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Become a Strange Lands Correspondent

The Strange Lands Newsletter goes head to head with your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors! If you have what it takes to be a Strange Lands Correspondent you could win an exclusive interview with Tamora Pierce—author of the Beka Cooper series— and a trip to interview her at the New York City Comic-Con Convention in 2009!

Send us 10 questions that you would ask Tamora and tell us in 200 words or less why you should be a Strange Lands Correspondent!
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What you’ll win:
A trip for two* to New York City and free passes to the Comic-Con Convention
• Lunch with Tamora Pierce
• A podcast of your interview published on Tamora's
web site at and in the Strange Lands Newsletter

This contest has ended. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!

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*If winner is under 18, the travel companion must be a parent/guardian.


Official Rules & Regulations
Strange Lands Correspondent Contest

Enter by printing your name, date of birth, your parent’s/guardian’s name (if contestant is under 18), full address, and phone number on either an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper or an online print-out entry form available at and provide 10 questions that you would ask Tamora Pierce. Also include (in 200 words or less) why you think you would make a great Strange Lands Correspondent. Mail to Strange Lands Correspondent Contest, Random House Children’s Books, Marketing Department, 1745 Broadway, MD: 10-4, New York, NY 10019. Entries must be mailed separately and received by Random House between October 1, 2008 and December 15, 2008 (“Entry Deadline”). LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. Partially completed or illegible entries will not be accepted. Sponsors will not be responsible for lost, late, mutilated, illegible, stolen, postage due, incomplete or misdirected entries. All entries become the property of Random House and will not be returned, so please keep a copy for your records.

Contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, and Canada, excluding the Province of Quebec, who are age11 and older on October 1, 2008. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Random House, Inc. and its parent companies, assigns, subsidiaries or affiliates, and advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies; their immediate family members, and persons living in their household are not eligible to enter this Contest.

There will be one (1) Grand Prize Winner selected. One Grand Prize Winner will win roundtrip coach airfare for him or herself plus one travel companion (total of two people) to New York City, including a hotel stay for 2 nights (one room), ground transportation to and from the NYC airport, lunch with Tamora Pierce, tickets to ComicCon in New York City, and an interview with Tamora Pierce; in the event the Winner is under the age of 18, the companion has to be the Winner’s parent or legal guardian; estimated value of the prize is $2500, actual retail value will vary depending on the winner’s city of departure. No other expenses included. Travel and use of accommodation are at risk of Winner, Winner's parent/legal guardian and travel companions and Random House Inc. does not assume any liability. If for any reason prize is not available or cannot be fulfilled, Random House, Inc. reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value, including, but not limited to, cash equivalent. All federal, state, and local taxes, if any, are the Winner's full and sole responsibility. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be assigned. No prize or cash substitutes allowed, except at the discretion of the sponsor as set forth above. The winning interview will be recorded by Random House staff, posted on Tamora Pierce’s web site at, and included in a future issue of the Strange Lands Newsletter.

Potential Winners will be chosen on or around January 5, 2009, from all eligible entries received by the Random House Marketing Department within the Entry Deadline. Entries will be judged by the Random House Marketing Department staff, whose decisions are final, and the prize will be awarded on the basis of originality, journalistic substance, and creativity. If Winner is under the age of 18, the prize will be awarded in the name of the winner's parent or legal guardian. Winner or Winner’s parent or legal guardian will be notified by mail on or about January 19, 2009. Winner and Winner’s parent/legal guardian (if winner is under 18) or the travel companion will be required to sign and return affidavit(s) of eligibility and release of liability within 14 days of notification. Any noncompliance with the 14-day time period or the return of any notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner by sponsor. In the event of any other noncompliance with rules and conditions, prize may be awarded to an alternate winner.

By participating, participants and winner (and winner’s parent/legal guardian) agree that Random House, Inc., and its parent companies, assigns, subsidiaries or affiliates, advertising, promotion, fulfillment agencies, and suppliers will have no liability whatsoever, and will be held harmless by participants and winners (and participants’ and winner’s parent/legal guardian) for any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to person, including death, and property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the prize, or participation in this contest. By entering the Contest the Winner and the Winner’s parent or legal guardian consents to the use of the Winner’s name, likeness, and biographical data as well as his/her interview with Tamora Pierce for publicity and promotional purposes on behalf of Random House, Inc. with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law). All other entry names will NOT be used for subsequent mail solicitation. For the name of the winner, available after January 19, 2009, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Random House, Inc., Strange Lands Correspondent Contest Winner, 1745 Broadway. MD: 10-2, New York, NY 10019. Washington and Vermont residents may omit return postage.

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