Young Authors Fact Sheet

NCRA 2013-2014 Fact Sheet
Young Authors’ Theme:
“Happily Ever After-What’s Your Story?”


The theme for the 2013-2014 Young Authors’ Project is “Happily Ever After-What’s Your Story?” Young Authors are encouraged to tell stories that are meaningful to them. Students and Forever Young (Adult) writers may choose to write fiction or non-fiction,  prose or poetry.  Writers may focus on  a positive end to a difficult situation, an effective solution to a problem, someone who encourages them to keep working toward a goal or someone who points to a happy ending.  They may also respond to other writing, such as a song, poem, story or book (fiction or non-fiction) that speaks of a bright future.  Review and share “Writing Ideas” that NCRA members developed, published on the YA section of the website.  Authors may include illustrations with their submissions. Let your students experiment with fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry. They will surprise you!

Guidelines to follow:

  • All entries must be original creations.
  • All entries must be typed as .doc or .docx files in Microsoft WORD (not Works),  using the “Times New Roman” font. Entries should be ready for publication.
  • Each entry should have an original title typed in Bold, 12-point type (Only the first letter in each word of the title should be capitalized.)
  • The story’s text should be typed in 10-point (single spaced), using the “Times New Roman” font.
  • Author information should follow the story, leaving only two blank lines, and appear in 10-point:

Student’s name:
Reading Council:

  • Grades K-1 entries should have no more than 200 words.
  • Grades 2-8 selections should have no more than 300 words.
  • Grades 9-12 and Forever Young should have no more than 500 words.
  • Only one entry per person may be submitted.
  • A completed Young Author Entry Form must be taped on the back of each entry.
  • Artwork by the entry’s author also may be submitted. A separate entry form should be attached on the back of the artwork as well. (Send only original artwork—no copies please!)
  • Entries for state competition must be postmarked by Friday, December 6, 2013.  Therefore, local councils will collect/judge their entries prior to this date.  As early in the year as possible, let your local council members know the dates for collecting locally-written entries!
  • Entries from local councils must be submitted by the local council’s Young Author Chairperson/Co-Chairperson.  The “Council Information” form must accompany entries. Be sure to save electronic copies of all entries (.doc or .docx) for use in any subsequent local or state publications.
  • Mail local entries with the completed Council Information form to:

Tonnye W. Fletcher
7263 Peacock Rd.
Chadbourn, NC 28431

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