|Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest|
We Have a Winner!
Amazon customers have spoken, and you have chosen Rhiannon D. of Australia as the winner of the Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest, sending her and a friend on a trip for two to London, England and a weekend with The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
A Word from Rhiannon
"I am so thankful and honored for all the votes I received from Amazon customers in this contest. I'm flattered that they felt my entry was worthy enough to win this fantastic prize, said Rhiannon. "I can’t believe I get to read this special book, and can't wait to spend a weekend with Beedle the Bard!"
The Trip of a Lifetime
Enjoy these images from Rhiannon's weekend with The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and read her delightful blog [PDF] from this extraordinary trip, including this excerpt:
"I guess I spent a few hours with the book before calling in the bodyguards to pick it up, at which point Matt freaked me out a little by leaving me a walkie-talkie radio and telling me to notify him immediately if I thought someone was following or climbing in the window ... he described it as a 'low-threat, high-risk' situation .. and here I was thinking the bodyguards were meant to protect the book from me!"
Amazon would like to thank everyone who participated in the Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest, either by submitting one of the thousands of delightful entries we received from all over the world, or by casting their vote in the semifinal or Grand Prize voting round.
Here is the Grand Prize-winning entry, as determined by Amazon customers:
Rhiannon D., age 16, Australia
When I was six, he was eleven
I learnt how to be brave.
When I was seven, he was twelve
I learnt to misbehave.
When I was eight, he was thirteen
He taught me how to cry.
When I was nine, he was fourteen
He showed me how to try.
When I was twelve, and he fifteen
He taught me to forgive.
When we were fourteen and sixteen
I learnt what it was to live.
When we were fifteen and seventeen
He showed me he could bleed.
But growing up with Harry taught me, mostly, how to read.
BEEDLE THE BARD
BALLAD WRITING CONTEST
Please read these Official Rules before entering Amazon Services' Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest (the "Contest"). By submitting an entry into the Contest, you hereby acknowledge that: (A) you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by (I) each of the provisions of these Official Rules and (II) each of the decisions of Amazon Services LLC ("Sponsor") and the panel of judges for the Contest (the "Judges") (all of which decisions shall be final, binding and non-appealable in all respects); and (B) you satisfy each of the eligibility requirements for the Contest, as set forth herein. One "Grand Prize Winner" will be selected to receive a trip for himself/herself and one (1) traveling companion (the "Guest"), such trip to include airfare, lodging and a travel expense allowance to the London, England metropolitan area (the "Destination"), with the Grand Prize winner and his/her Guest to spend a weekend reading Sponsor's copy of the limited edition, handmade book written by J.K. Rowling and entitled "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" (such copy, the "Book") in a hotel at or near the Destination. Details of the Grand Prize and other Contest prizes (collectively, the "Prizes") are described more fully in Section 5 below. Except as otherwise provided in these Official Rules, the criteria to be applied by the Judges in evaluating the literary entries into this Contest are: (1) fifty percent (50%) on originality of idea/creativity, and (2) fifty percent (50%) on writing style ("Judging Criteria").
1. ELIGIBILITY. The Contest is open solely to individuals who, at the time of his/her submission of a Contest entry, are both (a) at least thirteen (13) years of age and (b) legal residents of, and physically located in, one of the following countries: (i) Argentina, (ii) Australia, (iii) Austria, (iv) Belgium, (v) Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), (vi) China, (vii) Denmark, (viii) Finland, (ix) Germany, (x) India, (xi) Ireland, (xii) Japan, (xiii) Luxembourg, (xiv) Malaysia, (xv) The Netherlands, (xvi) New Zealand, (xvii) Norway, (xviii) Romania, (xix) South Africa, (xx) South Korea, (xxi) Sweden, (xxii) Switzerland, (xxiii) the United Kingdom and (xxiv) the United States (i.e., encompassing the fifty (50) states and the District of Columbia, but not any of the United States' territories or possessions). The Contest is void outside of the geographic areas listed in subsections b.(i)-(xxiv) above, and the Contest is void anywhere else where prohibited by law. PLEASE NOTE: If you are (A) under the age of eighteen (18) or (B) a minor in the jurisdiction where you reside, your parent or legal guardian must grant his/her consent for you to be able to enter the Contest. (For purposes of these Official Rules, where you grant us a right, license, or any other type of permission, or where you make a representation or warranty hereunder, "you" means that you are either: (I) a Contest entrant who is eighteen (18) years of age or older and of the age of the majority in the jurisdiction where you reside; or (II) the parent or legal guardian of a Contest entrant who is under the age of eighteen (18) and who is a minor in the jurisdiction where he/she resides, and therefore capable of granting Sponsor rights and permissions on behalf of such Contest entrant.) The Contest is not open to the employees, independent contractors, officers, directors, shareholders, legal advisors or financial advisors of Sponsor or of any of Sponsor's affiliates or of any of Sponsor's advertising/marketing/promotion agencies, or to any of the Judges, or to the immediate family members of (i.e., spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren, regardless of whether living in the same household) or those living in the same household as (regardless of whether related) any such employees, independent contractors, officers, directors, shareholders, legal advisors, financial advisors or Judges. To enter the Contest, you must submit an original, unpublished English-language entry, as described in greater detail in Section 2 below.
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|See the Book|
|The Tales of Beedle the Bard is one of only seven copies, handwritten and illustrated by J.K. Rowling as a complement to the Harry Potter series. Amazon.com purchased The Tales of Beedle the Bard at auction in December 2007, with proceeds of the purchase benefitting Ms. Rowling's charity, The Children's Voice.
Enjoy images of the book and reviews of each of the fairy tales, and join a spirited discussion of all things Beedle on Amazon's The Tales of Beedle the Bard pages.