An Afternoon at The Zoo with Carl Hiaasen: You Could Be First In Line and Win Terrific Prizes!!

skinkBy now you may have heard that Blue Manatee is hosting some major author events in September: Loren Long will be here signing Otis and the Scarecrow on Sept. 20th, The Pout-Pout Fish creators Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna will be here Sept. 23rd signing The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, and on September 28th, in coordination with The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, we will be hosting Carl Hiaasen as he discusses and signs his first YA level book–Skink No Surrender! Whew–what a month!

The Skink No Surrender event will include animal encounters with our favorite feathered, furry, and scaly zoo friends, and is sure to draw quite a crowd. But wait, you might be thinking, how could I have the chance to be first in line to meet Carl Hiaasen and win terrific prizes as the title of this post suggests? Why, with a fun and creative contest of course! In fact, there are two contests to choose from.

First, for our younger friends, they can enter our drawing contest by downloading the entry form and contest rules here. This contest is open to children ages 5-10, and each contestant will be asked to draw a scene with a manatee welcoming Carl Hiaasen to Cincinnati and The Zoo. There will be two winners, and they will receive the 4th and 5th line numbers to meet Carl Hiaasen.

Secondly, for our budding authors, we have a short story contest. Writers ages 11-16 can enter our writing contest by downloading the entry form and contest rules here. Each contestant will be asked to submit a short story (no longer than 2,000 words [about 4-5 pages]) that features an ecological mystery involving a manatee and modeled after Carl Hiaasen’s writing style. Two runners-up will receive the 2nd and 3rd line numbers AND prize ticket packages from The Cincinnati Zoo. One Grand Prize Winner will receive line number 1 AND a special behind the scenes tour of Manatee Springs at The Zoo! How cool is that?!

All entries for both contests are due by 6pm on Monday, September 22nd. You can drop off entries at the store or submit them to Winners will be announced on September 24th. In the meantime, we will feature all entries right here on our blog! Don’t miss your chance to win front line placement for this special event, zoo tickets, and a grand prize behind the scenes tour of Manatee Springs! Good luck–and happy drawing and writing!


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