For awhile, I ran contests among the readership, with various little “games” to play.
For the first contest, the competition was to convince a panel of esteemed judges why the entrant should win. The judges were unanimous on the first winner: Tim of Arlington, TX, who wrote as his reason why he should be the winner of Contest #1:
Sitting with my dying mother, I kept sane by reading TRUE. The folks at the hospital wondered why there was loud laughter coming from the room with a dying patient. Each time a nurse came in, I read her a story. They kept coming back, so mother was VERY well taken care of. But I need another book! Dad is dying… and my brother… and my sister….
Tim’s a sick pup — I like that in a guy. He won an autographed True book.
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Yet contests were discontinued — on the advice of legal counsel (sigh). It seems every state in the U.S. has different laws on “contests and games” and it would be nearly impo$$ible to comply with them all, even for a fun little game like this. So no more contests.
I certainly understand the need to protect people against contest scammers, but the reality is that it costs huge money to do a legitimate and legal nationwide (let alone worldwide) contest — which I suppose means the only ones doing contests are huge corporations …and scammers.