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Entries are due March 15, 2008
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Rules & Entry Form

This contest is open to students in grades K-8 in United States and U.S. International schools. Students must develop their entries in groups of three or more under the supervision of an adult who acts as the Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator assures that the entry adheres to the rules and regulations and provides constructive criticism and general guidance. The story and illustrations must be the students' work.

Creative Guidelines
All entries must be illustrated in picture book format. Text may be typed, computer generated, or handwritten. Both text and artwork must be the sole creation of the students. The Project Coordinator provides only constructive criticism and general guidance.

Artwork must be received in its original format. Based on your design, use either 8 ˝" x 11" or 9" x 12" paper. We recommend that you submit your illustrations on art quality paper or construction paper. Three dimensional artwork (pop-ups, flaps, movable parts, plasticine, etc.) will not be accepted. Artwork may be computer generated only if it is the students' original creation. Do not use clipart.

Artwork and text should be submitted separately. Do not bind pages. Provide a mock-up of the way the text and artwork should relate to each other in your finished book using photocopies of your artwork. Mock-ups may be bound. Please provide cover art and a dedication page if desired. These will not be counted as part of the page count.

Each entry must fit into one of the following categories:

  • Fiction 21-29 pages*, in picture book format
  • Nonfiction 21-29 pages*, in picture book format
  • Going Green 21-29 pages*, in picture book format

There will be one Grand Prize Winner selected from each category. A total of 25 Honorable Mentions will be named as well.

*Text on illustration page equals one page. Text facing illustration equals two pages.

Selection Criteria
Contest submissions will be judged on originality, content, overall appeal to children, quality of artwork, and compatibility of text and illustrations. The panel of judges, selected by Scholastic Book Fairs, includes professionals in the fields of publishing, business, education, art, and literature.

Entry Process and Deadline
Each entry must be accompanied by an Entry Form (PDF). The Entry Form may be photocopied and attached for additional student names and signatures. IMPORTANT: The signatures of the Project Coordinator, Principal, and all Parents or Guardians of participating students must be on the Entry Form (or a photocopy of it). Please do not prepare your own release form.

All entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2008 to be eligible for the 2008 Competition.

From the time of submission, entries become the property of Scholastic Book Fairs and will not be returned. Entrants will receive a letter of acknowledgement and a certificate of participation. Winners will be announced by May 31st.

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