Can home schooled children participate in the Kids Write 4 Kids Creative Challenge?
Unfortunately we are not structured to support home schoolers at this time as the net proceeds from the sale of all winning books are donated to the winning author’s school. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in an educational institution.
Is the contest open to International students?
No. We would love to open the contest to young budding authors world-wide, but our legal folks restrict us to all Canadian provinces for the time being. All stories must be submitted in English only.
Do you accept stories written in other languages?
Unfortunately, we do not since our judging panels are English speaking only, we can only accept stories written in English language.
What age group can participate in the Contest?
The contest is open to students in grades 4 through 8, age 8 to 14
If I am 12 years old, can I email in my story submission without parental / adult assistance?
No, we want your parents or guardians to be aware of your submission. By law, we must have the contact information of an 18+ years old. All submissions must be submitted via our online form so we are able to collect this information as part of the submission process and documentation provided.
Can parents help their kids edit stories?
Yes. We encourage teachers and parents to help the kids edit their stories.
What formats can I submit the story?
Submissions are accepted for consideration if they are typed and submitted electronically in DOC format.
What age group should the stories be written for?
Stories can be written for audiences of all ages. It’s entirely up to the submitting author.
Can I submit my own illustrations to accompany my story submission?
Sure – we would love to receive the author’s artwork to accompany their story. However, it isn’t mandatory. We also accept stories without any illustrations.
Can I submit poetry?
Yes, poetry is accepted provided the author writes and submits a collection of a minimum of 10 poems for consideration. This way, the poems can be compiled into its own book of poetry. You can see an example of a published poetry here.
How long should stories be?
We recommend a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 7500 words.
Can a story have more than one author or be co-authored?
No, we only consider submissions by single authors.
I participated last year. Can I participate this year? Can I re-submit last year’s story?
We would love to have you participate again. But you must submit a new entry / story for consideration.
How can I buy the books?
You can purchase all the books at Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle Store and Kobo Bookstore.
Who does the artwork for the books?
Ripple Digital Publishing, at no cost to the winner.