Apartments.com is looking to crown America’s best roommate as well as recognize smaller feats of roommate greatness in its fourth annual Roommate of the Year video contest, just launched at http://www.roommateoftheyear.com. The lucky roomie who wins the grand prize in this national competition will be living a little easier with a year of free rent plus $10,000 in cash.
Contest Opens: April 2, 2012 @ noon EST
Deadline for Receipt of All Entries: May 21, 2012 @ noon ET
First Phase: Announcement of Judges’ Selection of up to Fifteen (15) Finalists: On or about May 29, 2012
Second Phase: Public Voting Period Opens: On or about May 29, 2012
Public Voting Closes: July 6, 2012 @ midnight ET
Third Phase: Announcement of Judges’ Selection of One (1) Grand Prize and Four (4) Runner-Up Winners: Announcement of Judges’ Selection of One (1) Grand Prize and Four (4) Runner-Up Winners: On or after July 7, 2012 but no later than December 31, 2012
The Loveable Compulsive
It’s not a glamorous job, but somebody has to do it. Making sure the electric bill gets paid each month and scrubbing the microwave after someone’s “soup explosion” two months ago sometimes makes You feel like You are running a daycare in Your apartment. But all that work is about to pay off big. Show us how You manage the household while still maintaining Your sanity and a year of FREE rent plus $10,000-total value of $20,000– could leave You with one less item on that LONG to-do list.
The Purr-fect Pet Owner
Sometimes the best roommates aren’t even human. They may not pay rent, but pets are great at making us laugh or helping us get through tough times. Show us what makes You the best roommate to Your pet(s) including games You play together or tricks that they have learned and that freeloader can start pulling his or her weight by helping You win FREE rent plus $10,000-total value of $20,000.
Do you wash out and reuse plastic baggies? Switch out energy-guzzling 150W bulbs for CFLs? Know what “1,” “3,” “5,” or “7″ means on plastic bottles? If you’re the roommate who makes living “green” a priority, this is your category. Show us your efforts to help save the planet and we could be recycling a year of FREE Rent plus $10,000-total value of $20,000 into your bank account (and promising to turn off the lights when we leave a room!).
The All-Star Roomie
If you have special roommate qualities that don’t fit the categories, or don’t want to commit to only one area of roommate greatness, use this entry to submit your video. Get crazy, get creative! But don’t just tell us why you’re the best roommate – show us – and you could win FREE Rent for a Year plus $10,000-total value of $20,000.
The Contest Categories are for Your inspiration. A Winner might not be selected from each category.
• Must include footage of You making the case for why You should be the winner, and may not include any footage of any other person(s) or their residence or property unless You have secured all necessary permissions from such other person(s) in accord with Your representations under Section 6;
• Must include a statement within the first 20 seconds stating that the video is being submitted for the Apartments.com
• File size cannot exceed 100MB
• File type must be FFMPEG compliant (e.g., .mov, .avi., .mpeg, and .wmv).
The Contest is open only to natural persons who are legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Tennessee, U.S. territories and U.S. military installations), who are at least 18 years of age as of April 2, 2012 and who meet the following eligibility requirements and have read and agreed to these Official Rules (“Entrants”). Void in Alaska, Hawaii, Tennessee, U.S. territories, U.S. military installations, and where prohibited by law. To be eligible, the Entrant (alternately, “You”, “Your”, or “Yourself”) must be: (1) currently paying rent, or (2) currently looking for an apartment to rent, as of Your date of entry in the Contest. LIMIT: One entry per person. Employees of Sponsor, their parent companies (including Tribune Co., Gannett Co., Inc., Belo Corp., the Washington Post Company, and The McClatchy Company), subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, current advertisers on www.apartments.com, and those associated with the development, distribution or implementation of this Contest, and members of each of their respective immediate families (parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses) and their household members are not eligible.
25% Originality & Creativity Create an original concept that creatively demonstrates why You are an exceptional roommate. 25% Overall “Wow” Factor Develop a submission revealing a unique talent, story or personality trait that makes You a one-of-a-kind roommate. 25% Persuasive Argument Make an enthusiastic and appealing argument for why You are The Roommate of the Year. 25% Style & Production Overall theatrical performance and production value of the video submission.
• Grand Prize Winner will receive free rent for a year valued at $10,000, plus an additional $10,000, in a single check for a total of $20,000.00. Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $20,000.00.
• Four (4) Runner-Up Winners each will receive a check for $500.00. Total value of all runner-up winner prizes: $2,000.00.In addition to the grand prize contest, Apartments.com is launching a brand new Roommate Video Shorts contest, recognizing and rewarding smaller feats of roommate greatness with four weekly prizes of a $250 gift card.
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