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Young Authors Conference - 2018

G U I D E L I N E S

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PARTICIPANTS:

The purpose of the Young Authors Conference is to support classroom teachers in their efforts to encourage students to develop original manuscripts as they practice the features of good writing. Children in all regular programs, grades kindergarten through eighth, as well as special classrooms, are encouraged to participate. Young Authors selected by their local districts will be invited to attend this one-day conference where their books will be displayed.

CONFERENCE:

The content of the Young Authors Conference will emphasize language as a vehicle for communication with others. In small groups, children will be encouraged to share ideas with special guests, educator, and other young authors. Adults who accompany children to the conference will be invited to these sessions.

DISTRICT GUIDELINES:
  • The district's Young Authors' Program must be for all students in the district in Grades K-8 regular and special classrooms.
  • A district-wide conference to recognize all young authors is highly recommended.
  • A discrict panel should select Young Authors attending the Regional Conference.
  • The district must notify its eligible participants and inform them of registration procedures for the Regional Conference.
  • Books authored and/or illustrated by more than two children will not be accepted. Co-authored/illustrated entries will count as two of the district's allotment of entries. If books are co-authored/illustrated, each author must bring a bound copy of the manuscript to the Conference.
  • Dictated books may be typed or handwritten by an adult, but must be in the student's own language.
  • Manuscripts must have a substantial cover with pages securely attached.
SELECTION PROCEDURES:

Each district may select THREE Young Authors per attendence center or ONE young author per 100 students enrolled in K-8 in an attendence center.

EXAMPLE:
If you have 449 students, round down and send 4 students. Round up if the number is 50 or greater.
The district superintendent is requested to verify the appropriate number of Young Authors to attend.

SUGGESTED CRITERIA for JUDGING:

  • Did the child conceive the entire story?
  • Will the book be of interest to children?
  • Is the book in the child's own language, unaltered by an adult?
  • Does the book have the Student Registration Form glued on the front inside cover of the book?
  • MANUSCRIPTS ARE NOT TO BE MAILED.
    YOUNG AUTHORS ARE TO BRING THEIR MANUSCRIPTS TO THE CONFERENCE WHERE THE BOOKS WILL BE DISPLAYED.
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