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Sarah Porter’s Creative Writing Course Sweepstakes

Sarah Porter’s Creative Writing Course Sweepstakes

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Sarah Porter’s Creative Writing Course Sweepstakes

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Sarah Porter is the author of the hotly anticipated Vassa in the Night! (Sept. 2016) Enter below for a chance to win one of three sets of books—and the grand prize winner will win a visit from Sarah!

Sarah Porter is a writer, artist, and creative writing teacher who lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats. You can find her on her blog (, on Twitter (@sarahporterbook), and on Facebook.

Vassa in the Night is a modern retelling of the Russian folktale “Vassilissa the Beautiful” and is a perfect next read for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Catherynne Valente, and Kendare Blake. It has garnered starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal.

Sarah-Porter-cover-photo“With a deft hand, lovely prose, and an eye for details…the end result is an ethereal, almost dreamlike fairy tale that generates a magic all its own.” Booklist, starred review

“In this urban-fantasy take on the Russian folk tale “Vassilissa the Beautiful,” Porter weaves folk motifs into a beautiful and gripping narrative filled with magic, hope, loss, and triumph. An enthralling, magic-tinged read about home, family, love, and belonging.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Bizarre, beautiful, and richly imagined. Sarah Porter weaves a dark, thoroughly modern fairytale crackling with wit and magical mayhem that would make Baba Yaga proud.”
Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows series

“Inventive, darkly magical and beautifully written, it will stay with me for a long time.”
Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and The Goddess War trilogy

“[E]lements of traditional horror blend well with high-concept fantasy in this surprising and engaging tale.” School Library Journal, starred review

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Sarah Porter’s Creative Writing Course Sweepstakes


  1. To Enter: Submit your entry by fully completing the sign-up form found at (the “Site”). Sweepstakes begins online at 5:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, September 22, 2016 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Friday, October 21, 2016.

Limit one entry per person or household. The entry must be fully completed; mechanically reproduced; incomplete and/or illegible entries will not be accepted. In case of dispute with respect to online entries, entries will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet Access Provider, on-line service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Entries become property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Automated entries are prohibited, and any use of such automated devices will cause disqualification. Sponsor and its advertising and promotions agencies are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, misdirected or stolen entries or transmissions, or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic.

  1. Random Drawing: A random drawing will be held from all eligible, correctly completed entries received on a timely basis, on or about Monday, October 24, 2016, by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, whose decisions concerning all matters related to this sweepstakes are final.
  2. Notice to Winners: Winner will be notified by e-mail. Winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release within fifteen (15) days of notification attempt or prize may be awarded to alternate winner. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and alternate winner will be selected. If a winner is a minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, prize will be awarded to minor’s parent or legal guardian, who must follow all prize claim procedures specified herein and sign and return all required documents.
  3. Prize: One (1) Grand Prize winner(s) will receive a classroom visit, including a creative writing course with author Sarah Porter, and a classroom set of Vassa in the Night (30 SIGNED hardcover copies). Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $2,039.70. The next Two (2) winner(s) will receive 10 hardcover copies of Vassa in the Night. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $179.90.
    Approximate retail value of all prizes: $2,399.50.
  1. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. If any prize is won by a minor, it will be awarded in the name of minor’s parent or legal guardian. Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Sponsor makes no warranties with regard to the prize. Prize is not transferable. No substitutions of prize allowed by winner, but Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Prize is not redeemable by winner for cash value. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prize are the sole responsibility of winner.
  2. Eligibility: Only open to residents of 50 United States and D.C., age 18 and older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico and where otherwise prohibited by law. Employees, and members of their families, of Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible to enter. This promotion is intended for viewing in the United States only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law. You are not authorized to participate in the sweepstakes if you are not located within the United States.
  3. General: Sponsor and its representatives 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 sweepstakes 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 sweepstakes. If for any reason, (including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of Sponsor, which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this sweepstakes), the Sweepstakes is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the sweepstakes. Limit one prize per person or household. By accepting prize, the winner grants to Sponsor the right to use his/her name, likeness, hometown, biographical information, in advertising and promotion, including on the Site, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law. By participating in the sweepstakes, entrant and winner release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, subsidiaries, suppliers, and agents, from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense, including without limitation property damages, personal injury and/or death, arising out of participation in this sweepstakes or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives. All legal responsibilities of a minor under these Official Rules will be assumed by the minor’s parent/legal guardian.


  1. Use of Data: Sponsor will be collecting personal data about entrants who enter online, in accordance with its privacy policy. Please review the Sponsor’s privacy policy at By participating in the sweepstakes, entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s privacy policy.
  2. Winner List: For winner information, available after Friday, October 21, 2016, send by Monday, October 24, 2016 a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Winner Information, Sarah Porter’s Creative Writing Course Sweepstakes, c/o Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.
  3. Sponsor:
    Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10010.

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