Staff Reporter

Coimbatore: Students in Standards 4 to 9 will compete for the Scholastic Writing Awards 2005-06 by submitting original works in short story and poetry categories, in English and Hindi.

Hemlata Ramesh, Programme Executive, Scholastic India, said that the annual competitions had been launched in 2002 to encourage creativity among students. This programme had been inspired by 'The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards', one of the most popular recognition and scholarship schemes for students in the United States.

Winning entries

For Scholastic Writing Awards 2005-06, Scholastic India had invited participation from 3,500 schools, throughout the country. Regional and national-level awards would be presented and winning entries were likely to be published. All entries should reach Scholastic by January 31.

Nurturing talent

A panel of senior educators and well-known authors would evaluate the entries. Awards would be announced in March this year. In a letter to schools principals, Sameer Kapoor, Managing Director, Scholastic India, said that the programme was an effort to "encourage and recognise young writers all over the country and nurture young talent".

Certificate from school

A signed and stamped certificate from the school principal, in the prescribed format, should accompany each entry. All entries should be original, creative works by the students. Before submitting the entries, the school should satisfy itself that the works were the students' own. Any work found to be plagiarised would be disqualified. Cash prize

Regional award winners would receive a certificate, a plaque and a special book hamper from Scholastic. National award winners would receive the Scholastic Writing Trophy and a cash prize.