Saturday, February 14, 2009

Write a Novel and Win $10,000 + Trip to Hongkong

Started in 2007, the Man Asian Literary Prize aims to bring exciting new Asian authors to the attention of the world literary community, facilitate publishing and translation of Asian literature in and into English, and highlight Asia's developing role in world literature. Last year's prize was won by a Filipino writer, Miguel Syjuco, who submitted the novel novel Ilustrado, a fictional account of a young Filipino caught within a notorious scandal spanning over the Philippine history.

Will another Filipino win the Man Asian Literary Prize this year? Give this writing contest a shot and who knows, you might become a literary superstar!


US$10,000 to the winning author

Authors of shortlisted works will be invited to attend the awards ceremony in Hong Kong. The Prize will cover the cost of transportation to and from the author’s country of residency and accommodations while in Hong Kong.


1. You must be an author of 18 years of age or older who is both a citizen and resident of
an Asian country or territory for you to join the contest.

2. Submitted work must be in English and submitted through the Prize’s website
( no later than 31 March 2009 in .txt, .doc, .rtf or .pdf format.
3. Submissions must use 1½ or double spacing and have margins of at least 2cm (.8 inches) on all sides.

4. Works must be original and submitted by the author. Partial submissions of 10,000 or more words will be accepted by 31 March. (However, a complete submission must be made by 1 August 2009 or the work will not be considered.)


31 March 2009
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Win a Toshiba Laptop

The Toshiba Satellite line of notebooks promises to "make your life better, right out of the box. The hardware, software utilities--even the design of the machine itself--are all meant to make things easy, regardless of the who, what, where or when. It’s a laptop that works for you, with almost no work at all."

You can now get a chance to win one of these versatile laptops with this contest. Read on for more details!


Grand Prize:

A Toshiba Satellite S-M300 laptop in Mercury Silver (worth approximately US$1,300)

Runner-Up Prizes:

Ten (10) wireless mouse (worth approximately US$50 each)
Ten (10) backpacks (worth approximately US$30 each)
Ten (10) USB Memory Sticks (Model: Pala-chan, worth approximately US$30 each)
Ten (10) USB Memory Sticks (Model: Golfball, worth approximately US$10 each)


1. Go to and click on 'Win a Toshiba Satellite M300'.

2. Check the box beside 'Yes, I have read and agreed to the terms and conditions'.

3. Answer the multi-page survey.


12 April 2009
[Image credit: // Photo of laptop is for illustration purposes only and might differ in form and color from the actual prize.]

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Win a 6-month Subscription to the National Geographic Magazine and a Pair of Singapore Airlines Economy Class tickets

I'm a big fan of the National Geographic Magazine, so I was very delighted to find out about this contest. I love reading the well-researched articles and looking at the fantastic photos that the magazine contains. It's a great way to learn about other cultures around the world, and keeping abreast with important discoveries and technological innovations.

If you're a fan of National Geographic like me, then join this cool contest. Who knows, you might just win a free subscription, plus a pair of roundtrip tickets from Singapore Airlines!


Prize for each of the 5 rounds is a free 6-month subscription to the National Geographic Magazine

Grand Prize is a pair of Singapore Airlines economy class return tickets from the winner's nearest Singapore Airlines' departure point to any Singapore Airlines' destination


1. The Competition consists of 5 rounds.

2. Go to this microsite and click on 'Join Contests'. Answer the three True or False questions. Tip: you might have to watch the video in 'Home' to get the info that you need to answer some of the questions correctly.)

3. State in 100 words or less what your dream destination is and why you would like to visit that destination.

4. All entrants are required to use their skill and judgment to provide correct and best answers to all questions in that round. Questions in each round may be different.

5. Enter your name, email address and country.

6. Click on 'Submit'.

7. In each of the five rounds, the entry judged to contain all correct and best answers will qualify to win a prize in that round. There will be only one prize for each round. The prize is a free 6-month subscription to the National Geographic Magazine.

