Saturday, May 16, 2009

Change to Claiming Contest Prizes

Due to some recent events, I'm going to make a change to the policy for claiming prizes won here at The Shady Glade. Right now, this mostly applies to Contest Monday entries, but you can pretty much assume it applies to any contest hosted here unless otherwise noted.

Normally, those who win prizes here are asked to send me their mailing addresses so I can get them their prize. However, I've had a lot of people who haven't been claiming their books lately. I wish I had time to track everyone down and get their addresses so I can send the prizes out, but I don't. I'm not unreasonable. I realize that sometimes it takes a week or so to get around to checking your blog feeds to see if you've won anything. But three weeks is a little much, I think. So here's the new policy.

Winners will be announced every Tuesday unless otherwise noted in the contest post, or an update post (i.e. if the contest is extended). Winners will then have one week until the next winners are posted to email me and claim their prize.

If the prize has not been claimed in one week's time, I will randomly select another winner. The second winner will be mentioned in the new winner's post. The first person to email me (either the original winner or the second winner) will get the book. If no one claims it by the next week, a third winner will be chosen, and so on.

Now, I know this doesn't seem fair to those original winners who don't claim their books within a week's time. So if those original winners don't email me in time to claim their prize, I will give them one extra entry into the next Contest Monday they enter. That way they have an even better chance to win a different book, the second winner (or third, or whatever) also got a book, and I don't have to find storage space for the prize anymore. It's a win-win-win situation.

These changes will take place starting with the winner of the Once Dead Contest. So if you win a prize, you'll want to email me to claim it right away! That being said, you may want to check the posts for the winners of Generation Dead and Wings, to see if you won, since neither winner has claimed them yet! If you have questions/comments, I'm always happy to hear them.

4 comments:

Liyana said...

Great idea! Though I'm a bit sad it's not international... LOL;

Mishel said...

I'm so sorry I'm in this category Alyssa. I've emailed you though, promise! And if I'm lucky enough to win again I won't let it happen the next time.

Don't hate me, lol ^_^ hugs!

Jenna said...

I totally understand and agree. Three weeks is a long time not to claim a prize.

Alyssa said...

Liyana- Some contests will be international. In fact this week's is and I forgot to put that. Oops! I'm off to change it right now.

Mishel- Don't worry, I wouldn't hate anybody for a small thing like that. And you're not in the three weeks category at all, just a few days. ;-)