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It Came from a Book, the second annual Teen Art Contest

YA Lit + Teen Created Art = It Came from a Book!
Teens – we want to see your book inspired artwork!
Librarians – we want to help you get your teens reading and creating, and we want to give you a great way to celebrate YA lit.

Librarians, we need your help encouraging teens to read and create art.  Please download the 11×17 poster and help us get the word out.  You can share the information on your library websites, Facebook pages and other social networking sites.  You can also print copies of the poster to put up in your libraries.  You can download official posters at www.libraryasincubatorproject.org.

To submit artwork, simply send a digital photograph, or file if your artwork is digital, to 2013artcontest@gmail.com by November 1, 2013.  Teens can submit artwork themselves or librarians can submit artwork on behalf of their teens.  Please just make sure we have the information requested below.

Your e-mail submission should include your full name, the name of your school or public library, the title and author of the book that inspired your art piece, and the statement “I affirm that this is an original piece of artwork.”  We will use your submitting e-mail address to keep in contact with you.

Beginning November 8th, tell your family and friends to visit the online It Came from a Book art gallery at The Library as Incubator Project.org and vote.  Online voting will determine our grand prize winner.

One grand prize winner will be announced on November 18th.  They will receive a $50.00 Amazon gift card, The Library as Incubator Project t-shirt, and book from our sponsors EgmontUSA and Zest Books.

A special note to librarians:
As you encourage your teens to read, create and submit, I want to encourage you to consider having a YA lit inspired art show at your library.  Your teens will still have their art pieces since we are only requesting digital submissions, so that means you can set up a great art gallery right there in your school or public library.  Have an opening night reception with food and drinks and give your teen artists the chance to talk about their artwork as the public comes in to view it.  For more information on this idea, check out how Justin the Librarian created a teen art gallery in his library.  Be sure to check out our Teen Programs in a Box (TPiBs) for some great book inspired craft ideas to do with your teens.

Also, please share with your teens the ya lit inspired photography series of Margot Wood, The Real Fauxtographer.  She has an ongoing blog where she discusses the teen fiction she reads and shares the pictures she takes inspired by the books.

Keep your eye on Library as Incubator Project for more ways to get art into your libraries and for additional blog posts throughout the next few months regarding It Came from a Book. 

Throughout the next months we will have blog posts supporting this project and more. You can visit any of the sponsoring sites – Library as Incubator Project, EgmontUSA, Zest Books and TLT- for information.

A special thank you to The Library as Incubator Project, EgmontUSA, and Zest Books for supporting this project and encouraging teen reading and art.