COSMOPOLITAN COMPETITION – EROTIC FICTION

WIN! YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME AN AUTHOR!

1. Instructions on how to enter the Cosmopolitan erotic fiction competition (the “Competition”) and prizes form part of conditions of entry. Participation in the Competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions of entry.

2. Entry is open to residents of Australia aged 18 years and over. Employees of the Promoter and their immediate families and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter.

3. The Competition commences on July 06, 2015 and closes at 11:59pm (AEST) on August 31, 2015 (“Competition Period”). The judging will be done by a panel of judges appointed by the Promoter. The judging will take place at Bauer Media, 54 Park Street, Sydney NSW 2000 and will begin on September 1, 2015. The winners will be notified in writing via email using the email address given at the point of the entry.

4. To enter, individuals must during the Promotional Period, visit http://www.cosmopolitan.com.au/win/, and follow the prompts to email their full name, address, daytime telephone number, current valid email address and submit an original piece of erotic fiction (erotica / erotica literature) up to 1500 words (the “Story”) and submit the entry as instructed.

5. Multiple entries are permitted subject to each entry must be submitted separately, must be substantially unique AND the entry must not be, without limitation:

a)   late;

b)  delayed;

c)   incomplete;

d)  incomprehensible;

e)   unlawful;

f)   obscene;

g)  defamatory;

h)   discriminatory;

i)    libelous;

j)    threatening;

k)   pornographic to the detail that is deemed to be to obscene, indecent, crude or improper;

l)    harassing;

m) hateful;

n)   racially or ethnically offensive;

  • o)  capable of encouraging of conduct that would be considered a criminal offence;

p)  capable of violating any law;

q)  capable of giving rise to civil liability.

 

  1. Each Winner warrants to the Promoter that the Story submitted:
    1. is an original artistic work;
    2. does not contain gratuitous or very detail realistic descriptions of sexual activity;
    3. does not infringe copyright, trademark, obligations of confidentiality or other legal rights of any person; and
    4. does not contain anything which may give rise to any cause of action by a third party against the Promoter, including material which is defamatory or obscene or which otherwise causes injury or damage to any person.

 

  1. Any entry which the judges deem inappropriate will be invalid.  Each Winner indemnifies the Promoter, its officers, employees, agents and affiliates (and their employees and agents) (each an “Indemnified Party” and together the “Indemnified Parties”) against any action, claim, loss, expense or cost, suffered or incurred, whether directly or indirectly, by the Indemnified Parties as a result of breach by the Winner of these terms and conditions (including the warranties set out above) or otherwise arising from publication of the Story or otherwise in connection with this Competition.

 

  1. As a condition of entry into this promotion, each entrant licenses the Promoter to use their entry (including but not limited to their submitted story) in any media for an unlimited time for the purpose of conducting the Promotion (including but not limited to future marketing of Cosmopolitan Australia).

 

  1. By entering this Promotion, each entrant warrants to the Promoter that they are not currently working in the publishing industry (or are currently under contract with a publisher), are not a professional writer currently employed with an Bauer Media Pty Ltd competitor, that they  have been recognized previously as an established journalist / writer, that their work (as submitted) has never been published in any nationally circulated publication and the entry (including but not limited to any written material provided) and any other work subsequently submitted is an original artistic work of the entrant which does not infringe rights of any third party.

 

  1. It is a condition of entering the Promotion that the entrant warrants to the Promoter that they understand that any arrangement entered into in relation to the publication of their entry does not create a relationship between the winner and the Promoter of employer and employee, principle and agent, partnership or joint venture.

 

  1. This is a game of skill, chance plays no part in determining the winner. Each entry will be individually judged based on its literary and creative merit of the story provided and suitability to the promotion. The judges’ decision in relation to any aspect of the competition will be final and binding on every person who enters. No correspondence will be entered into.

