Young Authors Fiction Festival 2020 (YAFF)—Deadline 1 April
The Library invites authors ages 5-18 in the Paris area to sharpen their pencils (or put their fingers to the keyboard) and submit an original story to the Young Authors Fiction Festival.
YAFF is a writing initiative that aims to strengthen community among young English speakers through the art and craft of storytelling. The Festival is free to enter and open to all students ages 5-18 in the greater Paris area who write in English. Judges will select the top five stories in each grade, which will then be published in our Celebration Booklets.
The deadline for YAFF submissions is 1 April 2020 at 22h00. See the website for submission guidelines. When you are ready to enter, visit the YAFF webpage, select your grade, complete the submission form, and upload your story.
As we negotiate the COVID-19 pandemic together, we believe that it is more important than ever to provide outlets for creativity and self-expression to the youngest members of our community. We look forward to receiving your submissions. Happy writing!
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with official directives, the Library is closed until further notice. Our first priority is to protect our community, and this includes implementing a strict work-from-home policy for our staff.
We know that this is an uncertain and daunting time for everyone, whether you live in France or abroad. We encourage all of our members under home confinement to protect both their physical and mental well-being and use this period as a time for reading, reflection, and intellectual exploration. Book loan periods will be extended until the Library reopens, and fines accrued during the closure will be excused. Please take care of your loved ones and take comfort in books, and we will provide electronic resources that allow you to explore the world from the safety of your home.
We have a plethora of eResources available to members via our website, including:
- Free access to the digital New York Times.
- The latest magazines, literary journals, eBooks (both fiction and non-fiction) and more via our electronic databases. For questions about accessing our electronic resources, please email email@example.com.
- Lists of great online resources for kids and teens.
- Virtual Story Hours and other programs for kids and teens. Visit our online program calendar for dates, times, and login details. For questions about virtual programming for kids and teens, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- And check out our new podcast, Evenings with an Author, available wherever you get your podcasts.
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