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Contest Guidelines
Comic Strip (pdf)
Animated Movie

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Nēnē Award Comic Strip Contest

Entries Due January 28

Create an original comic strip that demonstrates ONE of the following ideas from the book.

Do NOT retell scenes from the book. Instead, connect this theme to a real life, personal incident or create a scenario that demonstrates this idea.

  1. Smile shows us how to gracefully embrace life's twists and be more sensitive to others who are doing the same.
  2. Friendship means supporting each other, not making things harder, and if your friends can't do that, then they're not really your friends.
  3. The importance of feeling comfortable within one's skin and to embrace one's strengths, weaknesses, and quirks.

Sample comic generators: OR

Format & Submission Requirements: