Frequently Asked Questions

Who Supports Early Excellence?

Early Excellence is an independent print publication of The Young Authors Foundation, Inc. We are not affiliated with any individual, group or organization. We receive our income from four sources: advertisers in the magazine who support our goals and want to reach teenagers with their message; tax-deductible donations people have made to our charitable nonprofit foundation; payment for subscriptions of the print magazine requested by schools for their students.

What is the philosophy behind Early Excellence?

The Young Authors Foundation feels strongly that one of the greatest needs of young people is to preserve their sense of self-worth. Early Excellece`s role is to listen to its contributors and provide a forum in which teens can express themselves through essays, stories, reviews, art and photography.

What is The Young Authors Foundation?

The Young Authors Foundation, Inc., founded in 1989, is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation providing a unique and far-reaching reading, communications and writing experience for teenagers. Early Excellence, the foundation’s monthly print magazine, reaches hundreds of thousands of students in public and private high schools and middle schools across the region. The foundation also maintains an online version with daily features to allow additional teens an opportunity to be published.

How can I get more involved in The Young Authors Foundation?

Please call 757-286-2194f you are interested in helping Early Excellence and The Young Authors Foundation.

What celebrities receive Early Excellence and why?

Many athletes, educators, artists, authors, community leaders, business executives and caring individuals receive Early Excellence because they feel it is important for teen voices to be heard. Please see our We’re Listening list.

How does Early Excellence receive its material?

We have no staff writers or artists; all teenagers are encouraged to submit work. We read and review every submission, and though we can’t publish every one, the creative process itself is satisfying and rewarding for teens. The letters we receive from students, teachers, parents and administrators attest to this. If a piece is accepted, the student has the joy of seeing his or her work in print and/or on the Internet.

What is the Teacher Advisory Board?

Teacher Advisory Board members serve as liaisons and advisors to Early Excellence. They use the magazine in a variety of ways and are available if you have questions or suggestions. See our Teacher Advisory Board list!

How is Early Excellence different from a school newspaper?

With budget cuts and other pressures, many schools no longer have a high school paper or literary journal. Some schools have a publication that comes out “whenever possible.” In a few cases, schools maintain the tradition of a high school paper but don’t accept submissions from large numbers of students. Any teenager can submit to our magazine, not just the few fortunate to be on the staff of their school paper. While school papers are only distributed within the school community, our print magazine reaches over hundreds to thousands of teenagers every month and many more on the Web.

How many schools receive Early Excellence?

Over 100 schools and libraries in the Hampton roads region receive a class set of 30 (or more) copies of Early Ink.

The magazine enters its inaugural year in September 2014.

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