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Author holding student artwork contest for novel

March 27, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

FREDONIA - Jennifer Phillips Russo is holding an artwork contest for her second book of "The Dragon Birthmark" series.

This challenge promotes visual literacy and confidence, as well as provides student artists with the opportunity to have their personal artwork published at no cost to them, if chosen.

"The Dragon Birthmark" follows the story of an 11-year-old boy's journey to self-identity through a fantastic adventure, speckled with legend and lore, and offering a few great lessons and themes throughout the story.

"'The Dragon Birthmark: World in the Shadows' is an entertaining, thought-provoking book that takes the reader into the world of imagination and fantasy through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy," Fredonia Elementary School Principal Amy Piper said.

Russo, a local resident of Fredonia, is in the process of completing the sequel to "The Dragon Birthmark." With an insatiable desire to spark imagination and creativity in her readers, she has created the art contest for students across the state and nation. This contest provides the opportunity to sketch characters or scenes from the second book, which will be featured and published in the book if chosen as a winner. All middle and high school students are eligible to enter the contest.

Students will be able to submit their artwork pieces through the novel's website. An online gallery is also available through the website, which gives contestants the chance to see examples of artwork that other students have created and submitted. A description of the characters to be sketched can be found at, as well as detailed rules and entry guidelines for this free contest.



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