Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teen Read Month Writing Contest

Teen Read Week is October 18-24 this year. This celebration, created by YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association), encourages teens to escape from the day-to-day grind of school, homework, family responsibilities, part-time jobs and so on by picking up something good to read. We're definitely down with that!

We're taking it a step further, though, and asking you to WRITE something too! There's been a big trend in recent years of authors taking fairy tales and adapting the old into something new. Think the Lunar Chronicles series by Marisa Meyer, the Woodcutter series by Alethea Kontis, or the Mirrorworld books by Cornelia Funke. Consider Impossible, by Nancy Werlin, Castle Waiting, by Linda Medley, or Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce.

Now we're asking YOU to come up with your own re-told fairy tale. You can adapt one of the old favorites from Grimm (Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel?), or you can create a story of your own that resonates with fairy tale traditions. You can be light and ironic, like Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia Wrede, or a little creepy, like Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal.

The contest officially begins on October 12, but you can start writing now! Your story must be 4-6 pages, double-spaced, and you may turn in a physical, printed copy at any Burbank Public Library reference desk (attention Anarda or Melissa), or you may email it, by either attaching a Word doc or by pasting your story directly into the email, and sending it to burbank.teens@gmail.com. The final due date is Thursday, November 12, at 5:00 p.m., so don't be late! (You know what happens to people in fairy tales when they're late...)

We have some method to our fairy tale-inspired madness: The results of the contest (and the top writers) will be revealed on Thursday, November 19, at BOOK CAFE, featuring author CORNELIA FUNKE!

We are honored to be the first venue at which Cornelia shares her brand-new book, the third in the Mirrorworld series (after Reckless and Fearless), called The Golden Yarn. There will be copies of this eagerly anticipated sequel available for purchase (only two days after it is released!), and Cornelia will be happy to autograph them for you. Cornelia will also present the prizes to our top writers! (This will all happen at Buena Vista Branch--more about it later.)

Get ready to READ, WRITE, AND WIN! Anarda and I look forward to reading your retold fairy tales in November!

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