To commemorate National Literacy Month, Wandy Yeap Hoh and David Park, co-founders of MeeGenius! (www.MeeGenius.com), have announced a contest to find the best new children’s book authors. Winners receive a publishing deal with the innovative application.
If you haven't heard of MeeGenius!, it's a new reading, bookstore and publishing application for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Web users. Kids can choose from a wide selection of books to read, and aspiring authors can publish their books online (MeeGenius! will even match illustrators to authors).
Celebrated novelists Laura Dave (author of The Divorce Party), Jane Green (author of Promises to Keep), and Allison Winn Scotch (author of The One That I Want) will lend their literary expertise as guest judges to assist MeeGenius! in its quest to find new manuscripts for children’s stories.
MeeGenius! invites aspiring authors everywhere to submit manuscripts for review from September 15 until 5 p.m. ET on October 31, 2010. The grand prize of an e-book publishing contract on the MeeGenius proprietary publishing platform and an iPad will be awarded to one talented winner. Four runners-up will receive an e-book publishing contract and an iPod Touch.
MeeGenius! will accept original stories with illustrations via the MeeGenius! author platform at www.MeeGenius.com/contest. The panel of judges, including Dave, Green, and Winn Scotch as well as Yeap Hoh and Park, will read all entries and select the next MeeGenius! publishing stars. Ten finalists will be chosen in November, from which the winners will be selected and awarded. The finalists’ stories will be posted on MeeGenius.com, so all visitors to the site will have a chance to provide feedback, praise and encouragement. Winners will be announced in January 2011. Stories will be judged on:
· Appropriate story/content for children ages three to eight
· Emotional connection
· Writing quality
· Read-aloud potential
Official rules and regulations can be found at www.MeeGenius.com/contest.