TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Introduction

Connections & Creations, a sole proprietary concern owned by Toney Joseph, S/o. Late Joseph Philip having its address at CRA 38, Kaniampuzha Road, Vyttila 682019 Cochin (hereinafter referred to as “we” or “us”) is a newly established advertisement firm and mediahouse. We envision creating a thriller-spy genre book containing a total of 12 (twelve) chapters (the “Book”) in collaboration with a collection of individual writers, who, if their submissions are selected, will become co-writers of the Book. In order to select writers to co- write the Book, we are conducting a contest to seek out individual writers who would be interested in writing and contributing one of the 6 (six) chapters of the Book (the “Write to Win Contest” or “Contest”). These terms and conditions (“Terms”) set out the applicable terms for participating in the Write to Win Contest and includes amongst others, the process to be followed for submission of entries, how entries will be selected and the terms relating to title and ownership of each of the successful and unsuccessful entries and to the Book as a whole.

By entering the Contest, you, as the entrant (“you”) are indicating your agreement to be bound by these Terms . Your participation in the Contest is conditional on acceptance without modification of all the terms, conditions and notices contained in these Terms. For the removal of doubts, it is clarified that the submission of any entry into the Contest by you constitutes an acknowledgement and acceptance by you of these Terms as applicable. Please print a copy of these Terms and save for your records. In addition to these Terms, the publisher/publishing house of the Book (“Publisher”) may set out terms and conditions for publication of the Book. You shall be bound by such terms as laid down by the Publisher in addition to these Terms if you are a Winning Participant (as defined hereinafter in these Terms). In the event that any of the terms and conditions contained in these Terms conflict with the additional/other terms specified by the Publisher, then the latter terms shall prevail.

We reserve the right to cancel or amend the Contest and these Terms without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of our control. Any changes to the Contest will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by us. We shall also have the right, at our sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these Terms and any such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.

  • The Write to Win Contest is open only to individuals aged 18 years and over.
  • The Contest is not open to employees of Connections & Creations or their family members or anyone else connected to the Contest and/or Connections & Creations in any way (including as a judge).
  • There is no entry fee to enter the Contest.
  • To enter the Contest, kindly fill out the registration form available at www.connectionsandcreations.com (the “Website”) which will include your name, age, contact details and an acceptance of these Terms.
  • Upon your submission of the registration form, you will be provided an access to the Write to Win Contest page on our Website. In order to get such access you may use your email address as submitted by you in your registration form ("Registered Email ID”) together with password which we shall send to your Registered Email ID. The Write to Win Contest page on the Website which only registered users will have an access to will contain a chapter-wise outline of the chapters along with a detailed sketch of the characters of the Book (collectively the “Outline”). You understand and acknowledge that the access to the said Outline is being PROVIDED to you on a strictly confidential basis and you agree and undertake to use the Outline solely for the purpose of your participation in the Contest and for no other personal or other purpose.
