Terms and Conditions

No Purchase Necessary. Any person who holds U.S. or Canadian (excluding residents of Quebec) citizenship and is at least 18 years old or the age of majority in their state/province of legal residence, whichever is older, during the time of the contest (February 19 to March 12, 2021, 23:59 UTC+1) is eligible to participate. The event is organized by Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG, Peterssteinweg 10, 04107 Leipzig/Germany (hereafter referred to as “Ulysses”). Entrants cannot be employees of Ulysses, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (“Disney”) or parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies, or of the advertising, promotional or fulfillment agencies of any of them (individually and collectively, “Contest Entities”), or members of their respective households (defined as people who share the same residence at least three (3) months a year, whether related or not) or immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings, step-parents, step-children, step-siblings and their spouses). Void where prohibited and subject to all applicable federal, provincial, local and municipal laws and regulations.

To take part in the competition, the participant must write a poem with a maximum of 200 words or a short story with a maximum of 1000 words in English and submit it in one of the following file formats (Ulysses files, PDF, DOCX, Markdown, Plain Text and Pages documents) and upload to https://ulysses.app/contest along with his or her email address and real or pen name. Submissions must be received no later than March 12, 2021, 23:59 UTC+1). Only works of fiction that do not violate the rights of other people or organizations are allowed. Contributions may also not contain any other illegal or unethical content, as determined by Ulysses in its sole discretion. The poem or the story must not have been published before or be published during the eligibility period. In addition, only one submission per person is allowed. After the upload, participants will receive an email with a confirmation link at the email address provided by the participant. The participant must then click on the link to confirm their participation.

On or about March 31, 2021, the Ulysses jury will evaluate all submitted poems and short stories based on the following criteria: Creativity (25%), Fresh Point of View (25%), Unique Writing Style (25%) and Overall Composition (25%). Poems and short stories will thereby be judged separately. In the event of a tie, the winning submission will be the submission with the highest score in the Creativity category from among all tied submissions. The 10 best poems and the 10 best short stories will then be presented to author Kate DiCamillo and screenwriter Brad Copeland, who will decide on the first and second place winners. The ten winners from each category will receive an email notification within 48 hours of the final decision. Winners will be required to sign and return a Declaration of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (the “Affidavit”) within 10 days of notification, which must be received by Ulysses in order to claim and receive a prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the Affidavit, within the required time period, declines the prize or the Affidavit is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits the prize.

The 20 winners (10 in each category) will each receive a voucher for a yearly Ulysses subscription in the value of $49.99, will be published on the Ulysses blog, and will be given access to a live online talk on a to be determined date with Kate DiCamillo and screenwriter Brad Copeland. The two first place winners will each be awarded with a cash prize of $500. The two second place winners will each be awarded with a cash prize of $250. The total value of vouchers and cash prizes is $2,499.80. Prizes are not transferrable. Substitutions are not allowed except as determine by Ulysses in its sole discretion. All taxes related to the redemption or use of a prize are solely the responsibility of each winner.

The 20 winning submissions, with their real name or pen name, will be announced in the Ulysses blog on April 7, 2021, and will be published in full length in the Ulysses blog on a to be determined date in April or May 2021. By participating, all winners consent that the publication will be made available indefinitely on the Ulysses blog or the Ulysses website. Ulysses reserves the right to terminate a publication at any time.

By entering this contest and/or accepting any prize entrants agree that they abide by and be bound by these terms and conditions and Ulysses’ decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the contest.

Any winner’s acceptance and use of any portion of the prize constitutes the grant to Contest Entities and their assigns of an unconditional right to use his/her, name, voice, likeness, photograph, biographical and prize information and/or statements about the contest for any programming, publicity, advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

All entrants must release, indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Entities from any and all liability for claims, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including without limitation death and bodily injury, resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the awarding, delivery, acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of a prize; participation in the contest or any contest-related activity or from any interaction with, or downloading of, computer contest information.

Right to cancel the contest: In the event viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, Acts of God, acts or regulations of any governmental or supra-national authority, war, national emergency, pandemics, epidemics, accident, fire, riot, strikes, lock-outs, industrial disputes, acts of terrorism or other matters beyond the Ulysses’ reasonable control, corrupt, prevent or impair the administration, security or fairness of the Contest, so that it cannot be conducted as originally planned, Ulysses has the right, in its sole discretion, to modify the terms and conditions or to cancel, modify, terminate or suspend the contest, except where prohibited by law; and in such event, to select winner(s) by such method as Ulysses in its sole discretion shall consider equitable.

Governing Law Language: All disputes, claims and causes of action at law or in equity (individually, “Claim”) arising out of or relating to this contest, the meaning or interpretation of these terms and conditions or any prize awarded shall be resolved by applying the laws of Germany, without regard to conflict of laws provisions therein, and shall be solely and exclusively brought in the local or federal courts within that country; provided that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the intellectual property of Disney, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of California and in the event of any dispute, all entrants irrevocably consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Los Angeles, California to resolve such disputes.

Privacy Policy/Data Collection: Information provided by you for this contest is subject to Ulysses’ privacy policy located at https://ulysses.app/privacy-policy/ (“Privacy Policy”). By entering this contest each entrant: [a] agrees that Ulysses has the right to contact the entrant through the email address provided upon entry, in order to administer and fulfill this contest; and [b] consents to the transfer and processing of personal information by Disney, in the Unites States, for purposes of Disney fulfilling an element of the prize.

For the names of the winners (after April 7, 2021) and/or a copy of these terms and conditions (before March 12, 2021), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Ulysses Writing Contest Celebrating Disney’s Flora & Ulysses, Winners/Terms and Conditions, Ulysses GmbH & Co. KG, Peterssteinweg 10, 04107 Leipzig, Germany, designating either winners’ list or terms and conditions. A copy of the terms and conditions may also be obtained by printing this web page.