Sunday, January 27, 2008

Kids-in-Print Book Contest Deadline June 1, 2008

The 2008 National Kids-in-Print Book Contest for Students

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Entry Form (PDF)

Past Winners' Awards and Recognition

Entry Form (Word)

Past Winners

Entry Form (HTML)

To encourage and celebrate the creative talents and skills of students, Landmark House, Ltd. is pleased to announce The 2008 National Kids-in-Print Book Contest for Students.*
A qualified panel of judges, composed of professional editors, writers, illustrators, teachers, and librarians will judge the book entries on the merits of originality and the writing and illustrating skills displayed.
Landmark House, Ltd. will then publish the three winning students' books, one from each of the three age categories. The books will be printed and assembled according to the finest quality standards of book publishing.
What wonderful experiences await the three winners! When their books are selected for publication, they will be offered publishing contracts. They also will enjoy all-expense-paid trips to our offices in Kansas City, Kansas, where Landmark's professional staff will assist them in the editing, refining, and final production of their books. Within months, the winners will become published authors and illustrators and will be paid royalties annually on the sales of their books.
*Formerly The National Written & Illustrated by… Awards Contest for Students

Rules and Guidelines (click here for a printable version)

Entry Qualifications:Books by students may be entered in one of three age categories: 1) Ages 6 to 9 2) Ages 10 to 13 3) Ages 14 to 19 Each book submitted must be both written and illustrated by the same student. Any books that are written by one student and illustrated by another will be disqualified automatically. All entries must be submitted via a teacher or librarian.
Entry Fee:$10.00 per entry. All payments must be made in U.S. currency (check or money order; no cash), or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). The fee will help cover the expenses incurred in properly processing thousands of book entries.
Deadline for Entry:All entries must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2008.
Choice of Subject and Style of Text:Each student's book may be on any subject and in any genre - fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, humor, science fiction, etc. Text may be written in either prose or poetry. Keep in mind that the best stories have a well-developed beginning, middle, and end.
Interest Level:The student's book must be written at a level that would be understood by and of interest to children who are somewhere within the age range of Kindergarten through Fourth Grade (approximately ages 5 through 9).
Book Dimensions:All books must be eight and one-half inches (8½") wide and eleven inches (11") tall.
Number of Pages:The combination of text and illustrations should be no less than sixteen (16) pages and no more than twenty-four (24) pages. In addition, there must be a Half-Title Page and the Title Pages. Half-Title Page - Consists of one (1) page, which may include: only the Title, or only an illustration, or a combination of both. Title Page - Consists of a two-page spread, which includes: Title, Name of Author/Illustrator, and an illustration.
Number of Illustrations:Students may develop as many illustrations as they choose; however, there must be at least one (1) illustration on every two-page spread.
Choice of Media for Illustrations:Students may develop their own illustrations in any medium of their choice, as long as the illustrations remain two dimensional and flat to the surface of the paper (no pop-ups). They may use pencil, water-color, tempera, ink, colored felt-tip markers, crayon, ORIGINAL computer graphics, or photographs taken by them, etc. If students use pastels, chalk, or any other medium that will rub off, each illustration should be properly sprayed with a fixative.
Type of Paper:Text - Text should be typed on white paper, either computer or regular typing paper.Illustrations - All illustrations should be prepared individually on good quality sketchpad paper or drawing paper.
Type of Text:All text should be neatly typed, double-spaced, and in a 12- to 14-point type. There must be at least a one-inch (1") margin at the top, bottom, and both sides of each page where text appears. The student or another individual may do the typing. For picture books, large primary-size type is permitted. The use of calligraphy or a special style of hand printing is also permitted, but only if it enhances the design and intent of the book.
Rules for Editing of Students' Books:Teachers, librarians, parents, and other individuals may assist the students in the editing of their books for proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Suggestions may also be given for improving the story lines and artwork. However, the finished books must be examples of the skills and imaginations of the students themselves.
Blank Book Construction:Students will need six eleven-inch (11") by seventeen-inch (17") sheets of paper, so that when these pages are folded, they can be bound together into a book that is eight and one-half inches (8½") wide and eleven inches (11") tall. After folding the eleven-inch (11") by seventeen-inch (17") sheets of paper, each page should be inserted one inside another like the stacking of taco shells one inside another.
