Celebrate books with Bibliophoria! Bibliophoria is hosting a teen writing contest. The topic of the contest is:
Submit your own, 650 to 850 word, short story, essay or other work of prose beginning with the two words "Books are".
Deadline is Tuesday, May 24th!
Submit your essay to: Teen Writing Contest, Bibliophoria, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472.
What do you win?
-The winning pieces will be read on KRCB Radio 91!
-Talk about your piece on the radio (optional).
- A CD recording of your winning entry for your personal use.
- Your piece posted on the SCA/Bibliophoria website.
- Your piece published in the SCA Quarterly.
- A gift certificate from Copperfields Books.
If you live in Santa Rosa, Casa Grande, Petaluma and all schools west of them you can participate! You must be between the ages of 13 and 19.
For more information please see the Bibliophoria website!
Do you love duct tape? Do you have BIG dreams of having the most unique prom dress? If so you should check out the Stuck at Prom Duct tape contest. Every year the Duck tape brand has a contest for the best prom dress made completely out of duct tape! The winners receive a scholarship. For details on how to enter go to:
Check out the website for some of last year's winners.
You can vote for the best prom outfit starting Friday, June 17th. Don't worry…we will remind you when the time comes!
The magazine School Library Journal is running its second annual "Battle of the Kids' Books," which pits 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the most famous authors of children's books.
Children's books and teen books; fiction and nonfiction, they are all thrown in together to pick out what is THE. BEST. KIDS. BOOK. of the year.
Author-judges include folks such as Karen Hesse, R.L. Stine, Barry Lyga, Francisco X. Stork, Karen Cushman and Richard Peck.
There is one decision a day, starting on this past Monday, March 14th. Some awesome titles have already been knocked out of the running. Thank goodness for "The Undead Poll," where readers were allowed to vote for a book to be "resurrected from the dead" after Round Three.
Round One will winnow the list from 16 books down to 8; Round Two will get it down to 4; Round Three will get us to the top two books, and then we we get the winner in the Big Kahuna Round.
Are you interested? I sure am! Follow along with me as the winners emerge each day!
Figment is a new social networking community geared towards teens with a focus on all things surrounding creative writing. Share your own writings, connect with other teen authors, find book reviews, read interviews of your favorite authors, participate in writing contests, and more. Check it out and sign up at www.figment.com.
Got this info in from a reader– check it out, if you are a poet, or just like to watch a poetry slam:
NORTHBAY POETRY SLAM w/ BeSage
@ Hopmonk Tavern
2$- 2nd sundays
3 MIN MAX
3 POEMS PREPARED
6PM DOORS / SIGN UPS
7PM OPEN MC
FOR MORE INFO:
NORTHBAY POETRY SLAM w/ BeSage
Note: the event listed above is NOT a Library event… but it might be good practice if you do want to enter the Sonoma County Library Poetry Slams — click here for information about dates, times, and locations!
Check out this cool new website www.scholargamers.com. Basically, it is a website for students, 13 and over, to compete for college scholarship money by playing online video games. Competition rounds repeat every 45 days. The first round began November 1st, but you can get in on the action mid-December. The site is free to register and play. Sounds like a great excuse to play video games to me.
Congrats to the winner of our Teen Read Week contest!
We did a random drawing of all the comments on last week's "What are you Reading" post, and the lucky winner is ISAMAR!
Isamar has won a BRAND-NEW, HARDCOVER copy of:
I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore
This is a new, hot book – kind of a paranormal-science fiction-thriller. It was written by controversial adult author James Frey under a pseudonym.
Imagine this: invaders take over the alien planet of Lorien — all except for nine special babies who are brought to Earth. Now they are separated, nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. These nine have grown up in hiding, but now they are being hunted down. They can only be killed in numerical order… and numbers 1-3 are already dead.
Movie is already in the works (coming out in February 2011 I think?), with Dianna Agron (from Glee) and Alex Pettyfer (from Stormbreaker & Beastly) as two of the leads.
Isamar, I've sent you an email with instructions on how to pick up your prize. Congrats again!!
In honor of Teen Read Week, let's share! No reviews necessary, just share what you're currently reading.
Everyone who posts a reply by the end of the day on Sunday, October 24 will have a chance to win a brand-new, hardcover, FREE BOOK!
The "Teens' Top Ten" is a list of each year's very best books, chosen by TEENS LIKE YOU. Members of teen book groups around the country nominate their favorite books, and then teens everywhere vote on their favorite ones (did you vote?!). This year, the voting occurred between August 23 and September 17; the winners were announced TODAY, to kick off Teen Read Week.
And the winners are:
Click this link for the official announcement, and to see the special webcast featuring video announcement featuring World Wrestling Entertainment Diva Eve Torres!
Am I dreaming? BOTH these events in the same place on the same day?! YES WAY, TED! These two awesome events are both taking place at this year's Sonoma County Book Festival!
First: Meet the Authors at a special Teen Author Panel
This is your chance to get up close and personal with three exciting authors of teen fiction! The Teen Author Panel will be at Cafe Azul in Santa Rosa, from 2:00-3:00pm on Saturday, September 25. A panel discussion is fun because it's usually a pretty informal presentation, not a canned speech; the authors can relax and joke with the audience. They might talk about things like how they got started writing, or how they come up with their stories — things you want to know if you are an aspiring writer yourself!
Sounds good, right? Well, if that wasn't enough reason to mosey your way to downtown Santa Rosa, then THIS will be! Immediately after the Author Panel will be a TEEN POETRY SLAM with cash prizes for the winners!!
The Teen Poetry Slam starts at 3:00pm, but participants must check in by 2:30pm. Participation is open to teens ages 13-19. Blah, blah, blah, there are a few rules to follow, but that's only to be expected for a serious competition. Not a poet, and you know it? That's ok — come anyway to cheer them on! Judges are selected from the audience, and plus it'll be fun to see how creative your fellow Sonoma County teens can be. See below for links to the Registration Form and Rules.
Hope to see you there!