Monday, May 1, 2017.

Other Important Rules: 

● All participants must be 13 years or older. 

● The contest is open to students in the United States, Canada (excluding for Quebec), and United Kingdom. For the Official Contest Rules for participants in the United Kingdom, please see below. 

● Essays must be 500 words or fewer.

● All participants must list valid contact information for their teacher as part of the contest submission form and receive parent/guardian     permission to participate. 

● Facing History will select the best essays in each category (i.e. Overall Winners, and Finalists), then the general public may vote for the winner(s).

● Facing History will award the prizes to the Overall Winners and Finalists, taking into consideration who received the most public votes. 

● The prizes are generously funded and paid by Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project directly.

Eligibility:

The Contest is open to middle school and high school students in the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), and the United Kingdom.

● All participants must be 13 years or older.

● All participants must list valid contact information for their teacher as part of the contest submission form and receive parent/guardian permission to participate.

● Employees of Facing History and Ourselves and the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible.  

● The Contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

How to Enter:

This year’s Contest question reflects themes making choices in today’s world. Facing History and Ourselves works to create a society of thoughtful citizens who think deeply about the way they live as they make choices in their local communities and confront issues of global concern. We hope that students will believe that their choices do matter and will feel compelled to think carefully about the decisions they make, realizing that their choices will ultimately shape the world.

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, once spoke of the importance of learning about people who were rescuers during the Holocaust. He said, “Let us not forget, after all, that there is always a moment when the moral choice is made. Often because of one story or one book or one person, we are able to make a different choice, a choice for humanity, for life.”

Please write an essay responding to Wiesel’s quote in 500 words or less. What story, book, or person has influenced your thinking about ethical decision making? What has it taught you about how you can participate as a caring, thoughtful citizen in the world around you?

Essays must be submitted online through the submission page, which is at contest.facinghistory.org/choices. Please copy and paste your essay into the labelled field and complete all of the other information required on the form.

● The form will (i) require you to certify that you are at least 13 years of age, (ii) require your parent or guardian to confirm that they consent to you submitting the essay and that they also agree to these Contest Rules, and (iii) provide contact information for the applicant and educator.

● Your Essay must not violate any third-party rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy and publicity. By submitting an Essay you represent that you are the author of the Essay and you own all rights to the Essay.

● You agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any claim or cause of action that arises from or relates to your Essay or your participation in any phase of this Contest.

● Submissions cannot be revised or altered once submitted. Once submitted, all Essays become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. Incomplete or inaccurate nominations are void.

● All Essays will be reviewed to ensure that they are in compliance with these Official Rules. The Sponsor shall have the right to disqualify any nominations that it determines, in its sole discretion, are not in compliance with these Official Rules. The Sponsor reserves the right, for any reason and in its sole discretion, not to accept or post any Essay or video online, or to remove Essays or videos after they have been posted online.

Sponsor: 

The Contest is sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves, Inc. located at 16 Hurd Road, Brookline, MA 02445. facinghistory.org.

Agreement to Official Rules: 

By submitting an Essay, by voting, or by otherwise participating in the Contest you fully and unconditionally, to and accept these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning the Contest is contingent upon your compliance with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth in these Official Rules.

Contest Timeline: 

The Contest submission period begins on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. EST and ends on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

At the end of the Submission Period, the Sponsor will review the Essay submissions and, using its judgment, select the top Essay submissions. The participants who submitted those top Essays will be Finalists, and will be notified by email on or about Tuesday, April 4, 2017. If a potential Finalist cannot be contacted within 48 hours after the first attempt to contact him/her or declines to participate, the Sponsor may select an alternate Finalist in his/her place.

The general public will then have the opportunity to vote on the Finalists beginning on or about Wednesday, April 12, 2017 and ending on Friday, April 21, 2017. The general public will be allowed one vote per 24 hour period.

The Contest Period begins at the start of the Submission Period and ends at the end of the Voting Period. The Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest. Essays that are received by the Sponsor before or after the Submission Period, and votes that are received by the Sponsor before or after the Voting Period, may be disqualified.

Winner Selection:

During the Voting Period, on an ongoing basis, visitors to the Contest web page will have the opportunity to vote for the top Essays from the selected Finalists. Visitors must be 13 years of age or over to vote. The Contest winner in each Category will be decided by majority vote per the count tallied on the website used to run the Contest.

