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Contest Guidelines

Project Formats
Trailer Contest
Submission Details
Trailer Resources

Creative Writing/Media/Art Contest: Interpretive

Create an original short story, media project, or work of art featuring characters and plot elements from Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

Get to know the characters created by Victoria Jamieson inside and out. Immerse yourself in roller derby culture as depicted in the book. Use your understanding of Roller Girl's characters and plot elements to craft a new story.

Assess Your Story:

Creative Writing/Media/Art Contest: Thematic

Create an original short story, media project, or work of art based on major themes from Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

In Roller Girl, Astrid shows us how challenging it can be to adjust to changing relationships with friends. She also teaches us how to persevere as we pursue our dreams. Write a story using one of these themes:

Adjusting to change: Recognizing that situations change and trying to make the best of a new normal

Perseverance: Continuing effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition

Do not use characters from Roller Girl and do not set your story in the world of roller derby. Create your own characters and choose a new setting while demonstrating similar life lessons to those found in Roller Girl.

Assess Your Story:

Creative Writing/Media/Art Project Formats




Online Media

Graphic Arts

Schools, please vet student entries. Each school/library may submit a maximum 12 Creative Writing/Media/Art projects.

Roller Girl Video Book Trailer Contest

Create a video slide show, live-action, or animated book trailer that will entice 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to read Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

Suggestions for an in-school contest:

Contest Submission Details

Prior to completing the online submission form:

Graphic arts projects special requirements:

Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School
Attn: Michelle Colte, Library Media Specialist
Waianae Ave & Ayers Ave
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786

Hawaii State Library, Edna Allyn Room
Attn: Donna Tokumaru
478 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Click here for the 2018 student contest submission form

Tips for Crafting a Story

Map out your story.

Character: Who is your main character?
Plot: What happens to your character?

Why do we want to see setbacks in a story?

Setbacks create drama. While they're not fun in real life they do make good fiction.

Imagine how uneventful Jack and the Beanstalk would be if it went like this: Jack's family was very poor, so Jack sold the family cow at market so they would have some money. The end.

Setbacks in the story of Jack and the Beanstalk include: A peddler convincing Jack to trade his cow for a handful of beans; a man-eating giant guarding treasure in a castle at the top of the beanstalk. These setbacks help keep readers interested in the story.

Book Trailer Resources for Teachers, Librarians, and Parents

Want to help your students create book trailers? Here are some recommended resources to help you on your way.

Animated Stop Motion Video

Animation Chefs online tutorials

Video Editing

Apple Store Interactive Storytelling Field Trips
Apple Store Kids Hour: Making Movies Together iMovie workshops