To keep everybody occupied during the current COVID-19 Second Wave and encourage interested candidates to provide their thoughts, insights and analysis on various topics, IndianFolk.com is organizing an article writing competition all across India. The competition is open to all interested candidates and the articles will be evaluated for two age groups – minors and adults. The prize money and other details are provided below.
(Participant’s age must be less than 18 years as on May 1, 2021 and article size must be between 1000-1200 words)
First Prize: Rs.4000
Second Prize: Rs.3000
Third Prize: Rs.2000
(Participant’s age must be 18 years or more as on May 1, 2021 and article size must be between 1300-1500 words)
First Prize: Rs.6000
Second Prize: Rs.4000
Third Prize: Rs.3000
Note: All the participants will receive a Digital Certificate of Participation & Appreciation signed by the founder of IndianFolk.com.
Candidates may write on any topic including but not limited to nation, regional affairs, international relations, politics, economy, health & wellness, society, lifestyle, science & technology, cleanliness & sanitation, environment, agriculture, manufacturing & other industries, trade & commerce, business & finance, workplace, government, defence forces, public administration, history, arts, fashion, sports & entertainment, etc. (Candidates may also write on COVID-19, which relates to Health & Wellness and some other topics mentioned above.) If need be, candidates may also combine some of these topics when writing the article. The writings can relate to past, current or future (or a combination thereof), however, they should be original. If the candidates use any pre-existing information or data to support their analysis and viewpoints, they should provide appropriate references at the end of the article.
Candidates must refrain from writing on following matters: movie reviews, sports match or tournament reviews, profiling a celebrity (such as a movie artist or sport star), topics supporting/criticizing a religion, and topics attacking a specific section of Indian population.
Other Benefits of Participating in the Competition
-We will publish the articles of three prize winners on our website. We will also announce the winners on social media, where we have more than 30 lakh followers. Thus, the winners will receive high visibility.
-Should we have any internship openings, and if the prize winners are interested in interning with us, they will be given the first priority during the selection process.
All interested candidates must register at IndianFolk.com to participate in the competition. There is an entry fee of Rs.150 for minors and Rs.200 for adults, which must be paid online at the website on or before 11:59 PM July 10, 2021. Candidates who do not have a Debit Card, Credit Card, NetBanking, UPI or Paytm Wallet may use their parent’s, relative’s or friend’s card or account to make the payment. All candidates must submit their articles on the website on or before 11:59 PM July 11, 2021. Specific instructions for registration, payment and submission are provided below. Winners will be announced on or before July 31, 2021. Prize money will be sent within one week of the announcement.
Instructions for Registration, Payment and Submission
To participate in the competition, all interested candidates must complete three steps – Registration, Payment and Submission. Please follow these steps detailed below to ensure successful participation in the competition.
The first step is to register on our website. Please visit IndianFolk.com and click Register at the top right of our home page. You may then enter the required information in all necessary fields and register. Optional fields may be left blank. Please make sure to remember your password to login at a later time for article submission.
-School students who don’t have access to email may use their parent’s email to register and make the payment with their parents’ assistance.
-If you have registered on the website previously in the last few years for any other purpose, you don’t need to register again. Just proceed to the second step (Payment) provided below.
After registration, please logon and click the link Competition Entry Fee at the top left of our home page. You may then click the link corresponding to the Article Writing Competition 2021 and complete the payment process. Please note entry fee must be paid by 11:59 PM July 10, 2021.
You must submit your article online only at indianfolk.com. Please Login on our website and click Opinion Submission at top right of the home page. You may then provide a title, select category (that best fits your article), select your Age Group, and enter the content of your article (You may copy from your desktop file and paste into the box if you would like). Other fields (‘Tags’ and ‘Upload an Image’) are not required for the purpose of competition, but you may provide those if you would like. After you are done with these steps, please click the ‘Submit Post’ button. You will then see the following confirmation message on the screen, ‘Your opinion article has been submitted. We will get back to you after it has been reviewed by our editorial team.’ You will also receive a confirmation email that your article has been submitted. Please note your article must be submitted by 11:59 PM July 11, 2021.
Questions & Answers (Q&A)
Is the competition open to anyone? Is there an age limit?
