Illinois Statewide Young
Authors Conference
planned for May 21, 2022
in Normal, Illinois
has been canceled!


The Illinois Language and Literacy Council (ILLC) who co-sponsors the conference with the Illinois Reading Council met on Saturday, January 15,  to discuss the status of the conference. 

We believe very strongly in the importance of the conference for the children of Illinois. We looked very carefully at the current situations in schools across the state regarding COVID cases and the new variant and the surge that is occurring.  After reviewing the current guidelines and virus trends, we have made the decision to cancel the 2022 Young Authors conference.

We felt this was the best decision to help ensure the health of our young authors, published authors, and the volunteers that staff the conferenceBecause we have to make decisions long before the May conference,  we have made this decision at this time. 

We are extremely hopeful that we can bring back the conference in 2023. 

We are committed to making that happen and have all the infrastructure in place to do so, but we have to be mindful of the current pandemic situation for young children as well as the volunteers we need to staff the conference. We thank everyone who has attended the conference in the past and supported this wonderful opportunity for the children of Illinois and hope many of you will be ready to back with us as soon as it is safely possible.

Updated information will also be communicated via FACEBOOK and TWITTER.  Please "LIKE" us at Illinois Young Author's Conference on Facebook! or join us on Twitter at @ilyoungauthor

More information about other ILLC events, ILLC officers and committee members, and past ILLC newsletters are available on the ILLC Webpage

Unfortunately, ILLC does not keep copies of any of the manuscripts that are submitted, in fact, we never actually possess them. Each young author brings their manuscript with them to the conference and them takes them back home that day. Our certificates are printed prior to the conference, then handed out to our authors, and again we do not keep copies. Over the
40+ years of Young Authors we would have amassed an interesting and wonderful collection had we been able to keep a copy of every submission!

For more information, please contact Ruth Stevig (by email at [email protected] or by phone at 847-526-8798) or Sue Anderson (by email at [email protected] or by phone 630-988-9833).  Otherwise, please feel to contact the ILLC President, Leslie Forsman, for other information.