Welcome to Backpack with Kay, the official website for award-winning writer
and budget-minded travel expert Kay Em Ellis…

  • Awaken the Dawn – YA Fiction
    • 1st Place – Cascade Awards
    • 1st Place (Fiction)/1st Runner Up (Overall) – Badge of Honor Awards
    • 1st Place – Blue Seal Awards
    • 2nd Place – Write To Publish Awards
    • Semifinalist – Writer of the Year Serious Writer Awards
    • Finalist – Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest
  • The Wedding Dress – Non-Fiction/Inspirational
    • Semifinalist – Writer of the Year Serious Writer Awards
    • 2nd Place – Write to Publish Awards
    • 3rd Place – Advance His Kingdom Contest
  • The Heart of Euroland – Non-Fiction/Short Article
    • 1st Place – Tar Heel Awards
    • 3rd Place – Blue Seal Awards
  • The Battle – Flash Fiction
    • 1st Place – Blue Seal Awards
  • Sanctuary – YA Short Fiction
    • Honorable Mention – Writer’s Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition

To connect with Kay, check out the right side of this page (bottom if you’re viewing this on a mobile device) for her Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads. You can even translate this page into another language with the Google Translate bar at the bottom.

If you’re seeking services for writingediting, critiquing, proofreading, ghostwriting, ad copy, or marketing material, check out Kay’s portfolio. She also specializes in travel writing and budget-minded travel planning. Contact her for more information or to get some help with your future travel plans.

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Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. – Psalm 57:8