 

  1. The Entrant warrants to the Promoter that the entry submitted is an original artistic work of the Entrant that does not infringe the rights of any third parties. If the entry or any part of the information provided to the Entrant in relation to the entry was provided by a third party, the Entrant warrants that they have obtained the relevant copyright permission to submit the entry for the purposes of this promotion. The entrant agrees to indemnify the promoter against all claims and costs by third parties arising from a breach of the warranty set out in this condition.

 

  1. The Promoter is entitled to use any of the entries submitted in any manner and for any purpose at its absolute discretion, including using the entries for future promoter’s or their agents book publications, promotional, marketing and publicity purposes without any further reference or payment or other compensation to the entrant. The promoter is entitled to amend, edit, select, crop, retouch, add to or delete from any part of the submitted entry.

 

  1. Entries must not be offensive, defamatory or racist.  Any entry which the judges deem inappropriate will be invalid.  The entrant agrees to indemnify the Promoter.

 

  1. The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age and place of residence) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions or who tampers with the entry process. Errors and omissions will be accepted at the Promoter's discretion. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.

 

  1. The best three (3) valid entries, as determined by the judges, will each be deemed a major prize winners and receive the following:

 

  1.                                                   i.    One (1) feature, including the major prize winner’s name and Story, in the December issue of Cosmopolitan magazine (on sale November 02, 2015); and
  2.                                                  ii.    One (1) feature, including the major prize winner’s name and Story, in the Cosmopolitan Erotic Fiction e-book on-sale [insert date] and available [insert distribution channels] (“Cosmo E-Book”).

 

The next best seventeen (17) valid entries, as determined by the judges, will each be deemed a runner up prize winners and receive:

 

One (1) feature, including the runner up prize winner’s name and Story, in the Cosmo E-Book

 

  1. By participating in the Competition and submitting the Story, each Winner assigns all rights in the Story to the Promoter and consents to the Promoter using the Story in any manner the Promoter wishes (including modifying, adapting or publishing the Story, whether in original or modified form, in whole or in part or not at all), by way of all media, without payment to the entrant (of royalties, compensation or otherwise). By participating in the Competition, each Winner consents to any dealings with the Story that may otherwise infringe their moral rights in the Story, including publication of the Story without attribution to the Winner. Without limitation, the Promoter may, and may authorise third parties to: reproduce or copy the Story (including digitally for the Cosmo E-Book); communicate the Story to the public (including, without limitation, by making it available online in the Cosmo E-Book and on the Cosmopolitan website); first publish the Story and adapt the Story.

 

  1. Entrants must not do anything to bring the Competition, Cosmopolitan magazine or the Promoter into disrepute.  

 

  1. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify an entrant if, in their complete discretion the Promoter deems that the entrant’s continued involvement in the Competition will (in any way) adversely affect the Competition, Cosmopolitan magazine or the Promoter. No correspondence will be entered into.

 

  1. The Promoter is neither responsible nor liable for late, lost or misdirected entries, or entries not received by the Promoter for any reason whatsoever. No responsibility will be taken by the Promoter in the event that the original Story is lost or damaged in editing.

 

  1. Each entrant agrees to inform the Promoter, before acceptance of any Winner status related to this Competition of any unspent criminal convictions of any kind subsisting at the date of entry and will notify the Promoter immediately if there are any criminal charges brought against them after the date they submit an entry up to and including the date the Winners are announced.

 

  1. It is a condition of accepting the prize that the Winners agree to be interviewed, photographed, filmed at any time by the Promoter for a story or feature on this Competition to be developed and featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, website, social media pages (or any other form of media it deems suitable) without further remuneration or reference to the participant. Details may feature Cosmopolitan Magazine/website/social media pages on a date to be determined by the Promoter. The inclusion of any such feature (including but not limited to creative control of the feature) will remain with the Promoter at all times.

 

  1. Prize must be taken as offered. The prize, or any unused portion of the prize, is not exchangeable or cannot be redeemed as cash. The prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer.

 

  1. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, war, terrorism, state of emergency or disaster (including  but not limited to natural disaster)the  Promoter reserves the right to subject to reference to all relevant  state and territory rules and regulations, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion.