The use of robotic or automatic devices for voting is prohibited. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to nullify any votes for any reason and to disqualify any individual from voting. The Sponsor’s tally of votes shall be final and binding. In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

Prize:

The three Overall Contest winners will receive $5,000 generously funded and paid for by Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project. Identified teachers of the winning students will also each receive $500 Classroom Awards. An additional seven prizes of $1,000 will be given to Finalists. Identified teachers of the finalists will also each receive $250 Classroom Awards. 

The winners and their Essays will be promoted on the Sponsor’s web site (facinghistory.org), in email marketing and Facing Today blog posts (facingtoday.facinghistory.org), and other social media channels [Facebook page: facebook.com/FacingHistory; Twitter page: twitter.com/FacingHistory; Instagram: instagram.com/FacingHistory; LinkedIn: linkedin.com/FacingHistory] and/or in other media. There may also be additional promotion. Non-winning Essays may also be selected for some level of promotion.

Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Winner Notification:

On or about Monday, April 24, 2017, the Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential Overall Winners via email. If a potential Overall Winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours after the first attempt to contact him/her, or if a potential Overall Winner declines the Prize, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place from the list of Finalists.

Winner Requirements:

Except where prohibited, each potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within seven (7) days of being notified. The certificate will be confirmation that the essay was an original work by the entrant, and that the entrant agrees with how we can use and publicise their essay.

If a Winner fails to sign and return the certificate within the required time period, or if we are unable to deliver the certificate to the potential winner, the prize may be forfeited and may be awarded to another Finalist at Facing History's discretion. We will also ask the school of each Winner to put us in touch with each Winner's parent or guardian, to ensure that they also agree with these Contest Rules. The prizes will be paid directly by Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project.

Taxes, charges and transfer fees on the prizes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Winner.  

Right of Use:

By submitting an Essay or participating as a Finalist, you: (a) irrevocably grant the Sponsor, its agents, licensees, and assigns a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully sublicensable right and license to copyright, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your Essay as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media (whether now known or hereafter developed) throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) waive any moral rights that may preclude the Sponsor's use of your Essay or require any further permission for the Sponsor to use the Essay; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against the Sponsor on the grounds that any use of the Essay, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the Entry, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.  In addition, you hereby grant an unlimited license to the Sponsor to copy, display, broadcast, distribute or otherwise use your Essay for any purpose, including, but not limited to, promotion of the Sponsor or Sponsor's activities. You also grant the Sponsor unlimited authority to sublicense such rights to any third party. You agree that the Sponsor shall also have the right to edit, adapt and publish your Essay and may use it in any media in association with the Contest without attribution or compensation to you, or your successors or assigns or any other entity. You agree that the Sponsor will not be liable to you or to any third party for any editing, adaptation, modification and/or publication of any Essay.

Publicity:

Except where prohibited, by participating in the Contest (by submitting an Essay) you irrevocably grant the Sponsor and its agents your consent to use, record, reproduce, publish, display, perform, translate, and distribute, your name, likeness, voice, quotation(s), opinion(s) and biographical information, including without limitation, any photograph or recording for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration; and the names, likenesses, voice and biographical information of any natural person appearing in your Essay, including without limitation any photograph or recording, for any promotional purpose in any media, worldwide, and/or for any other commercial or non-commercial corporate purpose, including without limitation use on merchandise or for marketing, without attribution or further payment or compensation to you or your successors or assigns or any other entity.

General Conditions:

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problems, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules, or (b) terminate the Contest and, in the event of termination, award or not award the prize in the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Release and Limitations of Liability:

BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, WHETHER BY SUBMITTING AN ESSAY OR BY VOTING, YOU AGREE IRREVOCABLY TO RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS THE SPONSOR AND ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES, OTHER COMPANIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONTEST, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AGENTS (THE RELEASED PARTIES) FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION THAT ARISES FROM OR RELATES TO YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR RECEIPT OR USE OF THE PRIZE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: (A) ANY TECHNICAL ERRORS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONTEST, INCLUDING LOST, INTERRUPTED OR UNAVAILABLE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP), NETWORK, SERVER, WIRELESS SERVICE PROVIDER, OR OTHER CONNECTIONS, AVAILABILITY OR ACCESSIBILITY OR MISCOMMUNICATIONS OR FAILED COMPUTER, SATELLITE, TELEPHONE, CELLULAR TOWER OR CABLE TRANSMISSIONS, LINES, OR TECHNICAL FAILURE OR JUMBLED, SCRAMBLED, DELAYED, OR MISDIRECTED TRANSMISSIONS OR COMPUTER HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE MALFUNCTIONS, FAILURES OR DIFFICULTIES; (B) UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION IN THE CONTEST; (C) MECHANICAL, NETWORK, ELECTRIC, COMPUTER, HUMAN, PRINTING OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS; (D) APPLICATION DOWNLOADS, (E) ANY OTHER ERRORS OR PROBLEMS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ERRORS THAT MAY OCCUR IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CONTEST, THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNER, THE CANCELLATION OR POSTPONEMENT OF THE CONTEST, THE PROCESSING OF ENTRIES; OR (F) INJURY, DEATH, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY THAT MAY BE CAUSED, DIRECTLY, OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST, INCLUDING CLAIMS THAT YOUR ESSAY INFRINGES ANY PERSON’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OR RIGHTS OF PUBLICITY OR PRIVACY,  OR YOUR ACCEPTANCE, RECEIPT. OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZE.  YOU FURTHER AGREE THAT IN ANY CAUSE OF ACTION, THE RELEASED PARTIES’ LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE COST OF ENTERING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL YOU BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE ATTORNEYS’ FEES.  RELEASED PARTIES ARE ALSO NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INCORRECT OR INACCURATE INFORMATION, WHETHER CAUSED BY SITE USERS, TAMPERING, HACKING, OR BY ANY EQUIPMENT OR PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATED WITH OR UTILIZED IN THE CONTEST.  YOU WAIVE THE RIGHT TO CLAIM ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL, DIRECT, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES.

Disputes:

Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate state or federal court located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Massachusetts, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Massachusetts.

ANY CLAIM RELATING TO THE CONTEST MUST BE BROUGHT (IF AT ALL) WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE DATE ON WHICH THE CONTEST PERIOD ENDS.

Privacy:

The Contest is not intended for children younger than 13 years of age. The Sponsor does not knowingly collect or store any personal information about children under the age of 13. Parents should tell their children under 13 not to send any information about themselves to us – including their name, email address, or mailing address. If we learn that we have collected any personal information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as possible.

By participating in this Contest, including by voting, you agree that the Sponsor can collect your personal information, and that if the Sponsor cannot collect the required data, you may not be eligible to participate in the Contest. You also agree to receive promotional emails and other communications from the Sponsor. Any personal information collected during the course of the Contest by the Sponsor will be subject to the Sponsor’s privacy policy.

 

 

Official Rules for United Kingdom Participants

Facing History and Ourselves (also known as Facing History) is a non-profit organisation that teaches us to think about the world in news way, igniting conversations about how we can build societies free from racism, antisemitism, bullying, and hatred of all kinds. 

We will provide secondary school students and their teachers with opportunities to earn prizes by entering an essay contest in response to some of the questions Facing History raises on making choices in today’s world. The contest will be open to secondary school students in year 9 (aged 13 years or older) and above.

The contest is open to students in the United States, Canada (excluding for Quebec), and United Kingdom. Below are the Official Contest Rules for participants in the United Kingdom. For the Official Contest Rules for participants in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), please see above.

Contest Rules - Summary:

This is just a summary of our rules: please make sure that you have read the full Contest Rules below before entering the contest. Your parent or guardian will also need to tick a box to show that they agree to the Contest Rules before you enter the contest.

In these contest rules, '£' means Pounds Sterling and '$' means United States Dollars.

The Prizes:

There will be three overall winners and seven other winning finalists.

Overall Winners: Three £4,000 (if they are based in the UK) or $5,000 (if they are based in the US) Upstander Scholarships will be awarded to students in years 9-13 and their teacher or school will also receive a £400 (in the UK) or $500 (in the US) Classroom Award to be used for a classroom project of the teacher’s choice. At least one £4,000 (in the UK) or $5,000 (in the US) Upstander Scholarship will be designated for a graduating senior or year 13 (or equivalent) student. 

