Terms and Conditions

By submitting entries to Prism, contestants agree to these terms.

Writing Submissions

I give the Department of Languages and Literature at Ferris State University permission to publish my award-winning essay or artwork in The Prism, both in hard copy and in electronic formats.  I understand that others may, then, have access to my work via the Internet.

I also certify that the writing is my own and that I have given credit for any words, ideas or images that are not my own.  All other images and artwork are my original creations.  This work has not been previously published.

I understand that I will retain copyright of the material, which means that I may republish it.  If I want to republish the work, I must notify the second publisher that it has been previously published, and the publication must include a note giving credit for the first publication (Prism, 2014).

Artwork Submissions

I grant Ferris State University, Department of Languages & Literature, a non-exclusive license to publish my artwork in The Prism  in both print format and electronic format which will be available on the Internet.  I understand that I will be paid $150.00 if my work is selected as first prize winner in the competition.

I understand by granting Ferris State University a non-exclusive license to my artwork I am retaining the copyright to my work which means I can republish the work.  If I republish the work, I must notify the second publisher that my artwork has been previously published and the publication must include a note giving credit for the first publication (Prism, 2014).

I warrant that the artwork that I have submitted is an original work which has never been published and that it is not a copy, reproduction, or rendering of another person’s copyrighted work.

I further warrant that I have a copyright to the artwork that I submitted to Ferris State University and that I have the right to grant a license to my original work. (Individuals automatically receive a copyright upon the creation of an original work.)

I agree to hold the University, its employees and agents harmless for any losses, claims, damages, awards, penalties or injuries, including reasonable attorney fees, which arise from any claim by a third party of an alleged copyright infringement for the work submitted to the University for publication in The Prism if a court of law determines that I do not have a copyright to that work.

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