Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Just Announced! NEW "Exquisite Corpse" Writing Contest from Reading Rockets and!

Teachers, Librarians, Parents, and Students!
Check Out the
Exquisite Prompt Redux Contest
To celebrate the publication of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (from Candlewick Press in hardcover and paperback. Also available on audio.), Reading Rockets and are reviving their 2010 Exquisite Prompt writing contest in exquisite corpse fashion. This year's writing prompts are inspired by winning student entries from the 2010 contest!

This year's challenge invites you to write the ending to a cliffhanger, a review of a magical object purchased from The Fairy Tale Catalog, a poem in the voice of the Whinoceros, or the adventures of two time travelers!

How to Enter
  1. Visit and click on the REDUX link.
  2. Find your grade level. All students in grades K-12 can enter!
  3. Review the prompt for your grade level.
  4. Jump start your imagination and START WRITING!
  5. Submit your entry by email no later than November 30. Find the complete rules and submission guidelines on
Prizes for winning entries include online publication on and collections of books, including at least one autographed title.

What Is The Exquisite Corpse Adventure?
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a progressive story game originally published on the Library of Congress' website as the foundation of a national reading and writing initiative, created by The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Click here to learn more.

The Exquisite Corpse Adventure contributors are:  M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering, Jack Gantos, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Lemony Snicket, Steven Kellogg, Gregory Maguire, Megan McDonald, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, James Ransome, Jon Scieszka, and Chris Van Dusen. 

Extensive Educational Resources Available!
Discover a treasure trove of online educational support materials for The Exquisite Corpse Adventure on the NCBLA’s Exquisite Corpse Adventure Education Resource Center. Overflowing with supplemental articles, classroom activities, reading lists, art activities, discussion questions, and more, the Education Resource Center is designed for moms and dads, teachers and librarians, grandparents and guardians—all adults who live and work with young people and have a vested interest in helping kids read more, write better, and create stories and art that expand our universe.

Ask for The Exquisite Corpse Adventure at a bookstore or library near you!

To order The Exquisite Corpse Adventure from the bookseller of your choice, click here.