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Our video contest is a great opportunity to practice storytelling in another form—and share your story with other young writers!

A chance to win $300 by telling us about your OYAN experience in a short video!

“What I love about OYAN.”

“What OYAN taught me.”

“How OYAN is unique.”

“How OYAN has impacted my writing.”


October 24, 2018, at midnight (Central Time)


1. The video contest is open to any student with a valid One Year Adventure Novel license.

2. Entries must be an original work of your own creation. Any music or images used may not infringe on any copyright laws. (You do have permission to use the One Year Adventure Novel logo or a shot of any one or more of the book covers or DVD covers if you choose to do so.)

3. Entries must be 25–65 seconds long.

4. Entries must address one (or more) of the following One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) themes:

“What I love about OYAN.”
“What OYAN taught me.
“How OYAN is unique.”
“How OYAN has impacted my writing.”

You may apply these themes to any aspect of the curriculum, including the Summer Workshop, or you may take a broader approach and address the curriculum as a whole.

NOTE: When referring to the curriculum in your video please use the words (whether spoken or written) “The One Year Adventure Novel” at least once. New people won’t understand the acronym “OYAN.”

5. Only one entry per curriculum license number will be accepted. Households with more than one license number (i.e., those with extra workbook licenses) may enter one video for each license number, provided each video has only one Primary Creator (the student who will receive credit for the entry).

6. Students may collaborate on entries, but only the Primary Creator under whose name the entry is submitted will receive credit and (potentially) a prize.

7. Entries must be submitted through the Contest Entry Form and per the submission guidelines. We no longer accept entries by email or by mail on a physical disc.

8. Video contest entries must not be posted online prior to us posting them online. After it appears on our channel you may post it on your own channel, website, Facebook, etc. Thanks!


To submit your video, please fill out the Contest Entry Form, and upload your video entry as an .mp4 file. We no longer accept entries by email or by mail on a physical disc.
No entry fee.

Questions & Answers

What are you looking for?
Creativity. Sincerity. Fun. Make us feel something. Remember that even short videos work best when they create emotion. So feel free to tell a story. That time you used The Compass textbook to stop a bullet in a bank robbery would make a great 60-second video! Or you can make your video more like a movie trailer. Or you can go the simple route and just look into the camera and speak from your heart.

We post every entry on our Vimeo channel, and often on Facebook. Our goal is to give future students a taste of what One Year Adventure Novel is. We feel the best way is to give them the broad perspective of dozens of real students. Sincerity can be funny or serious, fast or slow, high-tech or simple. In the end we will judge each entry based on how much we like it.

Can my video go over the time limit by a teeny little bit? Pretty please?
Sorry, but no. We can’t accept videos that are longer or shorter than the time frame stated in the rules.

What T-shirt is being given away? The prize T-shirt will be a writing or OYAN related design by Mrs. S. and is sure to please.

Does it have to be “professional” ?

Please don’t let inexperience with filming deter you from sending us your video. Even very amateur videos can be effective if they are heartfelt! We don’t judge based on video editing skills alone, and your entry could end up being the video that convinces another young writer to give OYAN a go!


By entering the video contest you agree to give us the right to use your video. Our intention is to post some or all of the videos on the Internet (, Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, etc.). You are more than welcome to post your video on your own YouTube or Facebook account, etc., but we ask that you please refrain from doing so until after the contest winners have been announced. Thanks!

NOTE: By entering the video contest you agree to give us the right to make small edits to your video if we use it for advertising The One Year Adventure Novel, including a slide, of our design, that says “This video was created by a One Year Adventure Novel student. Learn more at

2018 Contest Results

Submission deadline was October 24, 2018.

1st Place: Liberty Bell, in Alaska, for “Story Alive”

2nd Place: Jay Erro, in Texas, for “Dream Come True”

3rd Place: WaterSnail, in Indiana, for “Inside the OYAN”

Honorable Mention: AlexRane, in Alberta, for “A Year’s Adventure”

See the album with all the entries: 2018 Video Submissions

Past Contest Results

Students’ forum names are used.

2017 Winners

1st Place: Master of Darc, for “Primus Locus”
2nd Place: fantasy_writer_girl, for “To My Hero”
3rd Place: LibertySBell, for “The Soul of OYAN”

Watch all entries on Vimeo »

2016 Winners

1st place: Dr. Elemis Potts – Watch video »
2nd place: Neonfrobbit, for “My Journey”
3rd place: fantasy_writer_girl, for “Melodic Adventure”

Watch all entries on Vimeo »

2014 Winners

1st place: Might4Right, for “Extraordinary”
2nd place: Shocky – Watch video »
3rd place: Psalm118 – Watch video »

Honorable Mentions

…?, Kancala What’sherface, ~Me Music=Life, Gunstrav Valinstar, R.D. Clemens, Coolcatjess, …., Bloke Landson

Watch all entries on Vimeo »

2013 Winners

Students’ forum names are used.

1st place: Tank, for “Ninja Storm”
2nd place:
Sir PenMaster, for “What’s Your Story?”
3rd place: Fiddle Guitarist, for “So You Think You Can Write?”

Honorable Mentions

Leinad, Warrior, ClarkHuntleyIvers, King’s Compass, Gunstrav Valinstar, Rainbow Unicorn

Watch all 2013 entries on Vimeo »

2012 Winners

Watch all 2012 entries on Vimeo »

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