May 2018 Challenge: Second Person

This month, you are going to write a picture book. You are going to write this picture book in the Second-Person POV. POV means point of view, and before you enter this challenge, you are going to learn all about Second-Person POV in this how-to guide.

Normally this guide is only available to members, but during the month of May everyone gets free access to the guide so that you can use it to help with your challenge entry.

You might want to read some examples of other picture books written in second-person POV, like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, or The Monster At the End of this Book. You could also check out this video of the author Hervé Tullet reading his book, Press Here. It’s written in the second person as a set of instructions.

You can have a lot of fun with second-person point of view. I mean, Dragons Love Tacos is written in Second-Person POV, and that book is hilarious. You know what else is written in the second person? Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. I bet if you looked through your bookshelf you could probably find even more examples. (Share them in the comments!)

Remember, this month it doesn’t matter what your picture book is about (as long as it follows community guidelines), what counts is how you write it. If it’s not written in the second person, it won’t be accepted.

(Hint: This blog post is written in second-person POV, did you notice?)

Don’t forget to read this how-to guide before you get started. It will answer your questions and give you ideas. Have fun with this one!

Do the Challenge

May 2018 Challenge: Second Person


1. Theme of the month: Second Person – This month, write a PICTURE BOOK (20 pages max) in the second-person point of view (“You”). Read this guide first for instructions on how to write second-person POV. All books submitted to the challenge must follow our community guidelines.

2. Choose your artwork – Browse our library of images to find the artwork or artist that inspires you, or search for a specific theme (like “friend“). Select the PICTURE BOOK format.

3. Submit – When you have finished your book, select “May Challenge” on the details page before you publish. You may only submit one entry to the challenge, so make it great!

4. Eligibility – Any Storybird member with a Regular account can participate in our writing challenges. Students are not eligible. Paid membership is not required but it will allow you receive beautiful printable certificates for each challenge.

5. Moderation – Paid membership ensures your work is reviewed within 1-2 days. Otherwise, your work will be reviewed on a first-come, first serve basis and can take up to several weeks to be visible in the public library. We try to accelerate Challenge entries because of the short timeframe, but there are no guarantees. You may redeem Crowns for Express Moderation.

6. Due date – To be eligible to be featured, your book must be submitted to moderation on or before May 24, 2018. Selected entries will be featured on the Storybird blog on June 1.

Do the Challenge

Please note: You must have a Regular account to enter the challenge—Student accounts are not eligible. Books must be published from Regular accounts to appear in the public library and to be featured on our blog. Books published from Student accounts are only visible to members of their class and do not appear in the public library.

Badge artwork by Hidden Eloise, Featured art by Victoria Usova

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