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Official Contest Rules: Win Tickets to Calvin Trilin

1. Eligibility and How to Enter
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER THIS CONTEST and, by inference, to win the contest prize. Eligibility, however, is limited to legal adults (as determined by the entrant's state or province of residence; i.e., over 18 or 19, as applicable) that submit an original comment meeting the requirements listed herein. Employees of Powell's Books and its participating sponsors are not eligible to win the prize, nor are members of their immediate families. Only one entry will be accepted per email address; those entering more than once may be disqualified. Entries submitted after midnight (PST) on the closing date (February 5, 2009) may be disqualified. Offer void where prohibited.

2. Comment Requirements
Eligible verse must be original; formerly unpublished; written or translated into English; and about the recent inauguration or the Obama administration. By submitting a comment for consideration, the entrant certifies that he or she is the sole author of said work: the work is free of plagiarism, and in no way infringes upon the rights of any third party. All quotations, no matter their length, must be credited to their original source. Comments found to be in violation of these requirements will automatically disqualify the entrant from this contest. Copyright will belong to

3. How We Select the Winner
Powell's staff will select the winning verse based on factors including style, originality, creativity, and artistic quality. All decisions of the judges are final. If a selected winner is unreachable, ineligible, or fails to claim the prize within five (5) days, the winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner will be selected. Winner must have or create a account for the purpose of prize distribution.

4. About The Prize
Five (5) winners will be awarded the prize specified within said contest; the ultimate classification of the prize remains at the discretion of No part of the contest prize is transferable. All taxes associated with the receipt or use of the contest prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.

5. Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity Release
All entrants, including the grand prize contest winner, will be required to execute a legal affidavit of eligibility and acceptance of these Official Rules, release of liability, confirmation of rights, and, except where prohibited by law, consent to use of his or her name, city, state or province, all or a portion of the winning comment, and/or prize information, without limitation for promotional purposes and without further payment.

6. Release
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7. Other
Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules, which are final and binding in all respects. These Official Rules constitute the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter addressed here and may not be altered except by a written document signed both by qualified representatives of and the entrant. To the maximum extent permitted by law, reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time. Any entrant who violates these Official Rules will be subject to disqualification.


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