'I Believe in Dewey's Magic' Story Contest

Dewey, Iowa's beloved library cat, exemplified the values of perseverance, friendship, love, and the strength to stay true to your values, no matter the circumstances. But he's not the only cat to change someone's life for the better. If the stories of Dewey's Nine Lives remind you of a cat you know, we'd like to hear your stories. Submit a letter (minimum 200, maximum 2000 words) to Vicki Myron about how a cat you know or have known. Like the stories from Dewey's Nine Lives, the letter should relay a true tale that highlights how a cat(s) has impacted your life or the life of someone you know.

Enter for an opportunity to have your story published in the paperback edition of Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, and receive a copy of the book signed by Vicki Myron (Approximate Retail Value of signed book = $9.99).

No purchase necessary.

Open to residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, ages 18 and older.

Emailed entries and entries sent via the online form must be received no later than December 10, 2010, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time. Entries sent by postal mail must be postmarked on or by December 6, 2010 and received on or by December 10, 2010.

On or about January 7, 2011, one Grand Prize winner will be selected by a qualified panel of judges based on the overall appeal of the story and the writing quality, with equal weight given to each criterion.

Void where prohibited by law.

Scroll down for full Official Rules and an entry form.

Send Us Your Inspiring Cat Tales

(Only document files of maximum 1MB filesize accepted)

Official Rules

Official Rules for the "I Believe in Dewey's Magic" Letter Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT ENHANCE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO WIN.

Open to residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, ages 18 and older.

How to Enter:

  1. To enter the "I Believe in Dewey's Magic" Letter Contest (the "Contest"), submit a true personal story about a cat that has touched your life or the life of someone you know; a cat that exemplifies the spirit of Dewey the cat. Individual entries should be between 200—2000 words, and may be submitted via the entry form or in the body of an email to: duttonpublicity@us.penguingroup.com or via postal mail to Dutton Publicity. For entry via the online entry form, fill out the required fields, upload your story (please include your full name and email address at the top of the story itself) and submit. Only document files of maximum 1MB file size accepted. For entry via email, each email entry must include your full name and email address at the top of the email, and the subject line must have the following: Dewey's Magic Letter Contest. To be eligible, all email or online entries must be received no later than December 10, 2010, 11:59:59 PM, Eastern Time. You also may enter via postal mail. Send typed (not hand-written) hard copies, with the word counts and your full name, email address or telephone number in the upper right hand corner to: Dutton Publicity, Dewey's Magic Letter Contest, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014. Entries sent by postal mail must be postmarked on or by December 6, 2010 and received on or by December 10, 2010. You may enter as many stories as you want, but each story must be entered separately.
  2. Entries will not be returned. By entering the Contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of privacy, of any third party.
  3. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible or incomplete. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for late, lost, incomplete, illegible, or misdirected e-mail entries.
  4. Dutton, a division of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. ("Sponsor"), and its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the sender, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest which may limit the ability to play or participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized holder of the email account.

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Judging

  1. On or about January 7, 2011, one (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected by a qualified panel of judges chosen by Sponsor.
  2. Entries will be judged on the overall appeal of the story content and the writing quality, with equal weight being given to each criterion. The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to the selection of the winners, and in regard to all matters relating to this Contest, shall be final.
  3. Winner will be notified via email and/or telephone.

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Prizes:

  1. One Grand Prize winner will have his or her story published in the forthcoming paperback edition of Dewey's Nine Lives, by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, and will receive a copy of the paperback book, signed by Vicki Myron (Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") = $9.99).
  2. In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the Sponsor determines in its absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prizes.

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Eligibility:

  1. Open to residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, ages 18 and older. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.
  2. Employees of Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates or other parties in any way involved in the development, production or distribution of this Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

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General:

  1. No cash substitution, transfer or assignment of prizes allowed. In the event of the unavailability of a prize or prizes, Sponsor may substitute a prize or prizes of equal or greater value.
  2. All expenses, including taxes (if any), related to receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  3. Winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. The affidavit must be returned within fourteen (14) days of notification or winner will forfeit their prize and another winner will be selected. Should the ARV equal or exceed $600.00, winners shall be required to provide a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form.
  4. By accepting a prize the winners grant to Sponsor the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use their entries in connection with this Contest, and to further use their names, likenesses, and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
  5. By participating in the Contest and/or accepting the prize, contestants release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies or the agencies of any of them and the author of the book promoted hereby from any liability, injury, damages, cost or expense, including reasonable attorney's fees, arising out of or connected to participation in this contest or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prizes.
  6. Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.

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Winners List:

For a copy of the winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by July 7, 2011 to Dutton Publicity, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Dewey's Magic Letter Contest.

Sponsor:

Dutton
A Division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
375 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014

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