How does the contest work?
Once we receive the entries from the contestant by the specified deadline, the literary entries are reviewed by our judges. The judges select the entries which exhibit exceptional literary merit, creativity, construction, or social significance. Contestants are judged in separate categories based on which grade level they are in (6th, 7th and 8th). The contestants that are accepted to be published are notified by email or mail. The contestant then verifies the entry is his or her original work and grants permission to be published. Finally, the selected entries are typed, formatted, printed and bound into our hardback Literary Achievement Book which can be ordered and shared with their families and enjoyed as a keepsake for years to come.
How are the literary entries judged?
The judges are writers, editors, teachers, and other professionals with an interest in literary works. Literary entries are selected on their merit, creativity, construction, or social significance.
What happens when a contestant is selected for publishing?
When a contestant is selected as a finalist his or her entry can be published in our seasonal Literary Achievement Book. The Literary Achievement Book is a hardback book with the selected works from all of the finalists. Just as a yearbook preserves school memories, the Literary Achievement Book preserves the literary entry of the selected contestants. While there is no obligation or requirement to purchase the Literary Achievement Book, the purchase price does help cover the cost of having the literary entries judged, typed, and the book formatted, printed and bound. In addition, we donate all proceeds of the Literary Achievement Book to a Non-Profit Organization.
What does the contest cost?
Nothing. There is no cost to enter and no obligation to purchase the published book.
Do you Publish every entry you receive?
No. Our contest is modeled to be selective enough that being selected for publishing is an honor, but also not so exclusive that it is discouraging for children to enter the contest. With this criteria in mind, we usually end up rejecting more entries than are selected for publishing.
Will the original entries be returned?
Because of the number of entries that are sent to our contest, no entries will be returned. For entries selected for publishing, the contestant will retain all rights to the entries submitted.
What does the Literary Achievement Book look like?
Our Literary Achievement Book is a professionally bound hardback book in an 8 x 10 format. Entries are published with student’s name, grade, school and state. Each writer's name is indexed so it is easy to find.
What if I do not like the Literary Achievement Book?
We are so confident that you will love our Literary Achievement Book that we offer a money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the book, you can return it and your purchase price will be refunded.