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Kids can write Flat Stanley's next adventure and (maybe) win a vacation for the family



Flatstanley Ever since a falling bulletin board flattened Stanley Lambchop in his first book 45 years ago, he's been Flat Stanley -- able to fly like a kite, blend into a painting or even get folded up and mailed like a letter. First created in a series of clever books by Jeff Brown, Stanley and the Lambchop family have gotten a new lease on life recently with a fresh round of worldwide adventures.

Now HarperCollins and guided-vacation company Adventures by Disney are launching a Flat Stanley–themed writing contest called "The Search for Flat Stanley's Next BIG Adventure." Kids across the nation get the chance to pen their own adventure for the skinniest boy in kid-lit.

According to the rules, kids must go to the Flat Stanley contest website, pick out a destination from the world map, download the information about that locale and then use that (and some imagination) to write a 150-word story about what happens to Stanley there.

Entries will be judged in three age groups - one for 7 to 8-year-olds, one for 9 to 10-year-olds and one for 11 to 12-year-olds. One winner will be chosen in each age group and each of the three winners can choose one of 19 worldwide vacations as their prize.

Hurry up and get busy inventing Stanley's trip, though, kids, because the contest deadline is Nov. 30. (And keep an eye out for falling bulletin boards...)

--Sherry Robinson

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