Monday, June 18, 2012

Reward...for the winners of 'The Retell, Remix, Rejoice' Contest - 2012

Yoohoo, here are the results of 'The Retell, Remix, Rejoice Contest' that we started on World Storytelling Day! Thank you contestants, for putting in time and effort to dream up stories and sending them to us. And a big thanks to all those who spread the word about the contest, and those who arm-twisted friends and family to send in entries!

Like most creative contests, this contest too had many dimensions, and was therefore tough to judge. Since the theme was Trees, most contestants had tree-cutting as a part of their story. But were they able to bring in humour, drama, the surprise factor? Would the stories hold a reader's interest? Many did succeed. You can check out all the entries here.

Our youngest contestants were five years old. Great to see storytelling being nurtured in the young! The remixed stories had ghosts, magic, time machines, Halloween.... Some people used all the illustrations, some used just one! So finally based on factors like creativity, originality, humour, use of illustrations and writing skills, here are names of the winners:

Below 16 years: Asavari Tiku for The Missing Words
Above 16 years: Priya Narayanan for The Jungle Cinema

The two winners will receive a printed book of their story after it has been laid out by our designers. This competition has been possible because we have released the original book 'The Jungle School' and all the illustrations under a Creative Commons license.A single story has given rise to so many more stories!

We would also specially like to thank five-year old Krutarth Shah for his story in Hindi, six-year old Myrah Raj for her story in Hindi, Meena Cahudhuri for her entry in Bangla, and Vidya B for her entry in Kannada.

Congratulations winners, and a big thank you to all the participants.

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