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Contest / ScholarshipLandmark Books: David Melton Memorial Written & Illustrated by... Contest
Type:Creative Writing
Description:$10 per entry. Individual students entering in different age categories write and illustrate a book for entry to the contest. Age categories are 6-9, 10-13, 14-19. Each book submitted must be both written and illustrated by the same student.

To encourage and celebrate the creative talents and skills of students, Landmark House, Ltd. is pleased to announce The 2009 National Kids-in-Print Book Contest for Students.*

A qualified panel of judges, composed of professional editors, writers, illustrators, teachers, and librarians will judge the book entries on the merits of originality and the writing and illustrating skills displayed.

Landmark House, Ltd. will then publish the three winning students' books, one from each of the three age categories. The books will be printed and assembled according to the finest quality standards of book publishing.

What wonderful experiences await the three winners! When their books are selected for publication, they will be offered publishing contracts. They also will enjoy all-expense-paid trips to our offices in Kansas City, Kansas, where Landmark's professional staff will assist them in the editing, refining, and final production of their books. Within months, the winners will become published authors and illustrators and will be paid royalties annually on the sales of their books.

*Formerly The National Written & Illustrated by… Awards Contest for Students



Rules and Guidelines (click here for a printable version)

Entry Qualifications
: Books by students may be entered in one of three age categories: 1) Ages 6 to 9 2) Ages 10 to 13 3) Ages 14 to 19 Each book submitted must be both written and illustrated by the same student. Any books that are written by one student and illustrated by another will be disqualified automatically. All entries must be submitted via a teacher or librarian.

Entry Fee
: $10.00 per entry. All payments must be made in U.S. currency (check or money order; no cash), or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). The fee will help cover the expenses incurred in properly processing thousands of book entries.

Deadline for Entry
: All entries must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2009.

Choice of Subject and Style of Text
: Each student's book may be on any subject and in any genre - fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, humor, science fiction, etc. Text may be written in either prose or poetry. Keep in mind that the best stories have a well-developed beginning, middle, and end.

Interest Level
: The student's book must be written at a level that would be understood by and of interest to children who are somewhere within the age range of Kindergarten through Fourth Grade (approximately ages 5 through 9).

Book Dimensions
: All books must be eight and one-half inches (8˝") wide and eleven inches (11") tall.

Number of Pages
: The combination of text and illustrations should be no less than sixteen (16) pages and no more than twenty-four (24) pages. In addition, there must be a Half-Title Page and the Title Pages. Half-Title Page - Consists of one (1) page, which may include: only the Title, or only an illustration, or a combination of both. Title Page - Consists of a two-page spread, which includes: Title, Name of Author/Illustrator, and an illustration.

Number of Illustrations
: Students may develop as many illustrations as they choose; however, there must be at least one (1) illustration on every two-page spread.

Choice of Media for Illustrations
: Students may develop their own illustrations in any medium of their choice, as long as the illustrations remain two dimensional and flat to the surface of the paper (no pop-ups). They may use pencil, water-color, tempera, ink, colored felt-tip markers, crayon, ORIGINAL computer graphics, or photographs taken by them, etc. If students use pastels, chalk, or any other medium that will rub off, each illustration should be properly sprayed with a fixative.

Type of Paper
: Text - Text should be typed on white paper, either computer or regular typing paper.
Illustrations - All illustrations should be prepared individually on good quality sketchpad paper or drawing paper.

Type of Text
: All text should be neatly typed, double-spaced, and in a 12- to 14-point type. There must be at least a one-inch (1") margin at the top, bottom, and both sides of each page where text appears. The student or another individual may do the typing. For picture books, large primary-size type is permitted. The use of calligraphy or a special style of hand printing is also permitted, but only if it enhances the design and intent of the book.

Rules for Editing of Students' Books
: Teachers, librarians, parents, and other individuals may assist the students in the editing of their books for proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Suggestions may also be given for improving the story lines and artwork. However, the finished books must be examples of the skills and imaginations of the students themselves.

