Books Not Candy Sweepstakes

Books Not Candy Sweepstakes

Sign up for the Work in Progress newsletter and enter for a chance to win one set of some frighteningly good reads, including Warren Ellis’s Normal, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation, Alex Mar’s Witches of America, John Darnielle’s Universal Harvester, and Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy.

Sweepstakes end October 26. Sorry, US Residents only.

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Books Not Candy Sweepstakes


  1. To Enter: Submit your entry by fully completing the sign-up form found at (the “Site”). Sweepstakes begins online at 12:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Your entry will sign you up to receive emailed news related to FSG Work in Progress as well as enter you into the sweepstakes.

Limit one entry per person or household. The entry must be fully completed; mechanically reproduced; incomplete and/or illegible entries will not be accepted. In case of dispute with respect to online entries, entries will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the 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, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Entries become property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Automated entries are prohibited, and any use of such automated devices will cause disqualification. Sponsor and its advertising and promotions agencies are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, misdirected or stolen entries or transmissions, or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic.

  1. Random Drawing: A random drawing will be held from all eligible, correctly completed entries received on a timely basis, on or about Monday, October 31, 2016, by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, whose decisions concerning all matters related to this sweepstakes are final.
  2. Notice to Winners: Winner will be notified by e-mail. Winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release within fifteen (15) days of notification attempt or prize may be awarded to alternate winner. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and alternate winner will be selected. If an entrant selected in the drawing is a resident of Canada, to be declared a winner he/she must correctly answer,
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    be administered, within seven (7) days he/she will be disqualified and the prize may be awarded to an alternate entrant.
    If a winner is a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, prize will be awarded to minor’s parent or legal guardian, who must follow all prize claim procedures specified herein and sign and return all required documents.
  3. Prize: One (1) Grand Prize winner(s) will receive A set of books from Farrar, Straus and Giroux including Normal by Warren Ellis, The Lottery by Miles Hyman, Witches of America by Alex Mar, Universal Harvester by John Darnielle, and Area X by Jeff VanderMeer. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $125.00.

    Approximate retail value of all prizes: $125.00

  1. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. If any prize is won by a minor, it will be awarded in the name of minor’s parent or legal guardian. Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Sponsor makes no warranties with regard to the prize. Prize is not transferable. No substitutions of prize allowed by winner, but Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Prize is not redeemable by winner for cash value. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prize are the sole responsibility of winner.
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  • Zoe Mithen

    Hello John Darniell’s Universal Harvester refers to me and to my life and to crimes committed against my by people John Darnielle knows and which have yet to be investigated and gone to court and I have made John Darnielle and the publisher Macmillan aware that I do not consent to my privacy being invaded my this book or the previous book in the series Wolf In White Van and that I do not want Universal Harvester to be released and that I will be taking legal action if Universal Harvester is released. I have also written to the media about this. The publication of Universal Harvester could jeopardise the fair trial of people who I am going to press charges against who John Darnielle knows and also Jonathan Franzen’s book Freedom refers to the same crime and pretends I died to make the characters less horrible. The Indian woman who died is based on me. I am very unhappy with the cultural industry committing crimes against me and trying to jeopardise criminal and civil legal action I will be taking by publishing sensitive material before the police investigate.