Illustory RRC 2023 Contest Kit

Illustory RRC 2023 Contest Kit

# 062477

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Item #: 062477
Grades: PK-12
Note: Kit is only useable in the U.S. Printed books can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

Product Description:

View the Contest Rules, Rubric & Checklist and Plot Aid to help in planning your story.

If you did not receive the fully lined pages in your kit or need a fresh copy, you may download a copy of the lined pages here.

It’s time for the 9th Annual RRC Summer Book Contest 2022: This year’s theme is write an Underdog story! Purchase this kit to enter the contest… while supplies last. One kit per author only. This kit includes: 18 story pages; a cover page; and 10 washable markers; contest instructions and rules; and your kit’s tracking number (needed for entering). After mailing your completed pages to Lulu Jr., you will receive one hardcover version of your book in 2-3 weeks. Be sure to follow all contest rules and requirements. Note the checklist and the judging criteria (Rubric) we use—listed above. Official launch for the contest is May 1. Contest Entry Deadline is September 1. Winners will be announced November 10 at noon CT. To receive free economy shipping on this kit, simply make a note in the ORDER COMMENTS BOX on our shipping page stating, “for Book Contest,” and we will adjust shipping for that item only. If ordering by phone, tell us and we will remove shipping costs for you. Email with any questions at or call us at 888-841-3456 and ask for Sara or Ruth.

Category Description for Make Your Own Book Kits:

Perfect for aspiring authors or as a keepsake, these kits provide all the tools for children to create their own professional-looking book. Each kit includes an illustrated Quick Start guide, blank book pages, washable markers, a postage-paid envelope and an order form. Children can use the pages to write and illustrate their own story, then scan and upload to the Lulu Jr. site, or mail their pages and order form. Kits include the cost of processing and printing one book, which is returned to you in a few weeks or up to 4-6 weeks.

If you’re a fan of the Illustory kits, stay tuned for news about our next Summer Book Contest! Each year we provide a theme, rules and an extra discount on an Illustory kit and your young author can submit their story for a chance to win great prizes, including having their book sold at Rainbow!

Category Description for CREATIVE WRITING:

These materials cover various types of creative writing, including descriptive writing, poetry, journaling, and stories.

