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

  • 1st Place in Fiction (1st Runner Up Overall) – Badge of Honor Awards
  • 2nd Place in YA/Children’s Fiction – Blue Seal Awards
  • 2nd Place in Young Adult Fiction – Write To Publish Awards
  • 2nd Place (Inspirational/Short Magazine) – Write to Publish Awards
  • 3rd Place – Advance His Kingdom Devotional Contest
  • Semifinalist (Inspirational/Devos) – Writer of the Year Serious Writer Awards
  • Semifinalist (YA/Children’s Fiction) – Writer of the Year Serious Writer Awards
  • Finalist (Young Adult Fiction) – Cascade Awards
  • Finalist – Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference
  • 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