TeenFire is a teen social network with a focus on Young Adult (YA) literature. Because of this focus, teens will be interacting with other teens who share their interests in books and reading. Published authors and YA editors are involved throughout the TeenFire website.
From March 7 – 13, 2010, the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA) is celebrating Teen Tech Week a national initiative aimed at teens, librarians, educators and parents to encourage teens to take advantage of libraries’ nonprint resources. YALSA has many suggested activities for librarians and educators to use during Teen Tech Week. However, the TeenFire social network has created many activities directly for teens during this week:
Share a Book Video Contest: Are you the next James Cameron? Create a book trailer, video review, scene from a book or any other book related short video (3 mins MAX) and upload it to the TeenFire video archive for a shot to win FREE copies of any 5 Sourcebooks Fire books for you & your library. For contest details & tips on how to do this quickly (and for free!), check out the Share a Book forum on TeenFire. As submissions come in, they’ll also be posted in our TeenFire Web Portal, prominently displayed on our front page. Featured videos will be picked at random, and we will continue to feature one teen video through March 19th (assuming we have enough contestants!)
Mad Men of Literature: Put Don Draper to shame using all your creative & technological powers to design an ad to inspire your peers to pick up a book! Five winners will receive an 11×17 poster of their ad, with additional copies available to their library. A grand prize winner will also receive free copies of any 5 Sourcebook Fire books, as will the sponsoring libraries. For details & guidelines, check out the Mad Men of Literature forum on TeenFire.
Pimp My Profile: Let your true colors show by customizing your profile page! Our TeenFire network allows much more flexibility in picking colors, uploading graphics and posting videos than a regular facebook page! For the easiest contest to enter in all Teen Tech Week, design a unique profile page & enter to win one book of your choosing for both yourself and your library from Sourcebooks Fire. For details and guidelines, check out the Pimp My Profile forum on TeenFire.
TeenFire Trailer Contest: Our authors need your help! Create trailers for any Sourcebooks Fire titles and enter to win five Sourcebooks Fire books of your choosing for you and your library. Since many of our YA books aren’t out yet, we’ve uploaded a few chapters of each title which can be read on each book group page. To register, check out the TeenFire Trailer forum on TeenFire.
These contests are restricted to teens ages 13-19 and are for individuals or groups of up to five teens. In addition to these Teen Tech Week activities, there are many other benefits to the Teen Fire Social Network. Teens who submit original fiction on the Writers Forum, for example, are regularly given advice from authors like two-time national book award finalist Adele Griffin, Dianne Salerni and Joy Preble. Debut authors Lisa and Laura Roecker have a regular blog on the site and actively interact with all the members. Enjoy Teen Tech Week and TeenFire.