2019 Young Author Faire

Young Author's Faire Information

2019 Young Author Checklist for students.pdf

What is the Young Author's Faire?

The Young Author's Faire is a writing competition held in the Catholic Schools Diocese of Oakland.  All students in grades 1-8 are encouraged to participate.  Students participate by writing an original book with original artwork.  Books are bound and submitted to the student's classroom/language arts teacher.  Our school will review all books submitted and select the best writing to be sent to the Diocese-wide competition.  Judges at the Diocese will read all books submitted and select the best writing to be recognized and rewarded at an Awards Ceremony.  Winning students are encouraged to attend the Awards Ceremony where they are given a certificate and scholastic dollars they can spend that day at a Book Faire.

What are the types of books that I can write?

Books can be submitted in nine (9) categories:

  1. Autobiography/Biography.  A true story written about a family member or friend.
  2. Poetry.  A collection of poems or a novel written in poetic free verse.
  3. Religious-theme.  A spiritual book can be about faith, prayer, sacraments, saints, bible stories, or nature.
  4. Non-Fiction/Special Genre.  These non-fiction books teach children a concept such as shapes, colors, numbers, emotions.  How-to books (such as how to tie shoes, how to care for a pet, how to tell time, etc.), cook books, travel and informational books also fit into this category. 
  5. Graphic Novels / Comic Books.  Illustrated in the comic-book style where the story is told via picture cells/panels with word/thought bubbles.
  6. Fiction.  A SHORT story.
  7. [Grades 6-8 ONLY].  Children's Picture Books.  Only grades 6-8 may submit a children's picture books.  
  8. Class Books.  Created by an entire class and submitted by the teacher.
  9. Buddy Books.  Created by two classes of "buddies" and submitted by the teacher.

What are the rules I need to know?

  • All books must be BOUND.  Your teacher can assist you with binding.  You can schedule time with Mrs. Hinton (in advance) it you require her assistance.  Do not use staples or plastic report covers.  These forms of binding are not accepted by the Diocese.
  • Students must do original writing and illustration.  Please do not copy content or images from the internet.  ALL work must be original.  If someone else has assisted with photos, be sure give credit on the title page.  For example, "Photos taken by Mom".
  • If an adult assists with binding, typing, editing, etc., there must be a clear statement on the title page as to the type of assistance given.  For example, "Typing by Mom"  "Binding by Mrs. O'Sullivan"
  • No more than three students may collaborate on one book (unless it is a class book).
  • All students who write a book together must be in the same grade and must attend St. Perpetua School.  The only exception is Buddy Books, which are written by two buddy classes, under the direction of the classroom teacher.
  • Books must include:  Cover, Binding, Title Page, Copyright Info, Page Numbers.  Please use the Student Checklist to make sure you've thought of all the elements that must be included in your book.
  • Books must be submitted with a Checklist, available on this web page.
  • Books must be submitted to the classroom teacher, on or before the DUE date.  We strongly encourage you to turn in you books EARLY so that you have time to correct any errors your teacher finds.
  • LATE entries are NOT accepted.

To whom should I submit my finished book?

Bound and completed books should be submitted to your classroom/language arts teacher.

When is my book DUE?

Books are due to your classroom teacher BEFORE Friday, March 1st.  You must give your completed book to your classroom teacher before the DUE date.  This give him/her time to review your work and send it home for corrections.  Late entries are not accepted.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have questions, contact your classroom/language arts teacher, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Conway, or Mrs. Hinton.  Mrs. Hinton is available in the library, everyday (except Wednesday), during lunch to review/assist with your books.  Do not wait until the DUE date.  Make an appointment with her so that she has time to help you.  She loves to hear your ideas, help you brainstorm, suggest improvements, and read early drafts.  She can also help you to design a unique binding for your book.

When is the Diocese-wide Awards Celebration?

Winners of the Diocesan Young Author's Faire will be announced by April 5th.  The winners are invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at St. Mary's School in Walnut Creek on Saturday, April 13th at 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  Arrive early for parking and to shop with your Scholastic Prize Money.