Finalists: Seven £800 (in the UK) or $1,000 (in the US) Upstander Awards will also be awarded to students in 7th-12th grade or years 9-13 and their teacher will also receive a £200 (in the UK) or $250 (in the US) Classroom Award to be used for a classroom project of the teacher’s choice. 

The prizes are generously funded and paid by Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project directly.

The Timeline:

● The details of the Contest will be announced on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The Contest will be open to entrants, who may each submit 1 entry via the Contest website, from March 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. EST through March 15, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The final day to submit an entry will be March 15, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

● Facing History will select and notify a minimum of 10 finalists no later than Tuesday, April 4, 2017. We will then open online voting to the public to choose the overall winners on or around Friday, April 21, 2017

●  Winners will be notified on or about Monday, April 24, 2017 and will be announced publicly on or around Monday, May 1, 2017.

Other Important Rules: 

● All participants must be 13 years or older. 

● The contest is open to students in the United States, Canada (excluding for Quebec), and United Kingdom. 

● Essays must be 500 words or fewer.

● All participants must list valid contact information for their teacher as part of the contest submission form and receive parent/guardian     permission to participate. 

● Facing History will select the best essays in each category (i.e. Overall Winners, and Finalists), then the general public may vote for the winner(s).

● Facing History will award the prizes to the Overall Winners and Finalists, taking into consideration who received the most public votes. 

● The prizes are generously funded and paid by Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project directly.

Contest Rules: England and Wales, 2017

About us: This Contest is run by the Facing History and Ourselves, Inc., which is located at 16 Hurd Road, Brookline, MA 02445, United States of America. We are registered in the United States as a non-profit organisation. In these Contest Rules, we also refer to ourselves as Facing History, and as us, we and our. Our website is at facinghistory.org.  

What do these rules apply to? These rules apply to our 2017 student essay contest (also referred to here as the Contest), which invites students to submit a short essay in response to our question on “Making Choices in Today’s World.” Our question for this year is set out in Section 4 below.

Who can enter, and who can win what prizes? The Contest is open to all students who study at secondary schools in the UK and are in year 9 or above. All participants must be 13 years or older.  

Overall Winners: Three £4,000 (if they are based in the UK) or $5,000 (if they are based in the US) Upstander Scholarships will be awarded to students in years 9-13 and their teacher or school will also receive a £400 (in the UK) or $500 (in the US) Classroom Award to be used for a classroom project of the teacher’s choice. At least one £4,000 (in the UK) or $5,000 (in the US) Upstander Scholarship will be designated for a graduating senior or year 13 (or equivalent) student. 

Finalists: Seven £800 (in the UK) or $1,000 (in the US) Upstander Awards will also be awarded to students in 7th-12th grade or years 9-13 and their teacher will also receive a £200 (in the UK) or $250 (in the US) Classroom Award to be used for a classroom project of the teacher’s choice. 

The prizes are generously funded and paid by Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project directly.

● Employees of Facing History and their immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members may not enter the Contest.

● You do not need to buy anything or to pay any fee to enter or win the Contest.

How to Enter:

This year’s Contest question reflects themes making choices in today’s world. Facing History and Ourselves works to create a society of thoughtful citizens who think deeply about the way they live as they make choices in their local communities and confront issues of global concern. We hope that students will believe that their choices do matter and will feel compelled to think carefully about the decisions they make, realizing that their choices will ultimately shape the world.

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, once spoke of the importance of learning about people who were rescuers during the Holocaust. He said, “Let us not forget, after all, that there is always a moment when the moral choice is made. Often because of one story or one book or one person, we are able to make a different choice, a choice for humanity, for life.”  

Please write an essay responding to Wiesel’s quote in 500 words or less. What story, book, or person has influenced your thinking about ethical decision making? What has it taught you about how you can participate as a caring, thoughtful citizen in the world around you?

Essays must be submitted online through the submission page, which is at contest.facinghistory.org/choices. Please copy and paste your essay into the labelled field and complete all of the other information required on the form.

● The form will also require your parent or guardian to tick a box to confirm that they consent to you submitting the essay and that they also agree to these Contest Rules.

● Your essay must be entirely your own work and must not be copied. You should also make sure that your essay does not breach anybody's right to privacy, and does not make statements about anybody that are unfair or untrue.

● Essays cannot be changed or corrected in any way once they have been submitted. Incomplete or inaccurate essays will not be considered for a prize.

