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We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to BookCon, an event where storytelling and pop culture collide!

Enter to win! It’s easy, just follow these steps.

HOW TO WIN:

1. If you are not already a follower of The Mash on Instagram or Twitter, you must “follow” us first. Click here to “follow” us on Instagram, and here to “follow” us on Twitter!

2. To enter via Instagram, find this post in our recent photos. Comment below the photo with the hashtag #MashBookCon. To enter via Twitter, tweet at @MashChicago with the hashtag #MashBookCon. Entrants may only submit one entry.

3. That’s it! We’ll contact you if you are a winner.

Please note: You must enter by Monday, April 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Prizes:

Two adult passes to BookCon Convention at McCormick Place South Building, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616 on May 14, 2016.

OFFICIAL RULES
  1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Mash’s BookCon Giveaway (the “Promotion”) is sponsored by The Mash, a publication of Chicago Tribune Company LLC (“The Mash”), 435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Promotion is offered only in the Illinois counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Will (the “Promotion Area”). Void outside of Promotion Area and where prohibited.
  1. The Mash will be entitled to interpret these Official Rules — including but not limited to rules regarding entries, deadlines, winner selection, prize restrictions, and eligibility — and all of its decisions are final. By entering, entrants agree to these Official Rules.
  1. Promotion begins on April 11, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Central Time (“CT”) and runs through April 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CT (the “Entry Period”). The Mash’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this Promotion.
  1. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Twitter. Any questions that entrants have about this Promotion must be directed to The Mash and not to Instagram or Twitter.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. To be eligible, each entrant must be between 13 and 20 years of age, a legal resident of the Promotion Area, and a current student at a high school located in the Promotion Area as of the first day of the Entry Period. In addition, each entrant must have an existing Instagram or Twitter account prior to April 11, 2016.
  1. Officers, directors, members and employees of The Mash, Tribune Publishing Company, and any other prize supplier or any entity directly involved in the development or administration of this Promotion, and the members of their immediate families (defined as spouse, parents, siblings or children) and households (whether or not related), are not eligible to enter or win. The term “household” includes all persons residing together in a single residence, whether or not related.

TO ENTER

  1. Entries will be accepted during the Entry Period. To enter, each entrant must “follow” The Mash’s Instagram at @MashChicago or “follow” The Mash’s Twitter at @MashChicago. If the entrant enters the Promotion via Instagram, entrants must comment (the “Comment”) on the promotional post for the Promotion with the hashtag #MashBookCon after “following” The Mash’s Instagram account. If entering the Promotion, entrants must tweet at @MashChicago (the “Comment”) with the hashtag #MashBookCon
  1. Instagram and Twitter are the only methods of entry and entries will not be accepted via any other method.
  1. All entries must be received by The Mash by the close of the Entry Period. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. The Mash will not accept screen shots as proof of entry.
  1. Limit one entry per person. Additional entries received from any such person thereafter will be subject to disqualification. Any use of robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, script, macro, or any other automated means or similar entry methods or agents (including, but not limited to, contest-entry services or multiple or different email addresses, identities, registrations, Instagram accounts or logins) are prohibited and will void all entries submitted by that entrant. No group submissions will be accepted.
  1. Entries must include a valid Instagram or Twitter account for the entrant. The Mash is not responsible for electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of passive or active filtering of any kind. If there is a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a winner based on an Instagram account, the entry will be deemed made by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the Instagram or Twitter account used for entry. The Authorized Account Holder is the natural person who is assigned to the Instagram account by Instagram.com or Twitter account by Twitter.com
  1. Entrants who fail to provide any required information may be disqualified without further notification by The Mash. The Mash is not responsible for entries that are lost, misdirected, garbled, distorted, truncated, incomplete, illegible, incorrect or late for any reason, and all such entries are void. The Mash reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time that in its opinion does not comply with these Official Rules.
  1. The Comment must be the original creation of the entrant; must be in English; must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights; must not disparage The Mash, or any other person or entity affiliated with the Sweepstakes; must not contain language that is inappropriate, indecent, lewd, pornographic, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous; and must not promote bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. By entering, each entrant promises that the Comment is in compliance with all of the foregoing requirements. The Mash reserves the right to reject any entry that, in its sole and absolute discretion, is determined not to meet the above specifications. By entering, each entrant grants to The Mash and its licensees a world-wide, perpetual, non-revocable, royalty-free, sub-licensable license to publish his/her Comment as well as derivative works based thereon in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, in any manner related to the Sweepstakes, without prior notice, approval or compensation

SELECTION, NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION OF WINNERS

  1. On April 19, 2016, after the close of the Promotion or within a reasonable time thereafter, The Mash or its designee will randomly choose two names from all eligible entries. Please note that the quality of the Comment will not play a role in the determination of the winners. Subject to verification of eligibility, the person whose name is so drawn will be declared the winner.
  1. The Mash will attempt to contact potential winners via Instagram or Twitter, depending on the method of entry. Winner must respond to initial notification by no later than April 20, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT and may be required to present valid photo identification, signed affidavit or declaration of eligibility, liability release, publicity release, tax forms and/or other legal documents to The Mash no later than April 20, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT. The Mash in its sole discretion may allow transmission of verification documents via fax or email. If winner is a minor, parent or legal guardian must also sign any required documents. Ticket portion of prizes will be available via will call, which can only be redeemed upon arrival at the Event venue.
  1. If any potential winner (a) cannot be contacted directly by, or does not respond to, The Mash by April 20, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT after initial attempted notification, (b) fails to satisfy any eligibility or verification requirement herein, (c) declines to accept the prize, (d) fails to sign and return any required documents or provide required identification by deadline set by The Mash, or (e) is otherwise determined to be ineligible, The Mash in its discretion may disqualify that individual and, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing as soon as reasonably practicable after such disqualification. Any alternate winner is subject to all eligibility requirements and restrictions of these Official Rules. If time does not permit the selection of an alternate winner, no further drawings will be held and prize will not be awarded.
  1. The Mash may, in its sole discretion, post the verified winners’ names on the its Twitter feed or Instagram page and/or any of The Mash’s websites, including http://themash.com.

Prizes

18. Two Prizes: Each prize pack consists of two ADULT PASSES TO BOOKCON CONVENTION at McCormick Place South Building, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616 on May 14, 2016 (the “Event”).

  1. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each prize: $60.00. Total ARV: $120.00.
  1. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries.

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS

  1. Use of Event tickets is subject to all rules and restrictions of Event venue. For additional information for BookCon, please visit http://www.thebookcon.com/about/Harassment-Policy.
  1. All prize details will be at The Mash’s sole discretion. Winner assumes sole responsibility for all expenses and incidental costs associated with the prize not explicitly outlined above, including without limitation, all federal, state, and local income, sales, and use taxes (if any), any other taxes, fees, surcharges, lodging, transportation, parking, concessions, and other incidentals. Winners or, if under 18, their parents, are required to sign and return Release or Releases prior to receipt of tickets.
  1. Prize is not redeemable for cash and may not be sold, bartered or auctioned. Prize is not transferrable and may not be substituted except that The Mash in its discretion may substitute a prize, or portion thereof, with a prize or portion of equal or greater value if it deems necessary. Any such changes will be announced by The Mash.
  1. Any portion of prize not used by winner is forfeit, and no cash substitute will be offered or permitted. Prize offered is provided “as is” with no warranty or guarantee either express or implied by Promotion Parties. Promotion Parties have neither made nor are responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize.

PUBLICITY RELEASE

  1. By accepting a prize, winner (and winner’s parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) grants The Mash the right to publicize his or her name, photographs (including the use and appearance of winner’s photograph on The Mash’s websites), likeness, biographical information, email address, voice and details of winning for purposes of this and future promotions without further compensation, except where prohibited.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY & DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

  1. By entering, each entrant (and each minor entrant’s parent or legal guardian) agrees that The Mash, Tribune Publishing Company, Instagram, Twitter and any other company involved in the development or administration of this Promotion, and their subsidiaries, directors, agents, agencies, affiliates, franchisees, promoters, prize suppliers, and all of their officers, directors, employees and related persons (collectively, “Released Parties”): (a) are not responsible for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to lost, disconnected, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, or other connections, late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail, or for any failed telephone or computer hardware or software, 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 The Mash by the deadline stated above; (b) are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion or in the printing of this offer, administration of this Promotion, or in the announcement of the prizes; (c) are not responsible for any injury or damage to any computer, modem or other electrical device as a result of participation in this Promotion or downloading of any software or materials; (d) are not responsible for unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Promotion; (e) are not responsible for any printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error that may occur in the administration of the Promotion, the acceptance of entries, the selection of winner, the prizes or otherwise in any Promotion-related materials; (f) are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any entry; (g) are not responsible for the inability to select winner because of postal failure, equipment failure, or data storage failure; and (h) are released from any and all alleged, existing, or future actions, claims, and/or liabilities of whatever nature including, but not limited to, personal injury, bodily injury (including, without limitation, wrongful death and disability), property damage, and expense (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees) and loss or damage of any other kind, arising in whole or in part directly or indirectly, from participating in the Promotion (in whole or in part), the use (including modification, adaptation, and reproduction) of entry materials during or after the Promotion, and the delivery, acceptance, possession, redemption, use, misuse, loss, or misdirection of any prize or any part thereof.
  1. RELEASED PARTIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND (WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE), INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. RELEASED PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE GUARANTEES OR WARRANTIES MADE OR OFFERED BY ADVERTISERS, PARTNERS, MANUFACTURERS OR SUPPLIERS, INCLUDING THOSE RELATED TO THE PRIZE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL RELEASED PARTIES BE HELD RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR YOUR USE OF THE INFORMATION AND/OR PRODUCTS PROVIDED AND/OR MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE PROMOTION OR FOR ERRORS OR ANOMALIES RESULTING IN THE UNINTENDED OR ERRONEOUS PARTICIPATION, PRIZE AWARD OR OTHER BENEFITS UNDER THESE OFFICIAL RULES. RELEASED PARTIES OFFER NO ASSURANCES, GUARANTEES OR WARRANTIES THAT THE PROMOTION OR RELATED WEBSITES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE AND DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE PROMOTION. 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 PROMOTION, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARE DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL.
  1. BY ENTERING THE PROMOTION AND/OR ACCEPTING A PRIZE, YOU AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR, AND WILL BE HELD HARMLESS BY YOU AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE, INJURY OR LOSS TO PERSON (INCLUDING DEATH) OR PROPERTY RELATED IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, REDEMPTION, USE OR MISUSE OF PRIZE, PARTICIPATION IN ANY PRIZE-RELATED ACTIVITY, USE BY A RELEASED PARTY OF ANY ENTRY, PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION, OR ANY OTHER CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST A RELEASED PARTY.
  1. 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.

