The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). The YAFF is a city-wide writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and craft of storytelling. The YAFF is free of charge and open to all students ages 5-18 in the greater Paris area who write in English.
The deadline for the 2017 YAFF will be 1 April 2017 at 22h00.
Fill out this YAFF online submissions form.
Finalists will be notified in mid-May 2017. The YAFF culminates with a celebration event on Friday 2 June 2017. All participants are invited to attend this celebration. We will be honoring everyone who participated in the YAFF and announce the top finalists in each grade level. The top stories will be published in a YAFF Celebration Book.
Frequently Asked Questions
A. Spread the word about the YAFF amongst students and staff at your school and encourage them to participate. Paper your school and/or library or bookstore with the YAFF Flyer and make available the YAFF Guidelines. Please forward this events page to all other teachers you know for more details.
A: The Young Authors Fiction Festival is absolutely free of charge to enter.
A: The goal of YAFF is to encourage and support children and young adults to complete a creative written project. All participants of YAFF are invited to attend the Celebration Event normally scheduled in mid-June, where we honor all the writers and announce the finalists of the YAFF.
A: No, all qualifying entries must be submitted by midnight on 1 April. Unfortunately we cannot consider any stories submitted afterwards.
A: You will receive a personalized e-mail several days after submitting your story, letting you know if the story meets the YAFF guidelines. (If it doesn’t, then we’ll offer some suggestions to help you modify it). If you don’t receive an e-mail within one week, please re-submit the story.
A: All stories must be within the word count requirements. If you submit a story that contains more words, we will send it back for further editing so that it falls within the guidelines (maximum of 750 words for students in GS-CM2 -- maximum of 1,000 words for students in collège or lycée.)
A: No, only the body text count towards the word count.
A: Each submission to YAFF must be original: the participant must come up with the content and write the story on his own. Parents and teachers are encouraged to help only insofar as they create “teachable moments”, e.g., guiding young writers through revisions by asking questions instead of giving answers. For example, asking “can you express this idea in fewer words?” to help a child write more concisely. We require that all students pledge on their honor that their submission is their original work.
A: Part of the objective of YAFF is to help young people develop new skills and a deeper understanding of the English language. We like to avoid, if at all possible, that parents or teachers correct the "mistakes" for the students. But neither do we want teachers/parents to have so light a touch that a potentially good story submission doesn't make the grade due to issues that might easily have been improved upon, while teaching new skills at the same time.
A: Please see the American and French Grade Level Comparison chart above. If your child is in the British or American system, we encourage you to tell us the French equivalent so we can ensure his submission is entered into the appropriate category.
A: Absolutely! Please make sure to submit each student’s entry in a separate e-mail, with their name/grade in the subject line, the submission form pasted into the body of the e-mail, and the story attached as a PDF or .doc.
A: We suggest that parents have young children write out their story, then type it up for them including any spelling or grammar mistakes. That way the story that is submitted is indeed the original work of the child.
A: Not at all. All stories are judged independently of entry information except for the title of the story and the age / grade of the author.
A. The culminating YAFF Celebration at the American Library is on Friday 5 June 2015. At the YAFF Celebration we honor all participating authors and burgeoning storytellers as well as announce the finalists. Finalists will be notified prior to the event, but all young authors are encouraged to attend this celebration of books for youth and children.