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Scholastic Announces Children's Essay Contest to Win Trip to "Beedle the Bard" Release Party

Posted by: sue
October 20, 2008, 10:12 AM

As a follow to what we first reported below, Scholastic, the US publishers of the Harry Potter novels, have now formally announced a Children's Essay Contest to win a trip to Scotland for the release of  The Tales of Beedle the Bard. This contest, open to children ages 8-17 and begins today, requires the entrant to write a "an essay of 200 words or less describing how they have helped others. Because so many kids today are taking an interest in helping others in their schools, communities and around the world, the Scholastic contest gives them an opportunity to write about causes they care about and what they've done to make a difference."

Five winners and their parents/guardians will win an all expenses trip to Edinburgh, Scotland for the release party on December 4 at the National Library of Scotland. The press release also notes that  "the extraordinary celebration will be a children's tea party with 250 children. J.K. Rowling will read from "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" and then take part in a Q&A session hosted by Barry Cunningham, publisher of The Chicken House(R) and Rowling's first editor."

To enter, CLICK HERE. This contest run now until 5 p.m. EST on October 30. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States with a valid U.S. passport and between ages 8-17. Each winner will have to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who must also have a valid U.S. passport and be available to travel with the winner.

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1st post! SCOTLAND! YAY!
The link to enter doesn’t work.

Posted by Skye on October 20, 2008, 06:42 PM report to moderator

OMG! That would be so fun! no way!

Posted by lunaluu on October 20, 2008, 07:21 PM report to moderator
Confederate Lady

That is fantastic! Makes me want to live in Scotland and be between the ages of 8 & 17. [Alas…I don’t even begin to qualify] I’m thinking about having my own “release party”….not as nifty as this, but fun. And both Adults and Children. In stead of a “write an essay” thing, we’re just going to discuss and take turns reading the Tales. [all to be recorded, audio, naturally] You go, Jo and Scholastic! what better way to celebrate a literary event!

Posted by Confederate Lady on October 20, 2008, 07:28 PM report to moderator

Im gonna enter!!
Link to enter isn’t working.

Posted by harryspetdonkey on October 20, 2008, 07:52 PM report to moderator

OMG!! That would be amazing.
BUT the contest is only open to the US, not Canadians :(
how sad.

Posted by Jessica on October 20, 2008, 07:53 PM report to moderator

What are you guys talking about? The link is working.

Posted by Natalia on October 20, 2008, 08:29 PM report to moderator

WOOT! So glad to be 17 :D And work with little girl scouts. [I hope that counts, I mean IT SHOULD. I’m an assistant girl scouts leader afterall __ ] Hopefully I win crosses fingers

Posted by 13_lucky_charms on October 20, 2008, 08:37 PM report to moderator

i’m totally entering!!! yay for helping water-deprived people in Africa!!

Posted by WannabeWeasly on October 20, 2008, 09:11 PM report to moderator

i’m totally entering!!! yay for helping water-deprived people in Africa!!

Posted by WannabeWeasly on October 20, 2008, 09:11 PM report to moderator

Noooo! I’m 18 :`(

Posted by potterhead23 on October 20, 2008, 11:37 PM report to moderator

entering as we speak!!

Posted by Lindsay on October 21, 2008, 01:16 AM report to moderator

I’d love to enter, and I fit the age requirement, but I haven’t done anything worthy of winning in my life :(

Posted by IsinMoon on October 21, 2008, 02:00 AM report to moderator

Only US residents… :-( I wish I could enter…

Posted by Prenz on October 21, 2008, 06:54 AM report to moderator

only U.S. residents? wahh! i live like an half an hour from scotland, yet i cant enter? (north england, just below the border!)

Posted by jenn on October 21, 2008, 10:57 AM report to moderator

I imagine there will be Amazon and Bloomsbury (and other publishers?) competitions announced shortly, and some of those might be open to those at the far north of England, or the Edinburgh Evening News ballot might be open more generally. I think it is most likely that the competitions will be restricted to children though.

Posted by roonwit on October 21, 2008, 12:02 PM report to moderator
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