Placement of Text and Illustrations:Once the blank book is completed, the student can cut and paste the completed artwork and text onto those blank pages. Keeping in mind that there must be at least one (1) illustration and some text on every two-page spread, students may now cut and choose where to paste their materials. For example, a full page of text on one page and a full illustration on the opposite page; or, an illustration that spans a two-page spread, with bits of text cut and pasted somewhere on one or both pages, etc.
IMPORTANT: So a reader may easily follow the story line, it is absolutely necessary that the illustrations reflect the action taking place in the text on that page or two-page spread.
End Sheets:The End Sheets may consist of either white or colored paper.
Binding of Books:Pages (including End Sheets) must be stapled or sewn together on the centerfold, so all pages will lie flat when opened. Side-stitched or plastic comb-bound books are not permitted and will disqualify the book entry.
Book Covers:After the book has been bound, eight and one-half-inch (8½") by eleven-inch (11") pieces of stiff cardboard or chipboard must be glued to both the top and the bottom of the book — similar to a sandwich. This process gives the book the height and firmness needed to look and feel like a real book and will make it easier to accommodate the wrap-around book jacket. Covering the cardboard or chipboard with colored paper is optional.
Book Jackets:Each book must have a loose Book Jacket which wraps around the cover. The Book Jacket should contain a Front Panel, Back Panel, and Spine, and both a Front and Back Flap. All elements of the Book Jacket should be neatly pasted in position on a large sheet of paper, then trimmed to fit the book, offering as professional an appearance as possible.Front Panel - Should contain the Title, the Name of the Author/Illustrator, and an illustration.Front Flap - Should be four inches (4") wide. The copy must be written by the student and neatly typed. It should be a publicity piece that gives a brief synopsis and tells how wonderful the book is. Allow no room for modesty here!Back Flap - Should also be four inches (4") wide. It must include a photograph of the Author/Illustrator, along with a brief, neatly typed biography of the student.Back Panel - For the Contest, the Back Panel may be left blank because the Entry Form must be securely pasted or taped on the OUTSIDE of this panel. If there is already artwork and/or type on the Back Panel, the Entry Form must still be securely pasted or taped on the Back Panel of the Book Jacket.Spine - Must contain the Title and the Name of the Author/Illustrator. Hand lettering is preferred.
Official Entry Form:The Official Entry Form is printed on the last page of these Rules and Guidelines. For additional copies, the Entry Form may be photocopied as needed.
Contest Entries Should Include:1. Only original books; no photocopies.2. An Entry Fee of $10.00 per entry. All payments must be made in U.S. currency. Send only a check or money order (no cash, please), or pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). Please make your check or money order payable to "Landmark House, Ltd.". Be sure to paper-clip the check or money order to the top of the Title Page on the inside of the book. Books that do no include the entry fee will not be accepted.3. A padded Return Book Mailer. To ensure the return of the book, a padded Return Book Mailer, addressed to the student and stamped with sufficient postage, must be included. (Check with your post office to determine the exact amount of postage you need to place on the padded Return Book Mailer.)
How to Send:Each entry must be mailed separately. Due to the high volume of entries, we will not accept phone calls, faxes, or emails to confirm the receipt of any entries. To verify delivery of entries, please use a parcel service with tracking or delivery confirmation, such as, but not limited to: USPS Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc.
Deadline for Entry:All entries must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2008.
Judging and Selection:All books are considered by a qualified panel of judges, composed of professional editors, writers, illustrators, teachers, and librarians. Books are judged on the merits of originality and the writing and illustrating skills displayed. Note: Non-winning books will not be edited or critiqued.
Announcement of Winners:The cataloging and careful judging of thousands of book entries require several months. Winners will be determined and notified by phone by November 1, 2008.
Return of Books:All non-winning book entries will be returned during November/December 2008. ONLY those entries which include a padded Return Book Mailer of sufficient size and stamped with proper postage will be returned.
Scholarships:Each winner will be given a $15,000.00 scholarship to be applied to an accredited college, university, or institute of higher learning.
About David Melton:David Melton, renowned Author and Illustrator of more than 35 books, died November 8, 2002. His gift to young people was his unique “Melton Method” by which thousands of students nationwide have been taught to successfully write and illustrate amazing original books for children. As Creative Coordinator at Landmark Editions, Mr. Melton initiated the exciting National Written & Illustrated by… Awards Contest for Students and supervised the development and publication of 48 outstanding books created by the winning students.
Ideas to Help Cover the Costs of the Book Supplies and Entry Fees:Many times, teachers or librarians contact their PTA, other service organizations, or local business people for help in sponsoring and funding worthwhile projects for students. Seek out such resources and make creating your students’ books an exciting community endeavor. In addition, please see our upcoming website at http://www.landmarkeditions.com/ for other ideas.

