GMA Challenge: 'Story of My Life'

JUDGING: The official judging panel, consisting of representatives selected at the sole discretion of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., Simon & Schuster and Nestegg Productions, LLC, will select the top three (3) entries from all eligible entries received that most persuasively argue that the author of the essay deserves to have his/her life story turned into a book. The judging will be based on the following criteria: quality and persuasiveness of entrant's reasoning why the subject of essay has a story worthy of becoming a book (33%) and overall potential of this life story for on-air appeal to audience of "Good Morning America" and book appeal to readers (67%). An interview with the author, conducted at the sole discretion of the judges, may also be required. The judging will be conducted on or about December 17, 2004 through January 10, 2005. At that time, selected authors may be required to submit requested information to assist in sponsor/judges due diligence research. The authors of the potential winning essays will be notified by e-mail and/or mail. Potential winners will be required to sign and return within 7 business days of receipt an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Indemnification, a Publicity Release where allowed by law, as well as other documents that Sponsor may require. If any potential winner does not reply to such notification within 2 business days, an e-mail notification is undeliverable after up to 3 attempts and/or the Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Indemnification, a Publicity Release and/or any other required documents are not returned by potential winner (and/or essay subject, as appropriate) to Sponsors within specified time period, such potential winner may be disqualified and an alternate potential winner selected (i.e., the entry ranked immediately below the disqualified entry in the judging), this process may continue until three finalists are selected.

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