Young Authors Contest for 2019

Dear Students and Families,

We are excited to announce that it is again time for THE YOUNG AUTHOR’S PROGRAM!  Young Authors is an optional program for all kindergarten through 8th grade students that is completed at home. Participating in Young Authors puts into practice (in a fun way!) the writing process that students use throughout the school year.  Students are welcome to use any stories that they have written at school as a starting point. The students who participate in this writing competition will have their books judged by a panel of volunteers. Winners from each school will be announced.

Here are the expectations for our Young Authors:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to write and illustrate the story.  Parents can help with typing and handwriting but the words should be from the student.  
  • Books must be written by an individual (not a pair/group of students).
  • Publishing ideas:
    • 3 ring binder
    • report cover
    • online photo books
    • Barebooks (not provided- available at or
    • Homemade book binding (check out Pinterest!)
  • Finished books are due on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 and must include student’s first and last name, teacher and grade-level information in the book.  
  • Please contact the Young Author’s building coordinator listed below if you have any questions.
  • Winners will be invited to the April 2019 District 158 Board of Education meeting.



Tammy Carpenter,  Heineman Middle School, Marlowe Middle School

Laura Brummer, Martin Elementary, Leggee Elementary (3-5), Conley Elementary

Christy Gibbs, Chesak  Elementary, Leggee Elementary (K-2), Mackeben Elementary