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Guidelines, Rules and Procedure for Scholastic Writing Awards

Guidelines, Rules and Procedure for Scholastic Writing Awards

Scholastic India is pleased to announce the Scholastic Writing Awards 2017 for outstanding original works by students of Classes 4 to 9, in the category of fiction/short story in English.


Final Dates are:

  • Registration and Submission- open till February 28, 2018 (11.30 PM, IST)
  • Ranking Panel- March 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018
  • Winners announcement-June, 2018

Word Limit: 1500-2500 words

Topics for this year are-

Group 1 (classes 4-6)

  • I pulled out a lightning bolt from the sky…
  • There was someone knocking on my thirteenth floor window…
  • The audience stood up in applause…
  • The jalebis and samosa were calling me out


Group 2 (classes 7-9)

  • And I came face to face with my evil doppelganger…
  • I was falling through space…
  • All the trees were turning yellow…
  • I stumbled on a suitcase full of 1000 rupee notes on December 25, 2016.




·         Read as much as you can. Familiarise yourself with different styles of writing but be original when it comes to your own work.

·         Increase your word power. The greater your vocabulary, the more effective your writing will be.

·         Read aloud what you have written and ask friends who read to comment on it as well.

·         Use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

·         Keep a dictionary, a thesaurus and a basic grammar book handy.

·         Don't write in a rush. Spend a lot of time with your writing and make sure not to end your piece abruptly.

·         Always carry a notepad and pen with you. Jot down out-of-the-blue thoughts, make a note of interesting observations; they'll never go to waste when you're writing.




·         Please fill in all the required details in the online submission form. Incomplete forms will be disqualified.

·         Plagiarised, copied or unoriginal stories will be disqualified.

·         Disqualified entries will not be entitled to any certificates of participation.

·         Only one entry per group will be accepted per participant.

·         If any story is found to be plagiarised, copied or unoriginal, the entry will be disqualified.

·         Entries received after the last date will be disqualified.

·         Each participant has to read and rank the stories assigned to them before the deadline. Failing which the entry submitted by the participant will be disqualified.




·         Go to the Scholastic India homepage and click on the Scholastic Writing Awards banner or go directly to the following url:

·          Click on Register.

·         Fill in the details in the online form.

·         Once you submit the form you will be sent a Log-in ID on the registered id.

·         You can use this log-in ID to submit your entry.

·          To submit an entry, simply log-in using your log-in ID and copy paste the text or key in the story.

·         Make sure each submission also lists the name of the student, the class, the school and the address.

·         An individual can submit only a single entry.

·         For ranking the entries assigned to an individual, you have to use same log-in ID and password to log-in. Click on the icon START RANKING.

·         Ranking panel will open from February 1, 2018.

·         Group 1 entry will receive group 1 entry only for ranking and same applies for group 2.

·         For confusions/queries please get in touch with us at




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