Pants N At Essay Contest

A North Carolina woman wants to give her 13-acre organic farm away to a couple who wins her essay contest.

Architect-turned farmer Norma Burns has owned Bluebird Hill Farm in Bennett for 18 years, but says she is ready to return to Raleigh for a more urban life.  

Before she does so, she wants to leave her farm in the hands of a 'committed couple,' which is why she is calling for 200-word essays from people about why they want to own the farm. 

The owner of an organic farm in North Carolina is giving it away to the winners of a 200-word essay contest 

'To me, there's no better calling in life than raising organic food,' Burns said. I’m looking for a like-minded couple who have experience and training in organic farming and are willing and able to put in the long days and hard work that farming requires.' 

Norma Burns has run the farm for 18 years, but is moving back to Raleigh 

Burns said that she's looking for a couple to run the farm because 'experience has shown that Bluebird Hill Farm can't be operated successfully by a single individual'. 

Burns ran the farm with her husband, North Carolina State University Professor Bob Burns, until his death in 2005. 

'When my late husband [NCSU Professor Bob Burns] and I purchased the farm, it was a derelict property,' she said, 'a barn without a roof, a neglected house, and abandoned gardens. After nearly 18 years of work, love, and care, the farm has become what we envisioned it to be. It would mean so much to me to see it in the care of someone committed to its continued improvement.”

The winning couple will get the title to the farm, worth about $450,000. A $300 entry fee is required and a panel of judges - including an attorney, a conservationist and an agricultural professional - will choose the winners. Burns herself will not be involved in the selection of the winning couple. The deadline is June 1 and the winners will be announced June 30.

More information is available at http://www.bluebirdhillfarmessaycontest.com/

The farm is certified USDA organic. One of the main crops is lavender (seen above in full bloom)


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LA COMEDY FESTIVAL - LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 3rd-13th, 2018 - Submissions Rules

LA COMEDY FESTIVAL accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from LA COMEDY FESTIVAL.

1. All Films and Screenplays must be in the genre of COMEDY.
2. Film Entrants must submit online screeners through filmfreeway for consideration.
3. Screenplay Competition Applicants must submit a PDF file.
4. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without accompanying Preview Copies in one of the accepted formats for film applicants.
5. All entries must be in English or - SUBTITLED, DUBBED, unless special arrangements have been made with festival.
6. All films selected for screening at the festival grant LA COMEDY FESTIVAL the right to use stills and excerpts of up to two minutes for promotional purposes.
7. Festival is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries.
8. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Directors.
9. Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate Entry and fee.
10. Submissions will not be returned.
11. All fees are nonrefundable.
12. Submission to the festival is not a guarantee that your film will be screened.

SHIPPING
The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to LA COMEDY FESTIVAL will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.

Feature Screenplays may be up to 130 pages and in the genre of comedy.

1. All submissions must be COMEDY screenplays, in English.
2. Scripts may not be optioned, produced or purchased.
3. Scripts must be in industry standard format; 12 point courier font, 3-hole punch, brads, white paper, front and back card stock cover, double spaced, body pages correctly numbered.
4. Scripts must be the original work of the writer. Multiple writer’s are allowed. If the script is a finalist, the writers will divide the prize amongst themselves.
5. Feature Scripts should be no more than 130 pages. Short Scripts and TV Pilots should be no more than 32 pages.
6. Do not include any additional materials with your submission.
7. No Shooting Scripts.
8. It is strongly recommended that scripts be copyrighted with the Library of Congress or registered with the WGA www.wga.org.
9. Application, Release and Hold Harmless agreement and fee must be included with submission.
10. All applicants must be 18 years of age at time of signing release.
11. Under no circumstances will substitutions of corrected pages or new drafts of submitted screenplays be accepted.
12. Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
13. Selection of the winner will be made by the LA Comedy Festival and may not be contested.
14. I understand that LACF may decide to increase or decrease the number of finalists at its sole discretion and reserves the right to grant less than or no awards, at its sole discretion, if a lesser number of, or no entries meet the submissions requirements and/or industry standards of excellence.
15. Prizes will be delivered to each legally qualified winner within ninety (90) days of LACF receipt of completed W-9 Tax form.
16. Prizes are subject to change without notice. LACF reserves the right to amend these rules and regulations at any time.
17. Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate Entry and fee.
18. We reserve the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion. We reserve the right to revoke any prize at our discretion. Submission to the festival is not a guarantee that your screenplay will be a finalist.