● All essays will be reviewed to ensure that they are in compliance with these rules. If we think, for whatever reason, that an entrant has not complied with these Contest Rules, then we may disqualify that entrant. We may decide, for any reason, not to accept or post any essay online, or to remove essays after they have been posted online.

Agreement to these Contest Rules:

By submitting an essay you are confirming to us that you are the author of the essay and that you agree with, and have followed, all of these Contest Rules. If you have not followed all of these Contest Rules, your essay will be disqualified, and you will not be eligible to win a prize.

Contest Timeline:

The time when you may enter the Contest begins on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. EST and ends on Wednesday, March, March 15, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST (this is known as the Entry Period). At the end of the Entry Period, we will review the essay submissions and, using our judgment, select at least 10 top essay submissions. The participants who submitted these top Essays will be Finalists, and will be notified by email on or about Tuesday, April 4, 2017. If a potential Finalist cannot be contacted within 48 hours after the first attempt to contact him/her, or declines to participate, we may select an alternative Finalist in his/her place. Our choice of Finalists will be final. The general public will have the opportunity to vote for the winning Finalists beginning on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 and ending on Friday, April 21, 2017 (the Voting Period). The Contest begins at the start of the Entry Period and ends at the end of the Voting Period. Essays that we receive before or after the Entry Period, and votes that are received before or after the Voting Period, will be disqualified.

Voting and Winner Selection:

During the Voting Period, on an ongoing basis, visitors to the Contest web page at contest.facinghistory.org/choices will have the opportunity to vote for the top essays from the selected Finalists. Visitors must be 13 years of age or over to vote and may only submit one vote for each category per 24 hour period. The winners in each category will be decided by Facing History in our absolute discretion, but in making our decision we will consider which essay(s) received the majority vote(s), as per the count tallied on the website used to run the Contest. The use of robotic or automatic devices for voting (including computers) is not allowed. If we have reasonable grounds to think that any vote was submitted in breach of these rules, we may nullify that vote and disqualify the relevant individual from voting. Our vote count shall be final and binding. In the event of a tie, we will select a winner at random from the entrants with the most votes.

Winner Notification and Promotion:

On or about Monday, April 24, 2017, we will attempt to notify the winning Finalists with the most votes in each category (the Winners) via email. If a Winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours after the first attempt to contact him/her, or if they decline their prize, Facing History reserves the right to select an alternative Winner in their place. Any alternative Winner will be chosen in our absolute discretion.

The winners and their Essays will be promoted on the Sponsor’s web site (facinghistory.org), in email marketing and Facing Today blog posts (facingtoday.facinghistory.org), and other social media channels [Facebook page: facebook.com/FacingHistory; Twitter page: twitter.com/FacingHistory; Instagram: instagram.com/FacingHistory; LinkedIn: linkedin.com/FacingHistory] and/or in other media. There may also be additional promotion. Non-winning Essays may also be selected for some level of promotion.

Winner Requirements:

Each Winner may be required to complete and return a certificate within five (5) days of being notified. The certificate will be confirmation that the essay was an original work by the entrant, and that the entrant agrees with how we can use and publicise their essay. If a Winner fails to sign and return the certificate within the required time period, or if we are unable to deliver the certificate to the potential winner, the prize may be forfeited and may be awarded to another Finalist at Facing History's discretion. We will also ask the school of each Winner to put us in touch with each Winner's parent or guardian, to ensure that they also agree with these Contest Rules. The prizes will be paid directly by Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project. Taxes, charges and transfer fees on the prizes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

How We Can Use Your Essay:

By submitting an essay or participating as a Finalist, you agree that Facing History may do the following:

● Copy, publish and exhibit your essay (including online, in printed copies, and on public display), both in its entirety and in part

● Keep copies of your essay (both online and offline)

● Send copies of your essay (online and offline) to any other person or organisation

● Broadcast your essay and perform your essay in public

● Edit and modify your essay, and use your essay to create other works (such as poems, artworks and plays, for example).  

You agree that we can do all of the things above without asking for further permission from you and without naming you as the author of your essay, and that you will not require any payment or other compensation from us. You also agree that we may permit other people and/or organisations to do all of the actions above.

Your Information and Publicity:

By submitting an essay and entering the Contest, you are giving us permission to use your first name, your age and your location in connection with your essay and/or the Contest (including advertising and promoting the Contest).

