Valentine's Day Song and Poem Contest

Contest Rules

Contest Rules
No purchase or contribution necessary. Making a purchase or contribution will not increase your chances of winning this contest.

Contest opens on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. CT. All eligible entries must be received via the online submission form by NOON CT, Friday, February 13, 2009.

The songs and poems (1) must be original and (2) must be addressed to a real person and we'd like to know who that person is (but if you don't want us to say, we won't).

Anyone can enter the contest except persons who on or after June 1, 2008, were or are employees of Prairie Home Productions, American Public Media Group, or related organizations, their immediate family, or persons living in the same household. The contest is open to any one age 13 or older. One original poem or song entry per person. Multiple or otherwise fraudulent entries if discovered will be disqualified. Void where prohibited by law.

Winners will have their poem read or song recited February 14th, 2009 during the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, and will be posted on the A Prairie Home Companion web-site.

Each contestant that had their song or poem read on the air will receive a selection from the following: A POEM (Professional Organization of English Majors) Tee; "English Majors," a 2-disc CD compilation; or Love Sonnets a new collection of sonnets penned by Garrison Keillor and to be published in spring 2009. Retail value of prize varies.

Prize is non-transferable and not good for cash or exchangeable for other merchandise. Additional shipping costs will be charged to winner for shipping outside the contiguous 48 states.

Selection and notification of winners:
Every eligible submission will be included in the judging. Winners will be notified by phone or the e-mail address given in the submission form. Winners will also be announced during the February 14, 2009 live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion®. The chances of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries.

Participants agree to the Official Rules, and that Prairie Home Productions, American Public Media, and related organizations, and their agents and employees will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from their use of the prize or their participation in the contest. Participants also agree to grant Prairie Home Productions and American Public Media the right to use their Poetry and Song submission, name, image, or other likeness without further compensation for advertising, fundraising, promotional or all other publication purposes. All entries become the property of Prairie Home Productions and American Public Media and may be read on the air or published in print or electronic form. Entrants agree that their names may be used in association with their submissions. Entrants warrant that their submissions are their own original work and do not infringe upon the copyright of others.

By participating in the contest, a participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, and by all decisions of the contest judges.

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Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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