Terms and Conditions for FILM SUBMISSIONS (Scroll down for SCREENPLAY COMPETITION Terms and Conditions)

I/We wish to have our film/animation/TV pilot/web series/music video/filmed sketch comedy entry(ies) hereby known as “ENTRY” included in the 23rd LA Comedy Festival 2018 hereby known as “LACF”. I/We grant LACF, its festival director, Lawrin Goulston Salazar and sponsors the right to show for promotional purposes on television, on the LACF website (www.lacomedyfest.com, www.lacomedyfestival.com), on sponsors websites, flyers, posters, press releases, etc. any material including the ENTRY and/or stills submitted by me/us with this application. No more than two minutes or up to the length of the trailer submitted by the filmmakers may be used. I/we understand that no materials included with this application will be returned.

If more than one (1) party signs this agreement as submitter, then reference to “I”, “me”, “my” throughout this agreement shall apply to each party; jointly and separately.

I grant LACF, its festival director, Lawrin Goulston Salazar and its sponsors the full and free right and permission to use my ENTRY for broadcast, duplication, and advertising in association with LACF, for the purpose of viewing on television, in theatres, on the internet, on the LACF website, on sponsors’ websites, podcasting and/or for archival purposes and for any other valid, lawful purpose in any and all media now known or hereafter developed or devised, worldwide and in perpetuity. I may opt-out from any future use after May 14th, 2018 by providing a written notice within thirty days after the final date of the festival, that my ENTRY may no longer be used. A copy of ENTRY may still be kept for archival purposes.

I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished videotape, sound track, photograph, advertising copy, audio piece or printed matter that may be used or to the eventual use that it may be applied.

I hereby release, discharge and agree to hold harmless LACF, its officers, agencies employees and sponsors, and Let Live Theatre, its officers, agencies and employees, from and against any liability as a result of any use, distortion, blurring or alteration that may occur or be introduced in any use or broadcast of the material.

I grant LACF permission to give a copy of the ENTRY to industry members if requested. Industry, includes but is not limited to network executives, agents, managers, casting directors, press and others that can aid in securing of future work and/or distribution for my ENTRY.

I waive any and all rights to compensation for any broadcast, duplication, and advertising of any ENTRY presented at the festival. All ownership of all ENTRY remains with the personnel who contributed to the ENTRY. I own all material submitted with application and that will be viewed at LACF. I understand that LACF, its producers and sponsors are relying on this release and accordingly, I hereby irrevocably waive any and all rights to seek or obtain any injunction or other equitable relief against LACF, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors.

I warrant that the use of the rights granted here and of any material supplied by me/us will not violate the rights of any third party. I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless LACF, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors from any claims by third parties alleging that our content or material infringes on any third party’s rights. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall bind my assigns and any representative.

This contract is the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and replaces and supersedes any prior agreement or understanding, verbal or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. No amendment, addendum, modification or waiver of this contract or any portion hereof shall be valid unless contained in a writing signed by both parties hereto.

In exchange for release, I receive the opportunity to have my ENTRY shown at LACF and accept that there is no promise of additional payment, in any form for likeness, image, biography, recording, equipment, or for any other contribution by us on this production.

This contract shall be deemed to be entered into in Los Angeles County, California, and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California applicable to agreements entered into and carried out entirely within California. I agree that any and all disputes or controversies arising under this contract or any of its terms shall be resolved under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, through its Los Angeles, California office; provided, however that I agree that my remedies for any breach of this contract by the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors will be limited to damages to an action at law to recover and in no event will I be entitled to rescind or terminate this agreement or to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.

I hereby certify that I am over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in my own name. If I am signing on behalf of an organization, I certify that I have authority to do so and that my signature binds the organization and its performers to all elements of this contract.

I have read the foregoing release and authorization and agreement, before affixing my signature below, and warrant that I fully understand the contents thereof.

I am authorized to sign and give consent for everyone (including but not limited to performers, writers, directors, technical crew, distributors) who contributed to all ENTRY(IES) and all materials submitted with this application to the 23rd LA COMEDY Festival 2018.

