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Baltimore Sun Holiday Cookie Contest 2014 Official Rules

OFFICIAL RULES

    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. The Baltimore Sun Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest (the "Contest") is sponsored by The Baltimore Sun. Contest is offered only in the Maryland and is subject to all federal, state and local laws. Entry deadline is Nov. 12, at 5:00 p.m. Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device for this Contest. By entering, you agree to these Official Rules.

    Eligibility. To enter, you must be at least 13 years old or older and a legal resident of Maryland. If you are a minor, ask your parent or guardian for assistance entering and for permission to enter.  You are not eligible to enter if you are (a) an employee of Sponsor, or a member of the immediate family (defined as spouse, parents, siblings or children) or household (whether or not related) of any such employees or (b) one of last year's Contest winners or (c) a food professional.

    Prizes: Three (3) winners will have their recipes and a photograph of themselves and their cookies featured in the Baltimore Sun in or around Dec. 3, 2014. Entries will be judged on recipe originality, attractiveness and use of ingredients to determine 10 Finalists. Finalists must bring their cookies, or have a person he/she designates, bring the cookies to the Sun's downtown office at 501 N. Calvert Street on Nov. 17 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The winners must also agree to be photographed for the story. All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion.

    Entries: To enter, email exact ingredients and full recipe directions to khenry@baltsun.com. Also include your phone number and the city in which you live. You must put "cookie contest" in the subject line.

    Regardless of method, limit one (1) entry per person and per e-mail address. Additional entries received from any such person or email address thereafter will be void. Uses of automated devices are not valid for entry. In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be deemed made by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the e-mail address used at time of entry. "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, education institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

    The information that you provide in connection with the Contest may be used by Sponsor in accordance with its Privacy Policy, which is found at http://www.tribpub.com/privacy-policy/ and which may be updated from time to time.

    All recipes and photos must be original to you and may not include any watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices. Any such item that is determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion at any time to violate these Official Rules, or to otherwise be unsuitable, offensive or in poor taste, may be rejected and the accompanying entry disqualified. Recipes and photos (including non-winning Recipes, Photos and Captions), identified only by the entrant's user name, may appear online on the Sun's website. By entering, you authorize the sponsors to publish and publicly display the Recipes, Photos and Captions in any and all media in perpetuity for any purpose as determined by the Baltimore Sun, including promotional purposes, without additional compensation.

    Sponsor will contact all potential winners in accordance with the information supplied to Sponsor on their Entry Forms. Winners may be asked to provide Sponsor with valid identification and a declaration of eligibility, liability waiver and/or publicity release. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, publish the names of the verified Winners and/or Finalists as well as the winning recipes in the paper or online.

    By accepting a prize, where permitted by law, each winner grants to Sponsor and those acting on its behalf, the right to print, publish, broadcast, and use for the purposes of this or similar contests, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, his/her name, picture, likeness, and information, as news or information without compensation or review.

    Entrants agree that Sponsor, Tribune Publishing Company, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, distributors, retailers, and all of their respective advertising and promotional agencies, franchisees, promoters, representatives, employees, contractors, officers, directors, agents and related persons (collectively, the "Released Parties") (a) are not responsible for lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, or other connections, or for any failed telephone or computer hardware or software, or for any lost, misdirected, postage-due, illegible, mutilated or damaged entry forms, or for any failed, delayed, misdirected, corrupted, or garbled transmissions or errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic, or for entries that for any reason are not received by Sponsor by the deadlines stated above; (b) are not responsible for any injury or damage to any computer, modem or other electrical device as a result of participation in this Contest or downloading of any software or materials; (c) are released from any and all liability related to this Contest and the receipt and use of any prize; and (d) will not be responsible for the inability to select winners because of postal failure, equipment failure, or data storage failure.

RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE, AND ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE, FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND RELATED TO YOUR PARTICIPATION IN OR INABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARE DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU IN WHOLE OR IN PART.

    Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate or suspend this Contest or any part of this Contest should any non-authorized intervention, network failure, information storage failure, telecommunications failure, malfunction, or other causes beyond its control, corrupt or impair the security, administration, fairness and/or operation of this Contest as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, at which time, Sponsor will select the Finalists and/or winners in accordance with the previously described selection criteria from among all non-suspect entries received at the time of the Contest cancellation, termination or suspension. Sponsor reserves the right to correct typographical or clerical errors in any contest-related materials. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by from among all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims based on the previously announced judging criteria.

 By entering the Contest, entrants agree that (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

For a copy of the Official Rules or the final Winners' List, e-mail your request to khenry@baltsun.com, specifying either "Winners' List" or "Official Rules Request." Winners' List will be available after Dec. 3, 2014.

 

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