Tax Exempt Status is Confirmed!
We received notice today from the IRS confirming our tax exempt status (Tax ID 46-3489728). If you have donated to our organization your contribution is deductible back to our incorporation date of August 7th, 2013. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!
2014 Award Celebration a big success!
Our inaugural $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest award celebration was held Sunday, April 27th at Kepler's Bookstore in Menlo Park, CA. Ten students read their work with amazing poise and thoroughly impressed the more than 100 attendees of the event. In addition, we had YA author and educator Lindsay Tam Holland speak about being a writer and the writing and publishing process, and answer questions from the audience. Food was provided by Cafe La Tartine in Redwood City - Leyla's favorite cafe in town and a great place to stop before or after a movie. Special thanks to Jean Forstner at Kepler's for providing the perfect space for our celebration.
Thanks to everyone who has helped make our first year a success, and congratulations to all the young authors - it's official...you've been published!
A copy of the Bluefire journal is available for a donation to the foundation. To find out how to get a copy, please go to our donations page.
Award celebration at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park, CA. Click the photo to see more.
And the winners are...!
The judging is over and we have our winners in the $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest! A winner was selected from each grade (6-12) and from that pool of entries scholarship winners were chosen, one from the Middle School group, one from the High School group. Grade-level winners receive a $100 cash prize, and the scholarship award is $1000.
We had over 300 entries, 48 finalists, and 22 selected to appear in this year's Bluefire - the 7 grade level winners and 15 honorable mention. Students came from the Peninsula, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties, and the East Bay - we even had entries from New York and Georgia! Congratulations and Thank You to all the students who submitted a piece to our contest! And now on to the winners....
Junko Anderson, Freshman, Crystal Springs Uplands School for her story Two Men on a Sidewalk.
Zachary Lo, 8th Grade, Central Middle School for his story Beauty.
Sarah Marks, 6th Grade, Hillview Middle School for her story FlavorMorph.
Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, 7th Grade, Nueva Middle School for his story The Sound of Running.
Nik Brocchini, Sophomore, Lick-Wilmerding High School for his story He and He.
Darya Behroozi, Junior, Leigh High School for her story Alteration.
Harry Patino, Senior, Woodside High School for his story Strata.
6th Grade: Eliah Munoz.
7th Grade: Jenna Lange, Audrey Chin, Rose Bendekgey.
8th Grade: Serena DeTata, Andrew Zerbe, Sidney Hirschman.
9th Grade: Ananya Ram, April Li, Nolan Bangs, Alix Westgaard.
10th Grade: Caroline Bailey, Jaclyn Hovsmith.
11th Grade: Linnea Arneson.
12th Grade: Emily Wang.
Bluefire Blog now accepting submissions!
The Bluefire Blog is now open and accepting submissions from current students in grades 5-12. We are accepting creative fiction, creative non-fiction (e.g., personal reflections, nature writing, memoirs), and poetry of up to 2500 words. The content can be on any topic so long as it is the original work of the author not previously published. If you are accepted to the blog, your work will remain on the site for at least two weeks, and you will be eligible to appear in our journal, Bluefire, in the Best of Bluefire Blog chapter. Please read the Submission Guidelines and go to the Submission Form to enter your work.
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We look forward to seeing your work, and good luck!
The Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation (Tax ID: 46-3489728) dedicated to the promotion of creative writing in kids and teens. The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Leyla Beban and her love of books, creative writing, imagination, and adventure. The Foundation is based in Leyla's hometown of Redwood City, CA and focuses charitable activities on San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.