  • The Outline for the first 6 (six) chapters of the Book will be uploaded on a monthly and chapter-wise basis, on the 14th of a month, the first Chapter Outline being uploaded on February 14, 2018, the 2nd Chapter Outline on March 14, 2018 and so on. Once you receive access to the Outline for a Chapter on the 14th of a month, you will have to develop and upload two paragraphs on the Outline (“Paragraph Submission”), on or before 10 a.m. IST on the 1st of the following month. After a screening and discussion by the Editorial Team (as defined hereinafter), 10 (ten) writers shall be selected and shortlisted (“the Elite Club”) from among the writers who made timely Paragraph Submissions. The names of the 10 writers shortlisted to the Elite Club out of those who made their Paragraph Submissions prior to the first of a particular month will be informed and the winner announced on the Website on the 14th of the said month. In this manner a total of 6 (six) Elite Clubs of 10 candidates each shall be selected and shortlisted for each chapter. On the same day of selection of the Elite Club with respect to a Chapter, every candidate of the Elite Club shall be given more details of the respective Chapter to their Registered Email ID and each candidate shall flesh out their Chapter and upload the same on or before 10 a.m. I.S.T. of the 1st of the subsequent month. On the 14th of every month, i.e., commencing from February 14, 2018 and for the next 5 (five) months thereafter, the Outline of the Next Chapter that needs to be written will be uploaded onto the Website. The writers may upload their paragraphs pertaining to each chapter till 10 a.m. on the 1st of the following month. The selection / shortlisting of the Elite Club shall be made on the 14th of the same month along with the more detailed Outline of the Chapter. The Contest pertaining to each Chapter will continue till the 1st of the next month (for those selected to the Elite Club) and all entries for Chapter Submissions pertaining to the said chapter by the Elite Club members should be submitted prior to that. For instance, the Paragraph Submission of the first chapter will be open from 10 am on February 14, 2018 till 10 am on March 1, 2018, the selection /shortlisting of the Elite Club shall commence on March 1, 2018 and be completed on March 14th, 2018, and on March 14, 2018 the Elite Club shall also be given the more detailed Outline of the Chapter. The Paragraph Submissions of the second chapter will be open from 10 am on March 14, 2018 and go on till 10 am on April 1, 2018 the selection /shortlisting of the Elite Club shall commence on April 1, 2018 and be completed on April 14, 2018, wherein the Elite Club shall also be given the more detailed Outline of the Second Chapter and in turn contest for Chapter Submission of the second chapter will be open till 10 am on May 1, 2018 and so on till the contest for the sixth chapter, which will be open from August 14, 2018 (to the Elite Club members for detailed Chapter Submissions) and the said Elite Club members shall make their Chapter Submissions on or before 10 am on September 1, 2018. In order to maintain the suspense and secrecy of the plot of the Book, the outline pertaining to the Next Chapter of the Book will be uploaded on the Website (and access provided to the registered participants of the Write to Win Contest) only on 10 a.m. on the 14th of the relevant month. For instance, the outline pertaining to the first chapter of the Book will be uploaded at 10 a.m. on the 14th of February, the outline pertaining to the second chapter of the Book will be uploaded at 10 a.m. on the 14th of March and so on. The aforesaid timelines are subject to change at our discretion, which changes will be duly notified on the website.
  • Making of two Paragraph Submissions of the chapters by registered participants as well as submission of Chapter (“Chapter Submission”) by the Elite Club (collectively referred to as  “Submissions” and individually as a “Submission”) have to be uploaded on the site. Please note that only Submissions uploaded will be accepted. Each candidate shall have only one chance to make their Paragraph Submission with respect to a particular Chapter of the Book as part of the Write to Win Contest. A winner of any Chapter Submission in the Write to Win Contest will be required to submit one more chapter, the plot of which will, in order to maintain the suspense and secrecy of the Book, be given individually by Connections & Creations on the date of declaring the winner to each of the 6 (six) winners (i.e. to each of the writers who submitted a winning Chapter Submission). The said Chapter Submission submitted additionally by the winner of a Chapter Submission (“Additional Chapter Submission”) will not be part of the Contest. The winner shall have 1 (one) month from the date on which the outline and details of the Chapter is provided by the Company to flesh out the chapter and make the Additional Chapter Submission and the Additional Chapter Submission will be subject to review and approval by Editorial Team. The winning Chapter Submissions for the first 6 (six) chapter of the Book together with the Additional Chapter Submissions made by the said winners shall result in a total of 12 (twelve) chapters for the Book. Apart from the Submission of the Additional Chapter Submission outside of the Contest, the writer of a winning Chapter Submission will not be entitled to submit any more entries as part of the Write to Win Contest. This is to ensure that there will be a minimum of 6 (six) authors contributing to the Book. If the Chapter Submission of a particular writer has been rejected (unless such rejection is owing to breach of these Terms by the said author), then he/she will be entitled to continue participating in the Write to Win Contest and submit other Chapter Submissions in future in accordance with these Terms Chapter Submissions on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.
