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You could write an essay and win $100,000 and Newstead Farm, a 1.5 million dollar 58 acre farm in Central Virginia with 6,000 sq/ft historic brick manor house. 

Send a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope bearing two (2) first class stamps) to Newstead Farm Essay Contest RULES, P.O. Box 45, Cartersville VA 23027 for official entry blank and rules OR you may download a pdf of the rules by clicking the link below.  Contingent upon receiving 7,000 entries.   

     Newstead Farm Essay Contest           



Official Rules PDF  





Mailing Address___________________________________________


Telephone ___________ Work ___________Cell________________


The undersigned have read the Essay Contest Rules below and agree

to abide by the rules as noted below.

_____________________                _________________________

Entrant Signature                           Owner, Newstead Farm

Do Not Write Below This Line



Entry # ______ Essay #______(by sponsor)


Cut along dotted line and retain Essay Contest rules for your records.


Attach your essay SECURELY to the above entry form and then SECURELY

attach a Money Order or Certified Check on top of the Essay

and mail as specified in the contest rules.




1. SUBJECT-THEME: The essay shall address the subject/theme: Why I

would like to own and operate Newstead Farm.


2. ELIGIBILITY: The essay contest may be entered by anyone world-wide

who is eighteen years of age or older. The judges of the contest, owners

and ex-owners of the real estate, sponsors, their employees or ex-

employees and the immediate families of those previously mentioned are

Disqualified and may Not participate as an entrant. Multiple entries, with

multiple fees, by an individual are acceptable. Each entry must be

original, attached to a separate money order or certified check and

include TWO self-addressed stamped envelopes.


3. ESSAY ENTRY FEE: Each entry must be accompanied by a bank

cashier’s check or money order payable to: Newstead Farm Essay 

Contest in the amount of $233.00 US Funds. All entries shall be deemed

received whether or not the essay adheres to the Technical Requirements

as set forth here-in. Absolutely No Refunds shall be made by reason of

non-compliance or for any other reason What-So-Ever, unless the 7000

entry level has not been met. All entry fees shall be returned if at least

7000 entries are not received, however, the sponsors reserve the right to

accept less than 7000 entries. Should a refund of fees become necessary,

the original fee ONLY shall be returned to each entrant ($233.00 US

Funds). All entry fees shall be held in an Essay Contest Escrow Account,

until a determination has been made regarding the minimum number of



4. JUDGES: The Farm owner will select the top 20 essays. These 20 will be

judged by three judges. These judges will not be related to the sponsors of

the essay contest or have vested interest in the business. A winner and

First and Second Runner-Up will be determined by the judges. The

names of the judges shall not be released except to a public authority

requesting such information within the scope of its jurisdiction.


5. The Farm owner and judges shall read and evaluate each essay properly

submitted with an attached valid entry fee as here-in described. Each

essay which meets the Technical Requirements as set forth here-in, shall

be judged on the basis of structure of essay (introduction, body and

conclusion), creativity, thought and the conveyance of capability and

desire to operate Newstead Farm.


6. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Each entry shall: 1) Consist of a

formal essay of 200 words or less in English; 2) Shall be typed or

computer printed, double spacing, however, Legibly hand-written entries

will be accepted; 3) one side of white 8 ½ by 11 paper shall be used; 4)

Entrant’s Name and address Shall Not appear on the essay. 5) The essay

shall be securely attached as noted; 6) The essay shall be accompanied by

two self-addressed stamped envelopes, which shall be used first for

acknowledgement of receipt of the entry, and a second for name of the

winner or a refund as stated in Rule #3.; 7) Submissions must use a #10 

sized envelope (4 1/8" x 9.5"). 8) Entrants return address must appear 

on submission envelope. 



