Open only to legal US residents, ages 18 and up.

How to Enter:

1. Entrants must submit their own original photo representing, literally and/or metaphorically, the subjects and themes of George Saunders’ short stories.

2. Go to www.InPersuasionNation.com to upload your photo or you may email your entry to ImBringingIt@InPersuasionNation.com. Photos must be in .JPG format and files larger than 250K will not be accepted. Along with your entry, please include your full name, age, mailing address, and email address. Entries must be received by October 1, 2006, 11:59 PM. Limit one entry per person.

3. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete or damaged. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (“Sponsor”), its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates and the agencies of any of them are not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the sender, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this contest which may limit the ability to play or participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in this contest. If for any reason the contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized holder of the e-mail account.


1. Three (3) winners will each receive an autographed George Saunders library consisting of a hardcover copy of In Persuasion Nation and paperback copies of The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline – Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) - $65 per set.

2. Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prize if there is an insufficient number of entries or if the judges determine in their absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes.


1. On or about November 1, 2007, all eligible entries received will be judged by a qualified panel of judges selected by Sponsor and George Saunders (“Author”).

2. Entries will be judged on their aesthetic merit and their ability to capture and express Author’s themes and ideas in a photograph. Sponsor’s and Author’s decisions with respect to the selection of the winners, and in regard to all matters relating to this contest (including but not limited to the eligibility of contestants), shall be final.

3. The winners will be notified by email and/or mail.


This contest is open to legal US residents ages 18 and up. Employees, and their immediate family members living in the same household, of Sponsor, its parent, and subsidiaries are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited by law.


1. No substitutions, transfers or assignments of prizes allowed. In the event of unavailability, Sponsor may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

2. All expenses, including taxes, (if any) on receipt and use of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

3. Winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release and, if so, the Affidavit must be returned within fourteen days of notification or another winner will be selected.

4. All entries become the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned. By entering, contestants represent and warrant that their entries are their own original work and agree that they shall not upload or transmit any content which a) libels, defames, is obscene, pornographic, abusive or threatening; b) infringes any intellectual property right or any entity or person, including but not limited to violating anyone’s copyrights or trademarks; c) violates any law; d) advocates illegal activity; e) advertises or otherwise solicits funds or is a solicitation for goods or services; f) contains a virus or other harmful component; or g) violates any other rights of third parties (“Non-Approved Material”)

5. All rights, including copyrights, in all photographs submitted by contestants for this contest become sole property of Sponsor, and Sponsor and its designees have the right to exploit, edit, modify, distribute, publish and display the entries and all elements of such entries, including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, in any and all media (including posting the photographs on Sponsor’s websites), now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity. Sponsor and its designees will not be required to obtain any further permission from contestants.

6. Sponsor and its designees have the right to refrain from posting any entry on Sponsor’s websites and may remove from its websites any posted entry at any time for any reason.

7. By accepting a prize the winners grant to Sponsor the right to use his/her name, likeness, hometown and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials in connection with this promotion, including posting on Sponsor’s websites without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.

8. By competing in this contest and/or accepting the prize, participants release Author, Sponsor, its parent and subsidiaries, and the agents of any of them, from any and all liability for any loss, harm, injuries, damages, cost or expense, arising out of participation in this contest or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize or the publication or transmittal of Non-Approved Material or their failure to comply with these Official Rules.

9. Any dispute arising from this contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the State and Federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.

Winners’ List:

For the names of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by April 1, 2008 to: Winners List, George Saunders Photo Challenge, Riverhead Books, 375 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014.


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New York, NY 10011

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