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2nd Annual Saipan Dreams Fan Fiction Contest: Deadline Extension

Notice of Competition Deadline Extension:
2nd Annual Saipan Dreams Fan Fiction Contest

Grand Prize ‐$100
1st Runner Up ‐$75
2nd Runner Up ‐$50

The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library invites public and private middle schools and high schools on Saipan, Tinian and Rota to participate in the 2nd Annual Saipan Dreams Fan Fiction Contest.

First 10 official entries will receive a $10 gift certificate to Regal Cinema on Saipan courtesy of Frances Kilili Arriola. Gift certificates will be issued on Friday, December 22, 2017 at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library during the final judging ceremony.

Deadline for submissions have been extended to Monday, December 18, 2017. Final judging will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4PM. Competition is open to ages 13 to 18 years old. Each public and private school is asked to participate and submit their entry into the competition. All entries must be submitted to saipandreamsfanfiction@gmail.com

Participants are invited to submit original works of fan fiction of any form. Submission must be between 1,000 to 2,500 words.

Submissions must be typewritten using Times New Roman font (or other easily readable font) in size 12 or larger. The participant’s name, grade level, school affiliation, and contact numbers should appear on the top right corner of the page.

Entries will be initially reviewed and scored by a panel of celebrity judges who will examine form and content with a particular focus on Most detailed, Best written overall, Most imaginative, Best plot line, and Most interesting.

Top 5 CNMI entries will then recite their work during the SECOND PHASE at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library VTC Room at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017. *(If participant from Tinian or Rota is in Top 5, participant will be asked to recite his/her work at the Tinian Public Library and Rota participant in the Antonio C. Atalig Memorial Public Library at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017.)

During the Second phase, the top 5 participants will be scored by a second panel of judges. All participants will receive certificates of participation.

Grand Prize winner will have his/her name and school name inscribed on a perpetual trophy that will be housed at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library until next year’s competition. He/she will receive $100, plus the opportunity to work with author, Katrina Manning, to create a character in her fifth book. To be promoted during her 2018 U.S. book signings. Interview on the Humanities half hour.

1st Runner Up will receive $75 and a one-hour virtual career guidance session with author, Katrina Manning. Interview on the Humanities Half Hour.

2nd Runner Up will receive $50.

Cash prizes and individual trophies will also be awarded to Grand Prize, 1st Runner Up, and 2nd Runner Up winners. For additional information, interested schools are asked to contact saipandreamsfanfiction@gmail.com or the Librarian II Rosalinda Ulloa or Technical Services Librarian Beth Demapan at 235-7315/6.

Visit facebook: joeten kiyu or saipandreamsfanfiction contest or www.cnmilib.org for official rules and information.

Click here to download rules.

Book Donations from the First Lady Diann Torres Foundation

Staff of Lady Dianne and staff from JKPL pose for a group picture.

On October 19, 2017, First Lady Diann Torres is pictured at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library with book donations from the First Lady Diann Torres Foundation.  Two books recently published by the Foundation include: Adora San Nicholas’s newly published Chamorro book entitled Hafa Sinentete-Mu?  and Coloma Castro’s book entitled I Lina’la’ Hu.

First Lady Diann Torres with JKPL Acting Director Erlinda Naputi

First lady Diann Torres through the Lady Diann Torres Foundation launched the Language in Literacy Young Author’s Program and Young Author’s Competition earlier this year in an effort to jump start the language and literacy portion and mission of her foundation.

The Young Author’s Program was designed to promote the learning and use of the indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian languages.

The First Annual Language in Literacy Young Author’s Competition was successful in gathering a combined 32 entries from authors residing on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

The final winning authors and awardees:

  • Coloma Castro, 8th grade, Hopwood Middle School with book entitled “I Lina’la’ Hu” which means “My Life” in English
  • Adora Jay San Nicolas, 5th grade, Sinapalo Elementary School with book entitled “Hafa Sinintete-mu?” which means “How are you feeling?”
  • Katrina Gaag, 7th grade, Chacha Oceanview Middle School with book entitled “Kkol Refaluwasch Me Rei.” Gaag’s story was the only Carolinian entry.

Honorary awardees:

  • Yonnie Babauta, 6th grade, Chacha Oceanview Middle School with book entitled “I Batchit Lina’la-hu Ni Chamorro.” This entry was the only braille entry designed specifically for readers who are visually impaired or blind.
  • Geremy Santos, 3rd grade, Tinian Elementary School with book entitled “I Finenina Na Kinine’hu Guihan” which means “The first fish I have ever caught.”

There were three categories for the competition: 1: grades 4-5, 2: grades 6-8 and 3: grades 9-12.

Entries were not to exceed 250 words for grades 4-8 and 500 for grades 9-12. They had to be submitted in Microsoft Word format or Google Docs with a 12 points Times New Roman font and single spaced between lines.

Winning story entries were granted an exclusive partnership with a professional illustrator and full publishing opportunity.

“I was extremely happy to see our young authors take part in this competition. For a long time, I have had this dream of developing a program that will bring excitement to storytelling and short story writing, specifically for children, using the indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian languages,” First lady Diann Torres said.

For information about the Lady Diann Torres Foundation Language in Literacy Young Author’s Program, you may email ladydianntorres@gmail.com or call 235-2383 (LDTF).