Allen County Young Authors Website

Young Authors Guidelines

Judging Criteria and Helpful Hints

Directions for Putting Book Together

Manuscript Form

About Me Vertical & Horizontal Form PDF

About Me Vertical & Horizontal Form WORD

2016 YA Book Order Form (available spring 2016)



Will your book be chosen to represent Jefferson Elementary?

Books are Due by Friday, April 8.

Winners will be announced by Friday, April 15.



2016 Jefferson Elementary Young Writer's Contest

Do you have an idea for a book? 

Your idea can be true or an outrageous lie.  Biographies or autobiographies make history come alive.  A collection of poems would be nice.  Alphabet and counting books make learning fun.

Whatever your must be your idea...An original work...
Sharpen Your Pencils and Let the Writing Begin!


The contest is open to all Allen County students in First through Fifth grade.

Guidelines, Judging Criteria and Formatting Requirements
Can be found on the links above.

Each entry must be submitted in completed form (typed and illustrated) for publishing on Friday, April 3.  Your classroom teacher may have deadlines that take precedent.

Submitted entries will be judged by a panel of volunteer community members.  All decisions are final.

Awards Celebration
Young Author medals will be given by Author Deborah Hopkinson at Jefferson’s Young Author Presentation on Friday, April 29 at 1:30 to winning authors.  Parents are encouraged to attend especially if your student is being awarded a YA medal. The YA author will sign books purchased in advance at the end of the YA presentation.

The Allen County Young Author Celebration is on the morning of Saturday, April 29 from 8:15-11:00. Because of the large number of students attending, parents are not to stay for this celebration. Books may also be purchased at the conclusion of this event.

Contact your student’s classroom teacher or YA Building Rep. Tammy Prather at 365-4851 or by e-mail at

Click here for a printable flyer.


Additional notes:

Young Author Sharing on a Day 2 or 4 during the week of the YA visit

Books are written are either written at school or at your student's teacher for more information.