Young Canadian Writers Become Published Authors + Support Local Charities!

Winners of this year’s Ripple Foundation’s national Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K) annual short story contest from BC and Ontario, today become published authors for the first time, with the book available to purchase now on Amazon, Google Play, iBookstore, and Overdrive!

TORONTO, July 2, 2020 – Winners of national education charity, Ripple Foundation’s, 2019/20 Kids Write 4 Kids creative writing contest, Brynne Storey, Grade 4, (Brooksbank Elementary School, North Vancouver, BC), and Tvisha Lakhani, Grade 7, (Mount Pleasant Village Public School, Brampton, ON) today become published authors with the official launch of the winning storybooks, with proceeds pledged to the winners’ local charities of choice.

The annual competition sees Brynne’s novel, ‘The Sheeps’ Journey’, and Tvisha’s novel, ‘Through the Mirror’, published in paperback via Amazon, and in e-book format on Amazon, Google Play, iBookstore, and Overdrive.

Professionally illustrated by Vivian Chen, a Toronto based illustrator, designer, and 2020 graduate from Ontario College of Art and Design University, the books retail at $9.99 CAD in print and $3.99 CAD digitally. Proceeds from all Kids Write 4 Kids book sales in 2020 will be donated to Brynne and Tvisha’s charity of choice.

The winners’ stories, judged by a panel consisting of previous KW4K winners and renowned panelists, including The Globe and Mail’s Book Editor, Judith Pereira, children’s book columnist, Jeffrey Canton and Associate Producer at CBC Books and Canada Reads, Jane van Koeverden, came in top out of 320 story submissions from young aspiring Canadian authors in grades 4-8 across 8 provinces and 1 territory.

Commenting on the judging process, Jeffrey Canton said: “What I especially admired about Through the Mirror and The Sheeps’ Journey was the strong voices of the young writers and how well they managed their stories – things made sense all the way through, and the writers all had control of their material – I was both engaged and interested in what they were saying and I certainly felt that they were not only well-written but truly creative.”

Ivy Wong, Founder of Ripple Foundation, said.“Every year we receive so many amazing, heart-warming stories from super talented youth across the country. Brynne and Tvisha’s stories really stood out from the crowd, and we are so excited that their talents have been recognized and people everywhere can now enjoy these short stories! And, it’s always rewarding to remember that for every book purchased, the proceeds will be donated to Brynne and Tvisha’s charity of choice.

“We look forward to welcoming even more talented young writers to the competition opening in Fall 2020!”

Please contact Bethany Willetts if you wish to receive a copy of the books for a review.

Blurb: The Sheeps’ Journey – Brynne Storey
Pan and his sister Katie are on their own. Together they must struggle to escape the danger that hunts them and find a place they can call home. It may also be worth mentioning that they are sheep from another planet.

Blurb: ‘Through the Mirror’ – Tvisha Lakhani
Nicole Leblanc is no stranger to trouble. But now she’s discovered a magic portal to a distant kingdom, is charged with a crime she didn’t commit, and has only a few hours to prove her innocence. Getting out of this one is going to take all her wits, and it really wouldn’t hurt to have the help of some friends.

About Ripple Foundation

About Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K)
The Kids Write 4 Kids program is an annual national creative writing challenge that encourages children and youth in grades 4-8 to submit original stories for a chance to become a published author. Each year, a panel of judges selects a story (or stories) submitted to the competition to be published both in print and digital format, available for the world to read. The KW4K program has been running since 2012 and is Ripple Foundation’s signature program. To date, 15 titles by youth authors have been published worldwide. View all titles at ripplefoundation.ca/books

Media contact:
Bethany Willetts
PR Lead, Ripple Foundation
[email protected]