|Amazon Customers Have Spoken, Choosing Rhiannon D. as the Winner of the ''Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest''|
Rhiannon D. Wins Grand Prize Trip to London for a Weekend With JK Rowling's Rare Book "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" (security guards included)
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2008--Thousands of votes were cast by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) customers around the world, and today Amazon revealed 16 year old Rhiannon D., of Australia, as the winner of the "Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest." As the grand prize winner, Rhiannon and a guest will receive a weekend trip to London along with complete access to J.K. Rowling's rare book, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" (security guards included). Launched in April, the Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest challenged Muggles age 13 and older to creatively answer one of three Harry Potter-related questions (in 100 words or less).
"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 following is Rhiannon's winning submission:
When I was six, he was eleven
But growing up with Harry taught me, mostly, how to read.
"The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is one of seven, handwritten and illustrated copies by J.K. Rowling, which Amazon purchased at auction in December 2007 for $4 million. The proceeds of the purchase benefited The Children's Voice, Ms. Rowling's charity for orphaned children around the world.
The Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest was sponsored by Amazon Services, LLC. For full contest rules and frequently asked questions about the Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest, visit www.amazon.com/beedleballads or www.amazon.co.uk/beedleballads.
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