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Old-House Journal 40th Anniversary Giveaway

    Have you dreamed of outfitting your home with period-perfect lighting? How about doing it for free? To help us celebrate OHJ’s 40th anniversary in 2013, our friends at Rejuvenation have generously donated some serious swag—$1,000 worth of fabulous lighting—to one lucky reader.

    All you have to do is tell us—in 200 words or less—why your house is the most deserving, and how Old-House Journal has helped you restore it. Feel free to send in pictures, too! The winning essay will be published online and excerpted in the magazine.

    Giveaway ends June 1.

    Official Rules:

    Note: Entry is limited to once per email address, per day.

    1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning.

    2. ELIGIBILITY: Old-House Online Giveaways and Contests are open only to legal residents of the continental United States and the District of Columbia are 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of the Sponsor, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and agents, and foregoing employees household or immediate family members (defined as parent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparent) are NOT eligible to enter the Sweepstakes.

    3. TIMING: Sweepstakes begins on 01/01/13 and ends on 06/01/13.

    4. HOW TO ENTER: To enter, fill in all requested information at, entry must be accurately completed or will be voided.

    5. PRIZES: (1) grand prize winner will receive (1) $1000 credit for Rejuvenation Classic American Lighting and House Parts. Sweepstakes prize is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor in the event that a prize (or portion thereof) cannot be awarded for any reason in which case, Sponsor will at their sole discretion award a prize (or portion thereof) of equal or greater value. Each winner is solely responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes (including where applicable sales tax) due for their awarded prize, as well as all expenses not listed herein related to acceptance and use of their awarded prize. Subject to the conditions herein, the prizes will be awarded.

    6. On or about 06/07/2013, a winner will be selected from all eligible entries received. By entering, participants agree: a) to be bound by these rules; b) that winning is contingent upon fulfilling all the requirements of these rules; c) that the decisions of the Sponsor and/or the above-mentioned independent judging organization shall be final and binding in all respects. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

    7. NOTIFICATION: Potential winner will be notified by email or phone within five (5)days of drawing, and within seven (7) days of notification postmark must correctly complete, execute and return as directed an Affidavit, Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement including where lawful, a Publicity Release (plus any additional documents required at the discretion of Sponsor). Failure to comply with the requirements of this paragraph (or the return of any prize or prize notification as non-deliverable) may result in disqualification and in the forfeiture of any right to a prize, in which case prize may be awarded to an alternate by random drawing.

    8. RELEASE: By participating in the Sweepstakes and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner agrees to defend, release and hold harmless the Sponsor and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies, and the foregoing companies’ officers, directors, shareholders, employees, representatives, and agents (collectively “Releasees”) from and against any actions, claims and/or liability for injury, death, loss or damage of any kind (including any for the violation or infringement of any proprietary or personal right of any individual or entity) resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Sweepstakes, and/or the use, acceptance, or possession of a Sweepstakes prize, and/or participation in a Sweepstakes prize-related activity. By participating in the Sweepstakes and/or accepting a prize, a participant/winner consents to and gives the Sponsor the right to interview, photograph/video a winner, and in perpetuity to freely and exclusively use, publish, and display a winner’s (and where applicable a participant’s) names, address, entry form, picture, portrait, likeness, voice, video, statements, quotes, biographical information, and prize information (in whole or in part, as may be adapted, edited, or modified, as solely determined by Sponsor) for advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the World Wide Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law. Entrance will signify interest in receiving email from Sponsor with the explicit option to “opt out” at any time. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

    9. CONDITIONS: Participants agree that by participating they release the Releasees from any liability in connection with: a) Entries that are ineligible as a result of being lost, late, illegible, damaged, incomplete, stolen, postage due or misdirected; b) Any typographical or other human or technical errors in the offer or administration of the Sweepstakes, including but not limited to errors in advertising, these official rules, the selection and announcement of a winner(s), or the distribution/awarding of a prize(s); c) Any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay, misdirection, damage, injury, technical malfunctions or traffic congestion on the Internet/telephone network, or at any website, or any combination thereof. Sponsor reserve the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes. In the event that the Sweepstakes is infected by a computer virus/worm, or is not capable of running or being executed as planned (as a result of but not limited to an error, omission, defect, delay, misdirection, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, action of entrants, or technical failure) or any other cause which in the sole opinion of Sponsor corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any suspect entry or entrant and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. In the event of such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension, notice thereof will be posted at the entry website(s) mentioned above, and winner(s) will determined solely by an independent judging organization in a random drawing from among all eligible non-suspect and/or non-disqualified entries. In such event, Releasees shall have no liability to any participant who is disqualified due to such an action. Failure to enforce any term of these official rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

    10. WINNERS’ LIST: The names of winners will be available by sending a postcard to: Home Buyer Publications: 2520 55th St., Suite 210, Boulder, CO. 80301

    11. SPONSOR: Home Buyer Publications: 2520 55th St., Suite 210, Boulder, CO. 80301


    Susan Jaris January 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    How long do we have to get the submissions in? I want to make sure I don’t miss the deadline while I try to fit it all in 200 words and get some photos taken and find others on my computer, etc. Thank you!

    Old-House Online January 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Susan! The giveaway ends June 1. Good luck!

    Pan Tangible March 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I’m confused. Is this a sweepstakes ? (random drawing) or a Contest? (best essay wins) The official rules keep referring to it as a Sweepstakes, and the statement …” odds of winning dependant on the number or eligible entries” indicate purely mathematical odds, not a matter of talent or quality of submission.

    Also, we can enter every day. That sounds like a sweepstakes, too. And the reference to a “drawing.”

    But the rules also say the winning essay will be featured on the website. A purely random drawing might produce a truely awful essay. Are you willing to risk that?

    So yes, I’m confused. Can you clarify?

    Clare March 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Yes, it is a contest—the essays will be read by our editors, and the best one will win. The rules are just the boilerplate stuff and were not tailored to this contest, hence the discrepancy.

    Susan Durbin March 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    It seems you can only upload one photo yet the directions say you can send in ‘photos’. Does the entry have to be submitted online or can it be printed and mailed in with multiple photographs? Thank you.

    Clare March 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    If you’d like to send multiple photos, you can email them to Please just put “40th Anniversary Giveaway” in the subject line so we know what they’re for.

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