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J.M. Lee Wins ‘The Dark Crystal’ Author Quest Contest

969658_286630688148585_854746099_nJ.M. Lee has won the Dark Crystal Author Quest contest.

Last summer, Penguin Young Readers Group formed a partnership with the Jim Henson Company to publish a young adult series inspired by the classic film, The Dark Crystal. The two companies launched a contest to find a writer to pen the first installment of this project. Lee’s story, “The Ring of Dreams” was chosen as the winning piece from a pool of more than 500 submissions.

Lee had this statement in the press release: “The Dark Crystal was my first Jim Henson experience after being coerced into a viewing by my father, who since has admitted he just thought I would like the ‘soundtrack performed by a bunch of giant crows.’ And I did! I’ve always been a fan of dark fantasy, but thinking back on how early it was that The Dark Crystal became part of my VHS(!) library, I wonder which came first: the Skeksis or the egg. Even now, the depth of world and profundity has continued to reveal itself as I grow into my so-called adulthood.”

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Hugh Howey, Wattpad & Booktrack Kick Off Writing & Sound Design Competition

UnknownAuthor Hugh Howey has partnered with digital writing community Wattpad and eBook soundtrack company Booktrack have introduced a new writing and audio production contest with $20,000 in prizes available.

The Hugh Howey Booktrack & Wattpad Fan Fiction Contest is two-part. Writers are encouraged to write a fan fiction story based around Howey’s novel Half Way Home. Sound designers are encouraged to create a soundtrack for the book. The soundtrack winner will get a $5,000 prize, as well as the chance to co-produce a soundtrack for Howey’s latest novel The Hurricane. The winning writer will earn a $5,000 prize, as well as editorial feedback from Howey on the piece. Finalists will earn $1,000 prizes.

“Storytelling can be so much more than mere words. I love what Booktrack makes possible. Now, a soundscape can heighten our reading experience,” stated Howey. “And this competition is perfect for bringing fans into a creative collaboration. I can’t wait to see what immersive and inspired experience they help create.”

Black Hill Press, JukePop, & the California Public Libraries Seek Novellas

BHP-Postcards-01-MSCBlack Hill Press, JukePop, and the California Public Libraries have joined together to host a challenge called the ”Summer Writing Project.”

Participants will pen novellas and submit chapters through jukepop.com. For the purposes of this project, a novella should contain a range of 10,000 to 30,000 words.

Black Hill Press will pick three novellas for publication in a special collection. Artist Jeannie Phan has signed on to design the cover for the book. This venture kicked off on June 1st and will run until August 31st. Follow this link to read the submission guidelines.

Atlantic Records Hosts Instagram Contest For ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Movie Soundtrack

tfioscoverWant to contribute a few words to music video for The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack?

Author John Green announced on his blog that Atlantic Records is accepting instagram pieces with “a word or phrase of encouragement.” The organizers behind this contest “will pick their favorite entries and include them in the music video.”

To participate, all images must feature the #TFiOSencouragements hashtag in the description. Thus far, more than two dozen people have sent in submissions. A deadline has been set for April 11, 2014.

New York City Hosts Twitter Poetry Contest

twitter304In celebration of National Poetry Month, New York City is once again hosting a Twitter poetry contest.

To enter, all poets must include the #NYCPoetweet hashtag in their tweets. All participants must adhere to this rule: “keep it clean and to one tweet.”

According to silive.com, “the best tweets posted before April 8 will be considered for publication in Metro New York on April 24, or ‘Poem in Your Pocket Day.’” First Lady Chirlane McCray, poet and wife to Mayor Bill de Blasio, will serve as one of the judges. Follow this link to learn more details about the contest and view last year’s winning poems.

Half Price Books Hosts Tournament of Sidekicks

sidekickInspired by the NCAA basketball tournament, Half Price Books has launched a Tournament of Sidekicks, pitting 64 characters against one another.

All of these characters belong to one of four categories: literature, children’s entertainment, geek culture, and TV/film. Voting opens on March 18th and the winner will be announced on April 7th.

Who would you pick as your faithful sidekick? Follow this link to download a copy of the bracket. In the past, the bookseller had hosted a Tournament of Villains and a Tournament of Heroes: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy.

The Great Tumblr Book Search Contest, The Sequel

shitroughdraftsChronicle Books and Tumblr have teamed up for their second annual book search contest. The Great Tumblr Book Search, The Sequel is looking for funny Tumblr blogs that could potentially be turned into books. The idea is to find humor books without going through a formal submissions process. Rather than submit a book proposal, bloggers are encouraged to submit their Tumblr pages to the contest.

The contest is open to U.S. residents with Tumblr blogs, who can submit their blog throughout the month of March. The grand-prize winner will have their idea considered for publication and will be featured on the Chronicle Books Tumblr page. They will also earn a feedback session with a Chronicle Books editor, and $300 worth of Chronicle Books. Winners will be announced by April 30th.

In April, Chronicle Books is publishing a book by the winner of last year’s search Paul Laudiero. His book,Sh*t Rough Drafts reimagines first drafts of books and screenplays.

Four Writers to Serve as Doodle 4 Google Guest Judges

google 304x200Four authors will serve as guest judges for this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition.

The group includes middle grade novelist Rick Riordan, writer Lemony Snicket, artist Christoph Niemann, and children’s books author Mary Pope Osborne. They will be looking over artistic pieces created by young students from all across the country.

Contestants must adhere to the following theme: ““If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…” The winner will get a $30,000 college scholarship and the winner’s school will receive the $50,000 Google for Education technology grant. Those who are interested have until March 20th to turn in their submissions. (via Random House)

Vidahlia Press is Hosting Prison Writing Contest

inkVidahlia Press and Publishing House is hosting their first prison writing contest called INK. The contest is open to anyone that has served time in the last year and is accepting submissions in five categories: Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction and Graphic Novel.

More than 2,000 federal and state correctional facilities throughout the country plan to participate in the contest. The deadline for submissions is February 1st and the winners will be announced on July 4th.

The winning submissions will be part of an anthology, which will be published on Pubsoft’s digital publishing platform. The winners will also get tuition covered for a year for an online or correspondence fine arts or creative writing program. Pubsoft is assisting Vidahlia and their INK: Prison Writing Contest

 

AARP & The Huffington Post Are Running a Memoir Writing Contest

aarpThe AARP and The Huffington Post have teamed up for a writing contest. The two organizations are calling for memoirs as part of their new Memoir Contest.

The winner will get a $5,000 prize will be excerpted in AARP The Magazine and featured on The Huffington Post’s website. In addition, Simon & Schuster will consider publishing the work.  The first 5,000 words of the memoir is due February 15, 2014. Finalists from this round are invited to submit their complete memoir by June 15th. The books should run between 20,000 to 50,000 words.

To enter the contest, you have to have been born before Dec. 31, 1964. Here is more about eligibility from the rules:

The AARP & Huff/Post50 Memoir Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia) who were born before Dec. 31, 1964. Employees, contractors, and their immediate families (spouse, parents, children, siblings, and their respective spouses), including those living in the employees’ households of AOL Inc., AARP, Simon & Schuster, Inc. (“S&S”), and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, the “Contest Entities”), are not eligible to enter or win a Prize.

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