This contest is open to students in grades K-8 in United States and U.S. International schools. Students must develop their entries in groups of three or more under the supervision of an adult who acts as the Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator assures that the entry adheres to the rules and regulations and provides constructive criticism and general guidance. The story and illustrations must be the students’ work.
Each entry must fit into one of the following categories:
• Fiction 21-29 pages, in picture book format
• Nonfiction 21-29 pages, in picture book format
Text on illustration page equals one page. Text facing illustration equals two pages.
There will be one grand-prize winner selected from each category. A total of twenty-five Honorable Mentions will be named as well.
Idea Starters – Use questions to get your students thinking about ideas for their story.
Who? Discuss possible characters to include in the story.
Where? In what setting does the story take place? Are there a variety of settings involved?
When? What is the time period of your story: present day, the future, the past, or a combination?
What? What is going to happen in their story? What is the problem or conflict?
Why? What is the purpose of the story: to educate and inform, to entertain, or a combination? What response do you want from the reader: to make them laugh, cry, understand a different view point or opinion?
How? How is the problem or conflict resolved?
Deadline: Postmarked by March 15 2012