Local young author encourages others to enter contest

Ripple Foundation is thrilled to announce a number of renowned Canadian authors joining this year’s judging panel for the annual Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K) writing challenge.

Ann Choi, Aviaq Johnston, Alice Kuipers, Kit Pearson, Karen Rivers, and Robert Paul Weston, among others, will be this year’s ambassadors for fostering creative writing in young Canadian authors.

 “Every day, I sit down at my computer and make up characters and plots and settings. After they are turned into books, I hear from readers who have used their own imaginations to enter into the worlds I’ve created, which gives me immense joy,” says author Kit Pearson. “This is why I am pleased to support the work of Ripple Foundation in fostering creativity in youth and inspiring the next generation of Canadian authors.”    

Young authors from across the country have submitted their stories to the KW4K writing challenge for a chance to have their winning story published on Amazon, Apple iBookstore, Google Play and Overdrive for the world to read. The winner will be part of the judging panel for the following year’s contest.

One of last year’s winners was Port Elgin student Emily Little of Northport Public School.  Little won for her first book, ‘Summon the Magic’, which according to her is the first in a series of magical adventures that follows mythical characters.

Included on this year’ judging panel are three previous winners of the KW4K writing challenge: Emaan Ali, Faith Emiry and Hannah Rennie.  The deadline for submission is March 31st.

“It is important for us to provide these youth with a platform to develop their craft beyond simply publishing their work. By including them as part of a judging panel with established authors, they will have a chance to learn from these remarkable writers,” says Ivy Wong, Founder, Ripple Foundation.

Ripple Foundation’s annual KW4K writing challenge is the only one of its kind that provides youth the opportunity to become published authors before high school while giving back to their communities through the charity of their choice.

Each year, young authors in grades 4 – 8 from every province and territory in Canada have a chance to share their stories with the world. Since 2012, all net proceeds from the sales of their books have benefited local schools and charities.

About Ripple Foundation
Ripple Foundation is a charitable organization that fosters creativity in youth across Canada. Since 2015, Ripple has developed and facilitated activities that encourage creative writing in children, including the Kids Write 4 Kids contest, Write It Workshop Series, and Wave Blog. Ripple’s vision is a generation of young people who are confident in their words as well as their ability to give back to their communities, paving the way for them to go on to do great things. Learn more about Ripple’s programs at www.ripplefoundation.ca.

About Kids Write 4 Kids
The Kids Write 4 Kids program is an annual national creative writing challenge that encourages children and youth in grades 4-8 to submit original stories for a chance to become a published author. Each year, a panel of judges selects stories submitted to the competition to be published both in print and digital format, available for the world to read. The KW4K program has been running since 2012 and is Ripple Foundation’s signature program. To date, 13 titles by youth authors have been published worldwide. View all titles at ripplefoundation.ca/books