Contest Rules

Essay Contest 2008
Contest Start Date: October 20, 2008

Welcome to the What It Means to be a Washingtonian Essay Contest 2008, ("Contest") sponsored by Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive ("WPNI" or the "Sponsor"), 1515 North Courthouse Road, Floor 11, Arlington, VA 22201, through which eligible entrants may submit essays in various media defining what it means to be a Washingtonian.

By sending your submission to WPNI and complying with the rules and conditions below, your essay will become eligible to win the Contest. If selected, you will win an American Express gift certificate valued at $100. All eligible entries will be posted for public viewing on WPNI's website, (the "Site"), subject to the rules and conditions described below. Some entries may be published in The Washington Post. Please read these rules carefully BEFORE sending your essay.

Contest guidelines: We will accept a variety of media for the essay project, including text essays of no more than 300 words, photo essays of no more than 10 photos, audio clip essays no longer than three minutes and video essays no longer than one minute. We cannot accept submissions from or photographs or videos that feature children under the age of 18.

The prize: One entry will be selected as the winner. The creator of the winning entry will receive an American Express gift certificate valued at $100. All eligible entries will be posted online at, and some entries may be published in The Washington Post. Eligible entries must be free of offensive language, copyright infringement or other inappropriate content.

Contest dates: The What It Means to be a Washingtonian Essay Contest 2008 will begin on Oct. 20, 2008, and continue through Dec. 31, 2008. A winning entry will be selected by editors. The odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.

How to enter: No Purchase Necessary. Eligible participants must provide full contact information as specified below and complete the Eligibility and Release Form linked to here, providing true, accurate, current, and complete information. Submissions must be received no later than Dec. 31, 2008.

Text essays of no more than 300 words should be e-mailed to Photo essays of no more than 10 photos should also be emailed to Each photo should be sent in a jpeg format at 72 dpi and no wider than 454 pixels. We will also accept graphics or drawings sent in via e-mail as a jpeg at 72 dpi and no wider than 454 pixels to The e-mail should also include: entrant's name, address, daytime phone number, e-mail address, Eligibility and Release Form, and the title of the text or photo essay.

Videos and/or audio clip submissions must be sent in the form of a playable DVD, or on a CD-ROM, in either Windows Media or Apple QuickTime file formats. (See above for time limits on video and audio clips.) The package should also include: entrant's name, address, daytime phone number, e-mail address, and the title of the video and/or audio clip. The video and/or audio and Eligibility and Release Form should be mailed to: Essay Contest 2008 at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, 1515 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, VA 22201.

The participant agrees to allow WPNI to post and/or discuss the submission on, a public website, and in The Washington Post and grants Sponsor the unrestricted, royalty free, perpetual right to display, modify, perform, copy and create a derivative work from your entry. All submissions are property of WPNI. We reserve the right to declare ineligible submissions that include profanity or would be considered offensive. Any and all submissions submitted to WPNI may be made public during or after the course of this contest.

Entrants must provide their name, mailing address, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number (for prize verification purposes only).
Incomplete entries will not be counted and WPNI, its parents, its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies, or any telephone network or service providers are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any website or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, or misdirected entries.
Only one entry per individual is allowed.

Essay contest selection process: Winners will be chosen by WPNI based on creativity, the overall message of the essay, and the quality of the writing, photography, audio and/or video.

Eligibility: This contest is open only to entrants who are legal residents of the United States, and who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Employees and their immediate families, including household members, of WPNI and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible.

Prizes: The prize is a $100 gift certificate. Only one winner will receive the prize. The Sponsor's decisions are final with respect to all aspects of the contest. The contest winner will be notified by the supplied telephone number only. All taxes, to the extent applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitutions, exchanges, refunds or compensation will be made for any reason, including cancellation of the contest.

General: This contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws. Void where prohibited. The winner agrees that the WPNI, its parents, affiliates and its agencies and their respective officers, employees, managers, agents, successors or assignees shall not be liable for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from participating in this contest or from the acceptance or use of any prize awarded. WPNI reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of any winner. U.S. law governs this contest.

Winners list: For the name of the winner, after Jan. 15, 2009, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Essay Contest 2008 @WPNI, P.O. Box 17370, Arlington, VA, 22216-7370, and include the text " Essay Contest 2008." Requests received more than sixty (60) days after Jan. 15, 2009, will not be honored.
If you have questions about the contest, e-mail and put "Essay Contest" in the subject line.

By Washington Post staff  |  October 16, 2008; 6:35 PM ET  | Category:  Contest Rules
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Real Washingtonians were born here and grew up here and still live here. They know all the words to Hail To The Redskins and can sing it without help from looking at the Scoreboard for the lyrics.
That describes my wife. For myself I came here 41 years ago. Growing up in a small town far away from DC I always wanted to live here to be near the Smithsonian. Now I have lived here for 41 years and visit the Smithsonian at least once a week. That is why I chose to live here and continue to live here. No where else in the world is such a great collection of museums and they are free. As I have grown older I have come to realize also that The National Gallery of Art is the best thing in Washington, D.C.
So after 41 years I now do consider myself a Washingtonian. But not a real one. A real Washingtonian is someone who was born here and lived here all their life.

Posted by: joebstewart | October 20, 2008 9:21 AM

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