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Smile Giveaway

January 26th, 2010 (08:35 am)

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In honor of the release of the graphic novel Smile by Raina Telgemeier, I've got a giveaway for you!

What has been your most own embarrassing experience at the dentist's office? Share your story in words, in pictures, or in video, and you could win a copy of SMILE! We will accept true stories as well as fiction, with one winner in each category, so please make sure mark your entry as non-fiction (it really happened to you) or fiction (you totally made it up!) Here's the scoop:

WORDS: 500 words or less, in any style or tense you choose.
PICTURES: A one- to two-page spread. It can be one image, multiple images, or multiple panels, like a comic book, but please limit it to a maximum of two pages. Use your pens, pencils, pastels, paints, PhotoShop - get creative!
VIDEO: Keep it under two minutes in length. Upload it to a site where the judges can see it, like YouTube or Vimeo.

CONTENT: All submissions should be appropriate for all ages. Keep it G-rated.

SUBMISSIONS: You must leave a comment on this post with your name, your email address, and your submission (full text, all images, or embedded video) OR a link to your file. If you have difficulty leaving a comment, email your submission to littlewillow@slayground.net

ELIGIBILITY: All ages may enter. Winners must provide a U.S. mailing address where the book will be shipped.

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM PST on February 28th, 2010.
Entries will be judged by Raina Telgemeier and Little Willow.
One winner will be selected per category.
Winners will be announced in March 2010.

The winners have been selected!

After carefully reviewing all of the submissions, Raina and Little Willow have selected two winners. (Note: All of our entries were non-fiction. Thus, we selected two non-fiction winners, rather than one fiction and one non-fiction.) It was very hard to narrow down the field, as all of the entries made us smile and/or laugh and/or wince sympathetically.

Without any further ado, the winners are . . .

Congratulations! Please check your email and respond ASAP so that you may collect your prize: a copy of SMILE by Raina Telgemeier!

Honorable mention:

Many thanks to all of our entrants for sharing their dental dramas with us. :)

About the Book
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

Sneak a peek at Smile! Click here to preview some pages from the book, or click below to watch the trailer!

About the Author
Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, but made her way to New York City when she was 22 to attend the School of Visual Arts as an Illustration and Cartooning student. She received her BFA in 2002, and has worked as a freelance artist ever since. Her comics have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Eisner, Ignatz, Cybil, and Web Cartoonists' Choice awards. Raina lives in Queens, NY, with her husband, Dave Roman.

Related Posts:
What Makes You Smile?
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
Interview: Raina Telgemeier

Many thanks to Whitney Matheson from USA TODAY's Pop Candy blog for posting about the Smile giveaway. (link)


Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)

Here is my submission for the most embarrassing dental story. I hope it's okay to submit it like this. I couldn't figure out how to post it. Sorry! My e-mail is Mitzi.Gray5@gmail.com
Thank You!

Right before I was supposed to get my first crown I was itching all over. I went to my doctor she said it was nerves. So she put me on tranquilizers. I started taking them about a week before I went - no more itching, I felt very calm. They were pills and I have a LOT of trouble swallowing pills, but I could eventually get one down after drinking a BIG glass of orange juice. So I took one before I went for the crown and I was surprisingly calm. After they had worked on me for about an hour I was doing the 'gotta go' dance, squirming in the chair. They let me get up and go to the restroom, so I felt my way down the hallway (remember I am VERY relaxed) with my mouth stuffed full of cotton rolls still wearing the drool bib. There was no toilet paper. I went to the desk near the exam rooms and nobody was there. I had to go out in the waiting room in front of everybody sitting there, and of course everybody immediately looked up at me as soon as I opened the door and they all kept looking at me with good reason. Then I had to try to get the lady at the desk to understand me saying "there's no toilet paper in the restroom" with a mouth full of cotton rolls. Thanks to my 'gotta go' dance I think she figured out what I was saying. She motioned for me to come back through the door and gave me a roll. I went and did my business and then when I flushed the water in the bowl came all the way up to the top and started to overflow. I jumped back and then it just stopped flushing completely. I washed my hands and went back out in the lobby, and of course everybody stared at me again and I told the lady their toilet had just overflowed. I went back to the dentist and she said "Are you okay? You look flushed." Seriously? You can't make this stuff up.

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