Monday, March 20, 2017

Pratham Books' Retell, Remix and Rejoice Contest 2017 is here!


Our annual Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest is back… with a small twist! This year :
  • You can choose from the whole universe of illustrations on the StoryWeaver platform 
  • You have to create an engaging story for young readers (A level 1 or 2 book. More details below)
A recent report ‘Mapping Children’s Literature in India’ by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Parag revealed a huge shortage of quality stories for our youngest readers (0-6 years), especially in Indian languages. We want your help in creating joyful stories for the next generation of bookworms to read, giggle and wonder at in English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi or Tamil. We asked Pratham Books’ editors to share the themes they felt engaging stories were most needed in. This is what they would like you to weave stories about:
  • My body: Parts of the body, sensations, growing up. Take a look at Rohini Nilekani’s ‘Listen to my Body’.
  • My friends: Games we play, sharing, fighting, making up, being fair. Have you read ‘मेरा घर’ by Rukmini Banerjee.
  • Animals around us: My pets, domestic and wild animals, birds and insects. ‘Ammu's Puppy’ by Sowmya Rajendran was one of the big hits of 2016 on StoryWeaver
  • Travel: Using modes of transport in stories, visiting new places and culture, etc. Check out 'My Car' by Phidi Pulu.
  • People around us: My teachers, shopkeepers, drivers, fruit-sellers, ice-cream wala, the gardener, mechanic, etc. Here's 'Phani's Slippers' by Sridala Swamy. 
  • The world around me: Weather, nature, seasons, trees and flowers, every day science Have you read 'The Red Raincoat' by Kiran Kasturia.

About our Reading Levels

At Pratham Books we link levels to the child’s reading development, since we know 10-year-olds who are comfortable with a Level 1 story, as well as 6-year-olds who can read Level 3 stories effortlessly. This happens across languages too as kids have different fluencies in different languages.

This year we’re asking you to be as creative as you can and convey as much as you can - using as few words as possible. Use our reading level guidelines as you create them.

Level 1 Books
  • Easy words, word repetition
  • Short sentences, less than 5 on a page
  • Text and pictures should support each other
  • Big fonts
  • Rhyme and rhythm
  • Word range: 0 to 250

Level 2 Books
  • Simple concepts (especially in non-fiction)
  • Stories with linear, engaging plots
  • Word range: 250 to 600



Guidelines for Submission

Timelines:
Contest ends on April 30, 2017.

Copyright and other guidelines

  • All stories submitted must be your original work.
  • Participants must be over the age of 17 to participate (we’re organising an exciting contest for children later in the year)
  • By submitting your work to Retell, Remix and Rejoice 2017, you are agreeing to a CC-BY license being applied to it (This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation). To know more about CC-BY, click here.

For queries, write to us at storyweaver@prathambooks.org

While we encourage participation from all countries, prizes shall be couriered only within India.

How to enter
You can submit your story for Retell, Remix and Rejoice 2017
using illustrations from our image bank
  • by uploading your own illustrations
  • or as text only
Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to create stories on StoryWeaver.

However you choose to create your entry, it MUST be via the Retell, Remix and Rejoice contest page, by clicking on the button below :


Oh and before you go… here’s a quick reminder of the prize this year

The three best manuscripts will receive detailed feedback from our Senior Editors at Pratham Books. One of the finalist entries will be chosen for re-illustration by a children’s book illustrator.

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