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Female youth writers outnumber male youth writers 8 to 1

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Julia Harrington, Morgan McFadden and Ariana Quick are three of eight female youth writers who submitted entries to the N'Dea Sims Youth Writers Challenge (Youth Writers Challenge) scheduled this weekend as part of the 3rd Annual African American Author's Expo & Multi-Cultural Book Fair.

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To date, a total of nine youth have submitted entries: eight girls and one boy. 13-year old, Kadar Donald, is the only male youth writer who is registered to participate in the Youth Writers Challenge. Donald, Harrington, McFadden, Quick and the other five youth participants will share their "original" short stories and poems on August 18, 2012 in Timonium, MD.

“I am extremely excited about the addition of the N’Dea Sims Youth Writers Challenge to the 3rd Annual African American Author’s Expo & Multi-Cultural Book Fair,” said Patricia Johnson, the Coordinator of the event. Johnson's excitement for the Youth Writers Challenge is contagious.

A post on Facebook revealed the enthusiasm of middle school participant, Julia Harington who was reported to have said, "My mom woke me up yelling ...'JULIA, JULIA LOOK AT THIS!' Now, I'm yelling and can't wait to read my poem."

The winners of each respective writing group (poetry and short stories) in the Youth Writers Challenge will receive a Kindle tablet. Other awards include a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a subscription to Stone Soup: The Magazine by Kids, writing supplies, and a radio interview on WPB Radio. All youth participants will receive a certificate of participation and a slice of celebration cake.