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Smile Giveaway

January 26th, 2010 (08:35 am)

Current Mood: thankful
Current Song: Get Back by Demi Lovato

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: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 29th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)

I was one of the first kids to get braces in my 8th grade class and for a quick minute I felt supercool. Then I had them tightened. And it hurt. Oh well, I told myself, pain is beauty, beauty is pain, right? Everyone was curious about them, wanted their own, was jealous of my neon pink rubber bands. Soon they got braces and the novelty wore off, but as the first person to have had them I was also the first person to have them taken off. Now my teeth- straight and white- were what people envied as they endured their own beauty pain. And I'm pretty sure I did some serious bragging.

Flash forward to junior year. Braces are out. No one wants them. No one has them.

Except me. Again. What? What! Apparently, the orthodontist had taken them off a few months too early and now as I sat in the medieval chair, paper apron covered in drool, he informed me that I would have to have my braces put back on. I screamed. I cried. I stood up and tried to run out the door. But my mother blocked my path and pushed me back to the chair. Nothing to brag about now.

-Elizabeth (liznwyrk@gmail.com)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 30th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: Braces!

Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing your story. If you are named a winner, you will be contacted directly. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 22nd, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Braces!

Cool! And I mentioned the contest on my blog: http://alilsumpinsumpin.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Braces!

Thanks for spreading the news! :)

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