In the event winner is deemed ineligible, fails to comply with contest procedures, or is not available to participate as specified, then first runner-up will be selected to participate, time permitting.
Eligible entries will be judged on the basis of potential for on-air appeal, compelling nature of story and overall readability of essay. Decisions of the judges are final as to all contest-related matters.
In the event of a tie, the entrant with the highest score in the compelling nature of story category. In the event any entrant is deemed ineligible, fails to comply with Contest procedures, or is not available to participate as specified, then first runner-up will be selected to participate, time permitting.
Potential winners will be notified in May 2008.
"Emeril's Breakfast in Bed" prize consists of a visit and breakfast prepared by Chef Lagasse in the winner's hometown.
Winners are not entitled to exchange or transfer prizes or to obtain cash or other substitutes, but Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Federal, state and local taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who will receive an IRS Form 1099 reflecting the final actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more. If won by a minor, prize will be awarded in parent's or guardian's name.
Portion of prize that may consist of an appearance on Good Morning America is subject to availability. Sponsor is not responsible for cancellation or preemption of show or for other circumstances that make it impractical or impossible to fulfill this element of the prize. This element of the prize has no approximate retail value, and if it becomes impractical or impossible to fulfill this element, Sponsor's only obligation will be to provide the remainder of prize.
By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsor/Judges, which shall be final in all respects. By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to execute any and all paperwork requested by the Sponsor which may include, but is not limited to, a background check prior to any on-line or on air appearance of Entrant, Nominee or Entrant's submission or related materials.
All submissions will become the sole property of ABC, which may reprint or otherwise exploit the entry in any manner, in any media. Entrant may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, release and indemnification within seven days of notification of winning. By participating in this contest and accepting any prize that they may win, entrants agree to release American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., its parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this contest and/or acceptance or use of any prize.