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Young city! Arise, awake and write a hat-trick

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 00:06 IST
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POST BOX No. 99. Stairway to Nowhere. Recognise them in the Ruskin Bond package?

Yes, these are the titles of the two award winning stories that hit the headlines and got into the book form last year, thanks to the Classmate Young Author Contest (CYAC), which gives budding writers ample opportunity to knock at the doors of the Hall of Fame.

So, CYAC is in town once again to hunt for Jyoti Iyers and Shreya Maheshwaris.
Iyer of Lucknow’s City Montessori School won the award in 2004 for her story ‘Post Box No. 99’, while in 2005, it was Maheshwari from Loreto Convent, who bagged the title for Stairway to Nowhere.

The contest 2006 of the ITC Ltd has been launched in 34 cities. In addition to 15 cities covered last year, the contest will be held in 19 new cities. More than 200,000 children from 6,000 schools are expected to participate. This is much higher compared to 1,20,000 participants in Classmate Young Author Contest 2005!

In conjunction with Classmate Young Author Contest 2006, ITC Limited is also organising Classmate Young Artist Contest 2006. This painting contest is meant to be a celebration of colours with children of a younger age group. The best 40 paintings from all over the country will feature in a traveling exhibition, which will be held in select metros.

For the first time, Classmate Young Author and Artist Contest 2006 will organise a special on-campus Classmate Day in St Agnes’ Loreto Day School, La Martiniere Girls School, La Martiniere Boys School and Army Public School, Lucknow.

This interestingly designed preliminary round will create a celebratory atmosphere on the school campus to learn, explore, enjoy and connect to the literary and art world. Stories will be judged on basis of relevance of the topic, originality of idea, style and grammar, storyline and the reader impact. The paintings will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to the topic, artistic preview, originality, creativity, usage of color and overall presentation. Chief executive of ITC Greeting, Gifting and Stationary Business, Chand Das, claims that CYAC is a keenly awaited event in the school calendar. Based on feedback, this year we decided to scale up the size and reach of the event and will hold it in 34 cities across India, going up from 15 cities last year.

“Besides, the event is being held simultaneously so that children from classes 5 to 8 get to showcase their drawing talent while class 9 to 12 students showcase their story telling skills.”

Eminent writer Ruskin Bond, continues as the head of the national jury of the Classmate Young Author Contest for the fourth year. Publishers, Rupa and Co will publish a book comprising 16 best stories from the contest. The book will be edited by none other than Ruskin Bond.

Master Chiraag Shashikant Juvekar from Modern English School, Mumbai was adjudged The Classmate Young Author 2003 for his story Someone Somewhere at 23:13.

The Classmate Young Author 2006 will be awarded a seven-day literary trip to Paris, widely regarded as the ‘art capital’ of the world. All finalists from the various cities will win exciting prizes like Home PCs, camcorders, digi-cams and much more.