PART 1: Create and Submit a Story
MarbleRoad will reach out to the rare community to request submissions of storybooks in two categories. The categories are picture books appropriate for pre-readers ages 0-5 (under 300 words) and early reader books appropriate for children age 5-7 (under 1300 words). Books should illustrate the perspective of self, sibling, caregiver, or other relevant role in the illness experience, to help facilitate dialogue and understanding for families facing complex illness. It is, perhaps, unusual to engage with children about illness at such an early age; however some 22.5 million children in the United States are living with rare disorders and it may help to begin this conversation and exploration at an early age.
Submissions from individuals/families only please; submissions from organizations will not be accepted at this time.
Please complete the attached form and send it in with your storybook submission to demonstrate financial need - note that financial need is not required to participate, but financial assistance awards for grand prize winners and runners up can only be offered to those in need.
To submit a children's story (deadline January 13, 2012), please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the address below. Make sure to indicate somewhere on your submission whether for ages 0-5 or 5-7 (see above)!
YOUR SUBMISSION PACKET SHOULD INCLUDE:
Timeline: September 15, 2011 through January 13, 2012.
PART 2: Create and Submit a Video
Each story will be carefully reviewed by an Advisory Committee comprised of educators, medical professionals, social workers, and artists. Five finalists will be selected from each of the two categories (10 in total), and small portable video cameras will be sent to all finalists. Those who receive cameras will be asked to submit a short video, not to exceed three minutes, further sharing their rare story and/or a narrative and visual component bringing their storybook submission to life.
Timeline: Review Period January 16-31, 2012 // Video Submissions Received by March 1, 2012
Video cameras to be sent out the week of February 6, 2012.
PART 3: Win Money and Get Published
One grand prize winner and one runner up from each category will be selected based on the number of "likes", comments and views online (we will use either Vimeo or YouTube for video postings). Each grand prize winner and one runner up will receive financial assistance awards to help with medical related costs, and MarbleRoad will explore the opportunity of publishing the two first prize winners.
Timeline: Online Voting from mid-February through Friday, March 16, 2012
Winners will be selected and notified no later than Friday, March 30, 2012.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A STRONG SUBMISSION
Check out a story by one of the authors on our advisory committee: