In celebration of the launch of Truth in Advertising by John Kenney, Touchstone invites you to design an advertisement for this debut novel, with a $5,000 prize.

Rules

  • The Submission must be in jpeg, mov, or gif format
  • The Submission must be in English.
  • The Submission must be an original advertisement for the novel Truth in Advertising by John Kenney and must include the title of the book and author name.
  • You may submit up to six (6) entries. Submissions must be different and not substantially similar.
  • Participation open only to legal residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia who are 18 years or older as of date of entry.


Official Rules

The Truth in Advertising Advertising Design Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Contest may only be entered in or from the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry.  This Contest is governed exclusively by the laws of the United States.  You are not authorized to participate in the Contest if you are not located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. 

1. How to Enter.  To enter the Contest, complete the online entry form at http://truthinadvertisingcontest.tumblr.com/submit (including your name, mailing address, phone number, birth date and email address) read the Official Rules, attach/upload your original advertisement for the novel Truth in Advertising (the “Book”) by John Kenney (each a “Design” and collectively “Designs”) in accordance with the Submission Guidelines and Restrictions below and click the “submit” button.  All entry information and Designs shall be collectively referred to herein as the “Submissions” or each as a “Submission.”  Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify this Contest in the event an insufficient number of entries are received that meet the minimum judging criteria.  Entrants can use the title of the Book and any characters, plotlines, settings, names, trademarks and logos from the Book solely in connection with their Submission and subject to Section 5 below. 

By entering, each entrant warrants and represents the following with respect to entrant’s Submission: (a) entrant is the sole and exclusive owner of the Submission (excluding the Contest IP (defined below)), which may only be used pursuant to the limited license described more fully herein in Section 5); (b) the Submission is entrant’s own creation and is 100% original (apart from the Contest IP); (c) the Submission will not infringe on any rights of any third party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity and/or any other intellectual property right; (d) the Submission complies with the Guidelines and Restrictions (defined below); and (e) the Submission has not been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind, won any kind of award and/or been exhibited or displayed publicly through any means. 

Providing a Submission constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including but not limited to on any and all Internet media, including on Sponsor’s web sites and properties and on social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, YouTube, Twitter etc.), for any legal purpose whatsoever.

All entrants must have a valid email address. Limit six (6) entries per person/email address. Entries from the same entrant must be different and not substantially similar. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted.  All entries, including Submissions, become the sole and exclusive property of the Sponsor and receipt of entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic.  Only fully completed entry forms are eligible.  Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. 

2. Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions: By entering, each entrant agrees that his or her Submission conforms to the Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the “Guidelines and Restrictions”) and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may remove any Submission and disqualify an entrant from the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the entrant’s Submission fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions. 

Submission Guidelines:

  • The Submission must be in jpeg, mov, or gif format.
  • The Submission must be in English.
  • The Submission must be an original advertisement for the novel Truth in Advertising by John Kenney and must include the title of the book and author name. 

 Content Restrictions:

  • The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes any rights of any other party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or any other intellectual property rights;
  • The Submission must not in any disparage Sponsor, any other person or party affiliated with the promotion and administration of this Contest;
  • The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
  • The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
  • The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations of the United States or of any jurisdiction where Submission is created;
  • The Submission must be consistent with the image and values of Sponsor and be consistent with and satisfy the purpose of the Contest.

Each entrant acknowledges that other entrants may have used ideas and/or concepts in their Submission that may be similar in idea or concept to what is included in entrant’s Submission. Each entrant understands and agrees that he/she shall not have any claim against any other entrant or Sponsor arising out any such similarity or be entitled to any compensation because of any such similarity. 

Each entrant understands and agrees that Sponsor’s use in matters independently developed of material similar to or identical with a  Submission or containing features or elements similar to or identical with those contained in a  Submission will not obligate Sponsor  to negotiate with entrant, nor will it entitle entrant to any compensation of any kind.  Each entrant agrees and acknowledges that nothing herein shall preclude Sponsor from using any material in or similar to the Submission without obligation to entrant, including, but not limited to, if Sponsor has or has determined that it has an independent legal right to use such other material, including without limitation, because such features or elements were not new or novel, or were not originated by entrant, or were or may hereafter be independently created by or submitted to Sponsor.

Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest, including, but not limited to, interpretation and application of these Official Rules.  By entering the Contest, entrants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the judges, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.

3. Start/End Dates. Contest begins at 9:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on January 22, 2013 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on October 18, 2013 .