RUNNERS-UP: The winner will be chosen on or before September 21, 2016,

along with the First and Second Runners-Up. The winner of the contest

will receive the warranty deeds to the property known as Newstead Farm. If the

winner refuses in writing to accept the contest prize, then it shall be First awarded

to the Runner-Up. Likewise should the First Runner-Up refuse in writing to accept

the contest prize then it will be awarded to the Second Runner-Up.


8. COPYRIGHT AND PUBLICATION: Essay contest entry constitutes an

assignment to the sponsors of all copyrights arising under both statute

and the common law and all other rights derivative there from. By

entering the essay contest, entrants grant further permission for sponsors

to publish all or part of the submitted essay and to use the entrant’s

name and photograph and to publicize the winning entries and the names

of all the final 20 essays, all without royalty or other consideration.



contest is subject to the provision of all applicable International, Federal,

State, and Local Laws and regulations. This offer is void where



10. TAXES/FEES: The winning entrant shall be solely responsible for any

and all taxes, including real estate transfer taxes, lawyer’s fees or fees of

any kind imposed upon or arising out of a successful participation in this

essay contest. If the winner refuses to accept the prize property in

writing, then the First Runner-Up becomes responsible for all above

stated taxes and fees. Should the First Runner-Up refuse the prize

property in writing, then the Second Runner-Up shall become responsible

for all above stated taxes and fees.



presenting the winner with the Certificate of Title. If and only if 7000

entries are received the winner will also receive a check for $100,000 US.

There are no liens nor taxes nor mortgages due on the property. 

Excluded is personal property and any food or liquor. The winner will receive only

the amount of fuels (oil and propane) left in the tanks. The properties have been

evaluated with a listing value of $1,500,000 US, however, no representation

is made by the sponsors that this value or any value is in fact a Fair 

Market Value. This property is listed on the town Map as 018 A 79. 

The map is located in the Cumberland County Courthouse, Cumberland VA.


12. Description of the Cash Prize:  An additional cash prize of $100,000 will be

awarded only if 7,000 or more entries are received.  In the event 7,000 or more entries 

are received, the owner will present the winner with a cashiers check for $100,000. 


13. DEADLINE: Entries must be postmarked on or before September 7, 2016 and

must arrive at the Cartersville VA Post Office by September 17, 2016. The entries should

be addressed to Newstead Farm Essay Contest, P.O. Box 45, Cartersville VA 23027

USA to insure proper delivery. Responsibility for lost, late or misdirected entries

rests with the entrant. Any entry posted after the above deadline shall be returned

to the entrant.


14. EXTENSIONS: Sponsors reserve the sole right to extend the deadlines of

the essay contest entry and determination of the winning entries for a

period of up to sixty (60) days.


15. PRIZE TRANSFER: The transfer of the prize properties must occur

within thirty (30) days after the notification of the prize winner. An

extension of an additional thirty (30) days may be granted by the

sponsors if deemed necessary.


16. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: The winner agrees to accept the

property as is and also agrees to operate the property as a farm for a period of at

least one year (185 operating days) after the transfer of the property. If this

condition is not met, then the property will revert back to the sponsors

of the essay contest, to be then awarded to the First Runner-Up. 

The winner further agrees to pay any costs and fees necessary if there is 

non-compliance of any of the aforementioned requirements.


The owner may not be contacted via phone, text, email or in person with questions about essay 

entry prior to the contest closing, or essay entries will be considered invalid. Email

 questions about the farm, its facilities, and specifics about the land to Answers will be posted on the Newstead FAQ page.


17. By entering the contest, each entrant agrees, to the fullest extent permitted by 

law, to hold harmless the Owner, members of the Selection Panel, judges and any 

other person who is involved with the contest from any claim, demand, suit, liability, 

loss, damages, or injury arising out of or connected with the contest or the Winner's 

acceptance of the prize property. The Owner does not make any warranties, 

express or implied as to the condition, fitness, or merchantability of the prize.


18. The sponsors reserve the right to use the barn for storage for a period up

to six months after the date of transfer of property.










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