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Note 1
Kit is only useable in the U.S. Printed books can only be
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shipped to U.S. addresses.
Brand Name
Lulu Jr.
1.0188 (lbs.)
13.88" x 9.62" x 2.0"
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my daughter had a great time seeing her story come to life during last years contest
Stephanie J on Jun 1, 2023
to enter book contest
Gabrielle M on May 23, 2023
my daughter had a great time seeing her story come to life during last years contest
Stephanie J on Jun 1, 2023
This is an exciting opportunity for my daughter to flex her creative writing and drawing skills! Can't wait for her to receive her kit.
Maria M on May 30, 2023
to enter book contest
Gabrielle M on May 23, 2023
1 of my kids love to write. A contest will be fun.
Julie E on May 12, 2023
My children are very excited about creating a book of their own, and the contest is motivating to them. Thanks for providing the opportunity!
Megan T on May 12, 2023
What a great summer project for the kids!
Anne Marie W on May 8, 2023
to enter the summer book contest
Kristy O on May 6, 2023
entering contest
Sophia C on May 5, 2023
Love the idea the kiddos can have their work turned into their own book.
Val M on May 4, 2023
Excited 7th grader wants to enter the book contest....and make a second book on a topic of his choice.
Diane C on May 3, 2023
I love for my children to be able to express their creativity, and a competition with creative writing is a great way to do so.
Tiffany C on May 3, 2023
I got an email about the contest. My daughters love writing and illustrating stories, and I am excited for them to enter this year!
Emily C on May 3, 2023
This is our 3rd year of participating in the summer book contest. My now senior in high school daughter wants to be a writer/illustrator of children's books and this has been a great way for her to "practice"! She loves entering.
Jeffrey J on Aug 1, 2022
We had fun doing it last year.
Lacey L on Jul 25, 2022
My daughter likes it
Kasia W on Jul 21, 2022
Because two of my children want to enter the contest.
Erin D on Jul 20, 2022
My children LOVE the summer story contest!!
Gretchen on Jul 3, 2022
We did it two years ago and loved it.
Brooke H on Jun 30, 2022
Looks awesome!
Jennifer D on Jun 9, 2022
We have used this in the past, and it is AWESOME!
Mona W on Jun 6, 2022
My children love to draw and write, and love the idea of their book being published.
Denise B on Jun 4, 2022
I have an 11 yr old budding author and I thought this would be fun for her to do over the summer.
Jessica H on Jun 3, 2022
I want my daughter to participate in the RRC writing competition and this is the material needed to make that submission
Hera C on May 18, 2022
I have a child who loves to write and I believe this will help build more confidence in his ability to create a book.
Lillian W on May 17, 2022
My daughter loved the summer book contest last year, and both daughters were eager to start this year. They love the hard cover book they get, the DQ gift card, and the chance to win a contest.
Jennifer B on May 13, 2022
Two of our kids would like to participate in the contest. My oldest had a lot of fun with it last year!!
Hansen H on May 7, 2022
so my son can enter the competition
User on May 4, 2022
For my daughter to enter the book contest.
Anne T on May 3, 2022
Our kids love this contest!
Jeffrey J on Jul 30, 2021
To encourage my children to write their own story.
Sophia A on Jul 17, 2021
I want to enter the story contest.
Joie E on Jul 13, 2021
group activity before new school year
Teresa A on Jul 13, 2021
Great summer project for my kids to focus on.
Julie M on Jul 8, 2021
My daughters are excited to try their hands at writing a story for a contest. :)
Jennifer B on Jul 8, 2021
Family stories are important to perpetuate, and I also have artistic daughters intrigued by the contest and opportunity for publication.
Rhonda J on Jul 2, 2021
I'm excited for my kids to participate in this contest! How fun and educational!
Rosalie T on Jun 29, 2021
I love to read and draw. (Carolynn, 7 years old)
Carolynn K on Jun 28, 2021
Something to do this summer!
Melissa S on Jun 25, 2021
My child really enjoyed the summer writing contest a few years ago. She's ready to enter the contest again.
User on Jun 25, 2021
We bought this last year as well. It is a requirement for a contest my son likes to enter! The "published" book turned out nice.
Gaurisha D on Jul 27, 2020
My kids saw this in your enrichment catalogue and were really excited. Then we saw there was a contest and that cinched the deal. They even bought it with their own money!
Mary L on Jul 22, 2020
For the contest!
Brooke H on Jul 21, 2020
My kids enjoy making these books for the contest.
Cory B on Jul 12, 2020
entering book contest
Rachel M on Jul 8, 2020
This came highly recommended from a friend who has had her children participate for several years.
Jeffrey J on Jun 30, 2020
To enter the 2020 contest :)
Heather C on Jun 25, 2020
I always have fun participating in the annual Summer Writing Contest! I really love writing and enjoy publishing my stories with this kit!
Zariya P on Jun 25, 2020
Birthday gift for a family friend.
Jennifer M on Jun 18, 2020
Looks like a fun and unique experience to do with the kids. Sparks excitement and gets their creative and imaginative juices how cool is it that you get to write your own book!
Looks like a fun way to do some writing this summer!
Sarah A on Jun 17, 2020
This is an exciting opportunity for my daughter to flex her creative writing and drawing skills! Can't wait for her to receive her kit.
Maria M on May 30, 2023
1 of my kids love to write. A contest will be fun.
Julie E on May 12, 2023
How do I find the "book contest page" or does that info come with the kit?
Tami on May 13, 2023
BEST ANSWER: You are on it! You do have to click the SHOW MORE in the description.
Can you use this kit without being in the contest? My son was hoping to make a second book on a topic of his choice.
Diane on May 3, 2023
BEST ANSWER: Yes! You can! In the past I purchased more than one contest kit, because they are cheaper at this time of year. I believe that each child can have only one ENTRY per year. However, you can purchase more than one kit. Every kit comes with the material and code needed to go to the printers. Good luck!
Can you buy this kit and make a book without entering the contest? My son was interested in a second kit to make a story about a topic he picked.
A shopper on May 3, 2023
BEST ANSWER: Yes! You can buy this kit to make your own book, and you do not have to enter the contest!
If you want to enter the contest there is a code to include with the book when you send it back in for printing. Also take note that the colors in your art will not print as dark, but will come back quite a bit lighter.
We have an old kit from a previous year that we never used. Can it still be used to make a book?
Abigail T on Nov 11, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can use them to create a book any time!
What do you mean by "kit is only useable in the U.S."? We are presently abroad but have a U.S. address. Is there something about the kit that requires physical presence in the U.S.?
A shopper on May 11, 2022
BEST ANSWER: We can only ship to the US, and you have to mail in your pages to Lulu Jr.
My girls both want to participate but it’s too late for this year. Will the contest kits be available as Christmas gifts for next years contest if they just wait till summer to use them and get the new theme?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hello, the contest kits are available at this price until we sell out. We do carry the same kit all year at a bit higher price. You may want to get them now for Christmas gifts!
