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Twenty Semi-Finalists Revealed in the Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest; Customers Have One Week to Vote and Determine the Two Finalists Who Will Face off for the Grand Prize

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 2008--After receiving thousands of submissions from around the world, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the 20 semi-finalists of the Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest (, The contest challenged Muggles ages 13 and older to creatively answer one of three Harry Potter-related questions (in 100 words or less), for the chance to win a weekend trip for two to London, England with "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" (security guards included). The book 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 20 semi-finalists (in alphabetical order by first name, and split into two age groups) are:

          Age Group 13-17                 Age Group 18 and Older
           Semi-finalists                      Semi-finalists
    -----------------------------     --------------------------------
1.  Alfie M., 13, Cambridgeshire, 1.  Deb P., Cairns, Australia
2.  Carolyn A., 15, Berkshire,    2.  Debra M., Riverside, Ill.,
     England                           United States
3.  Hayley M., 16, London,        3.  Graeme N., Saanich, B.C., Canada
4.  Julia C., 15, Bedford,        4.  Jennifer S., Mainz, Germany
5.  Lucie C., 14, Devon, England  5.  John O., Norfolk, England
6.  Megan S., 14, Singleton,      6.  Kay D., Bellevue, Wash., United
     England                           States
7.  Nicole M., 15, Eagle, Ida.,   7.  Laura C., Essex, England
     United States
8.  Rachael C., 16, Milton        8.  Laura H., Fresno, Calif., United
     Keynes, England                   States
9.  Rhiannon D., 16, Jones Hill,  9.  Nicole D., Somerset, N.J.,
     Australia                         United States
10. Richard D., 13, Devon,        10. Rebecca W., Gloucestershire,
     England                           England

Customers now have one week to vote for their favorite semi-finalist submission in each age group by logging on to or The first round of customer voting begins today and closes on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. The entry in each age group with the most votes will move on to become one of two finalists who will compete for the grand prize.

In the final phase, Amazon customers will have one more opportunity to vote for their favorite submission to determine the grand prize winner of the trip to London and weekend with "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." The two finalists will be announced in mid-May. In addition to being eligible for the grand prize, each of the finalists will receive a $1,000 gift certificate redeemable at The grand prize winner is slated to be announced on May 22.

To read the semi-finalist entries and vote for your favorite Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest submissions visit or

The Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest is sponsored by Amazon Services, LLC. For full contest rules and frequently asked questions about the Amazon Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest, visit or

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