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    Send us an essay describing your favorite book and what it taught you about a specific place, event or period of time.  Eight (8) Grand Prize winners will have their essay story posted on this website for one (1) year, AND will receive one (1) copy of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY signed by co-author Annie Barrows! Click here for details, official contest rules, and restrictions….

    Open to legal residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older as of August 31st, 2009. Contest ends August 31st, 2009.
    Enter online at any time beginning at 12:00 Midnight, Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT), August 1, 2009 through 11:59 PM, (EDT), August 31, 2009, by emailing with the subject line “Guernsey Essay” and attach an essay of no more than 450 words about your favorite book and what it taught you about a specific place, event or period of time. You must include your name, age, mailing address and valid email address along with your original contest submission (English language only; 450 words or less. Limit one entry per person. Only entries submitted electronically in accordance with these rules will be eligible for consideration. Mechanically reporduced entries not accepted. All entries become the property of Random House, Inc. (“Sponsor”) upon submission. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Contest void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. Entries received from persons residing in geographic areas in shich entry is no permissinble will be disqualified.
    Publisher/author is not responsible for lost/late/misdirected entries or computer malfunctions.
    Eight (8) Grand Prize Winners will be chosen by the Sponsor’s Marketing Department for having the most creativity and the best writing style. Winners will be picked from all eligible entries on or about September 1st ,2009.The decision of the judges will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.
    Eight (8) Grand Prize – winners will have their essay story posted on the books website, for one (1) year, AND will receive one (1) copy of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY signed by co-author Annie Barrows in trade paperback format (ISBN: 978-0-385-34100-4). (Approximate retail value of prizes: $112.00.)

    Open to legal residents of the U.S., who are 18 years of age or older as of August 31, 2009. Employees of Random House, Inc., (including Random House’s parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and agencies) and immediate families and persons living in the same household of such employees are not eligible.
    All Prize Winners must be 18 years of age or older. Noncompliance with any condition will result in disqualification and selection of an alternate Winner. Grand Prize Winner will be notified by e-mail on or about September 4, 2009. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable, or failure of potential winners to accept a prize, respondto notification attempts or return completed releases within required timeframe may result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected at Sponsor’s discretion. No transfer/cash substitution of prize permitted. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if, at any time following selection of the winners, any portion of the prizes become unavailable for any reason. Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as rewarded. Winners will be required to execute affidavits of eligibility, liability releases, warranty and indemnification releases and, except where prohibited by law, use of name or likeness releases and return them within seven (7) days of issuance. Winners will be required to execute an agreement confirming, for the benefit of Sponsor, the winner’s conveyance of copyright in the entry to Sponsor. Publisher/author reserves the right to post, remove and/or modify this contest on the Internet at any time. Publisher/author reserves the right to disqualify entries from anyone tampering with the Internet entry process. If, for any reason, the contest or any drawing is not capable of running as planned by reason of damage by computer virus, worms, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, technical limitations or failures, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Publisher/author, could compromise, undermine or otherwise affect the Official Rules, administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the contest, the Publisher/author reserves the right and absolute discretion to modify these Official Rules and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. In the event of termination or cancellation, the Winners will be selected from all eligible entries received before termination. Publisher/author assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to the site. Publisher/author is not responsible for injury or damage to any computer, other equipment, or person relating to or resulting from participation in the contest, or from downloading materials or accessing the site. Contest is subject to applicable laws and regulations in U.S. Participants release the Publisher/author, its agencies, and assigns from any liability and/or loss resulting from participation in contest or acceptance or use of any prize. By their entry, participants fully and unconditionally agree to these rules and judges decisions, which are final and binding. By acceptance of prize, Winners agree to rules and Publisher’s/author’s use of their name/likeness for commercial purposes without notification / compensation, except where prohibited by law.
    For the names of the Winners, available after September 30, 2009, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by September 15, 2009 to: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Contest Winners, 1745 Broadway, 22nd Floor, NY, NY 10019, Attn: Rochelle Clark.
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    11 Responses to “Enter THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY Essay Contest!”

    1. Jane Squires says:

      I have always wanted to write and maybe this will be my chance to try. I wish I could submit right now but I have time to work on it and will submit an essay. Even if I don’t win, I will have had the experience of writing. I am reading an excellent book right now that would work for it but also have others I’ve read. I am a reviewer so read about some interesting places and events. Now if I can only successfully put them on paper.

    2. D.Jane Bartlett says:

      A delightful idea which I will share with my book club friends in hopes some will take up keyboard and enter. My grief is that Mary Ann Shaffer died without sharing with us all those stories that were surely within her creative brain. That she wrote and Annie Barrows completed “Guernsey” is a joy for those of us who invest ourselves in the writing of others and live with the characters they create, if only briefly.

    3. heather says:

      My sister lent me the book to read and I loved it. We have even made Potato Peel Pie twice in the last week and have almost perfected our recipe for it. I’ve even been looking at websites for Guernsey.
      I do wish this contest was open to Canadian residents.
      Good luck to all the entrants.

    4. Mary Beth McCurdy says:

      Hi Annie:

      Just finished the book ~~ and LOVED it! I’m sending it on to my Mom, who emigrated from England, after marrying a Canadian soldier.
      (I was also born there just after the war’s end) I’ve never felt such a loss at having a book come to an end. Am already planning a holiday trip to Guernsey, with my Mom.

      One question, for you, Annie ~~~ Why is it only Americans who are eligible for the contests promoted @ the back of the book? That was my only disappointment.

      Your Aunt Mary Anne sounds like someone I would have loved to meet. You look so much alike in the coloured photograph!

      Will definitely be checking out your children’s series, Annie; and will be watching for your next novel too!! Thank you for such a beautiful book.

      Take care, Annie

      Mary Beth (

    5. Jeff says:

      While I thoroughly enjoyed “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” I was disappointed that the authors made no reference to the anti-semetic laws The States passed during the German occupation and the aissistance the islanders gave the Germans in deoporting the island’s Jews.

    6. Helen Dubois says:

      I really loved the book having purchased it originally to give to a friend who was having surgery and needed small books to read in recovery. She retured the book to me and when I read it I purchased 6 copies to give away at Christmas time. The copy I currently have is on loan to a friend whose book club had featured it this month. I was moved deeply by the simple story and intrigued by the the history of Guernsey which I will follow up. It was very sad Mary Ann Schaffer did not live to see the results of her work. This was one book among just a few that I hated seeing come to an end. Yes I have read it. My thanks to Annie Barrows.

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