Rover 2017 Wedding Essay Contest




Sponsor:  The Rover 2017 Wedding Essay Contest (“Contest”) is sponsored by A Place for Rover, Inc., 2101 4th Ave., Suite 400, Seattle, WA  98121 (“Sponsor”).    


Eligibility: This Contest is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years of age, and who have become or will become married in a wedding ceremony within a year of their entry date.  Directors, officers, and employees of Sponsor and any of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, professional advisors, and advertising and promotional agencies, and their immediate families and household members, are not eligible to enter the Contest.


Entry Period: The entry period for this Contest begins on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 12:01 am and ends on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm (all times in these Official Rules are Pacific Time) (the “Entry Period”).  All entries must be received by Sponsor during the Entry Period.


How to Enter: Limit one entry per person.  To enter, do the following:

  • Write a 500 - 1000 word essay telling the story of you, your current or future spouse, and your dog, and the love you share.
  • Put your essay in a Google doc, with your name,  and wedding date.
  • Share a link to your wedding website, or upload a copy of your wedding invitation or “save the date” notice to an image hosting service (like imgur) and share the link to your image on the hosting service.
  • Fill out our form in Google Forms, including a link to the essay, here:


Entries must: (a) be original to you and not previously published or submitted to any other contest, sweepstakes or promotion (and you must own or control the copyright to your Entry and have sufficient rights to submit the work to this Contest and to grant permission to Sponsor to use the Entry, as described below); (b) be suitable for general audiences and not offensive, obscene, defamatory or illegal; and (c) not contain any personally-identifiable information of any person other than yourself nor violate the rights of others or any applicable law.  By entering this Contest, you certify that you have complied with and accept these Official Rules and are eligible to win, and you give your express permission to be contacted by the Sponsor (and third-parties directed by Sponsor) through any email address or telephone number you provide in connection with this Contest. You also agree that all decisions of Sponsor in administering the Contest are within Sponsor’s sole discretion and are final.


Winner Selection:  All entrants/entries are subject to verification at Sponsor’s sole discretion.  After the Entry period, a panel of judges comprised of representatives from Sponsor will review all eligible Entries received by Sponsor that have not been disqualified.  On or about Wednesday, November 15, 2017, the panel will select a winning Entry that the panel determines, in the judges’ sole discretion, in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Category 1: Emotional impact of the essay – fifty percent (50%)
  • Category 2: Quality of composition – thirty five percent (35%)
  • Category 3: Grammatical accuracy – fifteen percent (15%)


In the unlikely event of a tie, the winner will be the entrant who scored highest in Category 1; should that factor not resolve the tie, the winner will be entrant who scored highest in Category 2, and so on.  The winning entrant will be notified at the email address provided in the Entry (the “Winner Notification”).  Potential winners may be required, within five (5) days of Winner Notification being sent, to provide to Sponsor further contact and residence information and copies of wedding-related receipts or invoices, and to execute and deliver a written affidavit of eligibility, acceptance of these Official Rules, release of liability/publicity, tax forms, and other reasonable documentation.  (In the event that a potential winner does not timely comply, disqualification may result and an alternate winner may be selected based on the criteria listed above.)


Odds of Winning:  Odds of winning depend on the quality and number of eligible Entries received.  


Prize:  One (1) prize will be awarded, consisting of reimbursement of wedding expenses in the form of a check of up to US $1,000 made payable to the winner (the “Prize”).   (US $1,000 will be paid unless the winning entrant submits receipts or invoices in a lower amount, in which case the lower amount will be paid.)  Any difference between the approximate retail value and the actual value of the Prize will not be awarded.  Prizes returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed or accepted by the applicable entrant within seven days after delivery may, at Sponsor’s discretion, be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize. All prizes are awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). All federal, state and local taxes associated with the receipt or use of any Prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.


Identity of Entrant: Potential winners may be required to provide Sponsor with proof of identification, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.


Sponsor’s License to Use Entry:  By entering the Contest, you grant to Sponsor (and any division or affiliate of Sponsor), without additional compensation: (a) the right to use and publish your name, likeness and other submission information, and (b) a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid-up license to display, publish, reproduce, communicate to the public, perform, distribute, adapt, edit, modify, translate, create derivative works based on, and otherwise use and sublicense, your Entry, or any portion thereof, via Sponsor’s website, and in Sponsor’s trade, advertising or other promotional materials in any media, without further compensation or notification to, or permission from, you or any third party.  For these purposes, you waive all “moral rights” under any applicable law to either object to modification of your Entry or require artistic credit in conjunction with your Entry. To the extent such waivers are not permitted by applicable law, you agree not to enforce such moral rights against Sponsor.  You agree that it is your sole responsibility to obtain all permissions and releases necessary for the grant of the rights contained in this paragraph. You also agree to take, at Sponsor’s expense (but without compensation to you), any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits, licenses, and other documents) reasonably requested by Sponsor to effect, perfect, or confirm Sponsor’s rights set forth in these Official Rules.  Sponsor will have no obligation to publish, use or retain any Entry you submit or to return any such Entry to you.


Non-Infringing Entry Materials: You represent and warrant that (a) you have the right to grant the rights granted in these Official Rules or, alternatively, you have obtained all necessary rights and permissions to use and submit your Entry in connection with the Contest and to provide all the rights specified in these Official Rules; and (b) your Entry and the use of your Entry as contemplated in these Official Rules does not and will not violate, misappropriate, or infringe upon any law or regulation or the rights of any third party, including without limitation any copyright, trademark, or any rights of publicity or privacy, or any other intellectual property or other rights.


Personal Information:  Information collected from each entrant is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which may be found at (or successor URL).


Release of Liability:  Sponsor will not be responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, damaged, or misdirected entries or for any technical or human error in administration of this Contest and accepts no responsibility for any injury, loss, or damage of any kind resulting from an entrant’s participation in this Contest.  By entering this Contest, you release Sponsor and its affiliates and representatives from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with this Contest or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use a prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses, and damages related to personal injuries, death, and damage to or destruction of property, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), or warranty, or any other theory.  

Additional Terms and Conditions:  This Contest and these Official Rules will be governed, construed, interpreted, and enforced under the laws of the State of Washington. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and municipal laws, and is void where prohibited. Sponsor reserves the right to amend these Official Rules or to terminate this Contest.  Any provision of these Official Rules deemed unenforceable will be enforced to the extent permissible, and the remainder of these Official Rules will remain in effect. For a copy of the winners list or these Official Rules, send a written request with a self-addressed, business-size return envelope to: Attn:  Sitter Scholarship Contest, A Place for Rover, Inc., 2101 4th Ave., Suite 400, Seattle, WA  98121.    This Contest and all accompanying materials are © 2017 Rover. All rights reserved.