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Finding the Writers of Tomorrow

books Updated: May 21, 2012 15:10 IST
Supriya Mishra
Supriya Mishra
Hindustan Times
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Scholastic India Pvt Ltd is releasing For Kids By Kids, a publication of a really unique anthology. Drawn from over 2000 manuscripts, the book contains short stories and non-fiction pieces in a wide array of genres, styles and subjects. Slated to release on July 28, 2007, the book is a must read to find out what children think, dream and write about.

According to Sayoni Basu, Director Publishing, "Each year, Scholastic reinforces its commitment to literacy and learning with numerous award programs designed to inspire and reward excellence among students and educators. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is an opportunity for more than 2,50,000 teenagers in grades 7-12 to earn regional and national honours. Featuring selected award-winning entries from the Scholastic Writing Awards 2007, the book showcases the new and exciting voices of some of India's most promising writers between the ages of ten and sixteen."

The Writing Awards, a nationwide short story and non-fiction writing competition for students of Classes IV-IX, has been held annually for the last eight years. This year, the competition was open to students of over 3000 schools.

The judges for the competition this year were authors Anushka Ravishankar and Paro Anand, literary critic and writer Nilanjana S Roy and senior bureaucrat and writer Amit Dasgupta.

"Many of the stories were very precocious in terms of vocabulary and often even plot. Some of the children seem to have an instinctive sense of drama and structure, of how much information to withhold and when to give it out. On the whole, quite impressive," says Anushka Ravishankar

While Paro Anand stressed on the quality of freshness, Amit Dasgupta commented on the non-fiction writing which according to him, "is marked by challenging themes and clear recollection of events."

The winner for short story (Classes IV-VI) was Roopkatha Ghosh of Calcutta Girls' High School, Kolkata. The second prize was won by Amita Ajith Kamat of Vidya Shilp Academy, Bangalore and the third prize by Jashan Jayesh Merchant of the Hiranawadani Foundation School, Thane.

The first prize for short story (Classes VII-IX) was won by Devna Saith of Apeejay School, New Delhi. The second prize was won by G Kamla Priya of SBOA Matric Higher Secondary School, Madurai and the third prize by Ritvik Chaturvedi of Amity International School, New Delhi.

The first prize for non-fiction (Classes IV-VI) was won by Aratrika Ghose of Calcutta Girls' High School, Kolkata. The second prize was won by Kunal Mitra of DPS Megacity, Kolkata. Siddharth Venkatraman of Jawahar Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, Chennai, was awarded the third prize.

Jayeesha Kaushik of Sri Ram School, Gurgaon was awarded the first prize for non-fiction (Classes VI-IX). The second prize was won by Parinda Mody of St Kabir School, Vadhodara and the third prize by Madhura Pande of DLDAV Model School, New Delhi.

In addition, about eighty other prizes were awarded. The details of winners are available online at www.scholasticindia.com .

Overall For Kids By Kids is remarkable for the range of creativity and expressions with which the young writers tackle issues both relevant to their real lives and experiences in the world of fantasy.