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This journal comes to you from PinkyMcCoversong!




So you might have heard of this little book I co-edited called DEAR TEEN ME.  It's an anthology of letters from authors to their teen selves.  The authors in the anthology range from best-selling and award-winning authors to some fabulous up and comers.  I know that no matter what, if you pick up the book, you'll find a letter or two (at least!) that speaks to you.

:star: This is our fancy Amazon/Goodreads/B&N/Book Depository/Pick-your-bookseller blurb: :star:

DEAR TEEN ME includes advice from over 70 YA authors to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? Who wishes he’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? Some authors write lists, some tell a story, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. And whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends–and a lot of familiar faces–in the course of DEAR TEEN ME.

But enough about the book.  YOU want to know how to win things.  YOU want a writing prompt.  YOU want to get involved!

Here's the deal.  There are two sections of this contest.  One is for over 18s ("adults") and one os for under 18s ("teens").

:bulletred: Adults: To enter the contest, post a letter to your teen self and submit it to www.deviantart.com/submit/?cat…
:bulletgreen: Teens: To enter the contest, post a letter to your adult self and submit it to www.deviantart.com/submit/?cat…

:star: RULES!  WE NEED RULES: :star:

:bulletblue: Your entries should be between 500 and 1500 words long.  And they should be awesome.  Got it?
:bulletblue: No visual art, fanfiction, poetry, scripts or full length novels/memoirs.  Letters only, and within the word count guidelines
:bulletblue: Pieces created for other contests will be disqualified.
:bulletblue: Please, only one entry per person. We will only consider one entry and it will be the first you enter so do us all a favor and only enter ONCE and make it your BEST.

For examples of some of our favorite letters, check out DearTeenMe.com.  My co-editor Miranda Kenneally and I love these letters because they not only are full of emotive description and wise advice, but they also have a strong narrative element -- they tell a story.  We love so many letters, but ones like Lisa Burstein's, Sarah Ockler's Saundra Mitchell's, Gene Brenek's, Carrie Jones's, A.S. King's Charles Benoit's, and Holly Green's make our world go round.  Check these -- and more! -- out for inspiration.

:star: Get your letter in that folder by November 20! :star:

The contest will be judged by me, PinkyMcCoversong, as well as readers wreckling, neurotype, Vocable, and Cassildra.

:bulletblue: We will have a first and second place winner along with two honorable mentions!  Check out the EPIC PRIZES!    :icongangnamplz:


First place prizes include: A prize pack of Zest books including DEAR TEEN ME signed by various authors in the anthology (and ME!); a1 year premium membership, a laptop bag [link], and an accessory pack [link] from dA;  AND two 8x12 prints of photos by this chick E. Kristin Anderson (PinkyMcCoversong) (seen below).



Second place prizes include: A signed copy of DEAR TEEN ME; a 6 month premium membership, and a laptop bag [link] from dA; AND one 8x12 matte print of each of the above photos by E. Kristin Anderson.



Honorable mention prizes include: A signed copy of DEAR TEEN ME; and 3 month premium membership and 
an accessory pack [link] from dA.

PLUS, we will PROBABLY post some of our favorite letters on DearTeenMe.com.  JUST SAYIN'!


Lots of prizes worth competing for!  And yes, there will be one ADULT winner and one TEEN winner in each category (first, second, honorable mention).

Please leave your questions below!  And get writing!

