“Central casting” at AdLit.org and Reading Rockets is looking for young, creative writers and filmmakers to participate in the Exquisite Prompt “Write It, Film It Video Contest” for kids ages 7-18.
First, you pick a “prompt” suggested by one of these great writers.
* Jon Scieszka (Time Warp Trio)
* Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia)
* Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux)
* Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis)
* Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising)
* Steven Kellogg (Chicken Little)
* Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
And be sure to check out their exquisite corpse adventure. An “exquisite corpse” is a writing game where everyone writes a different part of the same story, not seeing what anyone else has done.
Then you write a script. The site has a lot of great resources to help guide you.
Then you can enter your script or go ahead and make a movie (no more than 3 minutes) and send it in. Teams of two are allowed. All the rules and information about how to enter are here.
Film It! Keep it simple, keep it interesting. Remember: maximum length: 3 minutes. Titles, musical interludes, and ‘special effects’ are cool but not required.
Enter Now! The contest has three competition levels:
* Level I: ages 7-10
* Level II: ages 11-13
* Level III: ages 14-18
* Winners from each competition level will have their video published on Reading Rockets, AdLit.org, and YouTube
* Gold Award Winners will receive a Flip HD video camera, a collection of books and DVDs, and movie tickets
* Silver Award and Bronze Award Winners will receive books, DVDs, and movie tickets