Follow us on Twitter for a chance to win


Salon Staff
September 9, 2010 10:10PM (UTC)

Today is the first day of a four-week-long contest that we are running, sponsored by the Lexus IS.  Throughout the contest, we'll be giving away books, tickets or DVDs, according to what we've picked that particular week.

To participate, simply do the following:

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  1. Follow Salon on Twitter
  2. Retweet the message we tweet containing #Lexus today at Noon (PT), and for the next three Thursdays (see dates below)
  3. Salon will randomly select a winner from those who retweet the message between 12 NOON PST and 11:59 PM PST on the day of the initial tweet

Here are the contest rules:

OFFICIAL RULES

1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. SPONSOR: The sponsor of the Contest is Salon Media Group, Inc. ("Sponsor"), 101 Spear Street, Suite 203, San Francisco, CA 94105.

3. PROMOTION PERIOD: The Contest begins at 12:00:00 p.m. PST on Septemtber 9, 2010 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PST on September 28, 2010. However, this is a weekly essay contest and entries for each weekly prize must be received according to the weekly selection schedule below. Go to www.twitter.com/salon each week to see the tweet for that week's prize. The weekly selection schedule is as follows:

Week One Prize: Starts at 12:00:00 p.m. PST on September 9, 2010 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PST on September 9, 2010.

Week Two Prize: Starts at 12:00:00 p.m. PST on September 16, 2010 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PST on September 16, 2010.

Week Three Prize: Starts at 12:00:00 p.m. PST on September 21, 2010 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PST on September 21, 2010.

Week Four Prize: Starts at 12:00:00 p.m. PST on September 28, 2010 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. PST on September 28, 2010

4. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to residents of the 50 United States of America or the District of Columbia who are 18 years old or older. Employees of Sponsor, its prize providers and licensors, and each of the foregoing entities' affiliates, authorized designees and other related entities, and any other individual or entity associated with the development, judging or administration of the Contest (collectively, the "Contest Entities"), as well as members of such employees' immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

5. HOW TO ENTER: To enter, follow the Twitter account of Salon.com (“The Website”) located at www.twitter.com/salon and retweet the message labeled #lexus, as directed (the “Submission”). Each Submission that is entered into the Contest must meet the following "Submission Requirements" (any Submission that, in Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion, violates the following criteria will be disqualified): (a) each tweet must contain all of the requirements, as dictated by the original tweet; (b) the tweet must adhere to Twitter’s 140-character limit; and (c) any other requirements set forth on the Contest pages on the Website, including, without limitation, the topic for the applicable week's prize. Submissions must be received by the applicable end date according to the weekly selection schedule set forth in Section 3 of these Official Rules. No substitutions of new versions of the Submission will be accepted under any circumstances once the original Submission is submitted for consideration. Any Submission that is considered by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion to be obscene, pornographic, libelous, hate speech, or otherwise objectionable, in whole or in part, will be disqualified and will not be eligible for entry. All requested information on the Contest page must be completed to enter and to be eligible to win. Except as otherwise contemplated in these Official Rules, and to the extent entrants may otherwise elect at the time of entry, personal information collected in connection with the Contest will be used in accordance with the online privacy policy available at the Website. Any communication or information transmitted to Sponsor or the Website by e-mail or otherwise is and will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. Furthermore, Sponsor shall have no liability for any Submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received by the Sponsor. Sponsor is the official time keeper for the Contest. All entry information and materials, including any copy of the Submission submitted to Sponsor, become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Limit one (1) entry per weekly prize.

6. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES; INDEMNIFICATION: Each person who enters the Contest represents and warrants as follows: (a) the Submission does not contain any harmful computer code and is not otherwise corrupted; (b) the Submission does not and will not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity; and (c) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be defamatory or obscene. Each entrant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Contest Entities harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the covenants, representations, and warranties of entrant hereunder.

7. PRIZES: Between One (1) and Ten (10) prizes per week are available; up to Forty (40) total prizes are available. Each weekly prize consists of a book, movie tickets, DVDs, or an electronic device, which will be sent to the winners by Salon Media Group, Inc. No cash alternative or substitution of prizes will be allowed, except Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute prizes of comparable value if any prizes are unavailable, in whole or in part, for any reason. THE WINNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING AND PAYING ANY AND ALL INCOME, SALES OR EXCISE TAXES THAT MAY APPLY TO ACCEPTING PRIZES; SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND WILL NOT PAY ANY SUCH TAXES.

8. ODDS: Many will enter, only between one (1) and ten (10) will win each week. The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Sponsor cannot accurately predict the number of entrants who will participate in the Contest.

9. WINNER SELECTION; JUDGING CRITERIA: Sponsor will randomly select between one (1) and ten (10) winners per week according to the weekly selection schedule set forth in Section 3 of these Official Rules from among all eligible entries received. By entering the Contest, entrants acknowledge that such evaluations may differ from person to person and agree to be bound by and not challenge the final decisions of Sponsor. In the event a winning entry is discovered to be invalid for any reason whatsoever or the person who submitted the winning entry fails to comply with these Official Rules prior to delivery of the prize, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner.

10. NOTICE TO WINNER: Attempts to notify potential winners will be made by [e-mail address, or Twitter account]. Sponsor is not responsible for e-mail, telephone, or other communication problems of any kind. If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential winner does not respond within ten (10) days of the first notification attempt (or such shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected.