8. In the final round, the entry judged to contain all correct and best answers from all 5 rounds will win the Grand Prize, which is a pair of Singapore Airlines economy class return tickets from the winner's nearest Singapore Airlines' departure point to any Singapore Airlines' destination.


Round 1 -- 10 March 2009
Round 2 -- 26 April 2009
Round 3 -- 7 June 2009
Round 4 -- 19 July 2009
Round 5 -- 30 August 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Get Free Condoms and Win PhP 50,000

Valentine's Day is getting closer and it will definitely be boom time for restaurants, florists, motels and condom manufacturers! And speaking of condoms, here's a promo that might tickle your imagination. Durex is looking for 500 persons to test their condoms, with a chance for one lucky winner to win PhP 50,000! This is a very novel way to promote a product. If you are married and 21-35 years of age, then join this exciting promo!


Condom tester kit which contains a pack of each of the following Durex variants - Love, Pleasuremax, Performa, Fetherlite, Tingle, Strawberry


PhP 50,000 cash + free products from Durex.


1. The Durex Condom Tester promo is open to all married Filipinos living in the Philippines, 21-35 yrs old.

2. A total of 500 Condom testers will be chosen. Applicants who wish to be an official Durex Condom Tester will have to go and fill out a screener form. Enter your details and answer the questions in the Condom Tester Registration Form. You also have to agree that agree that the organizers can have your name published in advertising materials should you be selected as an Official Durex Condom Tester, or as the grand winner of PhP 50,000.

3. Chosen applicants will be informed via email and landline telephone, and will be given a special username and password to be able to answer a feedback form.

4. Chosen applicants will be given a tester kit which contains a pack of each of the following Durex variants - Love, Pleasuremax, Performa, Fetherlite, Tingle, Strawberry. Tester Kits will be mailed to the chosen applicants via courier.

5. Testers will be given 4 weeks to try out the products and comment on the product’s quality, after which, the organizers will remind them via email or landline to accomplish the online feedback form at by May 10, 2009. They should enter their given passcodes to access the online feedback form.

6. The first twenty-five (25) testers to accomplish the form will be given additional free products from Durex (which will include condoms, lubricants, and the V-ring)

7. One (1) tester to be able accomplish the form and give the best answer to the question "What makes me the best Durex Condom Tester?" will win PhP 50,000 cash, together with free products from Durex.

8. Recruitment and application period will run from January 25 up to February 25,2009. Testing period for the chosen applicants will run from March 30 up to April 24, 2009. Deadline for submission of accomplished online feedback form will be on May 10,2009.

9. Chosen testers and grand prize winner of PhP 50,000 should submit a certified true copy of his/her marriage certificate upon claiming his/her prize, along with two (2) valid IDs (SSS or GSIS ID, Driver’s License, Passport, TIN Card, Firearms license, PRC, NBI Clearance, Company ID, IBP ID, School ID).


25 February 2009 -- Application
24 April 20009 -- Condom testing
10 May 2009 -- Submission of online feedback form
[Photo of condoms is for illustration purposes only and might differ in form and color from the actual freebie.]

Get FREE Harlequin Books

Harlequin is the world's leading publisher of romance novels and women's fiction. The company publishes approximately 120 new titles each month in 26 different languages in 109 international markets on six continents. These books are written by over 1,300 authors worldwide, offering readers a broad range of fiction from romance to psychological thrillers to relationship novels.

Harlequin is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and they have a treat for its loyal readers, giving away FREE e-books to romance fanatics. I think this is a great idea for publishers to build brand awareness and customer loyalty during the global recession. Read on for more details!


16 full e-books (a total value of $60USD)


1. Go to this page (Harlequin Celebrates).

2. Browse their online catalog for your choice(s). From tender romances and suspenseful adventures to heartwarming stories, tales of passion and historical sagas - there’s something here for everyone.