Written & Illustrated by… A Revolutionary Two-Brain Approach for Teaching Students How to Write and Illustrate Amazing BooksBy David Melton
Please Note: All specifications for book format are more elaborately explained and examples of methods of construction are shown in detail in David Melton’s highly-acclaimed teacher’s manual, Written & Illustrated by… . This manual is beneficial in showing students how to develop and assemble their materials, but purchase of the book is not required in order for students to enter the contest.

Note: To obtain a free copy of the Contest Rules and Guidelines and Entry Form by mail, please send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope to:

The 2008 National Kids-in-PrintBook Contest for Students1949 Foxridge DriveKansas City, KS 66106

If you have any questions, please email us at contest@landmarkeditions.com.

Copyright © 2005 Landmark Editions, Inc. 1904 Foxridge Drive, Kansas City, KS 66106 Phone: (800) 653-BOOK
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Deadline Feb 14; Grannie Annie Contest

The Grannie Annie Official Guidelines For Students in U.S. Grades 4-5 and 6-8, and Homeschool or International Students Ages 9-14 You are invited to follow The Grannie Annie Official Guidelines and enter a one-of-a-kind story from a past generation of your family. Your story can be humorous, tragic, or inspirational. It can be a story of courage, adventure, or anything you find interesting about your family’s past. Please read these submission details carefully before you begin to write: · A story that is chosen for publication in Grannie Annie, Vol. 3 will retell a one-of-a-kind story from a past generation of your family so that the reader appreciates it in the same way you do. The following criteria will also be considered: overall effectiveness, organization, development, use of language, and mechanical correctness — spelling, punctuation, usage, etc. · Your story must be 275-500 words long and must be written in English or translated into English. For translated stories please submit the original story as well as the translation. · Choose an interesting title for your work, including details from your story. For example, “Lost in the Blizzard” sounds more exciting than “My Great-Uncle Ted.” · Your story must be written by you. · If possible, please type and double-space your story using a standard, easily readable 12-point font. Print your story on 8 ½” x 11” white paper, or copy and paste it into the body of an e-mail. Stories may also be neatly hand printed on standard-size notebook paper. Please do not staple. · Do not write your name on the pages of your story. · Stories will not be returned. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself. · A completed Official Entry Form must accompany each story. Please do not staple. · Entries must be sent by February 14, 2008. Entries may be mailed or e-mailed. Please see Official Entry Form for details. · Stories published previously in Grannie Annie anthologies will not be considered for future volumes. · The decisions of the judges are final. · You may include a black-ink line drawing (no wider than 4", no taller than 7") that illustrates your story. Illustrations will not be considered in selecting stories for publication. In addition, the selection of a story does not guarantee that an illustration submitted with that story will also be published. The illustration may be drawn by you or by someone else who meets the grade/age requirements of The Grannie Annie. If someone other than you illustrates your story, that person must submit an Official Entry Form completed and signed by the illustrator and his or her parent/guardian. All illustrators of published drawings will be credited. Illustrators who are not authors will receive a complimentary copy of Grannie Annie, Vol. 3. · Because stories are meant to be shared, Thumbprint Press and Portico Books pledge to creatively pursue opportunities to share selected stories with a wider audience, in accordance with The Grannie Annie Mission. As a contest entrant, you will retain the copyright to your work while giving Thumbprint Press and Portico Books permission to share your story, as noted on the entry form.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mitali Perkins Contest: Deadline: June 1

