2017 Essay Contest Rules

OFFICIAL RULES

This year's THEME is: "Describe a Positive Decision You Have Made About Your healthcare."

1. HOW TO ENTER:
Compose an essay of no more than 750 words on the following topic: "Describe a Positive Decision You Have Made About Your healthcare."

Include with your essay a separate page with your complete nameaddress, and phone number, as well as your email address if applicable. Limit: one entry per person. All entries become the sole property of the Renal Support Network (RSN) and will not be returned.

All entries must be postmarked or received by 12:00 PM (ET) on August 10, 2017. 

Mail your entry to the following address:

Attn: Essay Contest
Renal Support Network
1146 N. Central Ave. #121
Glendale, CA 91202

Entries can also be faxed to 818-244-9540 or emailed to essay@remove-this.rsnhope.org. 

No purchase is necessary, but you must have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in order to enter the contest.
2. WHAT THE PRIZES ARE:

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $100

3. HOW ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED:
All essays will be judged on basis of the following criteria: 

50% - Appropriateness to the contest theme
25% - Originality and creativity
25% - Technical correctness (grammar, spelling, accurate explanation of the disease condition and/or treatment)

In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest Originality and Creativity score will be selected as the winner.

The winner will be notified by phone and/or mail.

4. WHAT THE GENERAL RULES ARE:
The contest is open only to people who have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, live in the United states and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of RSN or of agencies advertising and promoting the contest, their immediate family members, and/or those living in same household are not eligible. No substitution or transfer of prize by the winner is permitted. All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners, and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.  

Essays must be typed. !NO HANDWRITTEN ESSAYS WILL BE ACCEPTED!

The winners must execute an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity within 15 days after receiving it, certifying that the entry is his or her own original essay. Noncompliance within this time period may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. In the event that a minor wins the grand prize, a parent or legal guardian must sign the required paperwork on behalf of the minor.

All entries must be original works that have never before been published and must not infringe on any third-party rights. By entering the contest, the entrant gives RSN the right to use, edit, or publish the entry without further compensation. The winning entrants assign all copyrights to RSN.

Those who enter the contest and/or accept a prize grant permission to sponsors and their agencies to use the winners’ names and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising/trade without further compensation unless such use or permission is prohibited by law. Prizes are nontransferable. By accepting a prize, the winner agrees to hold RSN and its directors, officers, employees, and assignees harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of the use of the prize. The winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this promotion or by the use/redemption of any prize.

Entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules as stated here and the decisions of the judges. RSN is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, the administration of the contest, or the announcement of the prizes. 

Further, RSN is not responsible for any of the following: lost, late, mutilated, or illegible entries. The winners’ names will be announced September 14, 2017. 

Last updated May 2017