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Official Rules

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or District of Columbia, at the time of entry. Internet access and uploading capability required to enter. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this contest.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ABILITY TO WIN.

CONTEST PERIOD: The Better Recipes 2013 Blogger Recipe Contest (“Contest”) begins at 12:00 a.m. Central Time (“C.T.”) on August 1, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. C.T. on January 31, 2014 (“Contest Period”) and is divided into six (6) monthly contest periods (each, a “Monthly Contest Period”), as detailed below.

Monthly Contest Period 1: Begins at 12:00 a.m. C.T. on 8/1/13; Ends at 11:59 p.m. C.T. on 8/31/13. Recipe Theme: Best Smoothie Recipe Ever.

Monthly Contest Period 2: Begins at 12:00 a.m. C.T. on 9/1/13; Ends at 11:59 p.m. C.T. on 9/30/13. Recipe Theme: Best Italian Recipe Ever.

Monthly Contest Period 3: Begins at 12:00 a.m. C.T. on 10/1/13; Ends at 11:59 p.m. C.T. on 10/31/13. Recipe Theme: [insert recipe theme].

Monthly Contest Period 4: Begins at 12:00 a.m. C.T. on 11/1/13; Ends at 11:59 p.m. C.T. on 11/30/13. Recipe Theme: [insert recipe theme].

Monthly Contest Period 5: Begins at 12:00 a.m. C.T. on 12/1/13; Ends at 11:59 p.m. C.T. on 12/31/13. Recipe Theme: [insert recipe theme].

Monthly Contest Period 6: Begins at 12:00 a.m. C.T. on 1/1/14; Ends at 11:59 p.m. C.T. on 1/31/14. Recipe Theme: [insert recipe theme].

SPONSOR: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa.

ENTRY: To enter, during the Contest Period visit www.betterrecipes.com/contests and register if you have not done so already. Then, follow the links and instructions provided to upload your recipe for the applicable Monthly Contest Period recipe theme. You will also be given the option to upload a photo of your prepared recipe. Submitting a photo is optional and is not required to receive an entry. Submitting a photo will not increase your ability to win.  Recipes must (1) be original (created by the entrant), (2) be in English, (3) be in keeping with Sponsor’s image, (4) not have been previously published, won another competition or contest or been used for advertising or promotional purposes and (5) not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. 

Recipe must: (1) include recipe name and the number of servings that the recipe yields, (2) use ingredients that are available in most grocery stores; (3) list ingredients with measurements in order of use; (4) include step-by-step preparation and cooking directions; (5) adhere to Monthly Contest Period recipe theme (collectively with registration, an “Entry”).

Entries must be submitted by the dates and times specified above to be eligible for the applicable Monthly Contest Period. Limit five (5) Entries per person and per email address per Monthly Contest Period, but each recipe must be different, submitted as a separate Entry and must meet the above requirements. Entries generated by script, macro, or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. All Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.

By submitting an Entry, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or promoted by the Sponsor, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other contests sponsored by the Sponsor or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsor. Entrant waives any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by the entrant may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsor.

By submitting an Entry and/or optional photo, entrant hereby grants permission for the Entry and/or photo to be posted on www.betterrecipes.com/contests or other websites. Entrant agrees that Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries and/or photos by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and/or photo. Entrants agree that they will not use the Entry and/or photo for any other purpose, including, without limitation, posting the Entry and/or photo to any online social networks, without the express consent of Sponsor in each instance. Sponsor does not guarantee the posting of any Entry and/or photo and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any posted Entry for any reason and at any time.

ELIGIBILITY: Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older at time of entry are eligible to enter, except employees of Sponsor and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.

WINNER DETERMINATION AND PRIZING:

READERS’ CHOICE PRIZE WINNER: There will be one (1) round of voting to determine Readers’ Choice Winners:

Voting Round: During each Monthly Contest Period from 12:00 a.m. C.T. through 11:59 p.m.  C.T. on the dates specified above, all eligible Entries received for the applicable Monthly Contest Period will be posted for voting at www.betterrecipes.com/contests.  Limit one (1) vote per person with a valid e-mail address per recipe per day.  The one (1) Entry with the highest total number of votes received throughout a Monthly Entry Period will be deemed the potential Readers’ Choice Monthly winner for the applicable Monthly Contest Period. In the event of a tie, a panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsor will determine the potential winner from among the tied Entries based on the level of recipe creativity. All results are unofficial until verified by Sponsor.