  • You shall solely be responsible for the cost (if any) incurred in connection with your Submissions and your participation in the Contests as a whole.
  • We accept no responsibility for Submissions that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered on time for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the Submission is not proof of receipt by us.
  • By making a Submission, you acknowledge and represent the following:
    1. That your Submission (pertaining to Paragraph Submission as well as Chapter Submission) may or may not be selected by us;
    2. Your Submission is your own work, is an original piece of work, is not copied, has not been published before in any other publication (or on any website), does not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, does not promote your own or third party goods or services or include any trademarks and does not promote inappropriate or dangerous behaviour, nor is it otherwise obscene, defamatory, distasteful, offensive or in breach of any applicable law or regulation, or in breach of any confidentiality obligations owed by you to any third party. You further acknowledge and understand that, if we have reason to believe your Submission is not your own work, we reserve the right to disqualify the Submission;
    3. That you understand that you have been granted access to the Outline of the Book for the purpose of your participation in the Write to Win Contest and for making your Submission. You further agree that, while submitting your Paragraph Submission or during the period of your writing a Chapter, after you are selected to the Elite Club, or after your Chapter Submission, you shall not improperly use or disclose to anyone the content of the Chapter you are writing or the Outline (or any part thereof) to any other person;
    4. You shall not use the Outline and/or the chapter written by you (or any part thereof) for any personal purposes or for any publicity, advertisement; and
    5. That intellectual property rights to and the title and ownership of all content submitted by you in your Submissions are bound by the terms set out herein.
  • All rights, title and interest (including copyright and all other intellectual property rights) in India and elsewhere to the content created by you based on the Outline of the Book shared with you (irrespective of whether you formally submit the same to us or not) shall belong solely to us. In the event your Submission is selected as one of the Chapters of the Book, you will be given credit in the Book (and in such promotional or marketing material released in connection with the Book as we deem appropriate) as a co-writer of the Book. You acknowledge that the title and/or content created by you based on the Outline of the Book (irrespective of whether you formally submit the same to us or not) and all Submissions made by you (irrespective of whether the same is selected for inclusion in the Book or not) is created on the foundation of the Outline, is in the nature of a “work made for hire”, is written solely for participating in the Contest, and the entire right, title and interest in the Submission vest with us.
  • You hereby grant us permission to include your Submission as paragraphs or chapter or part thereof in the Book as the case may be along with the remaining chapters in the Book and to print and publish the same and you grant us an exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide license to use and publish your Submission in electronic format and print format for purposes connected with the Contest and the publication of the Book, and to adapt, modify, edit the Submission to enable such publication, and you hereby irrevocably waive, for our benefit, all intellectual property rights in the Submission. You further grant us the right to use your name and other personal details submitted by you to us for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your Submission and/or as a winner/participant in the Contest.
  • You hereby assign irrevocably, globally and in perpetuity all the right, title and interest (including the intellectual property rights) that you may have in the Submission or in any content created based on the Outline, with right to transfer and sublicense, to use and exploit such Submission or any part thereof in connection with the Book and to make, have made, copy, modify, make derivative works of, use, sell, import, and otherwise distribute the said Submission or any part thereof in connection with the Book (and the publication thereof) under all applicable intellectual property laws without restriction of any kind. Any assignment of rights hereunder shall include the rights throughout the world that may be known as or referred to as “moral rights,” “artist’s rights,” “droit moral,” or the like (collectively, “Moral Rights”). To the extent that Moral Rights cannot be assigned under applicable law, you hereby waive and agree not to enforce any and all Moral Rights, including, without limitation, any limitation on subsequent modification, to the extent permitted under applicable law. We agree not to use or exploit in any manner, Submissions or any part thereof which are not selected for inclusion in the Book and you in turn shall also not use any such unsuccessful Submission or any part thereof (including any rehashed/modified version of it) for any other purpose, given that the same was created based on the Outline given to you by us. All Submissions (whether or not selected for inclusion in the Book) shall not be used by you in any manner whatsoever independent of the publication of the Book.