11. VERIFICATION OF WINNERS: Potential winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, Submission license/assignment documents and (where imposing such condition is legal) a Publicity Release (collectively, "Prize Claim Documents"). If any potential winner fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within ten (10) days of prize notification (or such shorter time as exigencies may require), the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected.

12. CONTEST ENTITIES SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ENTRIES THAT ARE ENTERED BY OTHER THAN HUMAN MEANS (SUCH AS BY AN AUTOMATED COMPUTER PROGRAM OR ANY NON-HUMAN MECHANISM, ENTITY, OR DEVICE), IN EXCESS OF THE STATED LIMIT, OR FOR ENTRIES THAT ARE LATE, FORGED, DESTROYED, LOST, MISPLACED, STOLEN, MISDIRECTED, TAMPERED WITH, INCOMPLETE, DELETED, DAMAGED, GARBLED, OR OTHERWISE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES, AND ALL SUCH ENTRIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT AGREES: (A) TO BE BOUND BY THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND BY ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND ALL DECISIONS OF SPONSOR AND THE INDIVIDUAL JUDGES WHICH SHALL BE BINDING AND FINAL; (B) TO WAIVE ANY RIGHTS TO CLAIM AMBIGUITY WITH RESPECT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES; (C) TO WAIVE ALL OF HIS OR HER RIGHTS TO BRING ANY CLAIM, ACTION, OR PROCEEDING AGAINST ANY OF THE CONTEST ENTITIES; AND (D) TO RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS EACH OF THE CONTEST ENTITIES AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AND REPRESENTATIVES, FROM ANY LIABILITY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LIABILITY FOR ANY PROPERTY LOSS, DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY, BODILY INJURY, DEATH, LOSS, EXPENSE, ACCIDENT, DELAY, INCONVENIENCE, OR IRREGULARITY), COSTS AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, REASONABLE OUTSIDE ATTORNEY'S FEES) THAT MAY ARISE IN CONNECTION WITH: (I) THE ENTRANT'S PARTICIPATION OR INABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST, (II) TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS IN THE OFFICIAL RULES OR ANY CONTEST PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS, (III) ACCEPTANCE OR POSSESSION, DEFECTS IN, USE, MISUSE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY PRIZE (OR ANY COMPONENT THEREOF), (IV) ANY CHANGE BY ANY COMPANY OR ANY OTHER PERSON PROVIDING ANY OF THE COMPONENTS OF A PRIZE DUE TO REASONS BEYOND ANY OF THE CONTEST ENTITIES' CONTROL OR AS OTHERWISE PERMITTED HEREUNDER, (V) ANY INTERRUPTIONS IN OR POSTPONEMENT, CANCELLATION, OR MODIFICATION OF THE CONTEST, (VI) HUMAN ERROR, (VII) INCORRECT OR INACCURATE TRANSCRIPTION, RECEIPT, OR TRANSMISSION OF ANY PART OF THE ENTRY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE ENTRY INFORMATION OR ANY PARTS THEREOF), (VIII) ANY TECHNICAL MALFUNCTIONS OR UNAVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE OR ANY TELEPHONE NETWORK, COMPUTER ONLINE SYSTEM, COMPUTER DATING MECHANISM, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, OR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER UTILIZED BY ANY OF THE CONTEST ENTITIES OR BY AN ENTRANT, (IX) INTERRUPTION OR INABILITY TO ACCESS THE CONTEST, ANY CONTEST-RELATED WEB PAGES, OR ANY ONLINE SERVICE VIA THE INTERNET DUE TO HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY PROBLEMS, (X) ANY DAMAGE TO ENTRANT'S (OR ANY THIRD PERSON'S) COMPUTER OR ITS CONTENTS RELATED TO OR RESULTING FROM ANY PART OF THE CONTEST, (XI) ANY LOST OR DELAYED DATA TRANSMISSIONS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DEFECTS, OR ANY OTHER ERRORS OR MALFUNCTIONS, (XII) ANY WRONGFUL, NEGLIGENT, OR UNAUTHORIZED ACT OR OMISSIONS ON THE PART OF ANY OF THE CONTEST ENTITIES, OR ANY OF THEIR AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES, OR (XIII) ANY OTHER CAUSE, CONDITION OR EVENT WHATSOEVER BEYOND THE CONTROL OF ANY ONE OR MORE OF THE CONTEST ENTITIES. EACH WINNER HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES HAVE NEITHER MADE NOR ARE IN ANY MANNER RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, RELATIVE TO ANY PRIZE OR COMPONENT THEREOF, INCLUDING ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES PROVIDED BY ANY OF THE PRIZE PROVIDERS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST.

13. Acceptance of a prize constitutes winner's permission for Sponsor to use winner's name, photograph, likeness, voice, biographical information, statements, and address (city and state) for advertising or publicity purposes in connection with his or her Submission and Salon Media Group, Inc., worldwide, and in all forms of media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without further compensation.

14. Sponsor reserves the right to suspend or cancel the Contest or modify these Official Rules as necessary for any reason or as required by applicable law. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify from the Contest, and ban from any future promotions, any person it believes to have intentionally violated these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or to have tampered with any element of the Contest without notice to the disqualified or banned person.

15. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of laws rules or provisions. Any legal claims arising out of or relating to the Contest or these Official Rules must be brought in the federal or state courts located in San Francisco, California.

16. To obtain any legally-required winners list (after the conclusion of the Contest) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed to: Salon Media Group, Inc., 101 Spear Street, Suite 203, San Francisco, CA 94105. Please specify "winners list" or "Official Rules" and the name of the Contest in your request.


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