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Tasty Tomes Winner!

August 28, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

Harry Potter CookbookWe had lots of delicious entries for our final Win a Book contest, where we asked you to tell us about  your favourite food description in a book. J.K. Rowling's writings of magical meals proved to be popular, and our winning entry from M.P. talked about some of their favourite discussions of dinner from the Harry Potter Series:

J.K Rowling puts a lot of food scenes in his books! I like the one where the students at Hogwarts drink pumpkin juice, and butter beer, she describes them so much! Even in the hunger games!

Congratulations, M.P! We'll be sending you a book shortly for your prize-winning entry! Those of you with eReaders might want to check out The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook for more culinary inspiration.

Thanks to everyone else who participated! Remember, there's still one more chance to win a Word Out prize this summer! Enter our end-of-summer survey and tell us what you liked (or even what you hated!) about Word Out this year, for a chance to win an eReader.


Paranormal Contest Winner!

August 27, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (2)

VarneythevampireThere are some seriously talented and imaginative writers out there who participate in Word Out! We were blown away by all of your entries for the Use Your Paranormal Imagination Contest, where you were asked to describe a way for vampires to be created and killed.

Choosing a winner was no easy task, but at the end of the day, we decided to award the prize to Rrrrrrr, for their amazing short story about Katie. Congratulations! You'll be recieving some prizes shortly!

You can check out Rrrrrrr's entry after the break. Remember, there's still one more chance to win a prize, by entering our end-of-summer survey to let us know what you thought of Word Out this year!


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The Writing Challenge is Almost Over!

August 22, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

The Word Out Creative Writing Challenge is almost over! You've only until the 11:59 PM on Saturday August 25th to submit your entries! After that we'll be picking some winners to give a whole pile of awesome prizes to.

So if you haven't entered yet, get your write on and submit a poem, short story, one-act-play or whatever before time runs out!

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Use Your Paranormal Imagination! Contest

August 20, 2012 | Thanusa | Comments (10)

VarneythevampireDo you stay up all night with books about the paranormal? Have you read through Twilight or The Vampire Diaries series more than once? Do you ever think of maybe writing your own vampire series?

If so, this contest is right for you!

Submit a comment explaining how the vampires in your series would be created and destroyed.

The most creative submission will win a big Vampire Diaries canvas bag and a hardcover copy of the book, Tempest, by Julie Cross.

A couple of rules:

  1. Only one entry per person
  2. You have to enterby 11:59 PM on Friday August 24 2012 to be eligible to win.
  3. Make sure to send us your email, or else we can't contact you to let you know you've won!

Good Luck!

We've got a Noisy Winner!

August 17, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

The BeatlesThanks to all of you who submitted an entry for our Win a book - Loud Literature contest! We had some great entries, and we're happy to announce our winner!

Sabrina let us know how much of a fan of the Fab Four she was, when she wrote to let us know about "The Beatles" by Hunter Davies:

Despite not exactly being apart of the audience that comes to mind when you think of the Beetles, I have always idolized John Lennon! Since as long as I can remember I've always been a Beetles fan, and like many I could make the claim I'm their biggest fan but in truth I’m more likely to be their youngest fan. This is why my absolute favourite book about/with a featured musician is "The Beetles" by Hunter Davis.

So, thanks Sabrina for your awesome entry, and to everyone else who submitted to the contest! Remember, Word Out fans, there are still a few prizes to be won this summer, so send in your entries!

One is Not Enough -- Contest!

August 14, 2012 | Alice | Comments (29)

Trilogies. Series. We love them for the extended involvement with a story, the familiarity of the characters, the way one character can have several adventures or one very satisfyingly long quest. But at the same time... they drive us nuts. Trying to get our hands on the next one in the right order, or even worse, waiting for it to be published!  How many times have you been waiting for that next one when you really, REALLY wanted it in your hands right. now?

Such wicked intentLuckily, those of you who have read or are planning to read This Dark Endeavour won't have to wait for the second part, because it was just published on Sunday! I really enjoyed the first part, so I'm feeling very lucky that I was able to get hold of an advance copy of part two, Such Wicked Intent, and I'll be talking about it later this week! For one of you lucky people, though, getting it won't be hard either, because we're going to hand one right to you.

Yep, it's a contest!

So here's the deal -

Tell me what series has kept you waiting impatiently for the next installment. (Just one entry each, please!)

I'll pick a winner by Friday night, so get your answers in by Thursday (August 16th) at midnight, and be sure to include your email address when you reply, so I can let you know if you've won.

Can't wait to hear your answers!

Win a book #5: Tasty Tomes

August 12, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (17)

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Like books?
Why not win a free one!


Do Murakami's meals make your mouth water? Do you spend all your time reading cookbooks? Were you disappointed that the Hunger Games wasn't about some bizarre dieting phenomenon?

In 50 words or less, tell us about the most delicious description of food you've read, and you might win a prize.

Don't forget to include your email so we can contact you if you win!

Winner selected by random draw.
Only one entry per person.

Contest closes Saturday August 25th, at 11:59 PM

Win a Book #3 Winner!

July 30, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

The outsidersThe winner of a book for telling us about their saddest story is....

...(Drumroll please)....

ADDY! Congratulations for telling us about how sad you thought The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton is.

The Outsiders by: S.E Hinton. This was definately one of the saddest books I ever read. All throughout the book; Johnny Cade lived with an abusive family and no one to love him, other tha his friends or "gang", and would sometimes wish he was dead. He died saving children from a fire and explained to Ponyboy, that "He didn't want to die anymore."

Thanks for your entry Addy, and to everyone else who let us know about the sad, sad stories they love to read. Remember! There are lots more contests this summer, so keep checking back to Word Out for your chance to share your thoughts, and maybe win a prize or two!

Win a book #4: Loud Literature

July 29, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (7)

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Like books?
Why not win a free one!

Aspire to geek out in a record shop like the characters in High Fidelity? Did Beyonce's Biography totally inspire you? Or are you more into that Mozart guy in Amadeus?

In 50 words or less, tell us about the best time a musician has shown up in a book you've read, and you might win a prize.

Don't forget to include your email so we can contact you if you win!

Winner selected by random draw.
Only one entry per person.

Contest closes Saturday August 11th, at 11:59 PM

We have some Big Big Big winners!

July 28, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

S-walter-stewart-library-01So what does that "S" stand for? We know that this is the question that's been haunting you for the last two weeks, so we've decided to spill. The S. in S Walter Stuart stands for...


(No, we're not kidding).

Congratulations to Danielle who correctly identified the S and was chosen by random draw.

Also, congratulations to Brian, who came up with the winning creative/funny answer, for suggesting that the "S" stood for Super Fly Walter Stewart. Brian, we'll be taking your suggestion to the next library board meeting.

Way to go winners! Everyone else, remember that there are tons more excellent contests for you to enter over the summer! So keep those creative juices flowing and maybe you'll win a prize or two yourself!

My Curved Border

Thanks for entering for the Toronto FC tickets. A winner has been selected at random and will be contacted! Congrats.