New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas

Official Rules



IMPORTANT: Please read these Official Rules before entering the David Mitchell Trivia Night Contest (the “Contest”), presented by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC (“Sponsor”). By entering the Contest, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. These Official Rules shall govern in the event of any inconsistency with other Contest-related materials.


ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. All federal, state, and local regulations apply. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED. Employees of Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, and agencies, and their immediate family members and persons living in their household are not eligible to enter the Contest.

ENTRY PERIOD: Registration begins at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) on June 29, 2020, and ends at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time) on July 13, 2020.

HOW TO ENTER: Participating bookstores will each host a virtual David Mitchell Trivia Night Contest event on July 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Eastern Time). Each participating store will use the same trivia questions and judging criteria. Select one participating store and register for that store’s event to compete in the Contest. Entrants who register with multiple stores or attempt to attend multiple events will be disqualified.

During the Contest, all trivia answers must be submitted in the comments section of the video communications platform.

See the full list of participating stores and their registration links at

In the event of a dispute, entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address used for entry. Automated entries are prohibited, and any use of automated devices will result in disqualification. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information by entrants; lost or late entries or transmissions; interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections; scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, or electronic, technical malfunctions of any computer hardware, software, or any combinations thereof; or problems associated with any virus or any other damage caused to entrants’ systems. Incomplete or illegible entries will be voided. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

Submissions including photographs may not include obscene, offensive or inappropriate (in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion) material or defame any person, or otherwise infringe on any person’s proprietary rights. If you are submitting a photograph, you must have permission from the photographer (or be the photographer yourself) and have permission from any persons who appear in the photo before submitting it.

PRIVACY POLICY: All information submitted in connection with entry to this Contest shall be governed by Sponsor’s privacy policy (at By entering this Contest, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to this privacy policy.


One (1) Grand Prize Winner will have their name, as they’d like it spelt, incorporated into a future David Mitchell book published by Sponsor (Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value: $160.00). Sponsor is not responsible for how the Winner’s name will be used. David Mitchell will have sole discretion over how, where, and how often the name appears in the book. In the event that the book is not published by Sponsor within the next five (5) years, Winner will receive a selection of David Mitchell’s backlist titles, selected by Sponsor, as an alternate prize (Alternate Prize Approximate Retail Value: $160.00).

No transfer or cash or other substitution of all or part of a prize is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute the prize or prize component with another of comparable or greater value. Any and all taxes on the prize will be the responsibility of the winners. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any delays, damage in the delivery of the prize, and/or loss of any prize in connection with delivery of the prize via mail. In the event that there is an insufficient number of eligible entries, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prizes.


Finalists Selection: For each question, points will only be awarded to the person who is the first to answer correctly, judged at the discretion of the participating bookstores and Sponsor. Each participating store will select one (1) Trivia Night Winner (each individually a “Finalist” and collectively the “Finalists”) on or about July 13, 2020. The Finalists are the persons with the highest points. Sponsor will contact Finalists on or about July 16, 2020.

Winner Selection: On or about July 27, 2020, Finalists will compete in a second round of trivia via a virtual event. For each question, points will only be awarded to the person who is the first to answer correctly, judged at the discretion of Sponsor. The Grand Prize Winner will be the person with the highest points. One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected on or about July 27, 2020.

The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to the selection of the finalists and winners, and in regard to all matter relating to this Contest, shall be final and binding. Winners will be notified via email and must respond to email notification within ten (10) days of receipt. Winners may also be required to complete, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. Noncompliance with these conditions may result in forfeiture of the Prize, and Sponsor reserves the right to select alternate winners in such circumstance. If winner notification of the Prize is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor may, at its discretion, select an alternate winner.

DISCLAIMERS: By competing in this Contest and/or accepting the prize, entrants agree that Sponsor, and its respective parent companies, assigns, subsidiaries and affiliates, and advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and all of their respective employees, officers and directors will have no liability whatsoever, and will be held harmless by entrants for any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to person and property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the prizes, or participation in this Contest. By accepting a prize, each Winner consents and grants Sponsor a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free license to use their name, city, comments, photographs and/or other likenesses and their entries for publicity, advertising or informational purposes, including without limitation, posting on Sponsor’s Contest website, Facebook pages, Twitter or Instagram accounts, with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law).

Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and by entering the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.

WINNERS LIST: For a list of the Winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope by January 27, 2021 to Jessica Bonet, Random House, Attn: David Mitchell Trivia Night Contest, 1745 Broadway, New York, New York 10019.

SPONSOR: Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 1745 Broadway, New York, New York 10019.