Children’s Writers, Check Out This Contest
Today, I have something special to share with all you teachers, parents, and librarians who are also children’s writers (or aspiring children’s writers). Wandy Yeap Hoh, the founder and Co-CEO of MeeGenius!, is a mother of three girls, and they love a good story and MeeGenius! Wandy believes that no great story should be left in the dark and hopes to bring every great story to all the children in the world.
She’s a woman I can get behind! If you haven’t heard of MeeGenius!, and I’ll admit I hadn’t until recently, here’s some information about this cool company:
MeeGenius is an e-bookstore just for kids! MeeGenius books feature read-along technology, engaging narration, and a growing catalog of award-winning titles. You can learn more about MeeGenius by downloading the free app from the Apple app store, Android app store, Google TV, Google Chrome, or by visiting www.meegenius.com. Happy Reading!
Margo: Welcome to Read These Books and Use Them, Wandy! Tell me a little about MeeGenius! What type of products do you offer for children and their parents?
Wandy: Thank you for the opportunity, Margo! I am excited to share more about MeeGenius. MeeGenius offers enhanced children’s e-books through our website, Google TV, Google Chrome, Android app store, and Apple app store. All of our e-books are for children ages 0-8 and feature word highlighting, engaging narration, and vivid illustrations to draw a child in. Our bookstore is growing weekly, and we currently offer more then 150 titles for kids and their parents to pick from.
Margo: I was very impressed when I tried some of the free classics! I am hosting you today, so you can share a very special contest with my readers. What is the contest you are offering and when does it start/end?
Wandy: We are very excited about our new author contest! The contest gives aspiring authors an opportunity to have their manuscript read, reviewed, and voted on by the online community. The contest is for unpublished authors only, and our goal is to provide an avenue for authors to get discovered. The contest begins on September 15th and will end November 1. All manuscripts will be voted on from November 28th – December 18th. The finalist will be announced and then illustrated for the finalist round of voting. The contest will officially end with the winner announced on March 7, 2012.
Margo: What are the prizes for the contest?
Wandy: We are very excited about the prizes! The grand prize winner will receive a digital publishing contract with MeeGenius, including royalties for each book sold. A cash prize of $1,500 dollars and a donation of a MeeGenius library to the school of the winner’s choice! We will also have three runner-up prizes, which include a $500 cash prize and publishing contract.
Margo: I love that prize of a donation to a school. Schools are always in need of new technology and books! Who are the judges?
Wandy: This is the cool part of the contest; the judges are your peers, family, friends, fans, and MeeGenius users! All manuscripts will be posted on the MeeGenius site; the manuscripts with the most “like” (Facebook like button) will advance to the finalist round. The second way to advance will be through a staff favorite pick.
Margo: Well, since I have you here, I’m going to take advantage and ask you what are you looking for in a prize-winning story for children on MeeGenius! What tips can you offer writers for the contest?
Wandy: Our users love a fun, engaging story with a lesson taught to a child. Our bestsellers feature characters children have loved for years and years, but not only because they recognize that character, but because it is an engaging story that teaches a wonderful lesson. Our last contest winner, Pajama Girl, is still one of our bestsellers; and just by reading the story, you will understand why! It had me cracking up the first time we read it.
Margo: Besides this contest opportunity, are you currently looking for submissions from writers for MeeGenius?
Wandy: We aren’t able to accept additional manuscript submissions while the contest is going on, so I would encourage all writers to submit your title to the contest!
Margo: Thanks for letting us know. Where can writers go to learn more about how to enter the contest?
Wandy: Writers can visit our welcome page for all the details! http://www.meegenius.com/challenge/welcome
Margo: Thank you for taking the time out to talk with me today. Is there anything else you’d like to add in closing about MeeGenius! or the contest or both?
Wandy: We hope the author community is excited about this contest as we are! We know there are many, many wonderful authors out there that simply need a chance. We feel confident that we will find the next great children’s author! Thank you for talking with me today and sharing more details about MeeGenius.
Margo: Okay, guys, I would love for one of my readers to win this contest!