We reserve the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion.

TERMS and CONDITIONS (Screenplay Competition)

1. I/We wish to have our screenplay hereby known as "ENTRY" included in the 23rd LA Comedy Festival: Screenplay Competition 2018 hereby known as “LACF”. I/We grant LACF, its festival director, Lawrin Goulston Salazar and the festival’s sponsors the right to use for promotional purposes on television, on the LACF website (www.lacomedyfest.com, www.lacomedyfestival.com), on sponsors websites, flyers, posters, press releases, etc. my/our name(s), screenplay title and logline.

2. If more than one (1) party signs this agreement as submitter, then reference to “I”, “me”, “my” throughout this agreement shall apply to each party; jointly and separately.

3. My ENTRY has not been optioned, produced or purchased. If it does become optioned or produced or sold during the judging period then the ENTRY will be disqualified and the entry fee will be forfeited. It is my obligation to let the festival know that it has been optioned, sold or produced.

4. I understand creative revisions may be required prior to setting up meetings and therefore agree to the process as outlined by the LACF staff. I also understand that if chosen as a finalist it is a requirement to sign a W-9 tax form to receive any prizes. I understand and accept without reservation that I am an independent contractor and that LACF is not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal. Prizes will be delivered to each legally qualified winner within ninety (90) days of LACF receipt of completed W-9 Tax form. Prizes are subject to change without notice. LACF reserves the right to amend these rules and regulations at any time.

5. I grant the LACF permission to give a copy of my ENTRY to industry members if requested. Industry, includes but is not limited to network executives, agents, managers, casting directors and others that can aid in securing future work or funding to make my ENTRY into a film or TV show.

6. I/We own and am the only authors of the material submitted with application and are the only people that can lay claim to this work. I further claim that the submitted material is not adapted from work of any other author.

7. I have kept at least two copies of the screenplay and I understand that no materials included with this application will be returned.

8. I understand that LACF may decide to increase or decrease the number of finalists at its sole discretion and reserves the right to grant less than or no awards, at its sole discretion, if a lesser number of, or no entries meet the submissions requirements and/or industry standards of excellence.

9. I understand that it is my sole responsibility to register Script with the U.S. Copyright Office or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in my country.

10. I understand that LACF, its producers and sponsors are relying on this release and accordingly, I hereby irrevocably waive any and all rights to seek or obtain any injunction or other equitable relief against LACF, its officers, agencies, employees and sponsors.

11. I have read, understand, and agree to the rules and regulations stated for LACF: Screenplay Competition and in exchange for release, I receive the opportunity to have my ENTRY read, evaluated and judged by LACF as part of its Screenplay Competition and accept that there is no promise of additional payment, in any form for likeness, image, biography, recording, equipment, or for any other contribution by us on this screenplay. If my ENTRY wins an award, that award will be divided among the writers, by the writers.

12. I warrant that the use of the rights granted here and of any material supplied by me will not violate the rights of any third party. I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless LACF, its officers, agencies, employees, and sponsors from any claims by third parties alleging that our content or material infringes on any third party’s rights. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall bind my assigns and any representative.

13. This contract is the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and replaces and supersedes any prior agreement or understanding, verbal or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. No amendment, addendum, modification or waiver of this contract or any portion hereof shall be valid unless contained in a writing signed by both parties hereto.

14. This contract shall be deemed to be entered into in Los Angeles County, California, and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California applicable to agreements entered into and carried out entirely within California. I agree that any and all disputes or controversies arising under this contract or any of its terms shall be resolved under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, through its Los Angeles, California office; provided, however that I agree that my remedies for any breach of this contract by LACF, its officers, agencies, employees, and sponsors will be limited to damages to an action at law to recover and in no event will I be entitled to rescind or terminate this agreement or to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.

15. I hereby certify that I am over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in my own name.

16. I have read the foregoing release and authorization and agreement, before affixing my signature below, and warrant that I fully understand the contents thereof.

17. I am authorized to sign and give consent for everyone who contributed to all materials submitted with this application to the 23rd LA COMEDY Festival: Screenplay Competition 2018.

18. We reserve the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion. We reserve the right to revoke any prize at our discretion.

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