Art and Writing Contest

The Kingsport Public Library is hosting an art and writing contest as our part in the community’s BIG READ, where one community is encouraged to read the same book at the same time. The book is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Age groups are: 11-13, 14-17 and 18+. Art includes drawing or painting. Writing includes an essay, short story, short play or poem.

Art and writing must pertain to/be inspired by Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain or the world of Mark Twain.

Contest Details:


Anyone 11+ years old who has or is eligible for a Kingsport Public Library Card is eligible to enter the Kingsport Public Library’s Big Read Contest.  There will be three competitive categories: 11-13 years, 14-17 years, and 18+ years. If you are younger than 18 years of age at the time you enter the Contest, you must have your parent or legal guardian submit a permission form.  Verification of your age and eligibility for a library card may be required.  Employees and members of the immediate families of City of Kingsport staff are prohibited from entering the Contest.  No purchase is necessary to enter.  This Contest and eligibility are subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and may be void where prohibited by law.
The contest begins at midnight (EST) on Monday, March 1, 2010.  Entries must be received by 5:30 pm (EST) on Saturday, April 10, 2010.  Judging will take place during the week of April 11-17 and winners will be notified on Monday, April 19, 2010, with presentation of awards to be held Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. before the Friends of the Library meeting.
There are two categories in this contest: a visual art category and a written category.  To enter the Contest, you must create a drawing or painting and/or an essay, short story, short play, or poem pertaining to/inspired by Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain, or the world of Mark Twain in general.  Then submit your entry at the Kingsport Public Library.  All entries must be original. The person who is entering the contest must fill out a Release Form (available at the library). If you are under 18, the form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Entries for the visual art category should be no larger than 16”x 20” and no smaller than 8.5” x 11” in size. Entries for the written category should be no more than 2,500 words.  Written entries must be typed.  Entries should not have the entrants name visible on the entry. A separate sheet of paper with the entrant’s information should be submitted with the entry so that entries can be judged anonymously.
You may submit one entry in the visual art category and one entry in the written category, provided each entry is entirely original and that you are eligible to participate in the Contest at the time you submit each entry.  Once an entry is submitted, you may not edit it or resubmit it with edits.
All entries submitted to the Contest must be original.  You must be the sole owner of any copyright of any material submitted.  Your submission of each Entry is your guarantee that you are the author, creator, or sole copyright holder of the material submitted.  By submitting an Entry, you also represent and warrant that the Entries that you submit do not infringe on the copy right of any other persons or entity and that you have not submitted the material to any other contest.  If the ownership of the Entry is contested in any manner, the Library Manager may disqualify that Entry.
Rights of Use:
You shall retain the copyright to any Entry and all other rights thereof EXCEPT: by entering the Contest, you agree to have your submitted material displayed on without any fee or other form of compensation.  In addition, you hereby grant an unlimited license to the Library to copy, display, broadcast, distribute or otherwise use your Entry for any purpose, including, but not limited to, promotion of the Library.  You agree that the City of Kingsport/Library may use your Entry in any media in association with the Contest without attribution or compensation to the Entrant, his or her successor or assignees or any other entity.  You agree that the Library will not be liable to your or to any third party for any editing, adaptation, modification and/or publication of any Entry.
Publicity and Advertising:
Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes irrevocable consent to the City of Kingsport/Library and their agents to use, record, publish, display, perform, translate, and distribute the names, likeness, voices, quotations, opinions, and biographical information of Entrant, 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 the Entrant, his or her successors or assigns or any other entity.
A panel of 3 (three) judges will use a rubric to score each entry.  The Winner is the entry with the highest score. The Second and Third place winners are the entries who receive the second and third highest scores respectively.  In the case of a tie, the Library manager will have the deciding vote.  All decisions are final.  The library reserves the right not to award all the prizes.
To be determined. All winning entries in the visual art categories will be displayed at the Renaissance Center.  All winning entries in the written categories MAY be published in the Kingsport Times News.  All winning entries in all categories will be displayed on the Kingsport Public Library’s website. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to the minor and delivered to a parent or legal guardian.  If the prize is forfeited by the Winner and results in no Winner claiming any part of the First Prize, the Entry receiving the next highest score will be deemed the Winner and will be awarded the Prize.
The winners (or parent or legal guardian of a minor) will be notified of their prize by mail, telephone or email and will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability publicity release within five days of notification or upon redemption of prize.  Entry in the Contest constitutes permission to use winner’s name and likeness for publicity purposes, without further compensation, where permitted. At the end of the Contest, visit to see a list of finalists and the Winner.
By entering or participating in the Contest, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Entrant’s represent and warrant, with respect to each Entry, that the submission of the Entry does not infringe on intellectual property, privacy rights, rights of publicity, or any other rights of any third party.  The Entrant must fill out a Release Form, available at the library. Entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Library and the City of Kingsport, its employees and officers for any claims by third parties arising out of alleged violations of the foregoing representations and warranties arising out to the submission of any Entry.  Library reserves the right as its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process, operations of the Contest, or acting in violations of the Official Rules in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Library assume no responsibility for (1) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Entry process or the Contest; (2) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from your participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. Library is not responsible for late, incomplete, or incomprehensible Entries, all of which are void. Entrants, by participating in this Contest, hereby waive and release, and agree to hold harmless the Library and the City of Kingsport,  its  employees and officers, from and against, any and all rights, claims and causes of actions whatsoever that they may have, or which may arise, against any of them for any liability, resulting injury or loss, including but not limited to injury, loss, damage, whether direct, compensatory, incidental, or consequential, to person, including death and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from their acceptance, use or misuse of the prize in the contest, or their participation in the contest, or their participation in any contest or prize related activity, or any travel related to the contest or any travel for any prize related activity.  The winner also further acknowledges that Library and City of Kingsport, its employees and officers, 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 any prize or this Contest including but not limited to quality, condition or fitness for a particular purpose. The winners are responsible for all applicable taxes and must sign an affidavit of eligibility and compliance with rules/release before prizes can be received.
Information collected in conjunction with the Contest will not be sold, distributed or shared with any other entity and will only be used to contact entrant in direct relation to the contest. The personal information through the Contest is subject to this policy.
Except where prohibited, Entrant agree that: any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest or any prize awards shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively in the federal or state courts for Sullivan County, Tennessee and the Entrant consents to the exercise of personal jurisdiction over them by any such courts for purposes of any such action or rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damaged multiplied or otherwise increased. Entrants further agree that any and all claims, judgments and wards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and Library in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Tennessee, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Tennessee.

Release forms will be available at the library.

For details about the BIG READ events in Kingsport, check out the BIG Read website.


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