Big chance for young authors

BUDDING WRITERS from among students will get a chance to showcase their talent and develop it through interaction with leading literary icons and known personalities during the nationwide Classmate Young Author Contest being organised by ITC Limited in over 1,500 schools across Delhi and seven other cities.

The contest will be open to students of Class IX to Class XII and is expected to witness the participation of over 20,000 children in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, Pune and Mumbai between August and December this year. The contest will be held in three stages and will culminate in a national final in Mumbai.

The three stages will offer an opportunity to the students to display their writing skills by writing stories on a given topic, meet leading authors and hone their writing skills. The judgment criteria across the three stages will be creativity, originality, coherence, style and grammar of the story.

The contest will begin with two themes being given to each of the participating schools. The students will be required to pick one theme and write a story based on it. Thereafter, the entries would be evaluated by a "teacher coordinator'' in every school on the basis of detailed guidelines on how to evaluate the stories. Based on the evaluation, each school will recommend two best entries for the next round.

In the next stage, all the short-listed students from different schools in each city will be invited to participate in the city finals at a central venue.

The national final will comprise two phases. In the first, the stories by the 24 city winner - three from each city -- will be judged by the panel of four eminent judges and eight young writers would be shortlisted.

The final eight would be invited to spend a day with an identified jury of the panel to discuss his story and share the vision and ambitions. The interaction would assist the jury gain an insight into the young authors before finally declaring the Classmate Young Author 2003, who would win gift vouchers for books worth Rs. 6,000.

By Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

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