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So You Want to Write a Cookbook Contest Rules

So You Want to Write a Cookbook Contest Rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST (“CONTEST”) Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules.

CONTEST PERIOD: Promotion begins at 10:00AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on March 11, 2013, and ends at 11:59 PM ET on March 25, 2013. (“Contest Entry Period”).


On or about March 11, 2013 at 12:00AM ET open call for cookbook concepts will begin. Tweet concepts to #SignMeSal. Multiple tweeting of the same concept will not increase chances of winning. More than one concepts tweeted from the same Twitter handle will be accepted.


On or about March 13, 2013 at 11:59PM ET open call for cookbook concepts will close.


On or about March 14, 2013 sixteen (16) finalists will be revealed by @sallyekus on Twitter.  The sixteen finalists will have until 11:59PM ET on March 15, 2013 to tweet their points of differentiation (PODs) for their concept. One tweet per finalist to @sallyekus with the #SignMeSal


On or about March 18, 2013 the sixteen finalists will be narrowed down to eight (8) finalists that will be revealed by @sallyekus on Twitter. The eight finalists will have until 11:59 PMET on March 19, 2013 to tweet up to 3 promotional ideas each for their concept to @sallyekus with the #SignMeSal


On or about March 20, 2013 the eight (8) finalists will be narrowed down to four (4) finalists that will be revealed by @sallyekus on Twitter. The four finalists will have until 11:59 PM ET on March 21, 2013 to make one tweet answering the question “why me?” to @sallyekus with the #SignMeSal


On or about March 22, 2013 the four (4) finalists will be narrowed down to two (2) finalists. The remaining two finalists will be invited to an open Twitter chat. The finalists are invited to tweet questions to @sallyekus about The Lisa Ekus Group agency. @SallyEkus is invited to ask questions of the finalists. An open discussion to the finalists from the public is also encouraged. The Twitter chat will be held on March 25, 2013 between 1:00PM ET and 2:00PM ET with the #SignMeSal

On or about March 26th, 2013 @SallyEkus may schedule a phone call with one or both of the remaining two finalists. The call is at the discretion of the Sponsor and may not occur.


On or about March 27, 2013 the winner will be announced by @sallyekus with #SignMeSal …winner!


WHO MAY ENTER: Contest is only open to legal residents of the U.S. or Canada, 18 years and older, with valid Twitter account. Entrants subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Employees and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related) of The Lisa Ekus Group, LLC (“Sponsor”) and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers, distributors and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, “Contest Parties”) are not eligible to enter or win. Contestants may need to provide proof of residency upon request.


CONTEST ENTRY: To enter, follow directions as outlined on www.lisaekus.com or @sallyekus on Twitter. All entries must be received by date and time outlined in the Tweet posted by @sallyekus. All entries must be 140 characters or less and contain the #SignMeSal.  For purposes of these Official Rules, “receipt” of Entry occurs when Sponsor’s servers record the Entry information resulting from contestants’ entry being received in the feed area. Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of email) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Sponsor for purposes of these Official Rules.


Entry must be the original work of the contestant, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person and must not violate any law. Winner must not have current representation by an agent.


Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion.


JUDGING: All Entries will be judged based on judges’ determination of cleverness, wittiness, and best overall vision. The top Entry will be declared the Contest winner (“Winner”)


TIES: In event of a tie, Winner will be determined based on the judges’ discretion.


Judges’ decisions are final and binding.


WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be determined after the Contest’s end date and will be notified on Twitter. Winner will be required to provide mailing address which will be used to fulfill the prize. At the discretion of the Sponsor, Winner may be disqualified for any of the following reasons: if charged with or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, is not eligible based on the eligibility requirements set forth above, or if delinquent on a government ordered payment, such as, but not limited to: child support, spousal support, alimony, tax payments, etc. In the event it is determined that the Winner has not complied with these Official Rules, has failed to execute and return any required documents within the specified time period, has made false statements or a prize notification is returned as undeliverable, then the Winner will be disqualified and at Sponsor’s sole discretion, the runner-up Entry may then be declared the alternate Winner.


PRIZE & APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”): Number of winners and prize outlined on www.lisaekus.com or @sallyekus on Twitter. Winner shall receive author representation by The Lisa Ekus Group, LLC for a period of one year (“Term”). During the Term the Winner will receive assistance with cookbook proposal writing and, if applicable, the completed proposal with be pitched to publishers. The Winner is not guaranteed a book deal. Winner is solely responsible for all expenses, costs or fees associated with transportation and acceptance and/or use of the prize not specified herein as being awarded, including without limitation, any and all taxes (if any). Winner is not a recipient of a prize until s/he has been verified as the Winner by the Sponsor or judges. Upon fulfilling prize, Sponsor will be deemed to have awarded the prize to the Winner and such Winner assumes full responsibility for the prize. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

The Sponsor reserves the right to, at its discretion, reschedule the Contest, entry and/or end dates, modify the entry procedures, cancel the Contest, or cancel the awarding of prize(s). Prize(s) are not redeemable for cash.


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Winning constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Winner’s name, images, hometown, likeness, prize won, and photograph (all at Sponsor’s discretion) for future advertising, publicity in any and all media now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission. Contest Parties and their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed Entries; all of which will be void. Released Parties are also not responsible for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any Entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled, or misdirected communications which may limit a contestant’s ability to participate in this Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions with may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Contest-related materials. Mass entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest and, if terminated, at Sponsor’s discretion, determine the Winner using all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same Twitter account, the authorized subscriber of the Twitter account at the time of Entry will be deemed to be the contestant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the Twitter handle by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning Twitter handles. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual (and void his/her Entries) it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of this Contest or website, intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other contestant, Sponsor, or any of its representatives or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Official Rules. CAUTION: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operations of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent permitted by the law and to disqualify such contestant from the Contest.


ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS: By submitting an Entry, Contestant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many submissions under this Contest and that such entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or sponsored by the Sponsor, and waive any and all claims contestant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any composition, design, video and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the Sponsor (or its respective designees) may be similar to his/her Entry. Contestant acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor does not have now, nor shall any of them have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to contestant’s Entry.


MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS: Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Contest subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.


RELEASES: By entering in this Contest, contestants agree to Sponsor’s use of their personal information for both online and offline direct marketing purposes.


ARBITRATION & CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Contestant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the contestant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will contestant be permitted to obtain awards for, and contestant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than contestant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Contest), and contestant (or, if an eligible minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of contestants and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of Massachusetts, USA without regard to Massachusetts choice of law rules.

WINNERS LIST: Winner will be announced on Twitter by @sallyekus on, or about, March 27, 2013.

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