NYT Bestselling Author, T.A. Barron, Doubles Down on Goodness in 2018 by Doubling Barron Prize Award

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ T.A. Barron, New York Times bestselling author of the Merlin Saga, announced today that he is doubling the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes prize from $5,000 to $10,000 per winner. Established in 2001 by T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

The Barron Prize is now accepting nominations. Details can be found here.

Hoping to shift the negative sentiment that has dominated the landscape in our country and the world, Barron states in his recent HuffPost blog: "Every single day, across this country and around the globe, people are doing things to lift the boat in which we all sail. And to lift our spirits in the processThere aren't any limits to who can do these things. Even the youngest among us, kids of all backgrounds and descriptions, are stepping up to help!"

A lifetime champion of youth, Barron believes "kids demonstrate, no one is too small or unimportant to do something helpful. Every one of us can make a difference."

To encourage everyone to spark the new year with goodness, Barron is also launching a year-long social media campaign titled #SparkGoodness, that will share and promote everyday acts of goodness. #SparkGoodness kicks off with a contest inspiring all ages to double down on good. Participants can share their good deeds and acts of positivity via entry form at www.sparkgoodness.com. Each month T. A. Barron will pick a single "Spark" to win a prize, and four smaller prizes will be awarded to runners-up. At the end of 2018, a Grand Prize winner will be selected from the previous winners. Follow T. A. Barron's social media sites for goodness-related developments throughout the year.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates social entrepreneurship spearheaded by young people from diverse backgrounds across North America. Since its inception, the Barron Prize has recognized 417 young leaders and has won the support of the National Geographic Education Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA, and National Youth Leadership Council, among other organizations.

T. A. Barron is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Merlin Saga, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is being developed as a major motion picture by Disney. He is the winner of the 2011 de Grummond Medallion for "lifetime contribution to the field of children's and young adult literature." He lives in Colorado with his family. For more information, please visit www.tabarron.com.

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NYT Bestselling Author, T.A. Barron, Doubles Down on Goodness in 2018 by Doubling Barron Prize Award

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