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Mother's Day Contest 2017

Enter The Picayune's Mother's Day Contest to show your love and have a chance to see your essay published in The Picayune!

Do you have a story to share about your mother? Is there something you want to tell her, and want others to see?

The Picayune is accepting entries through April 28 in our annual Mother's Day essay contest.

Share your love in an essay of 150 words or less that tells us why your mom is the best. Essays can be humorous or heart-felt.

Three winning essays will be chosen and published on Wednesday, May 10 in The Picayune. Each winner also will recieve a prize from a local sponsor.

Essays submitted by 17-year-olds or younger require submission by a parent or legal guardian.

Enter one of these three ways:

  • Email:
  • Mail: P.O. Box 10, Marble Falls, Texas 78654
  • Bring to: 1007 Avenue K, Marble Falls (during normal business hours, 8am-5pm M-F)

Official Rules

Our Privacy Policy

Mother’s Day Essay Contest


This Sweepstakes is governed exclusively by the laws of the United States. You are not authorized to participate in the Sweepstakes if you are not located within the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.


Contest begins at noon Central Time (CT) on April 12, 2017, and ends at 5:00 P.M. CT on April 28, 20171 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).


Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of entry (the “Entrant”). Void outside of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico and where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Officers, directors, managers and employees of Victory Publishing Inc. (the “Sponsor”) and each of its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and related companies and their respective advertising and promotion agencies, consultants and agents as well as immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each such person and any others engaged in the development, production, execution or distribution of this Sweepstakes are not eligible to participate. “Immediate family member” shall be deemed to mean husband, wife, children, mother, father, sister, sister in-law, brother or brother in-law. Sweepstakes may only be entered in or from the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, and entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

3. HOW TO ENTER. Three ways to enter:

ALL ENTRIES: Write an essay of 150 words or less about your mother that answers the prompt, “What Mom Means To Me.” Essays can be humorous or heart-felt. Must be submitted by 5 P.M. CT, Friday, April 28, 2017.


MAIL: P.O. Box 10, Marble Falls, Texas 78654

IN PERSON: The Picayune office, 1007 Avenue K, Marble Falls

Entries submitted by anyone other than the Entrant are void, Essays by persons 17 years old and younger require submission by a parent or legal guardian. In case of dispute as to the identity of any Entrant, entry will be declared made by the registered name on such entry. Any potential prize winner may be requested to provide Sponsor with proof that such person is the prize winner.

Neither Sponsor nor any Sweepstakes Entity is responsible for any entry that is lost, late, incomplete or undeliverable, whether due to system errors, omissions, interruption, deletions, defects, delay in operations or transmissions; faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions; human error; entries not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions; typographical or system errors and failures; faulty transmissions; technical malfunctions; or otherwise. Only fully completed entries are eligible. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor or Sweepstakes Entity.


On April 28, the potential prize winner will be determined by discretion of The Picayune. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received for the Sweepstakes. By entering the Sweepstakes, Entrants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes.


GRAND PRIZE: Three winning essays will be published in the May 10 issue of The Picayune. Each winner also will receive a prize from a local sponsor, to be determined.


All prizes are non-transferable or assigned and no substitutions or cash redemptions, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion or as otherwise provided herein. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prizes. In the case of unavailability of any prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Each prize winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, including taxes imposed on his/her income. No more than the stated number of prizes set forth in these Official Rules will be awarded. All prizes will be awarded. Potential prize winners consent to the use of his/her name, likeness, biographical information and voice in advertising worldwide without additional compensation (TN residents will not be required to sign a Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize).


Potential Grand Prize winner will be notified by the Sponsor by email or phone on or about April 28, 2017 (the “Notification”). If any Grand Prize winner is considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence (but must be over the age of 18), the Paperwork must be completed and signed by his/her parent or legal guardian and such Grand Prize will be delivered to minor’s parent/legal guardian and awarded in the name of parent/legal guardian. Arrangements for pickup of prize packages will be arranged through each individual contributor as per list above. If the potential Prize winner is found to be ineligible, or if he/she does not comply with the Official Rules, such potential Prize winner and his/her entry will be disqualified and another potential Prize winner will be selected from the remaining eligible entries received.


All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. By participating in this Sweepstakes, Entrants and prize winners agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and Sweepstakes Entities, which are final in all respects and not subject to appeal. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify permanently from this Sweepstakes any Entrant it believes has violated these Official Rules and verify eligibility of Entrants. Neither Sponsor nor anyone acting on its behalf will enter into any communications with any Entrant regarding this Sweepstakes, except as expressly set forth in these Official Rules. By participating in this Sweepstakes, Entrants and prize winners release the Sponsor and each and all of the Sweepstakes Entities from any and all liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described) with respect to or arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes, and/or the receipt or use/misuse of any prize awarded, including, without limitation, liability for personal injury, death or property damage. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes. All Sweepstakes materials are subject to verification and are void if (a) not obtained in accordance with these Official Rules and through legitimate channels, (b) any part is counterfeited, altered, defective, damaged, illegible, reproduced, tampered with, mutilated or irregular in any way, (c) are obtained where prohibited, or (d) they contain printing, typographical, mechanical or other errors. Entrants assume all risk of loss, damage, destruction, delay or misdirection of Sweepstakes materials submitted to Sponsor. In the event any portion of this Sweepstakes is compromised by activities beyond the control of the Sponsor which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Sweepstakes or this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to modify, suspend or terminate the Sweepstakes. Winning a prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use prize winners' names, addresses (city & state), voices and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity, for this Sweepstakes only, without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Sponsor may prohibit an Entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said Entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Entrants, Sponsor, or Sweepstakes Entities. If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not able to be conducted as planned, including, but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, then Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes and randomly draw from those entries received up to the cancellation/suspension date to award prizes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES 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 PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. SPONSOR’S FAILURE TO ENFORCE ANY TERM OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A WAIVER OF THESE PROVISIONS.


By participating, Entrants and prize winners agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, the Sweepstakes Entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claims made by any Entrant, prize winner, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Sweepstakes as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from receipt, acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize or participation in any promotion-related activity or participation in this Sweepstakes.


By participating in the Sweepstakes, Entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s privacy policy.


Winner will be acknowledged in The Picayune newspaper,, and/or The Picayune Facebook page on or about April 28, 2017.


Victory Publishing Co.

The Picayune

1007 Ave. K

Marble Falls, TX 78654

(830) 693-7152

This Sweepstakes shall not be published without the written permission of the Sponsor.

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