4. Eligibility. Participation open only to legal residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia who have reached the age of majority in their state of residence as of date of entry.  Void outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Employees, officers and directors of Simon & Schuster, Inc. (“Sponsor”) and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, manufacturers or distributors of Contest materials and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such employees/officers/directors are not eligible to enter.  You are not authorized to participate in the Contest if you are not located within the United States or the District of Columbia.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

5. Contest IP. Sponsor grants eligible entrants a limited, revocable, non-sublicensable license to use the title of the Book and any characters, plotlines, settings, names, trademarks and logos from the Book (collectively, “Contest IP”) for the sole purpose of creating and submitting the Submission for review and assessment in this Contest.  Entrants are not permitted to make any further use of the Contest IP for any purpose whatsoever.  No right, title, or interest in and to the Contest IP except for the limited license granted to entrant in these Official Rules is transferred or created. Each entrant further acknowledges and agrees that any marks included in the Contest IP are valid and enforceable, and that entrant shall do nothing to challenge the validity or enforceability of such marks in any forum.  Entrants agree that the use of Contest IP is permitted only for the purpose of making a Submission for entry in this Contest, and that any use of the Contest IP beyond this scope infringes the rights of Sponsor and will result in irreparable harm to Sponsor.

6. Judging/Judging Criteria. On or about May 15, 2013, the Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the Sponsor, who have the required knowledge and experience to apply the judging criteria.  All Submissions will be judged based on the following equally-weighted judging criteria: (a) Aesthetic value, (b) Relevance of the artistic interpretation to the content the Book, and (c) Originality.  Subject to verification and compliance with these Official Rules, the highest scoring Submission will be awarded the Grand Prize. In the event of a tie, the Submission with a higher aesthetic value score will break the tie.

7. Prizes. One (1) Grand Prize: (a) a check for $5,000 ; (b) the Grand Prize Winner will have his/her Design featured on http://pages.simonandschuster.com/truthinadvertising. Total approximate retail value of Grand Prize: $5,000. 

(5) First Prizes: Each First Prize Winner will have his/her Design featured on http://pages.simonandschuster.com/truthinadvertising and will receive a free hardcover edition of Truth in Advertising by John Kenney. Total approximate retail value of each first prize: $23.99.

Total approximate retail value of all prizes combined: $5,200.00. Prizes are non-transferable.  No substitutions or cash redemptions.  In the case of unavailability of any prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Unclaimed prize will go to a runner-up to be determined by the judging panel. All taxes and unspecified expenses are the responsibility of winners.

8. Notification. Winners will be notified by e-mail and will be required to sign and return, where legal, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and/or rights transfer document within five (5) days of prize notification.  Additionally, winners may be required to obtain releases from any and all third parties appearing in their respective Submissions.  If any winner is considered a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity and rights transfer document must be signed by his/her parent or legal guardian. If any winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days of first notification attempt, if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if any winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Contest rules and requirements, such prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to the Submission with the next highest score. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. 

9. Conditions. Sponsor shall not be liable or responsible in the event any winner’s Submission is not used for any reason.  Submissions may be cut, edited, reformatted, rearranged, combined with other materials and/or otherwise modified, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.  Any and all federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. Participation in Contest and acceptance of prize constitutes each winner’s permission for Sponsor to use his/her name, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information, Submission and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Contest or Sponsor for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.  By participating, entrants and winners agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Tumblr, and their respective  partners and promotion and advertising agencies and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors (collectively, the “Released Entities”), from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Contest-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action.  Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way shall be disqualified. Sponsor is not responsible if Contest cannot take place or if any prize cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism.

10. Additional Terms. Any attempted form of entry other than as set forth in Section 1 above is prohibited; no automatic, programmed; robotic or similar means of entry are permitted. The Released Entities are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, web site, Internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the Contest, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading any materials in this Contest.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Contest should (in its sole discretion) virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Contest. In such case, Sponsor may select the winners from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or web site.  Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

11.  Limitation of Liability; Disclaimer of Warranties.  IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASED ENTITIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE AND/OR THE CONTEST, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM ANY WEBSITES ASSOCIATES WITH THE CONTEST. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, THIS CONTEST AND ALL PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”  WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

12. Disputes; Governing Law.  The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Contest. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Contest shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of New York, City of New York.

THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES. For any matters which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or in connection with the entering of any judgment on an arbitration award in connection with these Official Rules and/or the Contest, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in or closest to the County of New York in the State of New York.  The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.

13.  Use of Data.  Sponsor will be collecting personal data about entrants online, in accordance with its privacy policy.  Please review the Sponsor’s privacy policy at http://www.simonandschuster.com/about/privacy_policy.  By participating in the Contest, 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. 

14. List of Winners. To obtain a list of winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by November 15, 2013 to: Meredith Vilarello, Touchstone, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.

15. Sponsor.  Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.

THIS PROMOTION IS IN NO WAY ASSOCIATED WITH TUMBLR. NOR IS THIS PROMOTION ADMINISTERED, SPONSORED OR ENDORSED BY TUMBLR.  EACH PERSON PARTICIPATING IN THE PROMOTION IS GIVING THEIR INFORMATION TO SPONSOR AND NOT TO TUMBLR. 

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