3. Click on the book and download. You must have a pdf reader such as Adobe Acrobat in order to read the book.


No specific deadline

Monday, February 9, 2009

Win Tickets to the Eraserheads Concert

I have previously posted a contest from MTV Asia where you can win tickets to "Final Set", Eraserheads' much-awaited concert happening on 07 March 2009. Here's another contest from Circuit Magazine where you can win tickets to this phenomenal concert. Good luck!


The best five replies will receive two tickets each to the Eraserheads' 'Final Set' concert


1. Answer the question: What’s your favorite Eraserheads song and why?
2. Send your answer to


End of February

Win Rail Passes and Hotel Accommodations in Europe

As part of France's promotional efforts billing itself as "your gateway to Europe", a contest is being held where you can win train tickets and hotel accommodations. Note that this contest DOES NOT include airfare to France. Join this promo if you happen to go to Europe this year and you might just win rail passes and hotel accommodation!


1st Prize = 2 “First Class Eurail Select pass” for travel in 5 European countries and a 2-night stay for 2 persons in the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel hotel in France.

2nd Prize = 2 “First Class Eurail Selectpass” for travel in 3 European countries

3rd and 4th Prizes = 2 “First Class 4-day flexi France Railpasses”

5th Prize = a round trip in Eurostar for 2 between Paris and London, one way on First Class travel and one way on Second Class.


1. Participation in the contest is open to all residents in South East Asia aged 18 and above.

2. Go to this page and answer the question: "What is the famous train that links Paris to London in less than 2h30mins?"

3. Enter your registration details and answer the short survey questionnaire.

4. Enter the security code and check the box that says "I have read and accept the Terms and Conditions of the contest."

5. The winner will be picked randomly. NOTE: No air travel is included in the prizes.


29 March 2009
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Win Tickets To "the Love 2 Love 2 Love" Concert featuring Side A, MYMP and Freestyle

Valentines means it's concert season once again, and here's a concert that promises to be the must-watch concert of the year, featuring three great bands: Side A, MYMP and Freestyle--all in the Love 2 Love 2 Love concert on February 15, 2009 8pm at the Araneta Coliseum.

Side A is a multi-awarded, platinum-certified band, best known for their romantic ballad Forevermore, Hold On, and many others. With a career spanning almost two decades, Side A continues to capture the hearts of many.

MYMP, short for Make Your Momma Proud, claims to have "the sweetest, softest and most soothing music the local music industry could have". Their hits include Tell Me Where it Hurts, A Little Bit, and other singles.

Freestyle was formed in 1996 in Davao City. This Pop-RnB band has since become one of the most in-demand performers in bar gigs, shows and events.

Titik Pilipino is holding a contest that will let you win tickets to the Love 2 Love 2 Love! Join now and get a chance to watch these terrific bands all in one spectacular romantic concert with your sweetheart!


1 Grand Prize winner - 2 Patron B VIP tickets
1 winner - 2 Lower Box tickets
1 winner - 2 Upper Box A tickets
1 winner - 2 Upper Box B tickets
3 winners - 4 General Admission tickets each


1. Go to the promo page in Titik Pilipino.
2. Fill out the registration form with your personal details.
3. Don't forget to enter the verification code.
4. Click on JOIN to submit your entry.
5. Winners shall be notified via email and mobile. Tickets will be mailed to the mailing address you specify on the form.
6. The concert will be held on 15 February (8:00 PM) at the Araneta Coliseum.


11 February 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Win a Book by Nicholas Sparks

For over a decade, best-selling author Nicholas Sparks has captivated readers with stories that explore the profound mysteries of the human heart, establishing him as one of the world's leading romantic novelists. He is a sensitive observer of relationships who has written some of the most romantic, rustic, and realistic portrayals of love at all phases of life. His novels, some of which have been turned into films, include The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, and Nights in Rodanthe.

If you enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks' books, then join this giveaway contest from Edgy Inspirational Author that lets you win one of his recent books.


