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Amber Byers is the founder and CEO of Tadpole Press, where she serves as head judge of the Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest, an international writing contest celebrating creativity and community.


She blogs regularly at Living a Life Imagined, which is dedicated to positivity and authenticity as a creative. Amber’s published works include The Magic Door Origin Story, which is a sci-fi story inspired by her childhood, and Sophie and Spot, which won a Gold Medal for Best First Book in the chapter book category from Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in 2019.

Above all, Amber is an artist and entrepreneur. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington, a Juris Doctor in law from the University of Arizona, and a passion for diversifying literature.


Amber’s work is informed by her identity as an agender and biracial person. She is proud to be a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and would love to tell you the story of how she got her Indian name of Nijgan Bamsid Manidog (Friend Who Walks with Spirits).


Amber started reading at the age of three and is still in love with the power and beauty of words. She especially relishes those words that surprise, delight, and encourage us to support and inspire one another.

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Come "fiercely and joyfully live your dreams with courage, self-confidence, and an abundance mindset."

This is a blog about writing. About living. About daring to dream.


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Celebrating creativity and community is at the heart of everything we do at Tadpole Press. We aim to diversify literature and encourage diverse stories, unique perspectives, and entries from marginalized writers sharing their authentic voices.


We believe in accessible and inclusive writing, so we accept pieces in all genres and from writers of all ages, genders, abilities, and countries in the Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest.

We proudly support social justice and incorporate environmentally responsible measures into our day-to-day operations. We are delighted to be recognized as a Certified Green Business by the City of Lafayette for our commercial sustainability efforts.

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  • 100% of our electrical power comes from renewable wind sources.

  • All of our editing is done online and paperless.

  • We use recycled and secondhand shipping materials and completely eliminate plastic film and plastic bags when we mail products to customers.

  • We compost all biodegradable materials.

  • We adhere to the 7th generation philosophy.

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