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.
This is our fancy Amazon/Goodreads/B&N/Book Depository/Pick-your-bookseller blurb:
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").
Adults: To enter the contest, post a letter to your teen self and submit it to [link]
Teens: To enter the contest, post a letter to your adult self and submit it to [link]
RULES! WE NEED RULES:
Your entries should be between 500 and 1500 words long. And they should be awesome. Got it?
No visual art, fanfiction, poetry, scripts or full length novels/memoirs. Letters only, and within the word count guidelines
Pieces created for other contests will be disqualified.
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.
Get your letter in that folder by November 20!
The contest will be judged by me, `PinkyMcCoversong, as well as readers $wreckling, ^neurotype, ~Vocable, and =Cassildra.
We will have a first and second place winner along with two honorable mentions! Check out the EPIC PRIZES!
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!