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Lurk is a really creepy word. It’s a verb that can mean to wait secretly and out of sight,to lie in ambushor to be concealed.

Lurk is a powerful writer’s word — it’s spooky and menacing and a little bit dangerous. A person or thing lurking is definitely up to no good. It can be a vampire or an alien, an animal predator, a disease or even bad news. If you find yourself around something that’s lurking you’d probably be better off somewhere else.

This is a word that requires your immediate attention!

Show us how you can cut through the mist and make sure we understand the definitionof the word lurk in a video that’s 1 minute or less.

We’re not looking for a video of you standing in a room listing off a bunch of definitions to the camera. We want you to go out into the world and show us a video that’s full of the spirit and energy of the word lurk. Make it visually compelling and cool! It’s a spooky, scary word — we want your video to reflect that!

We will judge your video first and foremost on the accuracy of your usage of the word, but we’ll also look for winning videos to bring the word lurk to life in a way beyond the dictionary definition.

How others used the word lurk to create an immediate mood or idea.

John Fleischmanuses uses lurk to describe doctors’ dangerous ignorance of germs in the 19th century:

“The doctors of 1848 don’t realize that gangrene is the end result of bacterial infection. They don’t realize that floating in the air on dust particles, lurking on fingertips, or growing on the shiny steel blades of their unwashed surgical scalpels are single-celled bacteria and other microscopic life forms.”

Mark Twain uses lurk to create a spooky, foreboding atmosphere in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer:

“The boys were there that night, about the appointed time. They sat in the shadow waiting. It was a lonely place, and an hour made solemn by old traditions. Spirits whispered in the rustling leaves, ghosts lurked in the murky nooks, the deep baying of a hound floated up out of the distance, an owl answered with his sepulchral note.”

And finally, here’s Edgar Allen Poe, a master of suspense, using lurk to masterful effect:

“The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls.”

Submission requirements:

In a video no longer than 1-minute, you must:

  • Clearly and accurately demonstrate the meaning and correct usage of the word lurk
  • Display the following as text on the screen at appropriate points during your video:
    • Part of speech (verb)
    • The definition of the word (to be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something)
    • A sentence using the word lurk that accurately describes the actions in your video and accurately uses the word
  • Meet all official rules and requirements

Key Dates:

  • March 25, 2013 – Contest opens
  • May 1, 2013 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • May 15, 2013 – Finalists notified
  • May 24, 2013 – Winners announced on the Project ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: How well did you achieve the educational goals presented in the contest brief and how much do viewers learn from your video.
  • Creativity and Engagement: Video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Video conveys its message in an artistic and innovative manner.
  • Quality of video production: Video has high resolution and audio quality, and effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography.
  • Appropriate content: Video does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.

In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.

Prizes:

Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the Under 18 category and one in the Over 18 category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced.

Official Requirements:

  • The video’s creator must be 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • Your video can’t last more than 1 minute.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source music, film clips, images, or locations you use.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • If you are employed by a school you must ensure your entry into this contest is in compliance with your institution’s policies.
  • Please carefully read the complete rules listed in the General Terms and Conditions.

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