It’s March! You know what that means, it’s March Madness. I for one am not a basketball fan in the least. I barely know five NBA team names. I don’t know the schools, nothing. This year, though, I am singing a different tune. A literary tune that is. I have discovered a better March Madness and I want YOU to participate, too.

Out of Print Clothing is a website full of lovely literally clothing, jewelry, accessories, and stationary. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner Books for Africa. How great is that?

And, now, this March they have created the contest Book Madness with the theme of Hero vs Villain. The winner gets a $500 gift card, plus there are other legendary prizes.

Book Madness (click me for link!)

64 of literature’s most famous (and infamous) characters go head-to-head.
Who will rise above the madness and emerge victorious?

In our fourth year, we are mixing it up by letting you vote for your favorite heroes and villains from literature. Just like college basketball’s March Madness, we give you the opportunity to fill out your own bracket and compete against fellow bookworms.Submit your bracket for a chance to win a $500 Out of Print gift card and other legendary prizes!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Print a sample bracket to see the match-ups here (PDF)
2. Make sure to access this site from a desktop computer browser. Chrome and Firefox recommended.
3. Click REGISTER below to create your Book Madness profile.
4. Once registered, you will be taken to the predictions screen. Follow the instructions in the yellow box.
5. VERY IMPORTANT: Bracket submissions are final. There is no going back once submitted.
6. We encourage you to use the Facebook and Twitter buttons at the bottom to share with your friends.
7. BRACKET DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, MARCH 23. The voting period starts Monday, March 24. Check back daily to vote and see where you stand on our leaderboard!

There are five fun rounds with all your favorites from the most beloved novels. There’s Napoleon from Animal Farm, Voldemort and Harry from Harry Potter, Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre, Satan from Paradise Lost, Attiticus  Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, and many, many others. My final pair was Voldemort (Villain) vs Katniss (Hero). I won’t tell you who won.

I hope you participate! I can’t wait for voting to begin. Much, much better than the traditional March Madness, don’t you think?

Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by!!