Blank Book Construction
: Students will need six eleven-inch (11") by seventeen-inch (17") sheets of paper, so that when these pages are folded, they can be bound together into a book that is eight and one-half inches (8˝") wide and eleven inches (11") tall. After folding the eleven-inch (11") by seventeen-inch (17") sheets of paper, each page should be inserted one inside another like the stacking of taco shells one inside another.

Placement of Text and Illustrations
: Once the blank book is completed, the student can cut and paste the completed artwork and text onto those blank pages. Keeping in mind that there must be at least one (1) illustration and some text on every two-page spread, students may now cut and choose where to paste their materials. For example, a full page of text on one page and a full illustration on the opposite page; or, an illustration that spans a two-page spread, with bits of text cut and pasted somewhere on one or both pages, etc.

IMPORTANT: So a reader may easily follow the story line, it is absolutely necessary that the illustrations reflect the action taking place in the text on that page or two-page spread.

End Sheets
: The End Sheets may consist of either white or colored paper.

Binding of Books
: Pages (including End Sheets) must be stapled or sewn together on the centerfold, so all pages will lie flat when opened. Side-stitched or plastic comb-bound books are not permitted and will disqualify the book entry.

Book Covers
: After the book has been bound, eight and one-half-inch (8˝") by eleven-inch (11") pieces of stiff cardboard or chipboard must be glued to both the top and the bottom of the book — similar to a sandwich. This process gives the book the height and firmness needed to look and feel like a real book and will make it easier to accommodate the wrap-around book jacket. Covering the cardboard or chipboard with colored paper is optional.

Book Jackets
: Each book must have a loose Book Jacket which wraps around the cover. The Book Jacket should contain a Front Panel, Back Panel, and Spine, and both a Front and Back Flap. All elements of the Book Jacket should be neatly pasted in position on a large sheet of paper, then trimmed to fit the book, offering as professional an appearance as possible.
Front Panel - Should contain the Title, the Name of the Author/Illustrator, and an illustration.
Front Flap - Should be four inches (4") wide. The copy must be written by the student and neatly typed. It should be a publicity piece that gives a brief synopsis and tells how wonderful the book is. Allow no room for modesty here!
Back Flap - Should also be four inches (4") wide. It must include a photograph of the Author/Illustrator, along with a brief, neatly typed biography of the student.
Back Panel - For the Contest, the Back Panel may be left blank because the Entry Form must be securely pasted or taped on the OUTSIDE of this panel. If there is already artwork and/or type on the Back Panel, the Entry Form must still be securely pasted or taped on the Back Panel of the Book Jacket.
Spine - Must contain the Title and the Name of the Author/Illustrator. Hand lettering is preferred.

Official Entry Form
: The Official Entry Form is printed on the last page of these Rules and Guidelines. For additional copies, the Entry Form may be photocopied as needed.

Contest Entries Should Include
: 1. Only original books; no photocopies.
2. An Entry Fee of $10.00 per entry. All payments must be made in U.S. currency. Send only a check or money order (no cash, please), or pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). Please make your check or money order payable to "Landmark House, Ltd.". Be sure to paper-clip the check or money order to the top of the Title Page on the inside of the book. Books that do no include the entry fee will not be accepted.
3. A padded Return Book Mailer. To ensure the return of the book, a padded Return Book Mailer, addressed to the student and stamped with sufficient postage, must be included. (Check with your post office to determine the exact amount of postage you need to place on the padded Return Book Mailer.)

How to Send
: Each entry must be mailed separately. Due to the high volume of entries, we will not accept phone calls, faxes, or emails to confirm the receipt of any entries. To verify delivery of entries, please use a parcel service with tracking or delivery confirmation, such as, but not limited to: USPS Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc.

Deadline for Entry
: All entries must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2009.

Judging and Selection
: All books are considered by a qualified panel of judges, composed of professional editors, writers, illustrators, teachers, and librarians. Books are judged on the merits of originality and the writing and illustrating skills displayed. Note: Non-winning books will not be edited or critiqued.

Announcement of Winners
: The cataloging and careful judging of thousands of book entries require several months. Winners will be determined and notified by phone by November 1, 2009.

