Contests from Author Jonathan Friesen

"The yarn speeds the protagonist through a succession of highs, lows and improbable triumphs on the way to a hilariously melodramatic finish." - Kirkus Starred Review

 

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END!

The Last Martin Story Contest has now ended. If you entered, rest assured that your piece is being looked over and the results will be posted here soon! Good luck to all!

 

There’s always a Martin. One Martin.

In honor of the release of The Last Martin, Zonderkidz and author Jonathan Friesen are pleased to announce THE LAST MARTIN STORY CONTEST.

WHAT IS IT?

It’s a writing contest!

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

You could win a chance to bring Jonathan Friesen to YOUR school and be a hero to teachers and students alike! Jonathan Friesen is the award-winning author of the new book, The Last Martin. And, to make it even better, if you win, Jonathan Friesen will have lunch with you!

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?

Here’s what you need to do:

Pick a Story Starter from the list below. (These have been pulled directly from book, THE LAST MARTIN. They are a mystery to all but the select few who have dared to read this riveting book!) Next, write something! It could be an essay, poem, short story, letter, haiku, text message or just about any other creative form you enjoy writing. However, you must keep your submission to fewer than 200 words.

AND if you really, really, really want to meet Jonathan Friesen and have him come to your school, make sure you let all your friends know that they can enter this contest too!

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED?

Once you've completed your entry, send it to thelastmartin@zondervan.com and include your full name, age, address, phone number, and school name as well as your parent's name, email address and phone number. All entries are due by June 1, 2011. Make sure you get your parent's permission to enter--we will be contacting them directly!

STORY STARTERS:

"My Life as a Germaphobe." The Last Martin is filled with nutty characters, none more so than Martin himself. He believes that germs, sickness, and danger wait for him at every turn. Of course these worries only exist in his mind, but his fears still prevent him from living life. Choosing this title may likely mean your story includes the concept of irrational fears.

"The Curse Breaker" Poor Martin! Not only does he live terrified of death, he discovers that he is, in fact, cursed! If Martin's calculations are correct, he has exactly three months to live. He begins a desperate search to free himself from this horrible fate. A story with this title might include a search of some type. You may well find yourself writing about freedom.

"Train Boy" Fortunately for Martin, he is not alone. A strange, homeless boy who lives in an abandoned boxcar behind Martin's house aides him in his attempt to break the curse. As Martin's time ticks away, Martin finds himself especially thankful for a faithful friend. A story with this title might include themes of thankfulness or friendship.

WHAT YOU CAN WIN:

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a signed copy of The Last Martin and a lunch with Jonathan Friesen. In addition, ten copies of The Last Martin will be given to the Grand Prize Winner’s school and Jonathan Friesen will visit the school. In addition, your winning submission will be published on jonathanfriesen.com.

Runner up will receive a signed copy of The Last Martin and a phone call from Jonathan Friesen. In addition, his or her school will receive ten copies of the book. In addition, your winning submission will be published on jonathanfriesen.com.

Third Place will receive a signed copy of The Last Martin and winning submission will be published on JonathanFriesen.com

READY TO ENTER?

Submit your entry to thelastmartin@zondervan.com by or before June 1, 2011!

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

Download our official contest rules.