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Young Illustrators (Grades 1-5)

What is the Young Illustrators event?

  • Young Illustrators is an event that provides an opportunity for students in grades 1-5 to participate in the writing, illustrating, production, and presentation of original books.
  • Participation in one or both of the Young Illustrators events fulfills the Student Social Opportunity requirement.
  • All adjudication is done at the local school level, and the top books from each grade level will be chosen and awarded placement. Every student who participates will receive a certificate of achievement.

Young Illustrators Fulfill the Student Social Opportunity


  • Participation in the Young Illustrators counts as fulfilling the Student Social Opportunity
  • Late registration is available for Young Illustrators. Registration closes on Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • Each student who registers for a social event receives a $5 gift card; max one $5 gift card per student. Students who meet attendance and participation requirements are entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card at the end of the year.
  • Students must participate in at least one semester's competition

Book criteria


The following criteria should be used as books are prepared:

1. The book must be bound.
2. The book must use original student illustrations.
3. Themes should reflect Christian values.

Judging criteria

Enlightium teachers judge each book by the following:

1. Opening Pages—fresh and interesting, grabs the reader's attention
2. Length—correct for plot and age of the reader
3. Ending—believable to the story, brings good closure to the plot
4. Story—plot holds the reader's attention, shows originality
5. Characters—relate to story rather than popping in, not too many, well-described
6. Description—choice of words is descriptive, feelings are expressed
7. Sentence structure—varies, is mechanically correct
8. Mechanics—proper capitalization, punctuation, spelling, grammar
9. Illustrations—match the story of the book, is neat and colorful, are a good medium for text 10. Neatness—neat overall, neat penmanship
11. Binding—neat, looks professional
12. Cover—draws the reader's attention
13. Christian theme—seen in story and illustrations 

What costs are associated?


Families participating in the Young Illustrators absorb the following costs:

  • Materials for book creation

  • Mailing costs if option 2 as noted below is selected

Sending the book to Enlighium

Enlightium Academy 

Attention: Mrs. Chun

1330 N. Washington Street, Suite 5050

Spokane, WA 99201

*Enlightium Academy will not return books after the competitions.



  • Semester 1:
    • Book submission deadline: November 15, 2020
    • The books will be graded: December 31, 2020
  • Semester 2:
    • Book submission deadline: February 15, 2021
    • The books will be graded: March 31, 2021

Students who participate in the Young Illustrators can participate in one or both events.

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