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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Storyz.Pub Illustration Contest for Children & Young Adults Kicks-Off Nov. 3

Raleigh, N.C. (October 29, 2015) – In an effort to foster imagination in children and young adults, the Raleigh-based Storyz.Pub, an innovative company that has combined original children’s stories with original music, has announced an illustration contest.

The brainchild of Amanda Carlson and Joe Myers the artwork will be used to illustrate the short story Convoluted from the audio book "Cinemagine, Volume I."

Artists and illustrators age 18 and under may submit original artwork beginning November 3, 2015 - December 3, 2015 online at

A total of four judges from Marbles Kid's Museum, Raleigh, N.C., Burt's Bees, Durham, N.C., and, Raleigh, N.C. will select the illustrations best depicting the story's narrative and music. The illustrations will be compiled into a video for the general public to enjoy on-line. Winning artists and their sponsoring facilities will receive credit in the film, as well as a Certificate of Achievement.

“We envisioned the illustration contest as a way to interest children and young adults in the creative process, but also wanted to combine the magic of storytelling with music so that the listener can take a moment to experience the beauty of words and sound together, and enjoy listening together with others,” said Amanda Carlson, Storyz.Pub founder.

“Our goal is to reach out to sponsoring facilities like children’s hospitals, clinics, daycares and after school programs/groups where the children and young adults might find the process of illustrating not only engaging but also work as a mechanism to build a greater sense of trust and connection with their sponsoring facility.” Carlson said.

70 Winning Illustrations will be chosen by a panel of judges to illustrate the children's story "Convoluted" from the Audio Book "Cinemagine." (6 Minutes in Length) Convoluted is the story of a young man named Antoine who is sailing on the ocean alone. At night when all the stars appear, he imagines that his boat is a star ship which he flies to various planets and has a special encounter. Convoluted can be listened to for free at:

Below are the illustration contest details:

Contest Description:

Storyz.Pub Children & Young Adult Illustration Contest 2015 is open to all children and young adults, ages 18 and under, who would like to submit artwork to illustrate the short story Convoluted from the audio book Cinemagine, Volume I.

Submissions at the Storyz.Pub website,, will be accepted Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 – Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.

Winners: Will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement after the release of the film, and be listed in the credits along with their sponsoring facility.

Submissions: Storyz.Pub will post all submissions received in a Gallery Page at the main website:

Judging: Begins Friday, Dec. 4

Announcement of Selection: Friday, December 18

Release of the Convoluted Film/Video online: Monday, December 21