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Cook The Issue #97

Official Rules for Cook the Issue Challenge

By Fine Cooking Editors, editor

January 8th, 2009

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES for the Issue 97 Cook the Issue Challenge.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Entries for this "Cook the Issue Challenge" Contest (the "Contest") will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on January 7, 2009 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 5, 2009 (the "Submission Period"). All entries must be received during the Submission Period. The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada (except Quebec), who are at least 18 years old. Contest void in Quebec, Puerto Rico and anywhere else where prohibited.


HOW TO ENTER: To participate in the contest, visit (the "WebSite") during the Submission Period, and follow the directions to upload and submit photos of each recipe you make, accompanied by a description and your opinions of the recipe. There is no limit to the number of entries. At the Website, participants will be required to log-in or register to complete an online entry form. All entries become the property of the Sponsors (hereinafter defined) and will not be returned.



Submission Requirements: Each photo submission that is entered into the Contest must meet ALL of the "Submission Requirements" set forth below (any Submission that, in Sponsor's good faith judgment, violates the following criteria will be disqualified):  


The Submission must be the submitting entrant's original unmodified, previously unpublished work;


The Submission must not include images or text that is obscene, pornographic, libelous, illegal, discriminative or otherwise objectionable; and


The Submission must not include any corporate logos or any material that may infringe on the copyrights or intellectual property of any third parties.


The photograph of the Submission should be .jpg or .gif, up to 4 mb, 400 - 4,000 pixels. The Photograph of the Submission may not be digitally enhanced or altered.


By entering into this Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that (i) his or her Submission is entrant's own original, previously unpublished work; (ii) The submission, the photo, is not subject to copyright.); (iii) that such Submission does not violate the rights of any third party or infringe or violate any law, and as of the date of the Submission, is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim; and (iv) the Submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and is not and will not be defamatory, libelous, pornographic or obscene. Note: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if Sponsor views the Submission as potentially infringing or otherwise a violation or potential violation of a third party's rights or seek to secure permission for Sponsor's benefit and allow the applicable Submission to remain in Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Submission in the Contest if it deems the Submission to be lacking in taste, quality, or to be otherwise objectionable.


Submissions must be received by the end of the Submission Period. The Website's database clock will be the official timekeeper for the Contest. Submissions become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged. Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery or receipt of such Submission to Sponsor. Sponsor shall have no liability for any Submission that is lost, intercepted or not received by Sponsor, for any reason.


Posting of Submissions Online: Subject to Sponsor's sole discretion, all Submissions that meet the Submission Requirements above, may be posted by Sponsor in a virtual gallery on the Website along with entrant's name. From time to time during the Contest Entry Period, Sponsors may, in their sole discretion, choose to feature some of the submitted photos on the Website. Being featured on the Website is unrelated to the Judging Criteria (hereinafter defined).


All Participants must comply with these Official Rules. The Website is governed by the Taunton Press Privacy Policy, which is available at the Website.


Sponsors are not responsible for unavailable networks, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise. The Sponsors assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the Website during the contest period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsors due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to a participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the contest. Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsors corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. The Contest Rules are subject to the interpretation of the Sponsors, and all decisions related thereto are final.





Grand Prize: One Gift card for the online store at ($200 U.S. retail value)

Honorable Mention (50 prizes awarded): One copy of Fine Cooking’s  Make It Tonight special issue ($9.99 U.S. retail value).


The total approximate retail value of all the prizes is: $700 U.S. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute any prize for a prize of equal or greater value if such action becomes necessary.


Names of prize manufacturers are used solely for the purposes of identifications of the prize.


TERMS/CONDITIONS: All federal, state/provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. Prizes are non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, nor can requests to substitute one prize for another be honored. Each winner will be responsible for all applicable federal, state/provincial, and local taxes related to any prize. Sponsors shall not be responsible for any unsuccessful attempts to notify the winners. Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other entities associated with this promotion, are not eligible. Each participant agrees to release and hold the Sponsors, their employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, and their subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and/or liabilities arising out of his or her participation in the Contest or resulting from accepting or claiming any prize awarded hereunder. Unless indicated otherwise by checking the opt-out box on the Website, participants acknowledge and agree that Sponsors may share personal information collected through the Contest from time to time with their subsidiaries, parent companies and affiliated companies, and that such information shall be used to contact participants for advertising and promotional purposes.


Notwithstanding the foregoing paragraph, participation in the Contest constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) for the Sponsors to use any winner’s name, likeness, biographical information, photographs and any statements or remarks made about winning or participating in the Contest for advertising and promotional purposes (in any medium) without additional compensation.


