Emory Global Health Institute COVID-19 Children’s eBook Competition

Coronavirus -19 (COVID-19), a highly infectious and potentially deadly virus, was first identified in patients in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has rapidly spread around the globe. The virus has caused massive disruptions in daily life for persons from all walks of life and age groups, and it dominates media coverage and personal conversations. Suddenly, individuals and families are facing stay-in-place orders, travel bans, sickness and even death among family and friends, concerns about job security and finances, and the list goes on.

During times of crisis, young school-aged children are particularly vulnerable to anxiety and stress. The COVID-19 pandemic can be scary for this age group.  Children can be supported by providing age-appropriate information on the situation, guidance on actions to keep them safe, and reassurance that many people are working to fight the virus and end the pandemic.  The information should be simple, brief and balanced with facts and appropriate reassurances. Age-appropriate books are an excellent way to provide information to children on Covid-19, but there are few available.

EGHI invites interested writers and illustrators (or aspiring writers and illustrators!) to write and illustrate a children’s eBook aimed at providing age-appropriate information on the COVID-19 pandemic. The eBook content should include age-appropriate, factual information on COVID-19, reassure the reader they are safe and that it is ok to feel upset, and describe actions taken by medical professionals and others. Other content could include behaviors to help them stay safe and healthy such as appropriate handwashing techniques, social distancing, healthy diets and rest.

TARGET POPULATION

The target population for the online children’s book is ages 6 – 9 years and in any geographic or cultural context of interest. During this period of childhood, children are beginning to understand more about their place in the world, starting to think about the future and demonstrating more independence from parents and families. They are also showing rapid mental development, becoming less focused on themselves and more concerned for others and learning to describe experiences and talk about their feelings. The eBook should be written and illustrated to meet the developmental needs of this age group.

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Prizes

$14,000 in prizes

EGHI COVID-19 Children's eBook Award

Winner receives $10,000 plus online publication of their eBook on the EGHI website, social media platforms, and all EGHI promotional materials

EGHI COVID-19 Children's eBook Honorable Mention (4)

Honorable mention winners receive $1,000 plus online publication of their eBooks on the EGHI website, social media platforms, and EGHI promotional materials

Devpost Achievements

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Eligibility

ANYONE is eligible to submit an eBook to the competition. All writers and illustrators (and aspiring writers and illustrators!). 

Requirements

  • Register for the competition anytime prior to eBook submission deadline (April 29, 2020)
  • eBook file must be submitted in .PDF format
  • eBook file must include the final product
  • eBook submissions are due by 5pm (Eastern Time) on April 29, 2020. eBooks received after 5pm will not be judged.
  • Submission assumes the right of the Emory Global Health Institute to publish and/or promote the winning story on its Website, social media platforms, and all EGHI promotional materials.
  • The eBook submission must be an original, unpublished work. Previously published eBooks will not be accepted.

Judges

Pamela B Redmon

Pamela B Redmon
Emory University

Keriann Roy

Keriann Roy
Emory University

Jeff Koplan

Jeff Koplan
Emory University

Parmi Suchdev

Parmi Suchdev
Emory University

Britton Tuck

Britton Tuck
Emory University

Steve Dolinger

Steve Dolinger

Katie Farrington

Katie Farrington

Craig Redmon

Craig Redmon

Terri McFadden

Terri McFadden

Leila Wheless

Abby Outzs

Jenny Frunkel

Jenny Frunkel

Krista Charen

Krista Charen

Tracy Pruitt

E'lane Tullis

E'lane Tullis

Amy Hutchins

Amy Hutchins

Danielle Suchdev

Danielle Suchdev

Nicole Citron

Nicole Citron

Martha Katz

Martha Katz

Marshall Kreuter

Marshall Kreuter

Steve Blount

Steve Blount

Ken Powell

Ann Gazin

Callie Benson

Callie Benson

Billy Howard

Billy Howard

Leigh Conley

Leigh Conley

Angela Leissa

Jacob  Wood

Jacob Wood

Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang

Margaret Cheeley

Tyler Mangascle

Tyler Mangascle

Jennifer SanAngelo

Jennifer SanAngelo

Adam Koplan

Adam Koplan

Marie Marquardt

Marie Marquardt

Andy Nouraee

Andy Nouraee
Emory University

Krista Lowe

Krista Lowe

Laura Ross

Laura Ross

Heather Burrows

Melissa Redden

Mary Wray

Sarena Fuller

John Hall

Tiffany Mead

Becca McCauley

Becca McCauley

Khaliah Johnson

Khaliah Johnson

Lekha Shah

Lekha Shah

Sarah Mill

Sarah Mill

Deepa Ranganathan

Deepa Ranganathan

Priya Gupta

Priya Gupta

Emily Flynn

Emily Flynn

Kiersten Derby

Kiersten Derby

Li Dealmeida

Li Dealmeida

Jay Shah

Jay Shah

Fran Powell

Fran Powell

Ellen Whitney

Ellen Whitney
Emory University

Diane

Cindy Foraker

Michael Green

Stacey Paschal

Stacey Paschal

Laurie Shock

Laurie Shock

PK Martin

PK Martin

 Diane Morof

Diane Morof

Libby Thomas

Libby Thomas

Rebecca Baggett

Rebecca Baggett
Emory University

Kim Nolte

Kim Nolte
Emory University

Katie Sieb
Emory University

Eric  Footer

Eric Footer

Joan Slattery

Joan Slattery

Nancy Engler

Judging Criteria

  • Factual
    Is the information accurate and based on current knowledge?
  • Age appropriate content
    Is the language used age- appropriate? Are the messages developmentally age-appropriate? Are the illustrations age-appropriate?
  • Message Delivery
    Has the writer detailed a main and central idea related to Covid-19 that is fully articulated? Are the ideas developed thoroughly and presented meaningfully? Is the language imaginative and appropriate?
  • Creative and Original
    Is the eBook original? Does it deliver the message in a refreshing way? Does the writer use interesting, thoughtful and age-appropriate text and illustrations?
  • Appeal
    Does the eBook appeal to the target audience (magic, charm, impact)? Does the book demonstrate freshness and imagination?
  • Illustrations
    Are illustrations clear, appropriate and aesthetically appealing? Do the illustrations integrate with the text to engage interest and enhance understanding? Is the style of illustration appropriate to the targeted age group?