Return of Books
: All non-winning book entries will be returned during November/December 2009. ONLY those entries which include a padded Return Book Mailer of sufficient size and stamped with proper postage will be returned.

Scholarships
: Each winner will be given a $15,000.00 scholarship to be applied to an accredited college, university, or institute of higher learning.

About David Melton
: David Melton, renowned Author and Illustrator of more than 35 books, died November 8, 2002. His gift to young people was his unique “Melton Method” by which thousands of students nationwide have been taught to successfully write and illustrate amazing original books for children. As Creative Coordinator at Landmark Editions, Mr. Melton initiated the exciting National Written & Illustrated by… Awards Contest for Students and supervised the development and publication of 48 outstanding books created by the winning students.

Ideas to Help Cover the Costs of the Book Supplies and Entry Fees
: Many times, teachers or librarians contact their PTA, other service organizations, or local business people for help in sponsoring and funding worthwhile projects for students. Seek out such resources and make creating your students’ books an exciting community endeavor. In addition, please see our upcoming website at www.landmarkhouseltd.com for other ideas.


Written & Illustrated by…
A Revolutionary Two-Brain Approach for Teaching Students How to Write and Illustrate Amazing Books
By David Melton

Please Note: All specifications for book format are more elaborately explained and examples of methods of construction are shown in detail in David Melton’s highly-acclaimed teacher’s manual, Written & Illustrated by… . This manual is beneficial in showing students how to develop and assemble their materials, but purchase of the book is not required in order for students to enter the contest.



Note: To obtain a free copy of the Contest Rules and Guidelines and Entry Form by mail, please send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope to:

The 2009 National Kids-in-Print
Book Contest for Students
Kierland Corporate Center
7047 East Greenway Parkway, Ste. 250
Scottsdale, AZ 85254



If you have any questions, please email us at contest@landmarkeditions.com.

Sponsor:Landmark Books
Sponsor's Goals:To encourage and celebrate the creative talents and skills of students.
Deadline:2009-06-01
P R I Z E S
Total # of Prizes:
Low Prize:
Top Prize:
R E Q U I R E M E N T S
Applies To:
For Residents of:
Grades:1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Other Requirements:Rules and Guidelines (see website for a printable version)

Entry Qualifications
: Books by students may be entered in one of three age categories: 1) Ages 6 to 9 2) Ages 10 to 13 3) Ages 14 to 19 Each book submitted must be both written and illustrated by the same student. Any books that are written by one student and illustrated by another will be disqualified automatically. All entries must be submitted via a teacher or librarian.

Entry Fee
: $10.00 per entry. All payments must be made in U.S. currency (check or money order; no cash), or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). The fee will help cover the expenses incurred in properly processing thousands of book entries.

Deadline for Entry
: All entries must be postmarked on or before May 1, 2007.

Choice of Subject and Style of Text
: Each student's book may be on any subject and in any genre - fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, mystery, humor, science fiction, etc. Text may be written in either prose or poetry. Keep in mind that the best stories have a well-developed beginning, middle, and end.

Interest Level
: The student's book must be written at a level that would be understood by and of interest to children who are somewhere within the age range of Kindergarten through Fourth Grade (approximately ages 5 through 9).

Book Dimensions
: All books must be eight and one-half inches (8˝") wide and eleven inches (11") tall.

Number of Pages
: The combination of text and illustrations should be no less than sixteen (16) pages and no more than twenty-four (24) pages. In addition, there must be a Half-Title Page and the Title Pages. Half-Title Page - Consists of one (1) page, which may include: only the Title, or only an illustration, or a combination of both. Title Page - Consists of a two-page spread, which includes: Title, Name of Author/Illustrator, and an illustration.

Number of Illustrations
: Students may develop as many illustrations as they choose; however, there must be at least one (1) illustration on every two-page spread.

Choice of Media for Illustrations
: Students may develop their own illustrations in any medium of their choice, as long as the illustrations remain two dimensional and flat to the surface of the paper (no pop-ups). They may use pencil, water-color, tempera, ink, colored felt-tip markers, crayon, ORIGINAL computer graphics, or photographs taken by them, etc. If students use pastels, chalk, or any other medium that will rub off, each illustration should be properly sprayed with a fixative.

