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CONTEST RULES & GUIDELINES

Submissions: Only one (1) image per person (sorry, we are trying to be fair to everyone).

Age Restrictions: Due to COPPA (The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) rules and regulations, Belen Books, LLC. has restricted entry to this competition to those aged 18 years and over. For disclaimer, please see Here.

Regions: Currently, for this contest, Belen Books, LLC. is only offering this contest to participants residing in the fifty United States and outlying Territories of Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam, including the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Future contests will extend into international regions.

Copyright (Ownership): Any artwork submitted MUST be original artwork created by the entrant. Copywritten material by other claimants will be disqualified. By submitting your work to this competition, you are acknowledging that the work submitted is free of any copyright disclaimer not your own and are solely responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials.

Media Types: All art types are applicable to enter (drawing, painting, photography, digital, etc.) EXCEPT AI Generated art. Belen Books believes in authenticity; art made by people, for people (sorry Hal and Data). We do use multiple tools which to verify this, and detection of AI generated artwork will immediately disqualify entry and may disqualify any and all future contest submissions.

File Sizes, Formats, and Dimensions: All submissions must be in digital format with a minimum of 300 dpi., ranging 2500px or greater. Landscape orientation only. Make sure your uploaded image is in 'RGB Color' or 'CMYK' mode '8Bits/Channel'. For .TIFF, turn off Image Compression and use 'Pixel Order' as 'Interleaved (RGBRGB)'.

Artwork will be used on the front, spine and back of the published book [eBook, only the front image will be utilized]. Applicants are responsible for having their physical media high resolution scanned in either *.jpg, *.tiff, or *.pdf formats.

Apple/Mac users:  Please ensure that your images are not in *.heic format when attempting to upload. Images

received in non-supported formats will not be judged.

We do not accept zipped or compressed documents. PDF documents containing passwords will not be accepted.

Simultaneous Entries: There is no restriction on entering art that has been entered into previous competitions (unless that entry falls under guidelines of that contest which will restrict your entry into Belen Book’s competition [please check if this is applicable to your artwork).

Copyright (Usage): Contest entrants will retain copyright of all submitted work but grant Belen Books, LLC. contest usage. Belen Books, LLC. Retains the unlimited right to use the winning artwork for destined publication [book cover], as well as exhibits, website, print book selected (cover [Paperback, Hardcover and eBook], display images, and/or any additional event promotional materials related to this competition or future. The rights to any non-selected artwork excluding any mentioned ‘runners-up’ remains the sole property of the submission applicant.

The above usage governs:

Selected winners

Runners-up, if so, displayed on the Belen Books website

Non-exclusive Permissions: By entering this art competition, you are granting us a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork on our website, in our print/digital media [only represented by book chosen for], newsletters, exhibits, website, print collateral, display images, and/or any additional event promotional materials, in the marketing of future art competitions to the general public.

All winning entries will be published on the Belen Books Publishing website [belenbookspublishing.com]. Each entry may be featured for historical / archival purposes.

Any present or future requests for removal will be denied unless submitted artwork proves to belong to another person or entity.

Change Rights: At any time, Belen Books, LLC. may decide to change the cover of any said book for future editions to a newer art design without the requirement to notify the current winners that their art is no longer part of the publication.

Modifications Rights: Belen Books, LLC. reserves the right to enhance or subdue colorizations to selected art that best promotes the published book. Any artwork that does not fit the dimensions of the cover / duplex may also be cropped so to fit within the desired parameters, but with all due diligence to preserve the original artwork. Words, titles, company logo may be placed over images to comply with the requirements of the book cover.

Disclaimer Signature: If your artwork is selected by our judges, winners will be contacted via email with appropriate documents requiring signatures attesting to the rules stated, as well as guarantee that the art piece does belong to the submitter. Failure to sign and return these documents in a timely manner set forth in the corresponding email will result in forfeiture of selection.

Watermarks: Uploaded artwork must be clear and free of signature watermarks marring the image in any way. Art may be signed; however, signatures will be removed on covers. Watermarked images will not be considered for judging.

Ineligibility: Employees, Family Members, and current Authors of Belen Books, LLC. and their families are ineligible to enter this contest.

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