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The First Annual KidLit Conference: Chicago '07

Writing Contest for TOKYOPOP

I received the following announcement from Jackie (fellow readergirlz postergirl and blogger at Interactive Reader). She in turn received it from Mandy Willingham, Author and Artist Relations Associate for TOKYOPOP. I'm posting it here because it seems like something that young adults who like to write would be interested in. You have to be at least 13 years of age to enter. Here's the announcement:

As the country's leading manga publisher, TOKYOPOP is committed to encouraging children and young adults to read. Now, we're pleased to announce our Alex CosmoGIRL! Alex Unlimited Writing Competition, featuring a grand prize of a trip for two to New York City.

Alex Unlimited is Dan Jolley's story about Alexandra Benno, a young woman with a unique talent: she can instantly summon parallel-dimension versions of herself. But these duplicates are always super-idealized: smart, fast, tough, and often the most beautiful girls in their world--while Alex herself is clumsy, frizzy-haired, and has the body of a twelve-year-old boy! So when the government recruits Alex for top-secret espionage work, it's always her idealized version who gets the action and, consequently, receives all the credit. Sick of being her own sidekick, will Alex be able to crack the Vosarak Code and complete her latest mission . . . or is she destined to live in her own shadow?

Participants have until October 31 to write short story based on Dan Jolley's Alex Unlimited universe, and WIN a TRIP for TWO to NEW YORK CITY and the chance to be immortalized in Dan Jolley's next volume of Alex Unlimited! In order to be eligible, the story must follow the following criteria:

  • is based on the Alex Unlimited world and includes Alex as the main character
  • is entirely fictional (Submissions containing reference to real-life individuals will not be accepted.)
  • is no less than 3,000 words nor longer than 5,000 words in length
  • is an original work! (Plagiarism or use of copyrighted material is strictly prohibited. Entries with profanity will not be accepted.)

The Grand Prize-winning entry gets:   

  • Published in Volume 3 of the Alex Unlimited series
  • Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to New York for two
  • NY Comic Con 2008 passes for two
  • Paid tour for two to see top landmarks around New York City
  • A visit to the CosmoGIRL! offices to meet the editors
  • 250 Macy's gift certificate

A complete list of rules can be found at:

If you happen to know any aspiring manga writers, especially among teens, this could be a good opportunity for them.