In each issue of The New Yorker, a “Cartoon Caption Contest” is published on the last editorial page of the issue (the “Contest”). These rules apply to each Contest.
Each new Contest begins seven (7) days before the date on the cover of the issue of The New Yorker (the “Cover Date”) and ends at 11:59 P.M. E.T. on the Sunday before the Cover Date. For issues having Cover Dates that span two weeks, the Contest for those weeks ends at 11:59 P.M. E.T. on the Sunday before the later date on the cover. For the exact date of entry for the current Contest, please refer to the entry-form page.
To enter online, fill in the information on the page entitled “Enter Contest” and include a caption of 250 characters or less for the featured cartoon (the “Submission”). To enter using Instagram, comment on the cartoon posted on @newyorkermag, using the hashtag #MyNewYorkerCaption, for your caption to be considered as an official entry (a “Submission”) in the contest. One entry per person, e-mail address, or Instagram account. Anyone age thirteen or over can enter, except employees, agents, or representatives of Sponsor or any other party associated with the development or administration of the Contest, or any member of their immediate family.
Entries or votes that are lost, late, misdirected, garbled, or incompletely received, for any reason, including by reason of hardware, software, browser, or network failure, malfunction, congestion, or incompatibility at the Web site or elsewhere, are not the responsibility of the Sponsor, and will not be eligible. In the event of a dispute, entries/votes will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address at time of entry. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry or voting process, the operation of the Web site, or otherwise in violation of the rules. Use of bots or other automated processes to vote or enter is not allowed and may result in disqualification at Sponsor’s discretion. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or modify any Contest not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure, voter fraud, or technical failures of any sort. Sponsor is not responsible for errors in the administration or fulfillment of this Contest, including, without limitation, mechanical, human, printing, distribution, or production errors, and may modify this Contest based upon such error at its sole discretion without liability and where circumstances make this unavoidable.
Entrants represent and warrant that their Submission is their original work, it has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entity.
All entry materials become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. The copyright in any Submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but, in exchange for the possibility of publication of the Submission in The New Yorker, entry in this Contest constitutes entrant’s irrevocable, perpetual permission and consent to Sponsor and others authorized by Sponsor, without compensation or attribution, (i) to use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, communicate to the public, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, or display the Submission and the entrant’s name and city and state for editorial, advertising, commercial, and publicity purposes, in any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world; (ii) to do (or omit to do) any acts in respect of the Submission which may otherwise constitute an infringement of the entrant’s moral rights; and (iii) to edit, adapt, and modify the Submission. Except to the extent prohibited by law, Sponsor excludes from these official rules all conditions, warranties, and terms implied by statute, general law, or custom. Each entrant releases and discharges the Sponsor, the judges, any party associated with the development or administration of the Contest, their employees, agents, or representatives, or any of their parents, subsidiaries, or affiliates from any and all liability in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, legal claims, costs, losses or damages, demand, or actions of any kind.
Three finalists will be selected from each Contest by a member or members of the editorial staff of The New Yorker (the “Judge(s)”). All three finalists’ captions will be published on the Cartoon Caption Contest page, along with each finalist’s name and city and state, two issues after submissions are received. In the event two or more valid entries contain the identical caption (including punctuation) and are selected as a finalist, the entry that was first received by the Sponsor will be deemed as the finalist, and the other entries will not be included as a finalist. All decisions of the Judge(s) in all matters relating to the Contest are final and binding.
The winner of each Contest will be the person whose caption received the greatest number of valid votes (“Votes”) from the public and who satisfies all of the rules (“Qualified Winner”). Anyone thirteen or over can vote, except employees, agents, or representatives of Sponsor or any member of their immediate family. Void where prohibited. One Vote per person and one Vote per e-mail address. Please click on “Vote for Your Favorite” for details on how to vote for particular finalists and on the deadlines for voting.
The Judge(s) will tabulate the Votes and announce the winner on the Cartoon Caption Contest page.