LSU offers middle, high school students chance at cash, lunch with favorite author

LSU’s Young Adult Literature Contest to Host Student Essay Contest

LSU is offering area middle- and high-school students an opportunity to meet one of their favorite authors through the Young Adult Literature Conference & Seminar, happening May 31-June 5.

Students may enter a writing contest, with a grand prize of $75 dollars, and a chance to have lunch with one of the five authors in attendance.

Young adult authors Jacqueline Woodson, Sharon Draper, Kwame Alexander, Coe Booth and Sharon Flake will all be on campus as featured speakers at the conference, and have volunteered their time for this contest. Interested students should write a short essay on who their favorite author is and why. Entries may be submitted at by May 15, with a winner to be announced on May 20.

Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover
Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover
Sharon Draper, author of Out of My Mind
Sharon Draper, author of Out of My Mind

The Young Adult Literature Conference & Seminar theme, titled, “African-American Cultures in Young Adult Literature,” will provide attendees with unprecedented access to some of the nation’s most celebrated African-American authors. The conference will give participants unprecedented access to prestigious authors and academics in the field of young adult literature. School teachers, principals, curriculum specialists and librarians will all have the opportunity to explore the process of incorporating young adult literature into their classrooms and libraries while earning 30 continuing education credits. University and college professors who teach and/or study young adult literature can network, share ideas and brainstorm new curriculum approaches with other academics and professionals in K-12 settings.

For more information on the conference, or to register, visit

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