The Great New Zealand Remix and Mashup Competition
“Organised by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, DigitalNZ and the National Library of New Zealand and enabled by Mix & Mash Sponsors and Partners, Mix & Mash 2013 will promote and celebrate the creative reuse of New Zealand’s common cultural heritage.
“Mix & Mash wants all New Zealanders, young and old, to tell new stories by adapting and remixing Public Domain and Creative Commons licensed content.” (more here)
Mixed and mashed entries on the theme “Stories about the Past” will be showcased in May, and there will be prizes! If you feel virtually crafty and you’re interested, visit the Mix & Mash website for dates, rules, definitions, ideas and sources of (legal-to-use) images, music, video and other data. (Note: work produced for school assessments is accepted!)
Re-Draft is an annual writing competition for teenagers organised by the School for Young Writers in Christchurch, and it’s now on!
Entries close on the 30th of September, and the entry form for the competition is here. The best entries get published in the annual Re-Draft anthology (which gets named after one of the stories in the collection).
We have some previous years’ anthologies in the library.
The New Zealand Transport Agency is running a competition for schools called “Safer Journeys for Teens” (more information right here) in which you can win cash prizes for your school. We noticed that one of the categories is “Literary Remix” in which you can mash up Shakespeare a bit in the context of traveling safely. If you’re interested in entering, come to the library for inspiration! We’ve got a selection of Shakespeare DVDs in the Young Adult collection (80c on a YA card), and also Cliffs Notes on Shakespeare (if you’re short on time). We also have the Complete Works (if you’re not). Enjoy remixing!
Would you like a copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth? How about a copy that you can wipe clean even after you spill a drink on it, because it comes wrapped in the classic library protective plastic? Of course you do. Go to the Teen Blog Facebook page, be one of the first three YA cardholders to answer a very easy question and you can (w)insurgent. Cool? Cool.
While the Rugby World Cup is in action Wellington City Libraries have a competition running that gives you the chance to win an official RWC rugby ball, shirt, scarf, pins & keyring (RRP $200) kindly donated by the Wellington City Council. What do I have to do to win all that sweet swag you say? Well, have a look at the silhouettes of the eight famous number tens below…
Do you recognise any of them? Yes, no, maybe? You can take a guess and enter here (the names are listed, so even if you’re not a rugby scholar like me you still have a good shot). You have to be 14 and over to enter and the winner will be announced on the 30th of October so get your entries in before then, ok?
Please note: the judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
Auckland natives, Cut Off Your Hands, released their second full-length album, Hollow, recently. It’s really good. A more fully realised version of the new wave/post punk sound they’ve been producing since 2006. But why listen to me when you can preview some of the new tracks below? They do a much better job of describing the sound, since they are the sound.
If you read the title of this post and then expected a competition to win a bag, fear not, I didn’t mislead you! Simply be the first to comment on this post (and also have a valid Wellingon Libraries YA card) to win a swell Cut Off Your Hands tote bag. It’s official. You could carry library books and the other Cut Off Your Hands CDs the library has (You & I, Blue On Blue and Cut Off Your Hands) home in it. Do it!
What is Pottermore.com? I do not know. I heard a rumour it had something to do with cellphones, but I forget my source. The Guardian has some theories also. Obviously it is Harry Potter-related, somehow. An online game? What do you think it might be? Comment below and if you’re right (what it actually is will be announced on Thursday/Friday) then we will somehow highlight your prescience. A prize for the ages!
UPDATE: Well now we know what Pottermore is! Kind of! Some sort of e-book shop/fan site I think. Sian got it right, pretty much, in the comments. AWESOME.
Here are the first photos from the Hobbit film, btw. Have you seen any of the actors around the city? I tend to come across them in supermarkets.
Cassandra Clare, author of the bestselling Mortal Instruments series, will be visiting New Zealand next week, including a whirlwind stop for a booksigning at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie on Tuesday the 10th of May. If you’re interested in attending, email the Children’s Bookshop: more information, including times and email address, is here.
There is a Young Writer’s award for secondary school students (prize is $1,500, plus the kudos of winning your school a further $2,000).
Entries for the Young Writer’s award close on 31 May 2011.
Most interesting (from a teen blog perspective) is the Short Short Story competition they are running this year. Here at the teen blog we love short short stories, so we approve of this addition. The short short story competition runs from 25 April to 16 May and must be submitted through Facebook – note the closing date is different for this award, and don’t miss out! 150 words: no problem.
For more information, and to enter your story, visit the BNZ Facebook page (if you like them they’ll also send you alerts and updates about the competition).
The 90 Second Newbery Film Festival is a worldwide competition in which entrants get the chance to condense a classic Newbery medal winning (or honour) book (see here for a list) into a 90 second dramatisastion.
It’s a (very little) bit like writing a haiku of an epic classic, but involving more effort and equipment, and the chance that your offering will be shown at a glitzy event at the New York Public Library. Deadline: 15 September 2011.
Thanks to the people at the National Library (NZ) for pointing this one out.