 

  1. If a medical circumstance in some way restricts your ability to enter the competition through the required mechanic, you are still eligible to enter however you must briefly state your circumstances upon entry.

 

  1. If your entry is selected as a winning entry, validation of your circumstances/ the validity of your entry will be undertaken by the Promoter. Method of validation (without limitation) will be determined by the Promoter in its complete discretion. If the winning entry is deemed to be a winner, the winner will be notified as per the terms and conditions herein. In the event that the Promoter requests the entrant to sign any legal documents relating to the verification of their medical circumstance, the legal documents will take the form determined by the Promoter. It is a condition of accepting the prize the winner sign any such legal documentation.

 

  1. Any cost associated with accessing the promotional website is the entrant’s responsibility and is dependent on the Internet service provider used.

 

  1. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act, as well as any other implied warranties under the ASIC Act or similar consumer protection laws in the State and Territories of Australia (“Non-Excludable Guarantees”). Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the promotion.

 

  1. Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees,  the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) is not responsible for and excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions; (e) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or (f) use of the prize.

 

  1. If this promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the promotion, as appropriate.

 

Privacy:

  1. The Promoter collects personal information (“PI”) in order to conduct the promotion and may, for this purpose, disclose such PI to third parties, including but not limited to agents, contractors, service providers, prize suppliers and, as required, to Australian regulatory authorities. Entry is conditional on providing this PI. The Promoter will also use and handle PI as set out in its privacy policy, which can be accessed by visiting http://www.bauer-media.com.au/privacy.htm. In addition to any use that may be outlined in the Promoter’s Privacy Policy, the Promoter may also, for an indefinite period, unless otherwise advised, use the PI for promotional, marketing, publicity, research and profiling purposes, including sending electronic messages or telephoning the entrant. Entrants should direct any request to opt out, access, update or correct PI to the Promoter and direct any complaints regarding treatment of their PI according to the Privacy Policy. All entries become the property of the Promoter.

 

  1. The Promoter is Bauer Media Pty Ltd (ABN 18 053 273 546) of 54 – 58 Park Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.  Phone: 02 9282 8000.

Website Terms of Use:


In these terms, “Bauer”, "we", "us" and "our" means Bauer Media Pty Limited (ABN 18 053 273 546) of Level 8, 54 Park Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Please read these terms carefully as they apply to your use of this website and all of its contents, and also apply to any associated services, products, software provided by us (the “Website”).  By accessing or using the Website you agree to be bound by these terms. 

 

We may revise these terms from time to time by updating this posting.  The revised terms will take effect when they are posted.

 

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Content you submit via the Website:


Where requested, we encourage you to contribute to the Website by submitting comments, participating in the Website discussion forums and quizzes and, where appropriate, uploading information and photos (collectively, “Submissions”).

 

You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in any Submissions.  By submitting, posting or displaying the Submissions, you give us a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute the Submissions in any form.

 

You warrant to us that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the licence of your Submissions above, and that our use of your Submissions in accordance with these terms will not infringe the rights (including Intellectual Property Rights) of any person or entity or breach any applicable law.

 

You must not submit, post, display or otherwise contribute to the Website any of the following:


any comment, review, message, data, information, text, music, sound, photo, graphic, code or any other material (collectively, "Content") that is false, unlawful, misleading, libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, harassing or advocates harassment of another person, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory, fraudulent or otherwise objectionable or which discriminates against or vilifies any group or individual or which would be rated R, RC or X by the Australian Classification Board;

 

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Content containing commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising and pyramid schemes; or

private information of any third party, including, surname (family name), addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and credit card numbers.

 

You understand that by using the Website, you may be exposed to Submissions that you find offensive, indecent or objectionable, and that, in this respect, you use the Website at your own risk.  We reserve the right in our sole discretion and for any reason to pre-screen, review, flag, filter, modify, refuse or remove any or all Submissions from the Website, but we have no obligation to do so, and we will not be responsible or liable for any of the Submissions.

 

You must abide by any community guidelines which may be posted on the Website by us. 

