Category Archives: Giveaways

The First (Annual?) Mythgard Institute Webathon

The Mythgard Institute was founded in 2011 to bring rigorous, dynamic and interactive educational experiences to students around the world through the latest online course tools while also boasting challenging and engaging classes taught by world-class teachers and leading scholars of literature and language. The Institute’s courses welcome both auditors and students working towards an M.A. degree. Now, two years after this unexpected journey began, Mythgard’s students would like to give something back to this groundbreaking organization.

On Sunday September 22nd, Tolkien Day, Mythgard will host its first-ever student led webathon to support the Mythgard Academy Indiegogo campaign. The Mythgard Academy offers free content on literature and language to everyone in the form of courses, lectures and podcasts. You know how these things work: The more they raise, the more free stuff we all get! There are great perks for the various donation levels, including votes towards what course topics will be offered.

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Hogshead Christmas in July Giveaway!!

As a thank you for sticking with us during our recent hiatus due to nargles and other assorted nasties, we’ve decided to do a giveaway. The prize is a Kobo N647-KBU-B Wireless e-book Reader. It’s an older model and fairly basic but new and unused. Plus, if you win the giveaway, it’s free! 🙂

To enter the giveaway, please comment and tell us how you first found The Hogshead. Also let us know how involved you still are in the Harry Potter fandom. To give everyone who wants to participate plenty of time to do so, the giveaway will run through when this is posted till Monday, July 22nd, at 6 PM Mountain Time. If you would like to check out what Kobo has to offer for books, you may find their bookstore here. At the end of the giveaway, I’ll assign each entry a number and then use a random number generator to pick the winner.

So, thank you again for patronizing the Pub and comment away!!

(Just a brief note, the members of the Blogengamot are, of course, ineligible for the giveaway, but they should also feel free to comment.)

Third Sherlock Contest

Don’t forget that flash fiction entries for the First Sherlock Contest are due by Midnight EST on 8/4–that’s tomorrow!

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ght have missed the Second Sherlock Contest held on Wednesday (congrats again to Chelsey for acing the quiz!). Don’t despair, though, for you have one last opportunity to win a prize. Today is the Third Sherlock Contest of Sherlock Holmes Week here at The Hog’s Head. This one’s a bit simpler, but no less fun . . .

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Second Sherlock Contest

While some of you might be working on your flash fiction entry for the First Sherlock Contest (due by Midnight EST on 8/4), here’s the . .


Second Sherlock Contest, which is a ten-item quiz that tests your general and specific knowledge of part of the Sherlock Holmes corpus. So I hope that you’ve been reading (or re-reading) the Holmes story links that Kris provided earlier this week. Whoever submits the first fully correct quiz by Midnight EST today 8/1 in the comments below will win a Ravensburger Scotland Yard game (with a surprise bit of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia thrown in). Follow us below the jump for the quiz!

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Sherlock Holmes Week

According to this website, today is the first day of the first annual Sherlock Holmes Week, which this year runs from July 30 through August 5. So welcome all of you Sherlockians to a week here at The Hog’s Head that will be filled with Sherlock-related posts and contests (see the First Sherlock Contest rules below the jump)!

This past year has seen a number of tributes to one of literature’s greatest detectives: BBC’s justifiably well-regarded Sherlock series (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman), the second Holmes film Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law), two Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy volumes (one edited by Josef Steiff and the other forthcoming one edited by Philip Tallon and David Baggett).

These represent just a few of the most current highlights of the ongoing, more-than-century-long fascination with all-things-Sherlock. Did you know that . . .

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Harry Potter 8: Contest and Giveaway

West of the Moon

[NB: Deadline extended to 4/4.]

If you follow pub regular Katherine Langrish’s wonderful blog Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, then you already know that Katherine has been travelling round the blogosphere in a virtual book tour [cough] including a guest post at Paradoxes tomorrow [cough].

Her West of the Moon trilogy has just been revised and released in a single volume from HarperCollins. I’m halfway through my own copy and I have to say–it’s breathtaking. A complex, emotional, well-wrought coming-of-age cycle. It’s also about Vikings, but not in the way you’d immediately expect.

So I’m delighted to announce that The Hog’s Head has two signed copies to give away.

Here’s how you get one:

The Harry Potter Franchise is just too good to stop. It’s not enough to hear the author tell us what she thinks happened–we want to read it, and we want to see it, right? Continue reading

Halloween Giveaway!

You can enter today to win one of two great books: A hardcover edition of Where the Wild Things Are, or a now out of print copy of H.P. Lovecraft: The Fiction. As you can see from how expensive the one used copy is, those of us who bought it at the time for $12 are quite happy.

Entering your name for the drawing to win one of the two books is easy: Write in the comments section and tell us what your favorite scary monster from any kind of scary books/movies is (vampire, werewolf, zombie, dementor, etc.), and why.

There is a way to increase your chances of winning: Advertise either or both of my books, Harry Potter & Imagination or Hog’s Head Conversations on your Facebook, Twitter, blog, or any other means of internet communication that you use. Please use the link for each. For every use of media, your name gets entered one more time. So, if you tell us your favorite scary monster and advertise one of my books on Facebook and Twitter, your name has been entered three times. If you advertise both books at the same places, your name has been entered a total of 5 times. You see how quickly you can increase your chances of winning! Make sure you come back here and tell me in the comments what book(s) you advertised and where, or I won’t know you did it! Here are the links to use:

  • Harry Potter & Imagination:
  • Hog’s Head Conversations:

You have until midnight (EST) on Friday, November 6th. Members of the Blogengamot are not eligible for entering. Good luck!

PubCast #71 to be released later today.