Do the authors of the overall winning books get a portion of the money made from the book's sales?
J&T on Jul 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will create a revenue stream from Rainbow and you will receive payment once or twice a year.
Do you have to use the markers that are included in the Illustory kit to color in illustrations, or can we use other materials like colored pencils etc.? Also can the illustrations be black and white?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You do NOT have to use the markers that are included. You may use your own markers, colored pencils, etc.
Will Rainbow Resource or Lulu Junior own the copyright for the story/characters if the book is entered in the contest? For example, the story I am hoping to enter includes characters that I created which I have other stories/comics about, which I want to publish some day (not just in the story contest).
A shopper on Jul 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The author/illustrator owns the copyright to the material.
I have a child with a disability, he cannot print very well, but can type. Is there anyway someone can print for him, or can he type it? Only asking because he does want to write a book, but his pruning is very hard to read.
A shopper on Jun 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: From Sara: please email your question directly to me at: Thanks.
The child only uses the front of each page to lay out the story, but I understand that the interior of the book will be printed as two-page spreads. So will pages one and two be printed as a spread so that page one is on the left and two on the right? Or will page one be on the right and page two on the back, creating the first spread with pages two and three?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The very first page in the book is the dedication page. That means that pages 2 and 3 with be the first spread with page two on the left and page three on the right.
Is the shipping free for the summer writing contest kit?
Heather P on Apr 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, shipping will be free for the summer writing contest. However, the free shipping will not be in effect until the contest kicks off on May 1st. Also, if you order online, you will have to pay the shipping initially and then we will refund it back to you after the order is processed. If you place a phone order, the shipping can be taken off before your card is charged.
Do you need to purchase a kit for each child or can a family share?
User on Jun 6, 2018
Illustory RRC 2023 Contest Kit
Illustory RRC 2023 Contest Kit
Illustory: Create Your Own Book!
Illustory: Create Your Own Book!
BEST ANSWER: For the contest, there can only be one child per entry. However, if you wish to create a family book without submitting for contest, then that can be done.
can you type this year? Or do you have to write it. Thanks
A shopper on May 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Books used as contest entries must be handwritten.
Can I buy 1 box for 3 different books/authors? Or, do I need to buy 1 box per child?
A shopper on Apr 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You will need one box per child. Each box/kit is for one book and for one child.
Can you add pages to the kit if you run out of space?
A shopper on Jul 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No you cannot.
Is 18 pages the max you can have or is it the minimum?
A shopper on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Both. If you submit more than 18 pages, only the first 18 will be printed. If you submit less, your book will have blank pages.
I have three children, ages 7-10. Would it be possible to have them work on a book together and submit it as a group project, without my help?
User on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: In terms of the contest, it should be one author per book. If you are only interested in having the book printed, then you can decide to do it any way you wish but for the contest submissions, there needs to be only a single author submitted under a single name.
If we bought a few of these for next year would they be able to be bound still? Is there a time limit on bounding the books?
A shopper on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is an expiration on the kits. The date varies depending on when we receive them into the warehouse. All are active and won't expire prior to the contest deadline but we couldn't make any guarantees for next year. I'm sorry.
Does this price include the book being printed and shipped back to you? Also, do the kids get to keep the printed copy, or do they have to mail it into the Summer book contest (if participating in the summer book contest)?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the kit price includes the printing and shipping charges. You keep the printed the copy, we will read a digital copy for the contest.
If we have a US mailbox, but live just across the border in Canada, can we still participate in the contest?
A shopper on Jul 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: At this time, the contest is only open to US residents.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great way to learn storytelling
This was my daughter's first time entering Rainbow Resource's Illustory contest. She is all about contests and art, and since using NightZooKeeper's story prompts, has been gaining interest in writing her own stories. This contest took her to a much higher level! It was pretty challenging at first and she felt like quitting, but but we came up with a plan to work on it just a little bit every day. When we saw she was making progress and that the end was nearing, she really threw her heart into it and got it done much sooner than we anticipated. Even if she doesn't win, she is very excited about getting her first book "published," and wants to order more for gifts!
August 3, 2022
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Kit
This is a wonderful book making kit. I couldn’t recommend it more.
June 11, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
it was great
so amazing to make a story:)
August 28, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We loved it!!!!
I think this was a great idea for kids that want to write! My son hates to write but I got this for him and he completed it! We are still waiting on his book to arrive but other then that it was very fun for him and his story is so great!
September 18, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughters are so excited to use these! Love the book contest idea! Only thing is I wish they could be typed. My girls think it would seem more like a “real book” if they could have typed print in their stories. We’ve been making our own hand written books using your Blank Books, but they think a “real book” should be typed.
June 22, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Really just paper . . .
One could easily do the same thing with any of the photobook companies (Shutterfly, etc.) and have far more options and control. The idea is good and the contest is cool, but other than that? Not my cup of tea.
July 1, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
So fun! This is a great way to document your child's writing skills, handwriting and drawing. End product is excellent.
May 2, 2018
over 5 years ago

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