  • You agree (at our cost) to take all actions and to execute or cause to be executed any such document, deed, contract or instrument which we/the Publisher shall deem necessary in order to apply for, obtain, maintain and transfer the rights to your Submission; or if not transferable, you waive and agree never to assert such rights, and in order to assign and convey to us/the Publisher or our designee, and any successors, assigns and nominees the sole and exclusive right, title and interest in and to your Submission or any part thereof, and any copyrights, patents, mask work rights or other intellectual property rights relating thereto. You hereby irrevocably designate and appoint us and/or the Publisher as the case may be and our duly authorized officers and agents as your agent and attorney-in- fact, to act for and on your behalf and stead to execute and file any such instruments and papers and to do all other lawfully permitted acts to further the application for, prosecution, issuance, maintenance or transfer of copyright and other intellectual property rights registrations related to your Submission.
  • You agree to indemnify us of any and all claims that are made against us /the Publisher or may be made against us/the Publisher in future or for losses, damages etc of any nature whatsoever that may be suffered by us/Publisher owing to an infringement of copyright or any other intellectual property right belonging to a third party with respect to your Submission.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify you from participating in the Contest and/or the right to reject your Submission for the following reasons: (a) your Submission does not comply with these Terms; (b) your Submission does not in our opinion satisfactorily follow the Outline; (c) you are not eligible to enter the Contest; (d) if you cannot be contacted at the contact details submitted by you; or (e) for such other reason which in our reasonable opinion, makes you liable to be disqualified. In the event of your disqualification from the Contest or any of them, then you will not have the right to submit any further Submissions, unless expressly agreed to by us in writing. However, if a particular Submission is rejected, you may make further Submissions provided the same is within the timelines and in accordance with these Terms.
  • The registration for the Write to Win Contest will commence on February 14, 2018 and the Contest will start on February 14, 2018 and shall be open till 10 a.m. IST on September 1, 2018 (open till 10 am IST on August 14, 2018 for Chapter Submissions and till September 1, 2018 for selection of the winner). The deadlines for making the Submissions is set out later below in these Terms.
  • Entries received outside these deadlines will not be considered. We reserve the right in our absolute discretion to extend the closing date for a reasonable period of time where an insufficient number of the entries received have satisfied the entry and judging criteria.
  • The Contests will be judged by a suitable and independent panel of judges selected by Connections & Creations (“Editorial Team”).

    The Editorial Team shall choose 6 (six) winning entries (i.e. 6 chapters written by 6 individual authors) for inclusion in the Book for the Write to Win Contest.
  • In the event, your Submission is selected, you shall extend your fullest co-operation and shall in a timely manner complete and submit the photograph, biographical sketch and any additional documents/information reasonably requested by us/the Publisher for successful publication of the Book. If you are a winner of the Chapter Submissions, you also hereby consent to edit or re-write the Chapter Submission as requested for by the Editorial Team and/or the Publisher, within such timelines as requested by us, failing which we and/or the Publisher reserves the right to change the Chapter Submission as we deem appropriate. Winners of Chapter Submissions will also be mandatorily required to make an Additional Chapter Submission within one month from the date of declaration of the winner of a Chapter and providing of Outline of the Chapter, as stated hereinabove in these Terms based on the Outline provided for the same by us, outside of the Contest. Such Additional Chapter Submission shall be subject to review and approval by the Editorial Team to ensure that the Chapter is inline with the Outline and the rest of the Chapters of the Book.
  • When choosing the winners and approving the Additional Chapter Submissions for inclusion in the Book, the Editorial Team will be looking for the best written, creative, entertaining and convincing title/stories that have a unique angle and which the Editorial Team believes will fit in harmoniously with the rest of the Book.
