The FSG Vault Sweepstakes

We are opening the FSG vault! You could win a piece of literary history—from signed first editions to definitive sets of FSG classics. Sign up to our weekly Work in Progress newsletter to enter!

The Grand Prize: A priceless stack of signed first editions from Susan Sontag, Jonathan Franzen, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Cunningham, Denis Johnson, and Aleksander Hemon. Poetry: Three sets of definitive FSG poetry collections from Louise Glück, Derek Walcott, Elizabeth Bishop, and Frederick Seidel. Classics: Five bundles of FSG Classics that include works from Joan Didion, Flannery O’Connor, Roberto Bolaño, James Salter, Bernard Malamud, and Paul Murray.

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FSG Vault Sweepstakes


  1. To Enter: Submit your entry by fully completing the sign-up form found at (the “Site”). Sweepstakes begins online at 12:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, August 20, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Friday, November 13, 2015. Your entry will sign you up to receive emailed news related to FSG Work in Progress as well as enter you into the sweepstakes.

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, November 16, 2015, by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 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 an entrant selected in the drawing is a resident of Canada, to be declared a winner he/she must correctly answer,
    without assistance of any kind, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered by telephone
    or email. If a potential winner who is a resident of Canada cannot be contacted, and/or the skill-testing question cannot
    be administered, within seven (7) days he/she will be disqualified and the prize may be awarded to an alternate entrant.
    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 One set of signed, 1st edition hardcovers of A Susan Sontag Reader by Susan Sontag, Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, Marilynne Robinson’s When I Was a Child I Read Books, Michael Cunningham’s By Nightfall, Aleksandar Hemon’s The Book of My Lives, and Denis Johnson’s The Laughing Monsters. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $250.00.
    The next Three (3) winner(s) will receive One set of definitive FSG poetry collections: hardcovers in slipcase for Elizabeth Bishop’s Poems and Prose, paperback of The Complete Poems by Frederick Seidel 1959-2009, hardcover of The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013, paperback of Louise Gluck Poems 1962-2012, and hardcover of The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $206.00.

    The next Five (5) winner(s) will receive 1 set of FSG Classics: Box set paperback of Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies, paperback of Roberto Bolano’s 2666, paperback of Flannery O’Connor’s The Complete Stories, paperback of Bernard Malamud’s The Natural, paperback of Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays, PB of James Salter’s A Sport and a Pasttime, PB of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man.. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $128.00.

    Approximate retail value of all prizes: $1,508.00

  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, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), 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 or Canada 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 or Canada.
  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, November 13, 2015, send by Monday, November 16, 2015 a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Winner Information, FSG Vault Sweepstakes, c/o Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.
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    Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10010.

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