National youth-education charity, Ripple Foundation, is encouraging budding young writers to submit their short stories to its annual, Canada-wide Kids Write 4 Kids writing contest, for a chance to become published authors.
The Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K) writing contest is now in its ninth year. It’s the only competition of its kind that gives youth in grades 4-8 the opportunity to have their work printed in paperback and eBook format on Amazon, Google Play, iBookstore and Overdrive.
Young Canadian writers will have the chance to submit their creative writing masterpieces between October 1st, 2020 – March 31, 2021.
Once all entries are in, a panel of accomplished Canadian authors, editors and previous contest winners will decide who takes the 2021 KW4K contest crown, announced in June 2021. All net proceeds from the winning story’s book sales will benefit a charity or organization of the winner’s choice.
Ivy Wong, Founder of Ripple Foundation, said: “2020 has certainly been a year of challenges and change, but also discovery for many.
“We know that, in recent months, children everywhere have been processing these times by putting pen to paper. For those young aspiring authors, we encourage them to submit their short stories this year to be in with a chance of becoming a published author!
“With over 320 submissions across 8 provinces and 1 territory to our 2019/20 contest, we can’t wait to read each and every story we receive this year!”.
The winning story will be published at Amazon, Apple iBookstore, Google Play, and Overdrive for the world to read.
- Proceeds from book sales on Amazon, Google Play, Apple Books, and Overdrive are donated to the winner’s charity of choice.
- The winner will be part of the judging panel for the following year’s contest.
- To enter, entries must be submitted by the author’s teacher, parent, or guardian at this online form. View complete contest rules.
- Open to Canadian residents only
- Students must be in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8
- Stories must be original and written entirely by the author
- Only one entry per author will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified
- Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories)
- Stories are accepted in English only
- Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry
- There is no entry fee and no purchase is necessary
- Only online entries will be accepted
- All entries must review the story checklist
- Maximum word count: 6,500 words
- The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those captions for illustrations or photography
- Invented spelling is accepted
File Format and Submission
- The text must be typed and submitted as DOC file format (parents/guardian can assist with inputting the story)
- Do not submit any images. If your story does have images and your story is selected, a representative from Ripple Foundation will contact you to obtain original images.