  • The decision of the Editorial Team shall be final and no queries/correspondence in this regard shall be entertained. The results of the Write to Win Contest will be announced on the Website as follows: The winner of the first chapter will be announced on 14 th April, 2018 (on the same day as the Outline for the third chapter is uploaded on the Website), the winner of the second chapter will be announced on the 14 th of May, 2018 (on the same day as the Outline for the fourth chapter is uploaded on the Website) and so on till the announcement of the winner of the sixth chapter which will be announced on the 14 th of September, 2018. However, if there are too many entries received during a particular month (as determined by us in our sole discretion), Connections & Creations reserves the right to extend the Write to Win Contest by one more additional month to determine the Winning Participant; during which additional month, there will be no provision for interested participants to upload any Chapter Submissions. In the event the Write to Win Contest is extended by one month as aforesaid, the date for uploading the Outline for the Next Chapter, for Submission of the Next Chapter and the announcement of the Winning Participants for each Chapter Submission will accordingly also get pushed forward by one month each. For instance if in the 3 rd month, we receive too many entries for the 3 rd Chapter, we reserve the right to push the deadline for the announcement of the Winning Participant of the 3 rd Chapter by one month, i.e. announcement will be made on 14 th July, 2018 (instead of on 14 th June, 2018 as contemplated in the normal process) and accordingly the Outline for 5 th Chapter (which was to be announced on the 14 th of June, 2018) will be uploaded only on the 14 th of July, 2018 and the contest will close on September 14, 2018 instead of on August 14, 2018. All successful candidates whose Submissions have been selected for inclusion of the Book (each a “Winning Participant”) will also receive an email to their Registered Email ID.
  • Winning Participants agree to the use of their names and images on any advertising materials produced by us, the Publisher or any person acting through or on our behalf or based on our instructions.
  • Winning Participants may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the Contest and the Winning Participants shall participate in such activity on the reasonable request of Connections & Creations. Each Winning Participant consents to the use by the Connections & Creations and its related companies/entities/affiliates, both before and after the closing date of the Contest for an unlimited time, of the Winning Participant’s image, photograph and name for publicity purposes (in any medium, including still photographs and films, and on the internet, including on the Website or any other websites hosted by the Connections & Creations and its affiliates and related entities or by any third party website as deemed appropriate by us) and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice and, in entering the Contest, all entrants consent to the same.
  • Each Elite Club member shall be entitled to a $100 (one hundred dollars) (“Completion Prize Money”) reward if the Chapter Submission is made within the deadline allocated for the said Chapter. The said payment of the Completion Prize Money shall be made to the Elite Club members within one week of their successful Chapter Submissions. Each Winning Participant shall in addition to the Completion Prize Money be awarded a winning prize money (“Winning Prize Money” which collectively with the Completion Prize Money shall be defined as the “Prize Money”) of $1000 (United States Dollars One Thousand) or the local currency equivalent at the conversion rate applicable on the date that the Winning Prize Money is remitted to the Winning Participant. Winning Participants who submit a satisfactory Additional Chapter Submission, as approved by the Editorial Team in accordance with these Terms, shall be entitled to a $1000 (United States Dollars One Thousand) for the Additional Chapter Submission, i.e. to a total Prize Money of $2100 (United States Dollars Two Thousand One Hundred) or the local currency equivalent at the conversion rate applicable on the date that the Completion Prize Money and/or the Winning Prize Money is remitted to the Winning Participant (i.e. @ $1000 per Chapter.).
  • In addition to the Prize Money, the six Winning Participants of the Chapter Submissions, who also submit a satisfactory Additional Chapter Submission, as approved by the Editorial Team will be entitled to an equal share of 25% (twenty five per cent) of the total profits made by us on the Book (i.e. each Winning Participant of a Chapter Submission will be entitled to approximately 4.16% of the total profits of the Book provided the Winning Participant has also submitted an Additional Chapter Submission that has been approved by the Editorial Team) after deducting all costs incurred in publishing the Book (“Royalty”). To be clear, a Winning Participant who has not submitted an Additional Chapter Submission or whose Additional Chapter Submission has not been approved by the Editorial Team, will only be entitled to $1100 (United States Dollars One Thousand One Hundred) or the local currency equivalent at the conversion rate applicable on the date that the Prize Money is remitted.