Yes, the competition is open to anyone. There is no age limit. The articles will be evaluated separately for minors and adults as noted at the beginning of this document.
Are multiple article submissions by a candidate allowed?
A candidate may submit multiple articles to increase his or her chances of winning. However, the candidate must pay the equivalent entry fee for such submissions. For instance, if an adult would like to submit three articles, he or she needs to pay a total of three times of Rs.200 (i.e. Rs.600).
Should the entry fee for multiple submissions be paid all at once? Or can a candidate pay the entry fee for second or third articles later at the time of their submission?
It is best to decide upfront on the number of articles you are going to submit and pay the equivalent entry fee all at once. If you have paid entry fee for only one article after registration, and then decide to pay entry fee for more articles at a later time, you may still do so before the payment due-date.
You are organizing three competitions (Article Writing, Drawing and Photo) at the same time with the same due-dates. Can a candidate participate in more than one competition?
Yes, a candidate may participate in more than one competition by paying the corresponding entry fee for each competition.
Can siblings or members of the same family submit articles?
Yes, siblings or members of the same family may submit articles. However, each sibling (or family member) should have his or her individual registration and pay the required entry fee.
How are you going to validate that a candidate’s article submission is genuinely his/her submission, and was not done with the assistance of his/her relative, friend or affiliate who is an expert at writing articles?
Participating candidates must ensure propriety during this competition. While it is not very uncommon to take some high-level advice or guidance during such online competitions, all candidates must ensure that they write articles by themselves and not seek the assistance of others during the conceptualization and the writing process.
What are the criteria for evaluation of articles?
We will evaluate all articles on several aspects including structure, grammar & punctuation, formatting, flow of content in the article, originality, analysis, insights, etc.
Do the candidates need to follow any specific standard (or style) while writing?
We are not proposing any specific standard (or style) for writing. We are aware there are different standards in writing, and candidates may choose the standards they are comfortable with. The evaluation criteria mentioned above does not include adherence to a specific standard or style.
I was one of the winners of Article Writing Competition(s) conducted by IndianFolk.com last year. Can I participate in this competition too?
Yes, you may participate.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and second wave, would you expect candidates to write on this topic?
This competition is primarily a writing competition rather than a subject-based competition. Thus, candidates may write on any topic mentioned earlier in the document. It need not necessarily relate to COVID-19. If you write on COVID-19, it’s fine as this topic relates to Health & Wellness, which is one of the topics mentioned earlier in the document.
Can the candidates submit previously submitted articles for other competitions, examinations, websites, mobile app, newspapers or magazines?
You cannot submit an article that was previously submitted for another competition, external examination, website, mobile app, newspaper or magazine. However, if you had written an article after January 1, 2021 for the purpose of internal (i.e. class, grade or section) test/examination specific to your school, college or institution, you may submit such article assuming it wasn’t published on any website, mobile app, newspaper or magazine.
After submitting an article for this competition, can a candidate submit the same article for another competition, publication, or blog?
Top three prize winners: The candidate may post the same article on his/her personal blog, social media account, or school/college/university publication. However, the candidate is not expected to submit the same article to another competition or a commercial/ NGO publication.
Other candidates: The candidates that don’t win a prize may submit their articles to other competitions, publications or blogs.
Can candidates outside India, NRIs, PIOs, OCIs, internationals or non-Indian citizens participate in this competition?
Yes, anyone can participate in this competition. However, the entry fee must be paid in Indian Rupees or US Dollars only as the website doesn’t accept other currencies.
After registration and payment of entry fee, can a candidate ask for the refund of entry fee and not participate in the competition?
We recommend all candidates to be very sure about participating in the competition before they pay the entry fee. Due to the costs involved on our end in managing the registrations, payments, and evaluations, we can’t refund the entry fee whether you submit the article or not.
What should a candidate do in case he or she faces technical difficulties in submitting the article online?
We haven’t encountered any cases in the past where there was any technical issue in submitting the article online. We generally recommend all participating candidates submit their articles at least one day or several hours before the due date & time. If at all you face any technical difficulty when submitting the article, please call us at the numbers mentioned below and we will address them immediately.
Who should we contact in case of further queries?
Please send us an email to [email protected] or call us +91 7330887731, +91 7330887732.