MAR 1:  Absolute LAST date for students to submit books to classroom/language arts teachers by 8am.  
MAR 1 - 14:  Judges read all St. P submissions and identify St. P winners.
MAR 14:  Class books due to Mrs. Hinton
MAR 20:  St. Perpetua winners announced in e-News Bulletin
APR 5:  Winning students receive their letters via mail.
APR 13:  Awards Ceremony at St. Mary's School, Walnut Creek



=============== PAST WINNERS ===========

PAST (2018) Winners of Oakland Diocese Young Authors Faire

Grand Prize Winners of Oakland Diocese YA Faire

St. Perpetua's TK Class, "TK's Construction Site"
St. Perpetua's 5th Grade Class, "Writing the Way to Freedom"

First Place Winners of Oakland Diocese YA Faire

Jake O. (poetry) "The Best Book of Sports Poems"
Charlotte T. (special genre) "10 Things to do When You Are Bored"
Jonah M. (graphic novel) "The Stellar Ring"
Billy O. (fiction) "Super Cookie 3: Cookie Gone Bad!!?"
Beatrice R. (biography) "St. Francis of Assisi"
Marina C. (children's book) "Benny Next Door"
Katie K. (children's book) "A Day at the Zoo"
Maddy J. (religious theme) "Prayers for Support"

Second Place Winners of Oakland Diocese YA Faire

Madeline H. & Decker L. (fiction) "The Two Princesses and the Dragon"
Kate S. & Anna P. (children's book) "The Unwanted Pencil"

Honorable Mentions at Oakland Diocese YA Faire

Matthew M. (special genre) "What Was Dunkirk?"
Jacob S. (fiction) "The Medallion Mystery"
Matthew B. (religious theme) "Outside the Lines"

St. Perpetua's 2018 Winning Class Books:

TK:  TK's Construction Site
2:  Baby Jesus Tried to Sleep
3:  Kindness K'ounts
4:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Acrostic Poems
5:  Writing the Way to Freedom

4th MLK     5th Book

St. Perpetua's 2018 Winning Student Books:

1st Princess and DragonFirst Grade:
"The Two Princesses and the Dragon" by Madeline H. and Decker L.
"What was Dunkirk?" by Matthew M.

2nd MysterySecond Grade:
"The Medallion Mystery" by Jacob S.
"Sofia Likes her Dance" by Sophie W.
"The Best Book of Sports Poems" by Jake O.
"The Crazy Week of Puppy" by Estelle H. and Elena P.
"Snake Eats the Days of the Week" by Julian D. and Owen M.

3rd Awesome Play Third Grade:
"An Awesome Play" by Jefferson B. and Paul B.
"10 Things to Do When You Are Bored" by Charlotte T.
"The Stellar Ring" by Jonah M.

4th Super Cookie Fourth Grade:
"Super Cookie 3: Cookie Gone Bad!!?" by Billy O.
"Adolf Munzinger: The Man The Myth and Legend" by Maximus M.
"In Hawaii" by Kaitlin M.
"We Are..." by Kyra S.
"Jalapeno Jeff's Guide to Some Very Unfortunate Events in History" by Gavin W. and Milo M.

5th Iron Curtain Fifth Grade:
"Iron Curtain, Book One: Consequences" by Caden H.
"Outside the Lines" by Matthew B.

6th Benny Sixth Grade:
"An Adventure of a Lifetime" by Tatum H.
"St. Francis of Assisi" by Beatrice R.
"Flower People" by Roisin M.
"My (Incredible) Adventure with Moses" by Tyler B.
"Prayers for Support" by Maddy J.
"A Day at the Zoo" by Katie K.
"Benny Next Door" by Marina C.

6th Prayers Seventh Grade:
"The House" by Rowan M.
"Sporty" by Chloe S. and Sierra P.
"The Little Flower" by Eliza H. and Ellie S.
"Tommy Tomato didn't fit in" by Gillian D. and Melissa K.

8th Pencil Eighth Grade:
"A Stirring" by Tommy W.
"The Library after Dark" by Liv D. and Maggie H.
"The Unwanted Pencil" by Kate S. and Anna P.

6th Lily26th Annual Oakland Diocese Young Authors Awards 

All the books listed above will move on to the next stage of competition, at the Diocesan Level.  Winners of the Diocese-wide competition will be announced.  The winners are invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at St. Mary's School in Walnut Creek.  Arrive early for parking and to shop with your Scholastic prize money.