TIFTON – The Young Writers Initiative, a project of the Rotary Club of Tifton and the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence, will allow some Tift County youths to become published authors.

The Rotary Club and education foundation will publish a book of selected writings by Tift County youth in grades nine through 12, Rotary members said in a statement. The initiative is open to all youth in those grades in public schools, private schools and students who are home-schooled.

Students may generate an original story of up to 3,000 words in any genre, such as fiction, non-fiction, memoir, fantasy, horror, biography, etc. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and emailed by April 19, to: tiftonwrites@gmail.com

A committee will select the entries to be published. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and story structure, members said.

"Creative minds wanted – fact, fiction or wherever your imagination takes you," said Rick Register, Rotary president. "The Tifton young authors program, sponsored by the Tifton Rotary Club and TCFEE, looks forward to publishing select works in short story form. Budding writers, grades nine-12, are invited to have their work recognized."

Kaylar Howard, TCFEE president, said the organization is "thrilled to be able to offer the Young Writers Initiative to students in our area. We are always excited and awed to see the works produced by our talented students. We hope this project will generate more enthusiasm for reading and writing, and remind children in the Tifton area that they can do anything.

"We are looking forward to all the adventures that our young writers have to share."

An online contest is being held to name the book, with the winner receiving one copy of the book. Name suggestions may be made on the two organizations' Facebook pages. 

The book will be available to the community to purchase in both digital and printed form. Student authors selected for the book will receive a copy in both digital and printed formats and will be recognized at a book signing and/or public reading.

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