Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Latest Leap Contest

School's out for summer--or it soon will be. And Leap Books is hoping you'll dive into some summer fun at your local library. This year the theme is Make a Splash @ Your Library for tweens or Make Waves @ Your Library for teens. In keeping with that theme, Leap's holding a contest to get books out to libraries and to give prizes to teens. All you have to do is read one of the excerpts posted on the Leap Books website and tell us what you think happens next in 250 words or less. Official Contest rules are posted below. They'll also be available on our website.

Ready to Make a Splash? Then Leap in!

2010 SPLASH! Official Contest Rules


The following Contest offer is good in the United States and Canada only and shall be construed and evaluated according to the laws of the United States.

The “SPLASH!” Contest (“Contest”) begins at 1:00:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (CST), Tuesday, June 1, 2010, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. (CST), Tuesday, August 31, 2010 (“Contest Period”), and is sponsored by Leap Books, LLC. (“Sponsor”). The Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By participating in the Contest, each participant is required to be 18 years of age or older and a library employee (“Library Employee”) at the time the entry is submitted. Library Employee agrees that he or she has read, understands, and agrees to be bound by the Official Rules and the final decisions of the Sponsor.

HOW TO ENTER: All registrant information must be for a Library Employee who is 18 years of age or older, or entry will be disqualified. Enter online at between June 1, 2010, and August 31, 2010. Limit one entry per eligible library. Multiple entries submitted on behalf of the same library will be posted online, but will be disqualified from winning an additional prize. Using the entry form or a Word document, Library Employee should enter his/her first and last name, Library Name, complete address, phone number, and e-mail address. The entry form must be accompanied by an ending (no greater than 250 words) to one of the excerpts posted online at This ending must be composed by one or more teens or tweens and must be submitted by a Library Employee. All entries are subject to verification.

Pictures of the contestants may be included with the entry, but permission must be obtained from all parents/guardians to post the photograph(s) containing pictures of any teens/tweens under the age of 18. First names of teens/tweens may be included as identification for a photo caption, but no other identifying information should be included with the entry. In lieu of a contestant photo, a photo of the library may accompany the entry. Lack of a photograph will not disqualify any entry.

PRIZES: Three (3) Grand-Prize Winners will be selected from all eligible entries received. The endings will be judged by the authors of the excerpts, who will each select one (1) finalist from all eligible endings to the excerpt from his/her book. Entries will be judged on creativity (How unusual is the ending?) and uniqueness (How different is the ending from any of the other submissions?), both of which will be weighted equally. In the event of a tie, a panel consisting of three Leap Books editors will rejudge, breaking any ties and basing their decision on the original judging criteria.

In addition, names will be drawn randomly from all entries to receive free books from Leap Books.

PRIZES: Each Grand Prize consists of a Leap T-shirt, a special prize from the book’s author, an opportunity to collaborate with the author on a writing project, and a set of three (3) Leap Books for each teen/tween who participated in creating the winning entry. The winning library will also receive a set of three (3) books and a free ½-hour Skype visit (or online chat) with the author of the excerpt for which the ending was created.

One Hundred and Fifty (150) winners, whose names will be drawn at random, will receive free Leap Books. Total ARV of all prizes is $4725.00.

ELIGIBILITY: Contest open to legal U.S. residents that are age 18 or older on or before January 1, 2007. Employees of American Girl; Inc., Mattel, Inc.; their respective affiliates; subsidiaries; parent companies; partner companies; advertising and promotion agencies; printing and mailing companies; judging organization; and immediate family and household members of each are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited by law. All federal, state, and local laws apply.

GENERAL: By entering this Contest, participants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges. Grand-Prize Winners will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (except where prohibited), which must be signed and returned to the Sponsor within 14 days of attempted delivery of same. Noncompliance within this condition will result in forfeiture of prize. Unclaimed prize will not be awarded. Winner will be notified by email. If prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and will be awarded to an alternate winner. No substitutions or cash redemption of prize as offered except as provided herein. Prize is non-transferable. Tentative Prize Winners will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail. If a Tentative Prize Winner cannot be reached within fourteen (14) business days from the time of first notification attempt, such person will be disqualified and an alternate entry will be randomly selected. Once contact has been made with a Tentative Prize Winner, prize will then be sent by mail. Contest entries become the property of Leap Books, LLC, and will not be returned. Library Employee agrees that winning essays may be reproduced, in whole or in part, by Sponsor, in any and all media, for any and all purposes, including purposes of advertising and trade, without further compensation. In case of unavailability of any prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal or greater value. By accepting the prize, winner consents, for him/herself and for the winners, to the use of their names (first names only for participants under age 18), photos and/or likenesses for advertising and trade purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited. Participants waive the right to assert as a condition of winning any and all costs of redemption and any liability, which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. By accepting the prize, Library Employee releases Leap Books, LLC, and their respective advertising, promotion, and provider companies; and each of their respective officers, directors, agents and employees from any and all liabilities with respect to the prize and acknowledges that said parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prize, including but not limited to, its quality, condition, or fitness for a particular purpose. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Contest should any computer virus or other technical difficulty beyond the control of the Sponsor corrupt the administration, security, or proper play of the Contest and award prizes from among all eligible entries received prior to action taken by Sponsor. Participants must provide a valid e-mail address when entering online. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of the entries in this Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, or delays in computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the “authorized account holder,” person in whose name the e-mail account is registered, provided that person meets all eligibility criteria set forth in the Eligibility section of the Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. This Contest and these Official Rules are governed, construed, and interpreted under the laws of the State of Wyoming and any or all claims pursuant to these shall be brought in the courts of the State of Wyoming.

Winner List: For the names of the winners, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to 2010 SPLASH! Contest, c/o Leap Books, P.O. Box 112, Reidsville, NC 2720-0112. Request must be received by September 30, 2010.

Sponsor: Leap Books, LLC, Beartooth Ct., Powell, WY 82435

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