Type of Paper
: Text - Text should be typed on white paper, either computer or regular typing paper.
Illustrations - All illustrations should be prepared individually on good quality sketchpad paper or drawing paper.

Type of Text
: All text should be neatly typed, double-spaced, and in a 12- to 14-point type. There must be at least a one-inch (1") margin at the top, bottom, and both sides of each page where text appears. The student or another individual may do the typing. For picture books, large primary-size type is permitted. The use of calligraphy or a special style of hand printing is also permitted, but only if it enhances the design and intent of the book.

Rules for Editing of Students' Books
: Teachers, librarians, parents, and other individuals may assist the students in the editing of their books for proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Suggestions may also be given for improving the story lines and artwork. However, the finished books must be examples of the skills and imaginations of the students themselves.

Blank Book Construction
: Students will need six eleven-inch (11") by seventeen-inch (17") sheets of paper, so that when these pages are folded, they can be bound together into a book that is eight and one-half inches (8˝") wide and eleven inches (11") tall. After folding the eleven-inch (11") by seventeen-inch (17") sheets of paper, each page should be inserted one inside another like the stacking of taco shells one inside another.

Placement of Text and Illustrations
: Once the blank book is completed, the student can cut and paste the completed artwork and text onto those blank pages. Keeping in mind that there must be at least one (1) illustration and some text on every two-page spread, students may now cut and choose where to paste their materials. For example, a full page of text on one page and a full illustration on the opposite page; or, an illustration that spans a two-page spread, with bits of text cut and pasted somewhere on one or both pages, etc.

IMPORTANT: So a reader may easily follow the story line, it is absolutely necessary that the illustrations reflect the action taking place in the text on that page or two-page spread.

End Sheets
: The End Sheets may consist of either white or colored paper.

Binding of Books
: Pages (including End Sheets) must be stapled or sewn together on the centerfold, so all pages will lie flat when opened. Side-stitched or plastic comb-bound books are not permitted and will disqualify the book entry.

Book Covers
: After the book has been bound, eight and one-half-inch (8˝") by eleven-inch (11") pieces of stiff cardboard or chipboard must be glued to both the top and the bottom of the book — similar to a sandwich. This process gives the book the height and firmness needed to look and feel like a real book and will make it easier to accommodate the wrap-around book jacket. Covering the cardboard or chipboard with colored paper is optional.

Book Jackets
: Each book must have a loose Book Jacket which wraps around the cover. The Book Jacket should contain a Front Panel, Back Panel, and Spine, and both a Front and Back Flap. All elements of the Book Jacket should be neatly pasted in position on a large sheet of paper, then trimmed to fit the book, offering as professional an appearance as possible.
Front Panel - Should contain the Title, the Name of the Author/Illustrator, and an illustration.
Front Flap - Should be four inches (4") wide. The copy must be written by the student and neatly typed. It should be a publicity piece that gives a brief synopsis and tells how wonderful the book is. Allow no room for modesty here!
Back Flap - Should also be four inches (4") wide. It must include a photograph of the Author/Illustrator, along with a brief, neatly typed biography of the student.
Back Panel - For the Contest, the Back Panel may be left blank because the Entry Form must be securely pasted or taped on the OUTSIDE of this panel. If there is already artwork and/or type on the Back Panel, the Entry Form must still be securely pasted or taped on the Back Panel of the Book Jacket.
Spine - Must contain the Title and the Name of the Author/Illustrator. Hand lettering is preferred.

Official Entry Form
: The Official Entry Form is printed on the last page of these Rules and Guidelines. For additional copies, the Entry Form may be photocopied as needed.

