2014 Writing Contest Rules

Eligibility
Submission
Early Submission Incentive
Finalist Compilation
Reader’s Choice Voting
Royalties
Ranquilco Prize
Awarding Prizes

Eligibility. To be eligible for prizes and royalties, each entrant must be a registered WARP Place member with a PayPal account.

Submission. Submissions should comprise fewer than 6,000 words (if you’ve written a novel or other lengthy piece, consider entering an excerpt*). Submit as many entries as you like, but all must be received by July 4th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Review the Submission Form and submit your entry. (We’re not censors but will delete without apology anything we deem to be hate speech or completely offensive and without merit.)

Early Submission Incentive. To avoid being swamped near the cutoff date, we will compile, publish, and sell in our Bookstore the first 100 entries received in each category. This will be two series of 5 books in each category, with 20 entries per book. Compilation books will be for sale at $10.00 each. This assures early submitters that they will not only be published but will also participate in the compilation-authors’ share of 50% royalty. (Buy these to get a terrific preview of your competition.)  Note: These first five (5) compilations in each category will be published and available for sale as they come in. These will precede the finalist compilation on which readers will vote for the prize-winning entry in the award category. Some entries, of course, will qualify for both.

Finalist Compilation. This year’s panel of published writers will select 20 finalists in the Award Category based on compelling narrative, absolute delight, unfailing brilliance, or utter astonishment. We will compile the selected entries and publish them for sale at $10.00 in our bookstore on July15, 2014.In the Open Category, our panel will select the 20 best for the compilation book, also for sale in our bookstore for $10, with the authors sharing equally the 50% royalty.

Reader’s Choice Voting. Our readers, with one vote per email address, will ultimately decide the winner. To vote, readers must buy the finalist-compilation ebook, then vote via the Vote button for their favorite. Vote for yourself and ask your family members, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and even perfect strangers to register at WARP Place, buy the finalist compilation, and vote for you as well.

We strongly believe this compilation will provide an enlightening, entertaining reader experience as well as a chance to vote. The Reader’s choice voting period will begin August 1, 2014  at 12:01 a.m. PST and continue through 11:59 pm PST on December 15, 2014.

Royalties. We’re excited to announce that each 2014 Writing Contest finalist (including the eventual winner) will share equally in the royalties of 50% of sales of their ebook compilation. Royalties will be dispersed through PayPal. WARP Place pledges to put its 100% toward earth care via Jaguar Ambassadors Gang (JAG) or Foundation WARP.

Prizes. First prize in the Flow category is $2,000 awarded through PayPal, plus a one-week Writer’s Retreat (valued at $5000) at our founder’s Estancia Ranquilco in Northern Patagonia in the Argentine Andes, for a total of $7,000 in awards.

Ranquilco Prize. The second part of the winner’s prize is a one-week Writers’ Retreat at our founder’s Estancia (Ranquilco Video) in Northern Patagonia in the Argentine Andes, in either the last week of November (spring), or the first week of April (autumn). This prize, valued at $5,000, includes transportation between the city of Zapala and the ranch. Your time at the Estancia (World’s Top 50 Ranches) includes accommodation in our luxury guest cottages, all meals and wine, personal horses for day rides, and participation in various ranch activities. It does not include airfare to and from Argentina or transportation to and from Zapala within Argentina.

Winners may choose to come any year for either the last week of November (spring), or the first week of April (autumn). If you have any questions, please email admin@warpplace.com with the subject line: Ranquilco prize.

Awarding Prizes. The winner of this year’s Reader’s Choice vote will be named and his/her $2,000 prize awarded on December 15, 2014, by 11:59 p.m. PST. Prize money will be dispersed via PayPal.

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In 2015, we will set up a Sell Your Book platform, where members and nonmembers alike may be able to sell their longer work as an ebook (mobi/Kindle, epub, PDF) in our bookstore. Look for an announcement early in the year as to the platform’s readiness along with our services and fees.

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N.B. WARP Place reserves the right to extend contest deadlines and to cancel or merge categories as necessitated by the number of submissions. We will make appropriate and timely announcements of any changes and will promptly refund any fee submitted for a subsequently canceled category.

No one affiliated with WARP Place, Jaguar Ambassadors Gang (JAG), Wild Spirit Press (WSP), or Wild Spirit Energies (WSE) is eligible for any contest prizes or for inclusion in any contest-related compilations.

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