 

You acknowledge that each user of the Website is responsible for their own Submissions, and as a result, we have no control over the truth, accuracy or completeness of the Submissions.

 

Linking to this Website:


We encourage you to provide links to this Website.  While you may use the name of the Website in the text of any such link, you may not use any of our logos or trademarks without our prior written consent. 

 

You must not frame this Website or represent or imply that any part of the Website belongs to anyone other than us.

 

If we notify you that we object to the manner in which you provide links to this Website, you must immediately cease providing such links.

 

General restrictions:


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violate any applicable laws;

distribute viruses, corrupted files or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of any computer hardware or software;

disclose any password associated with an account you use to access the Website (and you will be solely and personally responsible for all activities that occur under your account);

collect or store personal data about other users of the Website;

use the Website for any purpose that is threatening, libellous, defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, racist, indecent or infringing of another person’s rights; or

engage in any other conduct that inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Website.

 

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You may have rights under statutory consumer protection laws, including theCompetition and Consumer Act 2010(Cth), which cannot be excluded, restricted, limited or modified.  The following exclusions of warranties, and the limitations of liability below, apply subject to any rights you may have under such laws.

 

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YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEBSITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS (AND YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE RELIED UPON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE, SKILL AND JUDGEMENT TO EVALUATE THE WEBSITE AND THAT YOU ARE SATISFIED AS TO THE SUITABILITY OF THE WEBSITE TO MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS); OR

YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR FREE FROM VIRUSES OR ERROR.

 

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, AND TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS, WARRANTIES, GUARANTEES OR OTHER PROVISIONS THAT ARE NOT CONTAINED IN THE TERMS (WHETHER BASED IN LEGISLATION, THE COMMON LAW OR OTHERWISE) ARE EXCLUDED, INCLUDING ANY REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS, WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES AS TO ACCEPTABLE QUALITY, FITNESS FOR PURPOSE, TIMELINESS OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS. 

 

If any condition, warranty, guarantee or other provision is implied or imposed in relation to the legal agreement between you and us (whether based in legislation, the common law or otherwise) and cannot be excluded (a "Non-Excludable Term"), and we are able to limit your remedy for a breach of such a Non-Excludable Term, then our liability for such a breach of the Non-Excludable Term is limited to one or more of the following at our option:

 

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We cannot be responsible for any loss, corruption or interception of data sent to or from the Website that occurs outside of our computer systems (such as those which occur while data is being sent over the internet). We recommend that you install and use up-to-date anti-virus and firewall software on your computer.

 

Variation of the Website:


We may from time to time and without notice, vary, modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any or all of the Website.

 

Links and advertisements:


The Website may contain links to websites operated by third parties or include advertising or promotional material provided by our advertisers. We are not responsible for, and do not endorse, the content or accuracy of any other sites linked to the Website or advertising or promotional material published on the Website.  You should contact the relevant third party directly if have any questions.

 

In some instances, advertisements will contain offers which you accept by clicking through to an advertiser’s website. The advertiser is solely responsible for the offer.

 

Where the Website includes products available for purchase, the prices and product description are the responsibility of the retailer.

 

Privacy policy:


In using the Website, you may give us personal information in which you have certain rights.  By using the Website, you grant us consent to use your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy which can be viewed at http://www.bauer-media.com.au/privacy.htm, which forms a part of these terms. 

 

General:


If any part of these terms is:

 

held to be unenforceable, the unenforceable part is to be given effect to the greatest extent possible; or

inconsistent with any applicable law, the inconsistent part is to be read subject to that law to the extent necessary,

and the remainder will remain in full force and effect.  These terms are governed by the laws of New South Wales, Australia, and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales, Australia.

 

These terms constitute the entire agreement between us and you in relation to the Website and supersede all other (prior or contemporaneous) communications or displays whether electronic, oral or written, between us and you in relation to the Website. 

 

Your use of the Website is conducted electronically and we may communicate with you electronically for all aspects of your use of the Website, including sending you electronic notices. 

 

The word “including” when used in these terms is not a term of limitation.

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