Thursday, June 7, 2012

Figment & Justine Magazine Writing Contest!

Figment and Justine Magazine invite you to write a modern classic and get published!

Romeo and Juliet meet at a school dance. He’s from a rival school. His team is the Mountain Lions, and hers are the Catapults.

Ahab is a top-notch computer hacker. But for all of his victorious heists, he’s never managed to win the great White-Hat Hacker contest. He’d go to any lengths to win, regardless of the consequences for his team, the P-quads.

Jay Gatsby is the new kid on the block. He’s clever, smooth, and flush with cash. His first weekend in town, he throws a massive party in his huge mansion—and not a parent in sight. Daisy, head of the cheerleading team, can’t help but be charmed. But doesn’t she know him from somewhere?

You can’t beat a classic story, but you can update one (and get your story published in Justine Magazine)! Figment and Justine Magazine want all girls aged 13 to 21 to write a short story modernizing any classic work of literature in no more than 1,200 words. Submit your entry by July 24, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The twenty most-hearted entries will become semi-finalists, which will be narrowed down to five finalists by the Justine editorial team. Those fantastic five will be read by YA author Amanda Hocking, who became a bestseller with her self-published Trylle trilogy. Amanda will choose the winner and two runners-up!

Good Luck!

Five Tips for Young Journalists

The Year of the Gadfly tells the story of Iris Dupont, a teenage reporter who communes with the ghost of Edward R. Murrow, and Jonah Kaplan, a failed microbiologist-turned-biology teacher who is haunted by the ghosts of his past. Jennifer Miller, author of The Year of the Gadfly, has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Marie Claire, Allure, and The Daily Beast, so she clearly knows a little something about journalism.

Drawing from the experience of creating Iris, the young journalist of The Year of the Gadfly, and her own journalistic chops, Jennifer Miller has generously created a list of five tips for those of you whose writing leans toward reporting.

Check out her list here.

826 National

Looking for some writing, publishing, or tutoring resources?

826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers. 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. With a center located in Boston, this is another good site to follow for keeping up-to-date on local writing events.

The Office of Letters and Light

The Office of Letters and Light organizes events where kids and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to reach their creative potential.  The Office of Letters and Light is also a sponsor of National Novel Writing Month, Script Frenzy, and the Young Writers Program

The Letters and Light programs are "web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels."

If you are a person who likes to write, this is a Tumblr to watch!

On June 7th, Join the Conversation about Summer Reading

What’s on your reading list this summer?  Whatever you’re planning, and whatever your thoughts on the notion of “summer reading” in general, The New York Times Learning Network invites you to take to Twitter on June 7 and tell the world.

Along with a big, and growing, list of collaborators, The NYT Learning Network is encouraging people of all ages to post their lists, recommendations, thoughts and ideas on June 7th with the hashtag #summerreading.

The Learning Network will be following and re-broadcasting their favorite posts when people like Neil Gaiman, Diane Ravitch and Andy Richter joined thousands of students from kindergarten up to post messages about #whyIwrite.

Wondering what you should tweet?  Here are some ideas:
  • What you want to read — or have to read — this summer.
  • Wonderful, or awful, memories of summer reading
  • Quotes about summer reading, or about reading in general
  • Book recommendations for others
And be sure to check out the list of collaborators participating in the #summerreading discussion!

Don't forget to check out this summer!

Now that summer is almost here, be sure to check out for reading suggestions. Throw a few books in that beach bag and enjoy some of those new releases.  And don't forget to subscribe to The Daily Fig for young adult literature-related blog posts, writing prompts, book excerpts, author interviews and more!
Subscribe to the @Figmentfiction Twitter feed too and keep up-to-date on all that's happening in the world of teen fiction!