`PinkyMcCoversong presents "Dear Teen Me", a contest for both Adults and Teens! Epic prizes, exciting contest and a chance for anyone to have a go!
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:iconthemysteriouspoet:
TheMysteriousPoet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this seems interesting to write about..
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VPofFantasyland Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Are there winners yet?
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Catyjerk Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So who do you write to if you staddle the 18-Year-Old fence?
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ReallyLostMyMind Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Writer
Waiting is hard!
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BlueBubbles1234 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
So who really won i cant wait to see it :3
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LabLayers Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Can't wait to see the results! :eager:
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Just read the best letter, bar none. Should've figured it'd be fantastic, I just didn't realize she entered. :heart:
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012   Writer
Note me which one- I'm not actually judging it so impartial :D
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Prulicious Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
this was a really cool contest! I can't wait to see who won >3< *secretly rooting for someone*
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Writer
Make sure you are watching #CRLiterature and `PinkyMcCoversong for the results soon :)
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Prulicious Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
alright uvu thank you
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nintendofan101 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When will the contest be finished? It's already November 28...
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:iconbeccalicious:
Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Writer
There will be an announcement via #CRLiterature. Due to the high volume of entries, judging is still in progress.
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BlueBubbles1234 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
when do we get the letter ???
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:iconbeccalicious:
Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Writer
whatever age you posted it to :)
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OhIPhelia Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Darn, I'm too late))
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linedpaperdoodles Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
have the entries been judged yet? and where can i see who won?
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:iconbeccalicious:
Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Writer
There is such a high volume of entries to go through, judging is still ongoing. The winners will be announced via #CRLiterature :)
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MaddieCats Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
does it have to be BEFORE the 20th, or if I turn it in sometime before Midnight doe it count? I'm feel like doing this regardless of if I win, because I think it'll be fun, but I'm wondering.
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Sassafras-Tea Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
When will we know who has won the contest?
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Writer
There is such a high volume of entries to go through, judging is still ongoing. The winners will be announced via #CRLiterature :)
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Sassafras-Tea Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Okay, I appreciate it! Thank you!
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ShiningSoul1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, today I have written it in my diary and wanted to translate and upload it here. Well, I hope there will be a next time.
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BeautyUnmasked Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
I entered, but didn't see my entry in the folder... was it received?
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BeautyUnmasked Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
-_- Ne'er mind...
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Loza-Muse Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Dang... I forgot...
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LittleKidsin Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Damn I just missed it!
Ah well, I kinda wanted to write to my future self anyway, but I'm 18
I think I'm too young to diss my younger self, but I'm to old to talk to my older self

SO many things to say and ask, but never the right words huh?

Btw, do you think their are any other similar contests, or will you be doing this again sometime in the future?
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dietcocaine Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Writer
I wish I had known this existed. D8
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sweetxsacrifice1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry, but I'm a day late! I just learned about this contest today and made a letter but didn't realize it was due yesterday. Do you think I can still submit it?
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Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Writer
Unfortunately you have missed the deadline and the judging is already in progress. However please feel free to still write something, even if its not for the contest :)
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sweetxsacrifice1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks, I already have, I saw the contest yesterday and frantically wrote a letter to myself haha :D
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Desire-Dess Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
man, i wanna join.. we'll see if i get time and inspiration to write anything.
when is the deadline?
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:iconbeccalicious:
Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Writer
Unfortunately, the deadline was yesterday. However you can still write something, just not enter the contest? :)
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Desire-Dess Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
nvm, i just noticed i'm too late..
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Mimzy24 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am not satisfied with my entry but I kept telling myself that at least I submitted it! I beat my lazy will!!!
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munui Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
So, I submitted my entry yesterday under the adult category but I don't seem to see it there anymore for some reason. I was just wondering if it had been received at all or if something happened to it.
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:iconbeccalicious:
Beccalicious Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Writer
It is in there :)
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:iconmunui:
munui Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Thank you for letting me know. c:
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Cidiene Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
As long as your entry appear on your gallery; you don't have to worry.
It's seems that there is a little bug from DA, on the entries appearance.
As I told you now, my entry isn't visible (wherever it's on my galery). But it was yesterday.
So I'm not worried.

Beside, if below your text you have the icon of the contest: all it's all right, I think. (:

It's a little sad, that we (contestants or not) can't read all of them, I had already read a fews (and really appreciate some!).
Maybe, if the DA's bug is still going, it will be nice from the author's contest to make a fav' folder within their usuals fav, about the contestant entry, then we can all read about them?
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ReallyLostMyMind Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Writer
That was really really fun to do. Took me half an hour to write mine ad then I didn't really know what else to do, so I wrote different copies of it. Stuck with the first one, but writing them all was great!
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SourAir Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This was such a fun contest! :) I'm so glad I entered! Good luck to everyone~! :D I can't wait to see the results, because I saw some really awesome entries!
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Cidiene Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm really impatient too! But I know how difficult and long, is to chose a/some winners (I already help to hold some contest). (:
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SourAir Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I know... It seems like it would be pretty difficult, even with just a regular contest! And there are so many entries, too!
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Sara0TH Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Would've loved to take part. I knew about it but school & exams just took all my time :(
Good luck to everyone !
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Writer
Because I'm always the one who asks this: what's the cutoff time on the 20th? Midnight EST, or what?
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godasleep Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wish the deadline is extended. Now I only have a day to write my letter. :(
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PhotoLynx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
When is the deadline?
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godasleep Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The deadline is today. :( I gotta revise my letter and turn it in ASAP.
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pianofreak161 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So I submitted an entry, and I'm quite sure that it's put into the contest, but I can't tell for sure. How do I know if my entry was successfully recieved?
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Cidiene Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I just replied something about it at the top of the comment, if you're interested (:</i>
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