Have A Cuppa With 'Harry Potter' Author J.K. Rowling

J.K. RowlingTime to get out your quills -- J.K. Rowling wants to see if her readers can write. The Harry Potter author is holding an essay contest for her younger fans -- ages 8 through 17 -- in which the winners would be invited to join her for tea.

There are five slots for American winners (and their chaperones) for the all-expense paid trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, in which the essay writers would get to attend the event at the National Library of Scotland on December 4. Rowling would read from "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," which will be published that day, and then take part in a Q&A session with her first editor, Barry Cunningham. A total of 250 children and teens would be present.

So how do you get to be one of the U.S. five? Scholastic, who is sponsoring the contest, is asking fans to write an essay of 200 words or less, describing how they have helped others -- either in their schools, their communities, or around the world. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. EST on October 30.

Rowling is also celebrating the release of "Beedle the Bard" by loaning one of the seven original copies to the New York Public Libary, where it will be on display until January 4. The copy to be on display is the one she gave to her American editor, Arthur A. Levine [LINK http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1564941/20070717/id_0.jhtml], who was one of only six people to get an original copy created, illustrated, and hand-written by Rowling.

What would you ask J.K. Rowling if you had a chance to have tea with her?