2015 Contest Now Open for Submissions!
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest is now open and accepting submissions! The contest is open to aspiring young authors in grades 6 - 12. Entries must be submitted no later than February 1st, 2015 and must be *exactly* 1000 words. Contest winners at each grade level will win a $100 cash prize, and the best entry from each of middle school and high school will win a $1000 scholarship. All winners plus a number of honorable mentions will be published in the 2015 edition of our journal Bluefire. To read excerpts from the winning work from last year, please visit our 2014 Award Celebration page. Last year we received over 300 entries and published 22 young authors. We hope to see even more this time!
For submission guidelines, please visit our Contest Rules page. You can submit a piece with our Entry Form. We look forward to reading your work and good luck!
Help spread the word! Here is our 2015 Contest Flyer. Print it out and help spread the word at your school.
2014 Creative Writing Summer Workshop
This past summer, we held our first creative writing workshop in conjunction with Girls to Women, a nonprofit focused on nurturing underserved girls in our community. Our foundation provided a week-long creative writing workshop to 15 young women. The curriculum leveraged examples from our journal Bluefire, which publishes the work of students from our $1000 for 1000 Words fiction-writing contest. The workshop students created their own original piece of fiction, and ended the week by reading their work to their peers - you can read some excerpts here. In addition to the curriculum, we provided two experienced instructors who were assisted by young author and 2014 11th grade prize winner Darya Behroozi. And because of the outstanding generosity of two anonymous donors, were able to outfit the workshop with laptops for students and teachers alike.
All in all it was a great success and we are looking forward to doing this again next year, but we could use your help! If you have room in your charitable giving this year or next, please consider making a donation to our foundation so we can continue to support young authors for years to come. You can pick up a copy of Bluefire in the process.
Are you a teacher or parent interested in providing creative writing enrichment to middle or high school students? Are you interested in being a workshop instructor? Our foundation is looking to partner with schools, afterschool and summer school providers, and nonprofits to expand our workshops in the coming year. If you are interested in exploring opportunities to work with us, please send us a message using our Contact Us form. We will be in touch.
Summer Creative Writing Workshop. Click the photo to see more and to read excerpts of the students' work.
Tax Exempt Status Confirmed!
We received notice 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.
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.