Official Contest Rules

Please read below to see the official rules for all contests, sweepstakes, and giveaways sponsored by Riptide Publishing, whether on our website or elsewhere.

How to enter

No purchase necessary. Purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

All contests, sweepstakes, and giveaways (hereafter referred to as "contests") are open to residents worldwide unless explicitly stated otherwise. All winners must be 18 years of age or older unless explicitly stated otherwise.

To enter without purchase: Please send a postcard to Riptide Publishing, PO Box 6652, Hillsborough, NJ 08844, containing your name and a valid postal address, phone number, and email address. Entries must also include the contest name and any other information requested in specific contest rules. Postcard must be typed/printed; handwritten entries will not be accepted. Only one entry per person and one entry per household accepted. Multiple entries per person and/or per household will be result in a voiding of all entries from said household. All entries must be received by contest deadline. Riptide Publishing LLC is not responsible for and will not consider lost, missing, incomplete, unreadable, or otherwise inadmissible entries.

To enter with purchase: Follow the listed instructions of the specific contest. Where stated, multiple entries are permitted. You may additionally enter once without purchase.

Eligible contest period is specified in each individual contest posting. All times are Eastern. Entries received before or after the official contest period will be void.

Employees and families of Riptide Publishing LLC are prohibited from entering any contests sponsored by Riptide Publishing LLC.

User-Generated Content Contests

In the event a contest requires submission of a user-generated image, text, or other content for a “favorites” or “best of” or similar contest, such materials shall be judged by the staff of Riptide Publishing LLC and winners shall be selected at their discretion.

By submitting any photo, text, or other information to Riptide Publishing LLC, including your name, likeness, and contest email address but not including your physical address, phone number, or other private contact details, you hereby grant to Riptide Publishing LLC and its affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, and assigns an irrevocable, perpetual, and royalty-free right to use, reproduce, modify, and otherwise make use of the submitted photo or other information in any and all media, whether now known or hereinafter created, throughout the world and for any purpose. You acknowledge and agree that Riptide Publishing LLC may choose to but is under no obligation to exercise these rights. Further, you hereby represent and warrant that the submitted photo or information does not and shall not infringe on any copyright, any rights of privacy, or any other right of any third party, and you have the right to grant any and all rights and licenses granted to Riptide Publishing LLC herein, free and clear of any claims or encumbrances. You hereby agree to hold Riptide Publishing LLC and its affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, sponsors, and assigns harmless from and against, and hereby waive any right to pursue, any claims of any nature arising in connection with the exercising of these rights and any other use authorized under these Terms.

How to win

Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries received.

Winners are selected at random, using, from among all entries received. Winners will be notified at their listed email from an address. The owner of the email account used to enter the contest will be considered the winner unless they specifically assign the prize to another via reply to the winner notification email. If the prize is physical, Riptide Publishing LLC will mail the prize to the address supplied by the recipient of the winner announcement email. If the prize is digital, Riptide Publishing LLC will either email the prize to the winner announcement email, or add the prize to the Riptide Publishing user account associated with the winner announcement email.

To claim your prize, you must respond to the winner announcement email within 7 days of receipt. Failure to respond in a timely fashion will result in prize forfeiture. Riptide Publishing LLC may or may not, at its own discretion, choose to reassign the prize to a new winner.

All winner selections are final and binding.


Prizes to be awarded are listed in each individual contest announcement.

Winners are solely responsible for all taxes and/or fees that may be incurred. Each prizewinner must supply Riptide Publishing LLC with sufficient information to award the prize, or said prize will be forfeited. Information collected for this purpose will not be used for any other purpose.

Riptide Publishing LLC may not be held liable for any warranty, costs, damage, injury, or other claims incurred as a result of usage of or in connection with winning any prize.

If the specified prize becomes unavailable for any reason, Riptide Publishing LLC may substitute a prize of like or equal value.

For a list of winners, mail a SASE and a letter specifying the contest to Riptide Publishing LLC, Attn: Winner List, PO Box 6652, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

All contests sponsored by Riptide Publishing LLC are governed by laws in the state of Wyoming. Participation in any contest sponsored by Riptide Publishing LLC constitutes full and unconditional agreement of the Terms listed herein. Riptide Publishing LLC reserves the right to alter contest rules at any time. For questions or concerns, please contact with the subject “Contest question.”