Contest Entries Should Include
: 1. Only original books; no photocopies.
2. An Entry Fee of $10.00 per entry. All payments must be made in U.S. currency. Send only a check or money order (no cash, please), or pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). Please make your check or money order payable to "Landmark Editions." Be sure to paper-clip the check or money order to the top of the Title Page on the inside of the book. Books that do no include the entry fee will not be accepted.
3. A padded Return Book Mailer. To ensure the return of the book, a padded Return Book Mailer, addressed to the student and stamped with sufficient postage, must be included. (Check with your post office to determine the exact amount of postage you need to place on the padded Return Book Mailer.)

How to Send
: Each entry must be mailed separately. Due to the high volume of entries, we will not accept phone calls, faxes, or emails to confirm the receipt of any entries. To verify delivery of entries, please use a parcel service with tracking or delivery confirmation, such as, but not limited to: USPS Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc.

Deadline for Entry
: All entries must be postmarked on or before May 1, 2007.

Judging and Selection
: All books are considered by a qualified panel of judges, composed of professional editors, writers, illustrators, teachers, and librarians. Books are judged on the merits of originality and the writing and illustrating skills displayed. Note: Non-winning books will not be edited or critiqued.

Announcement of Winners
: The cataloging and careful judging of thousands of book entries require several months. Winners will be determined and notified by phone by October 1, 2007.

Return of Books
: All non-winning book entries will be returned during November/December 2007. ONLY those entries which include a padded Return Book Mailer of sufficient size and stamped with proper postage will be returned.

Contracts for Students
: Each student whose book is selected for publication will be offered a publishing contract. To ensure that the student benefits from the proceeds until he/she is 18 years of age, an individual trust fund must be set up by the student’s parents or legal guardians. Royalty payments from the sales of each winner’s book will be made payable and sent directly to the trust fund. Reports of sales and payment of royalties will be sent annually.

About David Melton
: David Melton, renowned Author and Illustrator of more than 35 books, died November 8, 2002. His gift to young people was his unique “Melton Method” by which thousands of students nationwide have been taught to successfully write and illustrate amazing original books for children. As Creative Coordinator at Landmark Editions, Mr. Melton initiated the exciting National Written & Illustrated by… Awards Contest for Students and supervised the development and publication of 48 outstanding books created by the winning students.

Ideas to Help Cover the Costs of the Book Supplies and Entry Fees
: Many times, teachers or librarians contact their PTA, other service organizations, or local business people for help in sponsoring and funding worthwhile projects for students. Seek out such resources and make creating your students’ books an exciting community endeavor. In addition, please see our website at www.landmarkeditions.com for other ideas.


Written & Illustrated by…
A Revolutionary Two-Brain Approach for Teaching Students How to Write and Illustrate Amazing Books
By David Melton

Please Note: All specifications for book format are more elaborately explained and examples of methods of construction are shown in detail in David Melton’s highly-acclaimed teacher’s manual, Written & Illustrated by… . This manual is beneficial in showing students how to develop and assemble their materials, but purchase of the book is not required in order for students to enter the contest.



Note: To obtain a free copy of the Contest Rules and Guidelines and Entry Form by mail, please send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope to:

Contest for Students
Landmark Editions, Inc.
1904 Foxridge Drive
Kansas City, KS 66106



If you have any questions, please email us at contest@landmarkeditions.com.

Q: If I am 16 years old, can I enter in the 6 to 9 age category?
A: No, you must enter in the age category that corresponds with your own age. However, your book may be written for children 6 to 9 years of age. So, in your situation, you would need to enter in the 14 to 19 age category.

Q: Can I send in my entry now?
A: Yes, we will accept entries anytime between now and May 1, 2007.

Q: Can I send in more than one entry?
A: Yes, of course! You must include an Entry Form and an Entry Fee for each entry. Please keep in mind that the age category you enter must correspond with your current age.

Q: Where can I get art supplies and materials for the contest?
A: Our preferred provider is Molly Hawkins! Click here to go to their site.

Q: I am a homeschooler, can I enter too?
A: Yes, of course!

Q: What if I can't afford the $10 entry fee?
A: If you do not have the money, but really want to enter, look for people in your community that could help. Maybe you could get multiple people or businesses to give you even $1 or $2 until you get $10. Show them your work and they will be so impressed with what you are doing that they won't be able to say no.


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