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It Came from a Book: Teen Read Week 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 Teen Read Week (TM by ALA/YALSA).
Thus, the 2012 Teen Read Week Art Contest
It Came from a Book!

Official announcement and poster download at

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.

To submit artwork, simply send a digital photograph, or file if your artwork is digital, to trwartcontest2012@gmail.com by September 30, 2012.  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 October 14th, tell your family and friends to visit the online TRW 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 October 20th.  They will receive a $50.00 Amazon gift card, The Library as Incubator Project t-shirt, some photograph prints from The  Real Fauxtographer and signed copies of the books (Crewel by Gennifer Albin, Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and Divergent by Veronica Roth) that inspired them, and a gift package from EgmontUSA, including their Teens Top 10 nominated titles Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick and Hourglass by Myra McEntire.

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 for Teen Read Week.  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.

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.  You can also follow our Tweets regarding the contest at the hashtag #TRWart.

You can find the complete list of titles nominated in 2012 for the Teens Top 10 here.  Complete information about this teen choice award can be found here.

Throughout the next months we will have blog posts from the authors involved in supporting this project and more. You can visit any of the sponsoring sites – Library as Incubator Project, The Real Fauxtographer and EgmontUSA – for information.

A special thank you to The Library as Incubator Project, The Real Fauxtographer, EgmontUSA, Ilsa J. Bick, Myra McEntire, Gennifer Albin, Bethany Griffin, Beth Revis and Veronica Roth for supporting this project and encouraging teen reading and art.

Please note: This contest is not sponsored or endorsed by ALA or YALSA, it is simply an activity put together by teen librarians as a way to promote teen reading during Teen Read Week (TM by YALSA).  For official Teen Read Week information, please visit the ALA/YALSA website.