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Criteria for Applicants

The $10,000 essay contest is open to journalists both commercial and freelance as well as to Undergraduate college and university students from the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia which offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, communications, journalism, or Bachelor of Science or the equivalent of those degrees, as well as students from select college preparatory schools, are eligible to participate in the contest. International students from these schools are welcome to participate in the contest as well, as there are no citizenship requirements. Entrants need to be enrolled in high school, college or university during time of application in order to participate. Employees of Horizon Publishing, the judging panel and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest.

Essay Requirements

The ‘What If…’ essay contest is designed to motivate college and college-bound students to delve into their own ‘what if’ scenarios and how those scenarios might dramatically impact the world, the economy, health and well-being, political scene, infrastructure or other potentially life-altering factors. Using your interpretation of The Last Khan, provide a reactive response evoked from the intricate plot, character actions, as well as alternative events which might have engendered through another twist of circumstances arising from the book’s premise. Challenge yourself to delve into your own analysis – let your mind soar beyond boundaries it never before considered; hypostulate new roads of what-could-be given certain circumstances. Then, send us your personal, in-depth perspective.

To qualify, students must follow minimum and maximum word guidelines when submitting their essay. The essay must be no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 words in length, and double-spaced.


Submissions will be judged on style, grammar, originality and – most importantly – the intrigue, attention-to-detail and personal analysis with regard to the concept of ‘what if…’ The winning essay must demonstrate excellent knowledge and understanding of themes and issues presented in The Last Khan.

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Terms and Conditions

Conditions of Participation

All entrants agree to permit Horizon Publishing to publicize their entry on its web site and in any other media, and use their entries for marketing/advertising materials in all media and in perpetuity and for any and all purposes. Furthermore, upon submission, entrant waives any and all right to his/her right to privacy or publicity in connection with the entry. By entering, entrants agree to the use of the winner's name and likeness for purposes of advertising and promotion without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

By entering, participants release and hold harmless Horizon Publishing, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability or injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in this contest or acceptance or use of any prize.

Winner Announcement

The winner will be announced on May 1, 2012 at, and will be notified directly through the information provided in the application. The winning essay will also be posted on the website, and an announcement will be sent to the university. The two other top stories will also be posted on the website with the students' names.

Prize Restrictions

No transfer or substitutions of prizes are permitted by the winner. The winner will be contacted by telephone, regular mail or e-mail. The potential winner forfeits the prize if not claimed within three (3) days of first attempted notification, whether notification is by e-mail, regular mail or telephone, or, if after reasonable attempts are made, notification is unsuccessful. Horizon Publishing will reserve the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate. Horizon Publishing also reserves the right to suspend the contest if a minimum amount of 5,000 essay submissions are not met.

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Once submitted, all entries become the property of Horizon Publishing and no entries will be acknowledged or returned. Submission of entry grants Horizon Publishing and its agents to publish, use, adapt, edit and/or modify such entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitations and without further consideration to entrants. Submission of entry further constitutes entrants’ consent to irrevocably transfer to Horizon Publishing all rights, title and interest in the entry including without limitation, the copyright. By submitting any material, the student represents and warrants that he/she is the exclusive owner of the submitted material; that he/she has the full authority to make this representation and warranty and to submit the submitted material; and that Horizon Publishing’s use of material containing features or elements similar to or identical to those contained in the submitted material shall not obligate Horizon Publishing to negotiate nor entitle the student to any compensation if Horizon Publishing determines it has an independent legal right to use the other material which is not derived from the student. The student further acknowledges that he/she is submitting the submitted material to Horizon Publishing voluntarily and not in confidence, and that no confidential relationship is intended or created between the student and Horizon Publishing in any way. No submissions will be acknowledged or returned. Submitted material must be the student’s original work, must not have been previously published, and must not infringe the rights of any third party.

About Horizon Publishing

Horizon Publishing is a subsidiary of CSI International, and is the publisher of The Last Khan and South Florida Opulence Magazine. For questions and additional information, publishers Geoff Hammond, Jayne Hammond, David Hammond and Mark Blackburn can be reached at the address below.

Horizon Publishing, LLC
6700 N Andrews Ave, Suite 400
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

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