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Open only to legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia ("United States") and Canada (except Quebec) who are 8-18 years of age. Co-entrant must be living and 50 years or older. Employees, officers, directors (and their immediate families) of the following are not eligible: Legacy Project (The Communication Project; TCP Press); Cedar Lake Studios; Frame USA; Generations United. Void in Quebec (because of provincial contest laws) and where prohibited by law.


Contest runs to April 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. All entries must be RECEIVED by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Each entry must be submitted by an intergenerational team consisting of one young person 8-18 years old and one older person 50 years or over. The older person CANNOT be a parent; they can be a grandparent, older friend, mentor, aunt/uncle, neighbor, etc.

Submit entries on the Internet at www.legacyproject.org. Each entry submitted must include: 1) entrant's complete name and age (age stated must be as of the date the entry is submitted); co-entrant's complete name and age (age stated must be as of the date the entry is submitted); the relationship of the entrants (i.e. grandchild/grandparent or young friend/grandfriend); entrant's complete street address, telephone number (including area code), valid e-mail address; entrant's teacher's name and school name; and the total number of words in the entry (not to exceed 300 words). 2) An original, true story about a real event or experience in the older entrant's life. The entry must be based on an actual interview the young person completes in person, over the phone, or via the Internet with a living older adult. An entry cannot be based on a story the young person has been told by another person or has overheard. It must also be a true, real-life story, not creative fiction. An entry must be a completely original work and not previously published or submitted in any other competition. If an entry is plagiarized in any way from another source, it will be disqualified.

An entry must be in English and not exceed 300 words. All words in an entry are counted – including "a, and, the" and so on, and including a title if one is used (but a title is not required).

By submitting an entry, entrant acknowledges that he/she has obtained the consent of all third parties whose persons or property are identified in his/her story. Entries determined by the Sponsor and/or judges, in the sole discretion of any party, to be profane or inappropriate, will be automatically disqualified.

Many public libraries, schools, retail businesses and others offer free access to computers and a number of Internet service providers and other companies offer free e-mail accounts. If an entry is faxed or mailed instead, it must be TYPEWRITTEN and RECEIVED by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, April 16, 2021. Fax your entry to (866) 590-2922 or mail to Listen to a Life Contest, c/o Generations United, 80 F Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20001. A faxed or mailed entry must include all items listed above (for an entry submitted on the Internet); e-mail address should be supplied if available but is not required.

Only one entry per team allowed. Entries that violate the Official Contest Rules in any respect will be automatically disqualified.


All eligible entries will be judged by a committee from The Communication Project. Judging will be based on the following criteria: one-third (1/3) writing quality, including creative presentation; one-third (1/3) content depth and evocativeness; one-third (1/3) appropriateness to theme, particularly the ability to capture a timeless idea, insight, or theme (big or small) based on real-life experience. The judges will take into account the age of the entrant in evaluating entries. Individual results will not be released. All decisions by the judges are final and binding. The Legacy Project reserves the right to have judging performed by other persons.


The team with the best entry from all eligible entries will win the Grand Prize Timeless Award, with 7 runner-up Legacy Award prizes given to teams whose entries are ranked #2 to #8.

One (1) Grand Prize Timeless Award: A specially autographed copy of Dream, a framed keepsake award certificate from Frame USA, a $100 retail gift card, and a keepsake art piece. Total approximate Grand Prize retail value is $350 (US Dollars). Only one of each of the preceding items will be awarded to the Grand Prize-winning team and it is up to the members of the team to decide how the items will be distributed between the two people on the team.

Seven (7) Runner-Up Legacy Award Prizes: A specially autographed copy of Dream, a framed keepsake award certificate from Frame USA, and a keepsake mini chest. Total approximate retail value is $125 (US Dollars). Only one of each of the preceding items will be awarded to each runner-up team and it is up to the members of the team to decide how the items will be distributed between the two people.

All award-winning essays will be posted as part of the permanent Legacy Library at www.legacyproject.org.

Any and all unspecified expenses/costs in conjunction with participation in this Contest and/or acceptance or use of a prize are a winner's sole responsibility. In the event that a prize item is unavailable for any reason, the Legacy Project reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute an item of equal/greater value. Prize must be accepted as awarded and is non-transferable. No cash substitutions. If a winner is a minor, the prize will be awarded to the winner's parent or legal guardian on his/her behalf; and the winner's parent or legal guardian must execute all required documents on such minor's behalf.


Winners will be contacted by phone or e-mail by May 19, 2021. Grand Prize-winning team must complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release and Publicity Release within one day of date of prize notification or prize may be forfeited and the Legacy Project reserves the right to select another winner. Runners-up will be required to confirm that they have followed, fulfill, and accept all of the Official Contest Rules within one day of date of prize notification or prize may be forfeited and The Legacy Project reserves the right to select another winner. Winners are solely responsible for all applicable federal, state/provincial, and local taxes as relates to winning contest prizes.


By participating, entrant releases and agrees to hold harmless Contest Sponsor, Cedar Lake Studios, Frame USA, Generations United, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and agencies, officers, directors, employees, and representatives from any and all liability in connection with any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of this Contest, the prizes as awarded, or the publication of entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, incomplete or misdirected entries or postage due mail. Multiple entries submitted by a single team will void all entries from said team. Any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorney's fees. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend part or all of this Contest should virus, bugs, fraud, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest. In such event, the Sponsor will award prizes from all eligible entries received up to the date of cancellation or suspension. Sponsor and its agents, agencies and representatives are not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, fraud, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by the Sponsor, users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions which may damage a user's system or limit a participant's ability to participate in the Contest. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an electronic entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the "authorized account holder" in whose name the e-mail account is registered, provided that person meets all eligibility criteria set forth in the Eligibility section of these Official Contest Rules. "Authorized Account Holder" shall mean the natural person assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be in violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages (including attorney's fees) from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the law, including criminal prosecution.

All entries become the property of the Legacy Project and will not be returned. By submitting an entry, entrant agrees to permit the Legacy Project to, without compensation, use, edit, publish and republish his/her complete entry, in whole or in part, in any medium, including (but not limited to) the Legacy Project's website and printed publications, and to copyright the work in which such items appear; and entrant further agrees to execute all documents necessary to confirm such permission. The Communication Project may also transfer these rights in whole or in part to a third party.

By submitting an entry, an entrant agrees that he/she has read, understands, and will comply with these Official Contest Rules and agrees to abide by the decisions of the judges and Sponsor; and, to the extent permitted by law, consents to the use of his/her name, likeness, and/or biographical data for purposes of advertising, promotion, and any publication of the entry without further consent, compensation, or approval.


The courts of the Province of Ontario, Canada shall have sole jurisdiction of any controversies regarding this Contest, and the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada, with the sole exception of conflict of laws principles, shall govern the Contest. Each entrant waives any and all objections to jurisdiction and venue in those courts and hereby submits to the jurisdiction of those courts.


Prize Winners will be highlighted on the Legacy Project website at www.legacyproject.org by May 19, 2021. A complete list of winners may also be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Legacy Project by June 30, 2021.


Legacy Project (aka The Communication Project), 20200 Marsh Hill Road, Uxbridge, Ontario, L9P 1R3, Canada.