U.K.: Complete Rules and Eligibility Requirements for 2018 Student Essay Contest Participants

Facing History and Ourselves (also known as Facing History) is a non-profit organisation that teaches us to think about the world in a new way, igniting an ongoing conversation about how we can build a society free of 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 everywhere.

The contest is open to students in the U.S., U.K., and Canada (excluding for Quebec). Below are the Official Contest Rules for participants in the U.K. For the Official Contest Rules for participants in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), go here.

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 3 overall winners and 7 other winning finalists. The overall winners must be in Year 13 (or equivalent), and must plan to attend university this year. The overall winners will each win a prize of £4,000 (if they are based in the UK) or $5,000 (if they are based in the US), which will be paid direct to their university as a contribution towards their tuition fees. The winner’s school will also receive a cash award of £400 (in the UK) or $500 (in the US).

7 cash prizes of £800 (in the UK) or $1,000 (in the US) will be awarded to other finalists in Years 9 to 12, and their schools will also receive cash awards of £200 (in the UK) or $250 (in the US).

The prizes are generously funded and paid by Holland & Knight LLP.

What’s the timeline?

The details of the Contest will be announced in accordance with the launch of the event.. The Contest will be open to entrants, who may each submit 1 entry via facinghistory.org/ideals, from March 1, 2018 through March 29, 2018. The final day to submit an entry will be March 29, 2018 by 09:00 PM ET.

We will select a shortlist of top essay submissions no later than April 30, 2018. We will then open voting to the public to choose the overall winners. Public voting will close on May 9, 2018.

We will notify and announce the winners on or before May 14, 2018

Other important rules
  • All participants must be 13 years or older.
  • The contest is open to students in the U.S., UK, and Canada (excluding for Quebec). 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. Year 13, and Years 9 to 12), 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.

Contest Rules: England and Wales, 2018

  1. About us
    This Contest is run by the Facing History and Ourselves, Inc., which is located at 16 Hurd Rd., 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 www.facinghistory.org.

  2. What do these rules apply to?
    These rules apply to our 2018 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.

  3. 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.

    Three main prizes of £4,000 (if the winner(s) are in the UK) or $5,000 (if the winner(s) are in the US) will be awarded to students in Year 13 (or equivalent) who have been accepted to, or plan to attend, university this year. The prize will be paid direct to the winners' universities as a contribution towards their tuition fees. The current schools of the winners will also receive cash awards of £400 (in the UK) or $500 (in the US).

    Seven other finalists (who must be in Years 9 to 12) will each be awarded with prizes of £800 (in the UK) or $1,000 (in the US), and the school of each finalist will also receive a cash award of £200 (in the UK) or $250 (in the US).

    The prizes are generously funded and paid by Holland & Knight LLP.

    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.

  4. How to enter
    This year’s contest invites students to reflect on who or what has influenced how they think about their roles and responsibilities as engaged members of their communities.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—when they are riding the subway to work as much as when they hear about incidents of mass violence that demand a global response. 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.

    In the documentary film American Creed, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from remarkably different life experiences, backgrounds, and points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. At a time of sharp political and social tensions, their spirited inquiry frames the stories of a wide range of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deep divides.

    “In times like this, we need stories that remind us of the ideals that hold us together.” Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian, David Kennedy

    A national identity is more than a list of diverse qualities and characteristics of the citizenry, it is also a collection of knowledge and values shared across the nation. In thinking about the stories and ideals that unite us as something larger than a collection of individuals, Facing History hopes to inspire young people to engage deeply in a conversation about who we are, and who we want to be. After watching one or more clips from American Creed, respond to the following in 500 words or less:

    Tell a story that you believe shows the power of uniting people, building bridges, or orienting us to what we share and the common good?

    Your story can be one from history or from your own community. You can choose to tell the story of an upstander (A person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person being attacked or bullied) or the story of a group that faced challenges and made a positive difference through their actions. Please tell us your story and explain what you hope people will learn from it.

    Essays must be submitted online through the submission page, which is at facinghistory.awardsplatform.com. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Contest Timeline
    The time when you may enter the Contest begins on March 1, 2018 EST and ends on March 29, 2018 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 no later than April 30, 2018. 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 May 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EST and ending on May 9, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. EST (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.

  7. Voting and Winner Selection
    During the Voting Period, on an ongoing basis, visitors to the Contest web page at facinghistory.org/ideals. will have the opportunity to vote for the top essays from the selected Finalists.

    Three prizes will be available to Year 13 students, and seven prizes will be available for students in Years 9 - 12.

    Visitors must be 13 years of age or over to vote and may only submit one vote for each category.

    The winners in each category will be decided by Facing History and Ourselves considering the majority vote, 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.

  8. Winner Notification and Promotion
    On or about May 10, 2018, 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 a Winner in their place.

    The Winners and their essays will be promoted on our website (www.facinghistory.org), in our email marketing and FacingToday blog posts (www.facingtoday.facinghistory.org), and other social media channels [Facebook page:www.facebook.com/FacingHistory, Twitter page: www.twitter.com/FacingHistory; Instagram: www/instagram.com/FacingHistory; LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/FacingHistory] and/or in other media. There may also be additional promotion. Non-winning essays may also be selected for promotion.

  9. 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.

    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 direct by Holland & Knight LLP. Taxes, charges and transfer fees on the prizes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 direct by the contest funder, Holland & Knight, 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: https://www.facinghistory.org/privacy.

  12. 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 at facinghistory.org/ideals.

    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.

  13. 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) 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Contact Us
    If you have any questions in relation to the Contest, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at [email protected].

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