Contest submissions are due by April 12th, 2019 and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as a Word document or PDF. Submissions should be between 1000 and 3000 words, and should include your first and last name, grade level, and the name of your high school.
There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize for the 9th/10th grade division and the 11th/12th grade division. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
1st Prize: $100
2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize: $50
In addition, winning students will have their work published on the Bay Area Book Festival website, their name listed in the San Francisco Chronicle Program Guide, and will be invited to read their work at an awards ceremony held at the festival, which will take place in downtown Berkeley on May 4th and 5th, 2019. The ceremony will be at 11 AM on Sunday, May 5th on the Word Power Stage in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. 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.
Winners will be notified on April 19th, 2019.
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@example.com. To learn more about the Bay Area Book Festival, visit our website at www.baybookfest.org.