Official Contest Rules

The 2019 Gerry Mulligan Essay Contest – OFFICIAL RULES

I. Sponsor: The 2019 Gerry Mulligan Essay Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by The Gerry & Franca Mulligan Foundation, a Connecticut 501(C)(3) charitable foundation located at 2 Peach Hill Road, Darien, CT 06829 (“Sponsor”).

II. Contest Description: A writing competition in which contestants will compete to be selected as author of the top essay, as selected by Sponsor. Contestants will be invited to submit essays, which will be voted on and rated by Sponsor. By participating in this Contest, each contestant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and to the decisions of Sponsor and the judges selected by Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest.

The Contest submission period begins at 11:59 p.m. PDT on March 21, 2019, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 30, 2019.

The Contest judging period begins on May 1, 2019, and ends on or about May 15, 2019. Eligible submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected by the Sponsor and will be judged in accordance with these Official Rules.

One (1) grand prize winner will be selected; one (1) second prize runner-up will be selected, and one (1) third prize runner-up will be selected. The Winners will be publicly announced on or about May 20, 2019.

III. General Rules

  1. Contestants must compose an original essay in response to the official essay question with limited guidance from others.
  2. Sponsor will have the right to publish the winning essays on the www.gerrymulligan.com website.
  3. Only the winners will be contacted with the results.

IV. Qualifications for Contestants

  1. The Contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 in public, private and home schools within the USA.
  2. Only one entry per student.
  3. No individual having previously won the Contest will be eligible to compete.
  4. Providing false entry information, and plagiarizing content are grounds for disqualification.
  5. Immediate family members of current Sponsor staff or board members are excluded from the competition.

V. Judging Criteria

  1. Understanding of the essay question
  2. Clarity, originality, and effectiveness in expressing ideas
  3. Grammar, spelling, and composition