My idea for the contest comes about due to a Twitter feed I recently ran across, Janice Harayda’s Fake Book News (http://twitter.com/FakeBookNews). As the name implies, the tweets there are completely made-up news items, but they're quite funny. I thought it might be fun to have a contest for Fake Book News specifically in the realm of children’s literature.
Some examples of children’s lit fake book news tweets:
- HC announces forthcoming Laura Numeroff anti-bullying pb, If You Give A Mouse A Noogie
- USPS confirms longstanding rumor: Forever stamp was created to eliminate postage-due rejection letters
- Texas Bd of Ed about-face: Brown Bear, Brown Bear now required reading for ALL grade levels (btw, if this one makes you say, “huh?”, you might not have seen this article)
- Coca-Cola announces new soda pop ad campaign slogan: "Fresca: Rhymes with Scieszka!"
- New tool for writers: Google adds “Editor” to languages available at Google Translate page.
Entries must meet the Twitter standard of being no more than 140 characters long (that’s approximately 20 words).
As mentioned above, you may enter up to 5 fake news items. I’d prefer that you keep multiple news items in one comment (rather than five separate comments), so you might want to cogitate a few days before you post your entries.
Also, five is not a requirement. You can enter just one, or two, or three, or four. Five is just the max.
And you don’t have to leave your name and contact info in the comments. After announcing the winning entry, I’ll have the winner email me with his or her contact info.
The only other rule is that in going for “funny,” be careful not to go into “offensive” or “inappropriate.” I know that you will use your best judgment. But do remember that this blog is open to all age levels, so don’t post anything in poor taste or that contains bad language.
The contest will run for the next seven days. The comments section of this post will be closed at the end of March 19. Then my celebrity judges will take the next few days to review the entries. Each judge will select three favorite fake book news items.
The top vote-getter will be announced on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 (which just so happens to be the release date for The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade). The winner will receive a free copy of The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade, signed by me.
- Abigail Samoun, editor at Tricycle Press
- Alyssa Eisner Henkin, agent at Trident Media Group
- Alice Pope, Editor, Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market