What's YOUR Story?

Submit Your Story

Contest deadline is August 14, 2016. You could win $500 (cash, or donated to the charity of your choice) AND get your story published in our book!

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Have you had a stranger save your life?

Has a stranger impacted you in a way that changed the course of your life?

Did you ever move to a new city and have a stranger help you get settled?

Did you donate time or money and find out that in the process of giving you were also changed?

Perhaps you were in an accident or were the victim of a crime and a Good Samaritan came to your aid?

Or maybe you were simply having one of those terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad days and a kind gesture cheered you up and changed your perspective?

Whatever the scenario, we want to hear your stories of how kindness has improved your life!

Bekindr will award cash prizes to the best submissions.

All stories submitted will be considered for publication in the upcoming Bekindr book (forthcoming, 2017-2018) regardless of whether they were selected as winning stories. Prize money awarded in cash or donated to the charity of your choice.

  • First-place essay: $500
  • Second-place essay: $ 300
  • Up to five honorable mentions: $100

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Stories must be true, and they must be based on something you directly experienced.
  • Stories must feature a specific act of kindness done to you, that you have done to someone else, or that you witnessed and were impacted by.
  • Stories of any length will be considered for publication in the forthcoming Bekindr book, but to be eligible for the top prize, stories must be at least 300 words in length and desired length is between 1000-1500 words.
  • Ideally, stories would be accompanied by a relevant image or photograph (optimally, of at least 300 dpi resolution).
  • DEADLINE: Stories (and images) must be submitted via http://www.bekindr.com by 11:59 P.M. EDT on August 14, 2016.

Submit Your Story

Contest deadline is August 14, 2016. You could win $500 AND get your story published in our book!

FULL CONTEST RULES

1Eligibility: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, US territories, and the District of Columbia, age 18 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. 

2. How to enter: 

This contest begins on June 25, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. EDT, and ends at 11:59 P.M. EDT on August 14, 2016. To enter, you must submit your story via our website at http://www.bekindr.com/contest/. Story submissions can be any length, but to be eligible for the top prize entries they must be at least 300 words.

Submission must be in English.

Submitter must be at least 18 years of age to be awarded a prize.

Limit two entries per person. 

There is no fee to enter the contesting.

By entering, Entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe upon the intellectual-property rights of any third party, (2) has not been previously published in any medium, and (3) has not already won an award from Bekindr.

3. Judging:All entries will be judged by Bekindr editors based on the following criteria: originality , creativity , use of language, and appropriateness to contest theme. All submitted essays must be non-fiction. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and binding. Winner will be notified by telephone and/or email after September 30, 2016. Awards will be distributed via PayPal within a week of notification. Winners will also be published in the upcoming Bekindr book, as well as receiving a free copy of the book.

4. Prize description:The first-place winner will receive $500. The second-place winner will receive $300. Up to five honorable mentions will be awarded with cash prizes of $100 each. The prizes are awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind. The editors of Bekindr reserve the right not to award any prizes should they receive no stories that meet their publishing standards. 

5. Release form: To be eligible, all entrants must complete our standard release form as part of the online story submission process. The release form is embedded in the online story submission form, but you can see the full text below:

When you submit a Bekindr story via email or through the bekindr website, you agree that any information you provide may be included in the upcoming bekindr book. You are also confirming that you are providing original material that is not copyrighted.

You hereby grant me, and to those acting on our behalf and my licensees and assigns, the non-exclusive right and permission to use your name and to quote, edit, print, publish and otherwise use all or part of your written submission as well as photographs, audio, and video, in whole or in part, in any and all media or format and in any and all editions of the bekindr series throughout the world and in connection with the advertising, publicity and promotion of the book series.

You hereby release, discharge and agree to hold my licensees, assigns and myself harmless from any liability arising from any use whatsoever of the submission, whether intentional or otherwise, or from any change that may occur or be produced in the publication of the story, photographs, video or likenesses.   

Submit Your Story

Contest deadline is August 14, 2016. You could win $500 AND get your story published in our book!