40th Anniversary Reader Recipe Contest Official Rules


Official Rules: Vegetarian Times 40th Anniversary Reader Recipe Contest




1. TIMING: Contest begins on 2/1/14 and ends on 4/30/14.


2. HOW TO ENTER: To participate in the contest, simply send us your tastiest vegetarian or vegan party recipes in the following categories: Starters and Sides, Entrées, and Desserts. Recipes should call for no more than 10 ingredients (salt, pepper, water, and cooking spray are freebies) and must include at least one product from the sponsors listed. The entry deadline is April 30, 2014. Entries must be submitted at vegetariantimes.com/recipecontest. Entry must be accurately completed or will be voided. Limit 1 recipe per person.


All entries must be received by 11:59 pm PST April 30, 2014


4. ELIGIBILITY: Vegetarian Times Reader Recipe Contest is open only to legal residents of the continental United States and the District of Columbia who as of time of entry are 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of the Sponsor, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and agents, and foregoing employees’ household or immediate family members (defined as parent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparent) are NOT eligible to enter the contest.


5. JUDGING PROCEDURE: Eligible recipes will include the use of at least one ingredient or kitchen tool from the list of sponsored products below. (Salt, pepper, cooking spray, and water are freebies —you don’t have to count them in your 10 ingredients). Recipes will be judged on originality, taste, ease of preparation, presentation and use of one or more sponsor(s) product. Recipes must be original, vegetarian or vegan, and previously unpublished elsewhere. Any recipe that includes a non-vegetarian product (ex. chicken broth, ground beef) will be automatically disqualified.


Sponsor(s) product is defined as:

  • Now Real Food
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • BelGioloso Vegetarian Friendly Italian Cheeses
  • Chatfeild’s Allergen Safe and Premium Baking Ingredients
  • Florida Crystals Organic Sugar
  • Amore Italian Cooking Pastes & Herb and Natural Spritzers
  • Silk® Soymilk, Silk Pure Almond® almondmilk, & Silk Pure Coconut™ coconut milk
  • Go Veggie Lactose Free or Dairy Free Products
  • Eden Foods


Winning recipes will be chosen by editors of Vegetarian Times and will be published in the November 2014 issue of Vegetarian Times.


(3) first place winners, one in each recipe category, will receive (1) $500 cash prize.


Each contest prize is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor in the event that a prize (or portion thereof) cannot be awarded for any reason in which case, Sponsor will at their sole discretion award a prize (or portion thereof) of equal or greater value. Each winner is solely responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes (including where applicable sales tax) due for their awarded prize, as well as all expenses not listed herein related to acceptance and use of their awarded prize. Subject to the conditions herein, the prizes will be awarded.


NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified by email on or around May 15, 2014.


MISCELLANEOUS: All submissions will become the sole property of Active Interest Media, which may reprint or otherwise exploit the entry in any manner, in any media. By submitting the entry, you agree that your name, voice, likeness and biographical data may be used by Active Interest Media for promotional and advertising purposes without compensation, unless prohibited by law. By participating in this contest, entrants and winner agree to abide by all contest rules and by decision of judges. Entrants and winner also agree to release Active Interest Media, and affiliated companies, and their respective agents, representatives, officers, directors and employees, from and against any claim, liability, loss or expense of any kind resulting from entry or participation in the contest or acceptance or use of the prize. Within seven (7) days of notification postmark must correctly complete, execute and return as directed an Affidavit, Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement including where lawful, a Publicity Release (plus any additional documents required at the discretion of Sponsor).


SPONSOR: Vegetarian Times, 2520 55th Street, Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80301


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I submitted my entry but I was not able to send my photo. How do you get judged on presentation?

Jennifer - 2014-05-01 02:52:38

Does fresh squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest count as 2 ingredients or 1?

SAH - 2014-05-01 01:13:04

How will I know my entry has been received?

Amy McGinnis - 2014-04-29 21:44:42

One recipe total, or one per category...

Joann - 2014-04-23 23:39:29

Your reader recipe rules specify that to entry you must live in the continental US. But did you realize that Hawaii is a state & has been since 1959? Why is Hawaii discriminated against in this contest?We are US citizens out here.

Debbie Gabe - 2014-04-23 17:14:45

Does not published elsewhere include the recipe creator's blog?

Anne - 2014-04-22 21:29:08

Since the recipes will be judged on presentation, is there a way to submit a photo of the recipe?

maria - 2014-04-13 04:00:09

You know it's really disappointing to never include Canadians in the contests when Canadian contests allow Americans. We have this product too!

Marisa - 2014-04-04 22:04:40

Hi Gilda and Paul, the correct number is 10 ingredients. I've fixed the typo above. Thanks!

vt_editor - 2014-04-02 15:54:51

I also question the 10 vs. 8 ingredients. Which is the correct number?

Paul VanSavage - 2014-04-02 14:37:30

Are eggs allowed in these recipes?

Amy - 2014-03-11 14:51:20

I have a question about the number of ingredients. In the How to Enter section you state no more than 10 ingredients. In the judging procedure section, it is stated that salt, pepper, water and cooking spray are not counted in your eight ingredients. I am little confused as to how many ingredients are allowed. Please respond. Thanks.

Gilda Lester - 2014-02-21 19:44:23

Are Canadians eligible to join this contest?

Marisa - 2014-02-13 23:20:09