TRADEMARKS

  1. Any third party trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective trademark owners. The use or mention of such third party trademarks in these Official Rules or in the Promotion is solely for descriptive purposes and will in no way imply an endorsement or sponsorship of the Promotion.

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. The Mash reserves the right to cancel, suspend or terminate this Promotion or any part thereof, if The Mash determines, in its sole discretion, that the security, administration, fairness and/or operation of the Promotion has been corrupted or impaired by any non-authorized intervention, network failure, information storage failure, telecommunications failure, malfunction, or any other cause beyond The Mash’s control. In such an event, The Mash will post notice of same on its Instagram page and Twitter feed and select the winners by conducting a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the suspension, cancellation or termination of the Promotion or in such other manner as The Mash, in its sole discretion, deems fair and appropriate under the circumstances.
  1. The Mash reserves the right to disqualify any individual from further participation in the Promotion if The Mash concludes, in its sole discretion, that such person (a) has attempted to tamper with the entry process or other operation of the Promotion, (b) has disregarded or has attempted to circumvent these Official Rules, or (c) has acted toward any Promotion Party or any other entrant in an unfair, inequitable, deliberately annoying, threatening, disrupting or harassing manner. Tampering includes attempting to enter more than the number of times permitted herein, including through the use of any prohibited device or method. Any failure by The Mash to enforce any of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of such Official Rules.
  1. All activity arising out of and relating to the Promotion, including any reference to an entrant’s status as a “winner,” is subject to verification and/or auditing for compliance with the Official Rules and you agree to cooperate with The Mash concerning such verification and/or auditing. If The Mash determines, in its sole discretion, that verification or auditing activity evidences non-compliance of an entry and/or entrant with the Official Rules, The Mash reserves the right to disqualify such entry and/or entrant from the Promotion and any prize at any time.
  1. The Mash reserves the right to correct typographical, printing or clerical errors in any Promotion-related materials. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. If 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, The Mash reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing from among all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims.

DISPUTES

35. By entering the Promotion, entrants agree that (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Promotion, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Promotion, 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. Some jurisdictions do not allow for limitations on the ability to pursue class action remedies, or certain kinds of damages, and so these limitations may not apply to you.

36. If there is any discrepancy or inconsistency between any terms or conditions of these Official Rules and any disclosures or other statements contained in any other Promotion-related materials, including but not limited to the Promotion entry forms, or point of sale, television, print, mobile or online advertising, the terms and conditions of these Official Rules will prevail, govern and control.

37. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrants or Released Parties in connection with the Promotion, will be governed by Illinois law, without giving effect to any choice of law rules that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Illinois. All entrants expressly agree that any legal proceedings arising out of or relating in any way to this Promotion or these Official Rules must be brought only in the federal or state courts located in Cook County, Illinois, and entrants consent to the mandatory and exclusive jurisdiction in such courts with respect to any such legal proceedings.

38. If any provision of these Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules will otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES

  1. For a copy of the Official Rules or the final Winners List, visit http://themash.com or mail a SASE to: THE MASH BOOKCON GIVEAWAY c/o The Mash, 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, specifying either “Winner List” or “Official Rules.” Winners List will be available after April 22, 2016. Requests for Winners List must be received by June 29, 2016.

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