The need to preserve trees, the harmony between man and nature, the courage to step out of one’s comfort zone – these are a few of the themes that featured in the stories entered in the recent international short story contest conducted by the educational and edutainment portal Kids World Fun, for school children around the world aged 7 years to 16 years. The contest was conducted in three categories – sub junior (7 to 9 years), junior (10 to 12 years) and senior (13 to 16 years). Entry was free and students of all nationalities were welcome to join. The winners are to receive certificates, publication opportunities, and cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 for the first, second and third positions respectively.
Avighna Nambiar from Dubai, UAE, Sumena Nair from the United States of America, and Zahra Juzer Gandhi form Dubai won the first, second and third prizes respectively in the sub junior section. In the junior section, Nahiyan Raidah from the United Kingdom, Sneha Elizabeth Panackal from Brunei Darussalam, and Paul Romeo Bobadilla, also from Brunei Darussalam bagged the first, second and third prizes. Muram Mutwakil from the UAE, Stephania Neacsu from Romania and Adarsh Raj Bhatt from India won the senior category prizes.
Contest judges gave a high commendation to a few stories, as they showed exceptional promise and talent. These stories were from Jayanthi Ramganesh from the UAE, Nivedha Vinodh Babu from Hongkong (sub-junior section), Dhruvika Kumar from Mumbai, Evangeline Jose from Abu Dhabi (junior section), Ujwal Kartik Mantha from India, and Michelle Saji Antony from Bahrain (senior section).
The winning short stories can be found at http://www.kidsworldfun.com/story-contest/2016-1-results.php
Other than the winners’, and the highly commended stories, all outstanding stories will be published on the website in the coming days.
Kids World Fun’s biannual short story contest gives school students around the world an opportunity to express themselves and respond to the issues that they face, in the form of short stories. The contest is biannual, and the second contest of 2016 will be conducted in the second half of this year. The last date of submission of stories will be announced on the website soon. As mentioned earlier, entry is free, and school students all around the world, of all nationalities, are invited to join.