Monday, September 17, 2012

The Writing Contest is ON!

DIORAMA BY LORI NIX, USED WITH PERMISSION

Every year we have a WRITING CONTEST as part of Teen Read Month.

This year's contest: Write a DYSTOPIAN story!

If you're saying "Huh?!" then here's a definition:

A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian domination. Dystopian stories, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.
Your writing time is from September 12 to October 12! Write three to five pages (when we say write, we mean TYPE, double-spaced) and turn in your story at any library reference desk, OR email your story (as an attachment or within the body of the email) to: oppress_me@earthlink.net by October 12!

Some current examples of dystopian novels:

SHIP BREAKER, by Paolo Bacigalupi
STRUCK, by Jennifer Bosworth
THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins
MATCHED, by Ally Condie
THE MAZE RUNNER, by James Dashner
LEGEND, by Marie Lu
BIRTHMARKED, by Cara O'Brien
STARTERS, by Lissa Price
UNWIND, by Neal Shusterman

or some classics...

THE HANDMAID'S TALE, by Margaret Atwood
FAHRENHEIT 451, by Ray Bradbury
1984, by George Orwell

and so many more! Do YOU have it in you to write a dystopian tale? Start thinking up YOUR future-world scenario...

The WINNERS of the writing contest will be announced at a special Teen Read Week AUTHOR EVENT on October 18, featuring Jennifer Bosworth, author of STRUCK, and Lissa Price, author of STARTERS, two dystopic novels set in Los Angeles! (You can read Melissa's review of Starters on this blog.)

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