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The Magian Academy of Magic is sponsoring three contests at this time for readers of the Guardians of Elestra books.  The rules for each contest appear on this page.  

Story Ideas Contest:  The Story Ideas Contest allows kids to submit ideas for new creatures, spells, or other story elements that they think would be good additions to future books in the Guardians of Elestra series.  If an idea is used in a book in the series, the child will be acknowledged in the “Dedication” page, and will receive a free copy of the book.  We will also display the idea on the Magian Academy of Magic page on this website.
Rules:  This contest is ongoing.  However, ideas can only be used for books that have not already begun the publishing process.  Submissions must be e-mailed to contests@guardiansofelestra.com (you can just click on this e-mail address to send a message) and can be MS Word, pdf, or plain text format.  If a picture of a creature or item is included, that can be in .gif or jpeg format.  If an idea is selected for inclusion in a book, the child’s parents will be contacted because a release form will be required before the idea can be published.
Submissions should include the child’s name, parent’s name, and parent’s e-mail address.

Writing Contest:  The Writer’s Loft at the Magian Academy of Magic is sponsoring a writing competition open to all readers of the Guardians of Elestra books.  Readers are asked to write stories about anything they choose in the world of Elestra.  They can write about things that have been discussed in the books or make up new things that relate to the stories, but the stories must mention some element of at least one of the books. Submissions will be reviewed, and if they meet the requirements of being about Elestra and contain appropriate content, they will be displayed on the Writer’s Loft page on this website.  Some of the submissions will be chosen to appear in a special book of stories about Elestra.  This book will be published by Peekaboo Pepper Books. Children whose entries are selected for inclusion will receive a free copy of the book and will be able to order copies for family and friends.  If we do not have enough entries by the end of this contest, we will open this portion of the contest to future contest entries.
Submission requirements:  Submissions must be e-mailed to contests@guardiansofelestra.com.  All submissions should be in MS Word or plain text format.  Submissions must contain the child’s name and age, parent’s name, and parent’s e-mail address.  Parents will be contacted with a release form before submissions are placed on the website.
This contest is open continuously.  Submissions will be placed on the website while the contest is still open.  New writing contests will be posted after this contest is completed.

Art Contest:  The Magian Art Studio of the Magian Academy of Magic is sponsoring an art contest open to all readers of the Guardians of Elestra books.  Readers are asked to draw or paint pictures based on the books.  These may include pictures of characters, items, creatures, or scenes.  Also, other types of artwork that is about the Guardians of Elestra books will be acceptable.  For instance, clay sculpture or Lego creations will be fine. You can be creative and come up with other types of art as well.  Artwork will be displayed on the Magian Art Studio page on this website.
Submission requirements: Submissions must be based on the Guardians of Elestra books. Submissions should be e-mailed to contests@guardiansofelestra.com.  Scanned images saved as pdf, jpeg, or gif files are acceptable.  If the artwork is three dimensional (i.e. A clay sculpture or Lego creation), please e-mail a photograph.  Submissions must include the child’s name and age, the parent’s name, and the parent’s e-mail address.  Parents will be contacted with a release form before artwork is put on the website.
This contest is open continuously--there should never be an end point for creativity.  Artwork will be displayed on the website while the contest is still open.  A new art contest will be posted after this contest is completed.
Contest Information and Rules
Please click on the e-mail address to submit questions or entries for the contests:  contests@guardiansofelestra.com.