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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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I am to old to enter but if the winner needs a chaperone I am available. Passport and time off and ready to go at a moments notice :-)

Posted by mike on October 21, 2008, 06:12 PM report to moderator

It’s about time! I was beginning to think that people had forgotten about the half of the teens now who STARTED reading Potter when they were 8 and 9 and 10. It seems like every contest nowadays is for little children in elementary school and adults. I have hated the feeling of being left out when I’ve grown up my childhood with Harry Potter. Well I just turned 17 so I guess I can enter if it’s good enough

Posted by Amanda on October 21, 2008, 11:58 PM report to moderator
Laurel x

That would be soooo cool and the 4th of Dec is my 15th Birthday.
But I haven’t really done anything that deserves a place. Would helping out at my local Brownies count??
And I’m in England why is it only open in the USA?
Or is it open to the English?

Laurel xx

Posted by Laurel x on October 25, 2008, 04:27 PM report to moderator

I live 40 mins away from edinburgh (dundee) and yet i cant enter!? i this a joke or have i misread? :S

Posted by StefanoM on October 25, 2008, 09:18 PM report to moderator

Why Whyyyy is it only open to people in the US! :(

Posted by 11magicmel11 on October 26, 2008, 06:30 PM report to moderator

crap! i’m eighteen.

Posted by courtney on October 28, 2008, 10:47 AM report to moderator

THIS contest is only open to the U.S. because Scholastic is the U.S. publisher. Rowling herself said that other kids could win tickets through Bloomsbury and Amazon also so visit those sites to continue trying if you’re outside the U.S.

Although I still think that it’s going to be 17 and under :/ sorry guys

Posted by Amanda on October 28, 2008, 09:29 PM report to moderator

The winners were supossed to be posted on November 14th, but i can’t find it posted anywhere. I worked very hard on my submission. Does anybody know where the winners are listed? it is not on as it said on the scholastic site.

Posted by Stephanie on November 17, 2008, 07:41 PM report to moderator
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