July 31, 2003 at 9:37 PM ET
The Leaky Cauldron (via The Sugar Quill)
The Sugar Quill and Markets Initiative are hosting a contest allowing participants the chance to showcase their Harry Potter fan-fiction writing skills (because all submissions will be posted on The Sugar Quill) at the same time promoting the preservation of our ancient and endangered forests, as stated in the contest details:
Goal of the Mission
Following are all of the terms of the mission, to use your vivid imagination to write a short story inspired by the Harry Potter series and the following statement by J.K. Rowling:
The forest at Hogwarts is home to magical creatures like unicorns and centaurs. Because the Canadian editions are printed on Ancient-Forest Friendly paper, the Harry Potter books are helping to save magnificent forests in the Muggle world, forests that are home of magical animals such as Orangutans, Wolves and Bears. It's a good idea to respect ancient trees, especially if they have a temper like the Whomping Willow. -- JK Rowling (Canadian edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
Terms of the mission
- Appropriately, this story must take place in the Forbidden Forest.
- It must include at least one character from the five published Harry Potter books.
- It must include at least one creature that is found either in the first five published Harry Potter books OR Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. For reference purposes, you may want to visit The Bestiary at the HP Lexicon.
- The story must not contradict information in the first five published Harry Potter books.
- The story may be no longer than 1,000 words. That's two rolls of parchment, with a little extra room for all the Hermiones out there.
- The story must be acceptable for reading by any age group. The Sugar Quill will only post stories it feels are appropriate with regard to age of writer, content of material, etc.
- You may submit a story in any of the following categories: Romance, Humor, Angst, General, and Drama.
- This contest is open to everyone, providing you are 13 years of age or older (and just you remember what happened to the twins, when they tried to cross that age line!)
- All stories must reach us by August 8, 2003, 9 AM EST (Judging will take place throughout the month of August. Results will be posted no later than August 31, 2003). Stories may be sent to us anytime before August 8, 2003.
It sounds like quite a challenge. Good luck to those participating.