  • If you are an Elite Club member who has submitted the completed Chapter Submission within the deadline as prescribed and/or a Winning Participant, you will receive an email from us to your Registered Email ID informing you of the same (“Prize Money Email”) and requesting for your bank account details for transfer of the Completion Prize Money or Winning Prize Money as the case may be. You are requested to reply to the said Prize Money Email with the required details no later than 14 (fourteen) days from the date of the Prize Money Email. No cash or credit alternatives will be offered. The Prize Money is not transferable. If you fail to respond to the Prize Money sEmail within 14 (fourteen) days from the receipt thereof, you will forfeit your right to claim the Prize Money. You will however (provided you are a Winning Participant), still be entitled to receive the Royalty (provided you are eligible for the same in accordance with these Terms), subject to your Submissions of 2 Chapters being included in the final published Book and subject to your timely provision of your account details for receiving the Royalty when those are called for.
  • The names of the Winning Participants of the Chapter Submissions shall be displayed on the front cover of the Book and the Chapter written by them will be in their name on the relevant page of the Book. The biography (together with a photograph) of each of the Winning Participants will also be featured on a full page in the appendix of the Book and/or at the beginning or end of the relevant Chapter of the Book as deemed appropriate by Connections & Creations and/or the Publisher. The names, photo and details of each of the Elite Club members shall also be printed in 1/9th of the page of the Book.
  • You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from and against and all manners of claims, suits demands, fines, costs, assessments, losses, lost profits, damages, liabilities, judgments, awards, decrees, settlements or expenses including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs arising from, connected with, or by reason of, in whole or in part, any breach or alleged breach of the representations and warranties set forth in these Terms, or your claims or claims of third parties regarding ownership, trademark, copyright, libel, slander, plagiarism, privacy, misappropriation, and similar claims relating to your Submission. In defending any such claim, action or proceeding, we shall have the right to defend with attorneys of our own choice and to settle the matter and you shall fully cooperate in any such defense as we deem appropriate.
  • We shall not be liable for any failure to comply with our obligations relating to the Contest where the failure is caused by something outside our reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
  • The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other social network. You are providing your information to Connections & Creations and not to any other party.
  • None of the provisions of these Terms, your participation in the Contest or your making any Submission (even if the said Submission is used in the Book), shall be deemed to constitute a partnership between you and us and no party shall have any authority to bind or shall be deemed to be the agent of the other in any way.
  • If any provision of these Terms are determined to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, such invalidity or unenforceability shall attach only to such provision or part of such provision and the remaining part of such provision and all other provisions of these Terms shall continue to be in full force and effect.
  • All notices and communications (including any queries that you may have regarding Submissions and/or the Contest or these Terms) shall be in writing, in English and shall deemed given if sent via email/facsimile (with acknowledgment of complete transmission) to the following address:
    1. If to us, at info@connectionsandcreations.com
    2. If to you, at your Registered Email ID.
    Notice shall be deemed to have been served 24 hours after it has been sent, unless, where notice has been sent by email, it comes to the knowledge of the sending party, that the email address is invalid.
  • The Contest and these Terms shall be governed by the laws of India and the courts in Cochin, Kerala, India shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle all disputes in relation thereof.
  • You hereby provide your consent to the Editorial Team and/or the Publisher editing your Chapter Submission as it deems appropriate for inclusion in the final published version of the Book.
  • Any personal data (other than what is shared by you for publication in the Book) relating to the Winning Participants or other participants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection laws applicable in India and will not be disclosed to third parties without your prior consent. By entering the Contest, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about your Submissions.
  • We may pass your details to third parties and/or otherwise engage third party providers in connection with the Contest where the third party is acting on our behalf for the purposes of administering the Contest and/or any subsequent publicity, and/or for the purposes of sending you marketing materials (where you have agreed to this); and/or in connection with publication of the Book; and/or as otherwise required by law.
  • We accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Contest or accepting or not receiving any prize money/reward. We further disclaim liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer, mobile phone or other device relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Contest.