Here are the rules for the 2008 contest:
Do you love to weave words together? Were you and/or one or both of your birth parents born in another country? Do you live in the United States or Canada now? Are you 13-19 years old?
If you answered yes to ALL of the questions above, YOU qualify to enter the 2008 Fire Escape Writing Contests! Submit an original, unpublished poem or story that reflects some of the joys and struggles of growing up between two cultures in America. The Fire Escape will only consider one poem and story per person, so send your best work. (If you like writing non-fiction, too, check out the Fire Escape's Write-a-Review Contest.)
Contests Poetry (up to three poems) Short Fiction (up to 800 words)
Prizes First Prize: $40 Second Prize: $25 Third Prize: $10
How to submit an entry:
* Paste your poem or story into an e-mail message and send it to contests -at - mitaliperkins.com. I will not open attachments.
* Proofread thoroughly and keep your presentation simple. Entries with spelling, grammar or punctuation errors and funky characters/fonts may be disqualified without notice. (There were lots of these this year!) Do not include any clip art, images, or photos with your entry. Words only, please. Fiction longer than 1000 words will not be considered.
* Include your name, age, and e-mail address in your e-mail. Also include your countr(ies) of origin. You and/or ONE of your birth parents must have been born outside North America. If you were born in Puerto Rico and are now living in one of the states or Canadian provinces, you qualify.
* Current U.S. or Canadian residents only please, and previous winners are not eligible.
* To qualify, your entry must be received between September 1, 2007 and June 1, 2008.
REPEAT: you must be an immigrant or internationally adopted teen (or a teen with one immigrant parent) currently living in the United States or Canada.
NOTE: Failure to follow all of the contest guidelines will disqualify your entry.
Winning Poems and Stories will be published on the Fire Escape. Winners will be notified by June 30th. If you do not hear from us by June 30th, you can assume that your entry was NOT a winner. Prizes must be claimed by September 1, 2008. Please note that editorial or any other personal comments will not be provided for contest submissions. The Fire Escape reserves the right to award no prizes if no entry meets the judge's standards.
The Fire Escape seeks the following permissions from young authors: permission to publish your work on the web site, and permission to include your work in online archives after publication. Authors retain the copyright to their work. Once selected, winners must send their school information and a mailing address so that the Fire Escape can validate the entry and send the prize. Read the Fire Escape's privacy policy for more information.


By Faisal K., Age 12

The water flows like the drizzle of bliss that falls from the sky.

The peaceful blessing of water that comes from the cotton candy clouds when they turn sour.

The blessing of life that makes man’s golden smile dandy,

blesses the plants with vibrant colors like multi-colored candy.

The drizzle of water that makes the prosperous run and leave the water ignored,

makes the poor on the other side of the world celebrate and thank the Lord.

The drizzle that makes the young flock outside with faces of glee,

makes the adults with stern faces flee.

The drizzle of rain brings much happiness to some,

makes the young run and have fun.

The drizzle that makes the sky have prisms of light.

ends other peoples suffer and strife.

The rain that makes children play,

can still somehow make adults run away.