Thanks for alerting me to the fact that our NLT contest was open only to U.S. residents. I agree with your concerns. Obviously we did not intend to be ethnocentric. As my colleague [L.B.] indicates below, we were simply trying to be conservative regarding some costs. We have now changed the rules to make the program open to essentially anyone in the world (with certain legal restrictions).
All the best.
And this is an earlier email to Mark from one of Tyndale’s NLT promotional employees:
Here is the link to the revised rules: http://biblecontest.newlivingtranslation.com/contestrulesandconditionss2.php
The part that will seem strange about this is a few restrictions on specific countries. This is due to Facebook’s rules (see section 2: http://www.facebook.com/promotions_guidelines.php) that a contest cannot be run or promoted on Facebook if the contest is open to participants from those countries. There is also a restriction which states that residents of Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, or US territories cannot enter. That is because of laws specific to those places.
The original decision to restrict participation to those living in the US was simply because of shipping costs, as we will be shipping nearly 50 prizes. But we do agree that it’s the better decision to make it more generally available, despite impact on our budget.