HomeWriting ResourcesFirst Annual YACK! Young Authors—Creative Kids Writing Event

First Annual YACK! Young Authors—Creative Kids Writing Event

By Penny Eifrig, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 16, 2011

Kids are creative. Have you ever watched a kid battle imaginary dragons or build cityscapes from blocks? When they sit down with paints and pens, they rarely take long to begin their masterpieces. And kids can come up with some amazing stories. When I started my publishing company a few years ago, in addition to publishing good books for kids, I wanted to help inspire kids to become authors and illustrators, too. While it is not really feasible to turn every child’s story or poems into a real book, it is still exciting and inspiring for kids when they can share their stories with the larger community. So this summer, kids can submit their stories (illustrated or not) by uploading them to the website www.eifrigpublishing.com or sending them to penny@eifrigpublishing.com, where they will all be published online as “flip books.” At the end of summer, a jury will be selecting one book by an elementary-aged child and one middle-schooler, which will be made into a paperback book. The student can select a local non-profit or charity to which all proceeds will be donated from any sales of the book. And everyone can go online and read and share all of the stories that these young authors have created.

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2011

The stories will be available online as they come in at: www.eifrigpublishing.com/young-authors



WHEN: Final date for submissions is November 1, 2011

DETAILS: All kids up to age 14 are invited to submit their stories (prose, poetry, picture books, etc.) to Eifrig Publishing. We will include every story in the Young Author’s bookstore as an online flip book, where kids from around the world can read and enjoy their writing (for free).  At the end of the event (final date for submissions is September 1, 2011), a jury will select one elementary school story and one middle school story to be made into a published paperback. The winning students will then select a charity or non-profit organization to whom all proceeds will be given.

Empowering kids to be the best they can be — creatively and as active participants in their communities!

If you are a young writer and would like to share your work, please contact us for details on how to send us your .pdf or .doc files. Libraries and schools, please contact us for details on the event as well!

You can check out what your book will look like by PREVIEWING any of the children’s books on the Eifrig Publishing website!

Children (everyone under the age of 18) must have parental permission to upload the stories. By uploading, it is understood that no remuneration will be paid for any stories submitted. Copyright remains with the author. All proceeds from the sale of any stories will be donated to the charities and non-profits selected by the kids themselves.

CONTACT: Penny Eifrig, penny@eifrigpublishing.com , 814 235 1501

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.


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