The igenius Young Authors’ Hunt aims to promote the writing talent of children and will culminate in a book of stories. Eminent authors, Ruskin Bond and Chetan Bhagat, will form a part of the expert jury members, while editorial support will be provided by Rupa Publications India.
Anisha Motwani, Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Max Life Insurance said, “The igenius Young Authors’ Hunt is a unique programme that celebrates, recognises and rewards a child’s writing talent, to nurture budding young authors of the country."
The igenius Young Authors’ Hunt is open for those aged between 8 and 15 years. There are 2 categories: Juniors (Age 8-12 years) and Seniors (Age 12-15 years).
igenius Young Authors' Hunt will go through a three round evaluation process. The registration for the igenius Junior and Senior programme will be open till April 20, 2013 and the Creative Writing Submissions (Essay/Short Story) will be open till April 30, 2013.
In Round 1, children can submit their write-ups within the prescribed word limit for each category. In Round 2 short-listed participants will have to appear for on-the-spot creative writing. The creative writing submission has two categories-essay and short story.
There is no specific topic for story writing and participants can write their own stories. The topics for essay are listed on the website for the junior and senior categories. The final round will have short-listed participants from Round 2 who will interact with the jury at the Grand Finale to be held in September 2013.
Forty top creative writings will be published in a book by Rupa Publications India and the winners will get a Kindle e-reader each. Second prizes will be given to next 60 creative writers in the form of their writing being published in a children's publication or an igenius e-book and 60 Young Authors' Scholarships worth Rs 5,000 each.
Consolation prize will be children's book hampers to be given to 400 children. There are 1,000 early bird prizes for participants who submit the first 1000 original and valid creative writings. They will get a Ruskin Bond book autographed by him.