We're gearing up for our annual Best Of L.A. issue, but this year, we've got a twist. This year, we don't just want to tell you what we think — we want to hear what you think, too.

Nominate your picks for the city's best dining, shopping, nightlife and more at our new handy-dandy Readers Poll web page. We'll compile the data and announce the winners as part of our Best of L.A. issue October 4 — and pick one lucky voter for free Dodgers tickets, too.

Since this is the first time we're doing this, here's how it works: There are at least a half-dozen items in four different categories where we're asking for your picks: Food & Drink, Arts & Entertainment, Sports & Rec, and Shopping & Services. You can either create an account or log-in through Facebook. (Don't worry; it won't show up on your wall unless you want it to!)

All votes must be received by midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 19. No ballot-box stuffing! (We know it when we see it.) We want your favorites, not an orchestrated PR campaign.

One lucky person who fills out a ballot will be chosen at random to win four tickets to the Dodgers game on Sept. 30. We'll get in touch with the winner at least a week before the game via your log-in, so none of that HeywoodJablome@yahoo.com stuff, OK?

Any questions about how this works? Leave 'em in the Comments section below, and we'll do our best to help you get started.

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