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2018-07-05 Print

Ripple Foundation Announces Winner Of 2017-2018 Kids Write 4 Kids Creative Challenge

Grade 6 student Emaan Ali becomes published author, with book ‘Mrs. Smafpaf’ now on Amazon, Apple iBooks Store, and Google Play.


Toronto, ON – Ripple Foundation is thrilled to announce the winning title of the 2017-2018 Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K) Creative Challenge. Short story Mrs. Smafpaf by Emaan Ali, age 11, was selected as the winning entry by a panel of 12 judges. It is now available for purchase in digital format on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play, as well as in print format from Amazon. All proceeds benefit a charity of Emaan’s choice.

Inspired by a doodle of a woman she drew, Ali wrote Mrs. Smafpaf depicting a woman who knows how to heal gardens and decides to try her hand at healing a broken heart. Toronto-based illustrator, fine artist, and 2018 OCAD graduate Aliya Ghare illustrate the book based on Emaan’s character. Mrs. Smafpaf is dedicated to Emaan’s teacher at Bayview Glen School, Mrs. Smallbridge, who encouraged and helped her every step of the way.

The stories were selected by a judging panel, including three youth judges, all previous Kids Write 4 Kids winners; as well as several other Canadian authors. Describing the judging process, Esta Spalding, author of Knock About with Fitzgerald-Trouts, stated, “What a great pleasure to read these wildly various, vibrant, colourful, and original stories!” Casey Lyall, author of Shadow of a Pug, described the experience saying, “I quite enjoyed reading the stories from all of the Kids Write 4 Kids finalists. Each writer brought something new and exciting to the page. What I loved about MRS. SMAFPAF in particular was that it felt like I was reading an original fairy tale! I think all of the participants should be very proud of what they accomplished and I hope all of you keep writing!”

About Ripple Foundation

Ripple Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that fosters creativity in youth across Canada. Since 2015, we have developed and facilitated activities that encourage creative writing in children, including our Kids Write 4 Kids contest, Write It Workshop, and Wave Blog. Learn more at

About Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K)

The Kids Write 4 Kids program is an annual national creative writing challenge that encourages children and youth in grades 4-8 to submit original stories for a chance to become a published author. Each year, a panel of judges selects a story (or stories) submitted to the competition to be published both in print and digital format, available for the world to read. The KW4K program has been running since 2012 and is Ripple Foundation’s signature program. To date, 13 titles by youth authors have been published worldwide. View all titles at

For additional information, images, or to request a book for review, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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69 Yorkville Ave., Suite 218
Toronto, ON M5R 1B8

Phone: 416-928-0465