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by Mark Cheffey
A Palmyra Elementary School student is going to become a published author.
Emmalynn Jones, a third grader, was the local winner of a flash fiction writing contest, hosted by ReadyAimWrite Kids, LLC.
“This is a big deal,” said PES Principal Bridgette Augspurg, during a Friday morning school assembly when Jones was announced the winner from three finalists, that included fourth graders Whitney Frankline and Gracie Weaver.
“It’s so cool that Emmalynn will be a pubished author,” Augspurg added.
The contest conclusion came about after Stephen Kozan, the founder of ReadyAimWrite, previously came to the school to engage with third and fourth graders to get them thinking about writing.
As part of the presentation, Kozan held a flash writing contest, where students were given 10 minutes to write a story, and then selected a student to have a book published.
Augspurg said Kozan will now work with Jones and her family throughout the year, and she will eventually get a true publishing contract, at no cost to the student or family.
According to the ReadyAmiWrite website, Flash Fiction is a writing exercise introduced to Kozan by his creative writing professor in college.
“I’ve since implemented it into all my author visits,” Kozan said. “It allows the student an outlet to voice their creativity.”
“The purpose of this is to show the kids that they too can do this.
ReadyAimWrite Kids, LLC is an independent publishing company for books written by children for children.
All student-authors sign a traditional author/publisher contract, and all authors earn royalties from their books.
Kozan founded ReadyAimWrite Publishing in April of 2015.
In 2018, he founded ReadyAimWrite Kids, LLC, a publishing company for books written by kids for kids.
Also, in 2018, he co-founded a non-profit endeavor called Student Author Movement.
Kozan grew up near Harrisburg, Pa., and from an early age, he enjoyed writing and creating stories.
After graduating from high school, he attended Harrisburg Area Community College where he studied literature and honed his craft in various creative writing courses.
Learn more about Stephen at StudentAuthorMovement.org.