A copy of The Choice by Nicholas Sparks


1. Go to this post in Edgy Inspirational Author.
2. At the said blog entry, post a comment if you've ever had a really hard choice to make and what happened.
3. If you're too shy to do that, then post a comment sharing the title of your favorite Nicholas Sparks novel.
4. Include your email address in your post for the organizer to contact you in case you win.


No specific deadline -- so better do it now!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Win Tickets to the Eraserheads Concert

Have you heard this exciting news? Due to insistent public demand and the loud clamor of their fans, the Eraserheads will be reuniting once more in a concert on March 7 dubbed as the “Final Set”.

Ely Buendia, Buddy Zabala, Markus Adoro and Raymund Marasigan will finally settle their unfinished business with their fans last August 30, 2008 in a reunion concert which abruptly ended due to Ely's health problems.

The announcement of "Final Set" is certainly good news for the fans who missed the first reunion concert. Ely is ready and assured the fans that they would finish the concert this time around.

Also known as the E-Heads, the band is one of the most successful, critically-acclaimed, and significant bands in the history of Original Pinoy Music (OPM), earning them the accolade, "The Beatles of the Philippines." By fusing different musical styles such as alternative, pop, rock, reggae, and synthpop the Eraserheads helped change the sound of Pinoy rock.

And even more exciting is this MTV Asia contest where you can win tickets to the most anticipated music event of the year! Read on for more details!


Tickets to the 07 March 2009 concert "Final Set" (Mall of Asia Concert Grounds)




1. First, you must have an account at MTV Philippines. If you don't have an account yet, register here.

2. With your username and password, log-in at the MTV Philippines site and go to this promo page.

3. Answer the question: "What is the title of the Eraserheads concert?"


04 March 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Win PhP 500 Worth of Prepaid Load

As part of the celebration of the National Arts Month-Philippine International Arts Festival 2009, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Sining Gising TV program are launching "Text Tula." Join this poetry-writing contest if you like composing verses!


Five winners will be selected weekly who will each receive PhP 500 worth of prepaid cellphone load


1. Send a poem composed of a quatrain (four lines), written in any Filipino language/dialect. Entries must be on the sub-theme "Sa Sining, Bida ang Pinoy sa Galing."

2. Entries can be submitted to the following numbers:
(for Smart/ Talk and Text) 0920-9514916 / 0928-3482991
(for Globe and Touch Mobile) 0926-6562210
(for Sun) 0923-3553719

Or email through

3. For queries, please contact Mr. Wilyan Maglente at 5272192.


No specific deadline indicated

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Win 100,000 Yen from an Essay Writing Contest

The United Nations has designated 2001-2010 as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World" and 2005-2014 as the "United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development." Not only should young people benefit from these global initiatives, but they should be empowered to play a leading role in them.

In connection to this special decace, the Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO are holding an essay contest with big prizes at stake. The theme of this year's International Essay Contest is "The role of science in building a better world." Young people from around the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas on this theme. If you're 25 years old or below, read on for more details!


One 1st Prize Winner- Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,000) + round-trip tickets to Tokyo, Japan for the awarding ceremony
Two 2nd Prize Winners - Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$500)
Five 3rd Prize Winners - Certificate and gift
Twenty Five Honorable Mention Winners - Certificate and gift


1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2009) in one of the following age categories:
a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 - 25)

2. Essays must be 800 words or less, typed or printed in English, French, Spanish or German.

3. Essays must have a cover page indicating: (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title (3) your name (4) postal address (5) phone number (6) e-mail address (7) nationality (8) age as of June 30, 2009 (9) sex (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count. Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants' names and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director. (Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.)

4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or e-mail. (Email entries must be in text or MS Word format, with the cover page and essay sent together as one document.)

5. Essays must be original and unpublished. Each essay must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

6. Please send your entries to: International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan, OR email your essay to:


30 January 2009

30 JUNE 2009 (Thanks to reader Sabrina for pointing out the typo. Have a blessed Sunday!)