Article Writing Competition 2020

In light of our recent release of the book ‘Gandhi & Lincoln’, IndianFolk.com is organizing an article writing competition all across India. The competition will be held in two age groups of 13-24 and 25-44 years as provided below along with the prize money.

Note: All the prize winners including consolation prize winners will receive a certificate.

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.  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 top three prize winners and select consolation prize winners on our website. We will also announce the winners on social media, where we have 32 lakh followers. Thus, the winners will receive high visibility.

-Should we have any internship openings, and if the prize winners (including the consolation 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.149 (13-24 Years) and Rs.199 (25-44 Years) respectively. The fee must be paid online at the website on or before 11:59 PM 30th June 2020 (A late fee of Rs.35 applies if paid after this due-date). 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 5th July 2020. Specific instructions for registration, payment and submission are provided below. Winners will be announced on or before 15th July 2020. 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.

Registration

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.

Note:

-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.

Payment

After registration, please logon and click the link Competitions and Entry Fee! at the top left of our home page. You may then click the link corresponding to your Age Group and complete the payment process. Please note entry fee must be paid by 11:59 PM 30th June 2020 (A late fee of Rs.35 applies if paid after this due-date).

Submission

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 5th July 2020.

  

Questions & Answers (Q&A)

How do we determine the eligibility within each Age Group?

To determine whether a candidate is eligible to participate or which Age Group a candidate falls under, he or she should determine their age as of May 1, 2020. Thus, candidates born after May 1, 2007 and born before May 2, 1975 will not be eligible in any Age Groups mentioned above.

Similarly, a candidate born May 1, 1995 will be considered for the Age Group 25-44 while the candidate born May 2, 1995 will be considered for the Age Group 13-24. It is very important to follow these guidelines so you participate in the Age Group that you are eligible for.

Should you have questions about which Age Group you will fall under or whether you are eligible to participate, please contact us at the phone numbers or email provided at the end of this Q&A.

How are you going to validate a participating candidate’s age to ensure he or she falls in the right Age Group?

We are not going to ask for proof of age of participating candidates. By the way of registration and payment, the candidates self-certify that they fall within the right Age Group. At the time of awarding prize money, however, we may ask for proof of age from the top three and consolation prize winners.

If a candidate’s age is in the 25-44 Age Group and is attending the college, should he/she still participate in the 25-44 Age Group?

Age Group supersedes the candidate’s educational, employment or professional status. Thus, a candidate whose age is in the 25-44 Age Group and is attending the college, he/she should still be considered in the 25-44 Age Group.

Since the top three and consolation prize winners will get a copy of the book, ‘Gandhi & Lincoln’, are we expected to write on ideas or ideals pertaining to Mahatma Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln?

No, you don’t need to write on Mahatma Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln. You can write on any topic or subject listed earlier in this document. But if you would like, you may also write on ideas or ideals pertaining to Mahatma Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln as they would relate to history, politics, economy, nation, international, etc. anyway.

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 you belong to the age group 13-24 and would like to submit three articles, you need to pay a total of three times of Rs.149 (i.e. Rs.447 as the entry fee).

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 11:59 PM 30th June 2020 (A late fee of Rs.35 applies if paid after this due-date).

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.

In the recently organized Covid-19 Article Writing Competition by IndianFolk.com, I was one of the top three winners in my Age Group? Can I participate in this competition too?

The top three winners of the Covid-19 Article Writing Competition are not expected to participate in this competition. However, the consolation prize winners may participate.

Since you recently organized Covid-19 Article Writing Competition, would you expect candidates to not write on this topic? Or is it still okay 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. If you would still like to write on Covid-19 or a combination of topics involving Covid-19, it is still fine as long as it’s original. That’s because Covid-19 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, 2020 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 and consolation 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 as long as they meet age requirements mentioned in this document. 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.

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