• Young Authors Writing Contest

Young Authors Writing Contest

presented by the Bay Area Book Festival and Writopia Lab

The Bay Area Book Festival was pleased to partner with Writopia Lab for the 2018 Young Authors Writing Contest. The contest, which aims to encourage youth to engage with the craft of writing, was open to all high school students in the Bay Area.

The Prompt

PERCEPTION: Everyone sees the world through different eyes — both literally and figuratively. How is it possible that two people can look at the same thing, but see different things? Write a piece that explores this question, making sure to address what’s affecting the way your characters perceive the world around them.

My Wife and My Mother-In-Law, by the cartoonist W. E. Hill, 1915

Congratulations to the 2018 winners!

9th/10th Grade Division

11th/12th Grade Division


There were 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for the 9th/10th grade division and the 11th/12th grade division. Prizes were awarded as follows:

  • 1st Prize: $100
  • 2nd Prize: $75
  • 3rd Prize: $50

In addition, winning students have their work published on the Bay Area Book Festival website, their name listed in the San Francisco Chronicle Program Guide, and were invited to read their work at an awards ceremony held at the festival, which took place in downtown Berkeley on April 28th and 29th, 2018. The 1st place winner of the 11th/12th grade division will also be provided a space in a week-long, half-day Writopia Lab summer workshop. 

Additional Information

The Young Authors Writing Contest is a great opportunity for students in the Bay Area to practice and showcase their writing abilities. The San Francisco Chronicle and Berkeleyside have covered past contests, recognizing students’ effort and talent. This year, the festival hopes to consider even more submissions. If you have any additional questions concerning the contest, please contact [email protected]. To learn more about the Bay Area Book Festival, visit our website at www.baybookfest.org.