My daughter loves to write and so for the past two-three years, I have been looking for writing competitions for children in India. I know there are many kids in India who write well and would like to participate in creative writing contests. When I say creative writing, I am focusing on writing short stories, articles, and poetry. I am not listing here the number of essay writing competitions that are held every year for the school children in India.
So, here is the list of writing competitions for children in India. These contests are in English and entries to these contests are free.
Scholastic India writing awards is held every year for the last 14 years. This is an annual competition and the winning stories of the two categories are published as a book ‘For Kids By Kids’. Students of Classes 4 to 9 can participate in this fiction/short story writing competition. The topics for the contest appear in the guidelines, rules, and procedure for the competition that is listed on their website. The Scholastic writing award competition starts usually in the month of December and submissions are allowed till the month of February next year.
The RobinAge Bright Sparks Awards is a national initiative that encourages and supports creativity in children. This weekly children’s newspaper is conducting this competition for the last two years. RobinAge invites students from class 1 to 10 to submit their writing, poetry, and artwork on any topic or theme. There are four age groups for submission. The last date for entries is usually the end of February.
An International short story contest is held twice a year for school children at KidsWorldfun. Entries are accepted in three categories – sub-junior, junior and senior and the words limit for stories vary according to the category. The winning entries get attractive prize money, certificate, and publication opportunities. All highly commended and outstanding short stories are also be published on the website.
Plowns is a website which is taking the initiative to encourage school children to submit works of art and writing. There are competitions held every month and the topics for submission are announced on their website. Winners for each are declared at the beginning of the next month.
Pratham Books organizes an interesting annual writing contest for children called Retell, Remix, and Rejoice. Every year, Pratham books share a series of images on their platform Storyweaver and then invite children to weave a story around those images. Children under 16 can participate in this contest. The winning entry usually receives the published copy of their own story.
Hindu Young World Club
The Young World Club is a fun-filled education portal from The Hindu. Last year, in November, it held a flash fiction contest where young storytellers could submit their creative entries. The winning entries were published on their site.
Other than these contests, there are children’s newspapers and magazines who accept entries from children all the year round and there are chances that your child’s poems and stories get published in these journals. The Highlights magazine, Magicpot, Champak, The children’s magazine are to name a few of children’s magazines.
For participating in other forms of creative contest, visit the list of art contests in India.