Theme for August 13, 2017: Turtles
Write a rhyming couplet about the current theme, turtles, and post it on Twitter before the end of the day on August 13, 2017.
Click here to write an entry on Twitter
We'll choose the one we like best, and award the winner $50 USD.
We'll also make a donation of $50 USD to the winner's local library (or to another local non-profit organization of the winner's choice).
Finally, we'll ask the winner to suggest a theme for the next biweekly couplet contest.
A good couplet is one that shows creativity, craftsmanship, consistent meter, innovative rhyme, and adherence to the theme.
Here is a good explanation of couplets.
This couplet contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Datamuse Corp, Bluffton SC, 29910 USA (the “Sponsor”).
The Contest ends at 11:59:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on the deadline day listed above. Entries submitted after this time are not eligible. Incomplete submissions or submissions posted outside the contest entry period will not be considered.
Participation in the Contest constitutes applicant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By entering the Contest, applicant warrants that the submission is an original work, has not been previously published or won any award, and that applicant is aware of no conflicting rights in the submission including but not limited to copyright or other intellectual property right as further identified below in the section entitled “No Infringement.” Applicants agree that Sponsor, its affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, agents or contractors and their employees, officers and directors shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from participating in this Contest.
All submissions must be the original work of the applicant. All applicants represent, state, and agree that their Contest submission will not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party, including by way of example and not by limitation, any copyright, trademark or patent rights belonging to any third party. Plagiarism in any form will result in disqualification.
All submissions, including the winning submissions, remain the property of the applicant before and after the Contest. Sponsor claims no ownership of the applicant's work. We will announce the winners on the RhymeZone Twitter account and by linking to the winning tweet from this page.
The Winner will be selected on the basis of its originality, humor, rhyme, meter, and adherence to the Couplet Contest theme. The Winner will be selected at the sole discretion of judges employed by the Sponsor, and their decisions are final.
Note: This is not a popularity contest! While the Contest judges will consider the Twitter activity associated with each entry (such as the number of hearts, retweets, and replies), the Judges will ultimately use their collective judgment to decide on the winners of the Contest.
The Winners will be notified by Twitter direct message, and announced on RhymeZone.com, within one week of the contest deadline.
Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements of these Official Rules and Sponsor's decisions as to the administration of the Contest and prize awards are final. Sponsor will notify the potential Winner within one week of the contest deadline. In the event that an applicant’s Twitter handle changes during this time, it is the applicant's responsibility to notify Sponsor of such change. In the event that any prize notification is undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner, or response to a prize notification is not received within seven (7) days of its issuance, the prize may be forfeited. Where a prize is forfeited, the applicant with the next best submission in accordance with the Judging Criteria will be chosen as an alternate Winner.
Because this is a Contest of skill, the odds of winning depend upon the quality and eligibility of the submissions received, as well as the number of entrants. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest should fraud, technical failures, or any other factors beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor impair the integrity of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. By entering the contest, entrant agrees to release and hold harmless sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, causes of action and/or liability for any injuries, illness or death, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in and/or entry into the Contest or receipt or possession, use or misuse of any prize or element thereof. Sponsor, its respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, agents and employees are not responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, stolen, misdirected, illegitimate, or impermissible submissions or mail; postage due mail; or any other error whether human, mechanical or electronic.
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