Meet Christopher Paul Curtis, Michigan author and Newbery Medal winner, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Mardigian Library on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016

Everyone is invited to attend the Young Authors' Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Mardigian Library. Christopher Paul Curtis is the special guest speaker. The event also includes breakout sessions for children to develop their writing/reading skills and for adults to learn tips for supporting their children's literacy development.

The Festival is FREE and open to the public. Registration is now open.

Event Schedule:


For a map and directions to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, click here.

Young Authors' Festival Writing Contest

Young Authors' Festival Writing Contest for Grades 3 - 5

Christopher Paul Curtis's book, "Bud, Not Buddy", highlights the importance of family and helping others. We invite students to write a personal narrative, poem, or essay related to the importance of family. We also encourage students to write about personal family stories and memories.

  • If students do not want to write about a personal experience, they may write about someone they know, make up characters, etc.
  • Awards are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each of the grades along with one grand prize winner. Students who win awards will be invited to read their entries at the Nov. 12th festival.

    Writing Contest Rules:

  • Writing Contest Theme: The Importance of Family and Helping Others
  • Students in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade may enter
  • Submit one piece of writing: essay, poem, or narrative. Illustrations may be included
  • 500-word limit
  • Writing must be original
  • Typed entries only
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected from each grade plus one grand prize winner
  • Winners will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards and be invited to read aloud their entries at the Young Authors' Festival on Nov. 12, 2016.

    Do not put the student's name on the entry. A second sheet must be submitted with the following information:

  • Name and grade
  • Home address
  • Title of contest entry
  • School name and address
  • Name, email address, and phone number of sponsoring teacher or parent
  • Contest Entry Due Date: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

    Entries must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, Oct. 14, 2016; late entries cannot be accepted.

  • Emailed documents are preferred
  • Email digital entries as an attachment to:
  • Mail paper entries to: Barbara Kriigel, Mardigian Library, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen, Dearborn, MI 48128
  • Winners will be notified in late October or early November.

    Have questions or need special accommodations? Please contact Sue Flannery at or (313) 593-5236. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the ADA should contact us prior to November 1, 2016 to allow time for arrangements to be made.

    The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers' views.