VOTE COUNTS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL ALL ONLINE VOTES HAVE BEEN TALLIED AND VERIFIED BY SPONSOR. VOTES RECEIVED IN EXCESS OF THE STATE LIMITATION WILL BE VOID. ENTRANTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM OBTAINING VOTES BY ANY FRAUDULENT OR INAPPROPRIATE MEANS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, OFFERING PRIZES OR OTHER INDUCEMENTS TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, AS DETERMINED BY THE SPONSOR IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION.

EDITORS’ CHOICE WINNERS:  There will be one (1) round of judging to determine Editors’ Choice Winners:

Judging: At the end of each Monthly Contest Period, all eligible Entries received for the applicable Monthly Contest Period will be judged by a panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsor based on: ease of preparation (40%), creativity (35%) and adherence to Monthly Contest Period theme (25%). The one (1) Entry with the highest total score will be deemed the potential Editors’ Choice Monthly winner. In the event of a tie, the Entry with the highest total score in creativity will be deemed the potential Editors’ Choice Monthly winner for the applicable Monthly Contest Period. Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects. 

PRIZES (12): Readers’ Choice Monthly Winner Prizes (6 total, one (1) per Monthly Contest Period): A $1,000 check; Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $1,000 each. Editors’ Choice Monthly Winner Prizes (6 total, one (1) per Monthly Contest Period): A $1,000 check and the opportunity to be featured in a publication selected by Sponsor, in its sole discretion; ARV: $1,000 each.  Total ARV of all prizes: $12,000.00

General Prize Conditions: Limit of one (1) prize per person and per email address per Monthly Contest Period. Potential winners will be notified by phone, mail and/or e-mail and may be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership, IRS W9 form, and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of date of notification. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, awarded to the Entry with the next highest score or total number of valid votes for the applicable Monthly Contest Period. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will determine all elements of any prize in its sole discretion. Prizes may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor.  Publication of a winning recipe is at the sole discretion of the Sponsor and is not guaranteed. The opportunity for a winner’s recipe to be published has no retail value, and if this prize component is not available and/or cannot be awarded for any reason, the remaining elements of the prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor’s prize obligation to such winner and no additional compensation will be awarded. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

PRIVACY: Registration for Sponsor’s www.betterrecipes.com website is required to enter the Contest. When you register, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, mailing address, and email address. The information that you provide will be added to a centralized Sponsor database so that you will simultaneously be registered for Sponsor’s other websites as well. By entering and providing the required registration information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may send you information, samples, or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor. Sponsor may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsor sells or rents to third parties for marketing purposes. Your email address will not be sold or rented to third parties. For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor’s privacy policy at www.meredith.com/privacy.html. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees that:  (1) any and all disputes, claims, 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; and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at a AAA regional office in New York, NY; (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 entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages including attorney’s fees or any other damages, other than for entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
 

RELEASES:  By participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees to release Sponsor and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Contest and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Contest and/or acceptance, use or misuse of any prize. 

OTHER: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected Entries, recipes, votes or registrations; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of Entries or recipes, the tabulation of votes, the announcement of the prizes, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the Entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Contest if the Contest is compromised by virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play or integrity of the Contest. In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to determine the potential winner(s) for the Monthly Contest Period(s)  at issue from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received for the Monthly Contest Period at issue up to time of such impairment using the judging procedure outlined above.  In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, Entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account associated with the Entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules.  The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE  LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. 

Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use each entrant's name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Contest in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Contest, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winners’ list, if applicable. Contest is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Each winner will be issued an IRS 1099-MISC tax form in the amount of the prize retail value as stated herein.

WINNERS’ LIST: For winners’ list, available after January 31, 2014, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Better Recipes – 2013 Annual Recipe Contest Winners’ List, 1716 Locust St., LS-102, Des Moines, IA 50309-3023.