Sunday, November 23, 2014

Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman launches 'Project Remix'

Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman has launched a search to find the UK's most creative teens.

Project Remix, Malorie's second, and final, major Children’s Laureate project celebrates the art of storytelling in all its forms, and is being hosted on the teenage story-sharing community The competition, open to UK residents aged 13 to19 years, will be judged by Malorie, with entries published on the website and the winners announced at an exclusive event in April 2015.

To enter, teenagers are asked to make their own creative work in response to a selection of acclaimed pieces of literature, featuring fiction, poetry, graphic novels and short stories from some bestselling contemporary and classic authors, including John Green, Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker. Entries can be submitted into five categories: Music, Book Cover Design, Book Trailer, Creative Writing, and Comic Strip.

The aim of the competition is to engage young people with literature, encourage them to use it as a creative springboard into other storytelling medias, and to open doors to the arts and the creative industries. It was inspired by the growth of online fandom, including fan fiction and fan art and the surge in related digital communities.

Malorie said: "Teenagers are some of the most passionate, dynamic and creative people I know. Yet too often this creative spark is left to flicker precariously and sometimes fade entirely. Project Remix is all about fuelling that inventive spark, encouraging young people to view literature in fresh and exciting ways, putting creative control directly back into their hands. Imagine Austen’s Pride and Prejudice remixed into a drum and bass anthem or saxophone solo, Collins’ The Hunger Games reimagined as a vibrant comic strip, and Ness The Knife of Never Letting Go brought to life as a suspenseful book trailer"

She added: "As well as celebrating story in all its forms, I hope Remix will shine a light on the vast range of opportunities that there are in the creative industries for our young people – so often overlooked within traditional careers guidance".

Malorie will be joined by two fellow judges – a young Movella community member and a publisher from Penguin Random House – to select a winner and a runner up for each category. The winners and runners up will be invited to the Project Remix ceremony, with the winners awarded an exclusive experience relating to their category, including: a day at a music studio, shadowing the studio manager (Music); a design portfolio session with a Random House senior book designer (Book Cover Design); a film feedback session with BBC director Jermain Julian (Book Trailer); an editorial critique session from a top Random House editor (Creative Writing); and a behind-the-scenes visit to the Phoenix comic publisher (Comic Strip). The runners-up will receive a special goody bag of books.

Project Remix is live at with further information about the competition, plus resources to help young people create their entries, including guidance and insider tips from top industry experts from each category.

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