Essay Contest Rules

Essay Contest Guidelines:

Essay contestants had to be 12 to 18 years of age, and the essay had to be 350 to 500 words in length explaining their dream, and how they plan to pursue it.

The essay should be 350 to a maximum of 500 words written in English only. The essays can be submitted by electronically and written. All essays must be submitted by 11:59 pm the day of the deadline. The contest is for students 12 to 18 years old by the submission deadline and enrolled in school. Home schooled applicants will also be accepted. DBCC assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, and illegible entries, all of which will be disqualified. All materials submitted will become DBCC’s exclusive property and will not be returned. Immediate family members of employees DBCC and affiliates and subsidiaries are ineligible.

General Information:

We are located within the Vancouver-Portland Metropolitan area. All winners age 17 and younger will need parent/guardian permission to claim prize. All essay winners will need to provide their transportation where such reward is applicable. Entries will be judged by a DBCC Panel. Winners will be notified by phone. Prizes are nontransferable. Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes. Within 10 days of the date specified in the notification, winners and their parents/legal guardians will be required to execute an affidavit of originality, eligibility, and compliance with rules, a release of liability and grant of publication rights, or the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. Winners will need to provide a mailing address or email where DBCC can send the winners a publicity release, affidavit of eligibility, and if applicable, a tax form.

All essays and all rights to their publication become the property of DBCC, which may use, edit and excerpt these entries for promotional or any other purpose, including placing them online (e.g. – without attribution or compensation, additional or otherwise. DBCC and reserve the right to use prizewinners’ names and hometowns in any advertising or promotional materials relating to this competition without further notification, permission, or compensation to the winners, except where prohibited by law.


Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate the understanding of their dream and the plan to achieve it. Essay submissions are evaluated in an objective two-round judging process. Judges will be individually selected by the DBCC. Winners’ names will be unknown to judges until after essays have been ranked and the contest results finalized.


Essays will be accepted from January 1, through March 1, 2013.

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