We will use the information that you give us when you enter the competition to:

● Help us judge the entries and choose the Finalists

● Help us to analyse who has entered this year's Contest and how we can make the Contest more popular

● Promote and advertise the Contest

● Enforce these Contest Rules

● Get in touch with you about this Contest and about our other news.

If you win a prize, we will also use the information you give us to:

● Notify you that you have won

● Request any further information we might need

● Get in touch with your school, to ask them to put us in touch with your parent/guardian (to ensure that they also agree to these Contest Rules)

● Pay the prizes and awards to you (or your university) and your school. As prizes are paid directly by the contest funder, Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project, this will involve us sharing your information with them, so they can obtain the relevant payment information from you.

Apart from your first name, age and location (as stated above), we will not publish, broadcast or share any other information that you give us about yourself (such as your photograph, your opinions, or any other biographical information) without your express permission.

The Contest is not intended for children younger than 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect or store any personal information about children under the age of 13. Parents and guardians should tell their children under 13 not to send any information about themselves to us – including their name, email address, or postal address. If we learn that we have collected any personal information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as possible.

For more information about how we use personal data, please see our privacy notice here: facinghistory.org/privacy

Entrants from Other Countries:

The Contest is an international competition and is also open to entrants from the United States of America and Canada (excluding Quebec). Due to differences in local laws, separate rules apply to entrants from the US and from Canada: you can see the rules applicable to them above.

The differences in rules are due to different applicable laws, and the judging criteria, number of prizes, prize values, and chances of winning are the same wherever you are located.

General Conditions:

If anything happens to interfere with operation, security, or running of the Contest (for example, such as because of fraud, unauthorised actions by any person, or bugs, viruses or other technical problems), or if the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, we may choose to either:

● Suspend the Contest to address the problem and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Contest Rules, OR 

● terminate the Contest.

If we terminate the Contest for any reason, we will decide (using our judgment, and in our sole discretion) whether it would be fairest not to award any prizes at all, or to fast-forward to choosing Finalists and going through the voting process to find the winners and award the prizes. What we consider fair will depend on the circumstances, but we will try to conform to the spirit of these Contest Rules as best we can.

We may disqualify anyone if we have reasonable grounds to believe that they have:

● Tampered with the entry process or the operation of the Contest,

● Done anything in breach of these Contest Rules, or

● Acted in a disruptive or unfair manner.

● Any attempt to damage the Contest website or interfere with how the Contest is run may be a criminal and/or civil offence.

Limitations of Liability and Indemnity:

By participating in the Contest, you agree that you will not hold Facing History responsible or liable for:

● Any technical errors or problems associated with or caused by the Contest (including, but not limited to, lost, interrupted or unavailable internet service provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections; availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure; jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions; or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties), or

● Any unauthorised human interference with the Contest, or

● Any mechanical, network, electric, computer, human, printing or typographical errors, or

● Any other unintentional errors or problems in connection with the contest (including, but not limited to, errors that may occur in the administration of the contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the contest, or the processing of entries), or

● Any loss or damage to persons or property that may be caused, directly, or indirectly, in whole or in part, from your participation in the contest (including, but not limited to, any claims that your essay infringes any the rights of any third party), or

● Any death or personal injury arising from or in connection with the Contest, or

● Your acceptance, receipt, or misuse of the prize.

If anybody makes a claim against us in relation to your essay or your participation in the Contest (such as, for example, that your essay infringes their intellectual property rights or right to privacy), you agree to indemnify us on demand against, and hold us harmless from, any and all losses, liability, damages and costs (including reasonable legal costs) suffered by, incurred by or awarded against us, or agreed by us in settlement of such claim, howsoever caused or arising.

You also agree that in any cause of action arising from or in connection with these Contest Rules, any claim you make against us will be limited to your cost of entering the Contest.

None of the limitations in this clause will apply to the extent that you have suffered loss or damage due to our negligence or fraud, or to the extent that the relevant liability cannot be limited under English law.

Disputes:

These Contest Rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales, and you agree that any dispute arising under or in connection with these Contest Rules will be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

You must bring any claim or dispute in connection with the Contest within one year of the date on which the Contest ends.

Contact us:

If you have any questions in relation to the Contest, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at contest@facinghistory.org.

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