WINNING: Judging Criteria. Among all qualified entries received, the editors (the "Judges") shall select the top entry and honorable mentions based on the criteria listed below on or about March 5, 2009. All decisions by the Judges shall be final and binding.


The winners will be determined based on their total number of posts judged to be complete by the Judges. To be considered complete, a post must include a photo and some commentary on the recipe prepared. In the event that there is a tie between two or more members, the Judges will choose a winner based on the subjective judgment of the quality and thoroughness of the posts.


There will be one Grand Prize winner and fifty Honorable Mention winners. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. Winners will be notified within 14 days of selection by telephone, mail or email.


CLAIMING PRIZES: The winner must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within thirty (30) days of notification, or his or her prize may be forfeited. Publicity Release not required where prohibited by law. Prizes will be delivered to each winner's residence within thirty (30) days of receiving the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release. Winners will also be required to provide proof of age.


WINNER'S LIST: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by April 1, 2009 to: "Cook the Issue Challenge 97" Contest Winners List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470.


SPONSORS: The Taunton Press Inc., Fine Cooking magazine 63 S. Main Street, PO Box 5507, Newtown, CT 06470-5506.


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Comments (9)

NJacobsons writes: I no longer seem to be able to upload any photos to the Challenge. Judging by the change in the number of posts, I wonder if other people are having the same problem? The website now rejects all my photos as unacceptable. I have changed nothing on the camera, or my method of posting. Have I reached an unannounced or computer generated limit to the number of posts I can make?

The website seemed to freeze up on me a few nights ago as I was finishing a post. The pictures which had been accepted in that post are rejected now. The unfinished post did not show up as a draft as other posts have in the past.
Posted: 2:46 pm on February 27th

Texas_Foodie writes: Dear FC staff,

I have noticed that sometimes my entries are posted on th "cook the issue" and sometimes they are posted on just the "gallery". I think I am posting the same every time, but evidently not. For this challenge, do they all have to be posted on the "cook the issue" and how do I go about putting those that are only on the "gallery" on to the "cook the issue"? Posted: 11:21 am on February 2nd

MamaChicken writes: How strictly do you need to adhere to the recipe? For example, we purchase local meat in bulk, so rarely have some things like boneless chicken breasts. I usually substitute something that I have, same goes for unusual cuts of beef, etc. Posted: 12:55 pm on January 14th

sbreckenridge writes: Hi Sheri,
You should really do each recipe as a separate post, because as stated in the rules, judging is based on the total number of posts. Posted: 11:22 am on January 10th

Sheri writes: If you make several recipes for one meal, should we create a separate post for each recipe made? Or list them all in one post? Posted: 10:36 pm on January 9th

sbreckenridge writes: Thanks for the catch, DineinDiva, you're right. I just corrected the rules accordingly. Posted: 5:28 pm on January 9th

dineindiva writes: The rules above state to post cookie photos - I think that's the confusion and probably just a cut and paste error between contests:

HOW TO ENTER: To participate in the contest, visit (the "WebSite") during the Submission Period, and follow the directions to upload and submit a photo of your holiday cookies with a short description of the cookies pictured. There is no limit to the number of entries. At the Website, participants will be required to log-in or register to complete an online entry form. All entries become the property of the Sponsors (hereinafter defined) and will not be returned.

Posted: 1:40 pm on January 9th

sbreckenridge writes: Hi bohnappetit,
The photos of the cookies you're seeing are from a past contest (if you click on "gallery" it aggregates everything that anyone's ever posted, most recent first. Since this contest's just kicking off, there's not too much here yet, but you can view all Cook-the-Issue posts by clicking the "Cook the Issue" banner at the top of the page.

-Sarah Breckenridge
Web Editor Posted: 8:54 am on January 9th

bohnappetit writes: I would love to participate; however, photos of Holiday cookies when they are long gone??? Seems like an unreasonable requirement for a contest which begins in January. Posted: 7:23 pm on January 8th

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Update, March 6, 2009: This contest has now ended and we're tallying the results. The winner will be posted shortly. Feel free to continue to post your photos, though they will no longer be counted towards your total.

Over the course of two months, we’re challenging you to cook as many of the recipes in the February/March issue (issue 97) as you can, upload photos of what you make, and tell us what you love, what you don’t love, and what else you want to know.  Taking the challenge is easy. The most prolific member for this issue’s challenge will win a cookware shopping spree from, and fifty runners up will receive a copy of Fine Cooking’s Make it Tonight special issue.

For the complete contest rules, click here.