You’ve made all your plans for Teen Tech Week and are just about ready to celebrate Mix & Mash @ your library, March 6-12. But as you finalize those details, be sure to include two contests from YALSA and TTW Promotional Partner in your plans! One contest, starting next Monday, gives teens an opportunity to win a Nook e-reader and a $50 gift card at Beginning March 9, you could win an e-reader too! Read on for details

For Teens

Encourage your teens to enter the Steampunk Apparatus Contest, to be judged by Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award winner!

Part One: Come up with a device or instrument and give it a name and a description of what it looks like. For example, “Blimflocket – a wristwatch with a chain that goes up the arm and links to a person’s neck.”

On March 7 tweet this invention along with the hashtag #YALSApunk and @figmentfiction.

A winning device will be chosen based on creativity, and the inventor will receive an Amazon gift card.

Part Two: On March 8, the winning device will be announced on the Figment and YALSA sites and by Twitter.

For the second part of the contest, write a short story (in 750 words or fewer) on Figment in which the winning device from the first round gets used. Submissions will be accepted March 8-11.

Figment users will vote to select finalists the week of March 14; then National Book Award winning-author, Kathryn Erskine, will choose a winning story. The winner will be announced the week of March 21 and will receive a Nook e-reader.

For Librarians

From March 9-12, librarians are invited to tweet their most inspiring creative writing prompts for teens. Tweets must include the hashtag #YALSAprompt as well as @figmentfiction.

The Figment staff will select the most inspiring prompts and feature them prominently on the Figment site and in their professional newsletter. The creator of the winning prompt will also receive a Nook e-reader.

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.

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