Wednesday, 5 July 2017

K. Shankar Pillai (July 31, 1902-December 26, 1989) was a famous cartoonist. He brought out a political magazine called ‘Shankar’s Weekly’. Under the auspices of this magazine, a competition called the Shankar’s International Children’s Competition was organized in 1949. It invited paintings and writings from children in India. Children sent about 3,000 entries. The following year the competition was thrown open to children from all over the world.

Today, the competition has grown and about 160,000 entries are received from over 160 countries. The entries are judged by an international jury. The prizewinning entries are compiled in a volume called the ‘Shankar’s Children’s Art Number’.

RULES
1. The competition is open to children all over the world. They should have been born on or after
January 1, 2002.
2. There is no entry fee.
3. Competitors are free to choose the theme/subject they are interested in, or like most, for their
paintings/drawings/writings.
4. Each entry should be certified by the parent/ guardian/teacher as the original, unaided work of the competitor done during 2017. Entries should be an individual effort and NOT a combined work.
5. Every entry should carry the following information in English and in BLOCK LETTERS, at the back of the painting/drawing, or at the end of the written work:
* First name/Last name
 (Do not give expanded names)
* Boy or Girl
* Date of Birth
* Nationality
* Full postal address
* email ID and mobile number
* Subject/title of the entry
6. No entry will be returned. The copyright of all entries will rest with Shankar’s International Children’s Competition.
7. All packets should be pre-paid/adequately stamped and mailed directly to reach:
Shankar’s International Children’s Competition
Nehru House
4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi-110002
8. Entries sent by air cargo will not be accepted.
9. The last date for receipt of Indian entries is October 31, 2017 and of foreign entries is December 31, 2017. 

PAINTINGS/DRAWINGS
The drawings can be in any medium. Computer printouts/ lino-cuts/batiks/scanned images will not be accepted.
A competitor may submit any number of entries. They should NOT be mounted/framed.

WRITTEN WORK
 Only entries in ENGLISH will be considered.Translations from other languages do not qualify for the competition.
Entries may be in the form of poems, plays, short stories, essays, descriptive writing, and the like.
A competitior may submit any number of entries. They should be in a neat handwriting or typed.
Written entries can also be mailed in MsWord format at sicc.cbt@gmail.com.

PRIZES
The entries will be judged by the organizers with the help of a jury. The judges’ decision will be final.
The following prizes are offered:
 i. The President of India’s Gold Medal for the best painting/drawing.
 ii. The Shankar’s Award for the best written work.
 iii. 15 Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Gold Medals for the next best paintings/drawings/written work.

Results will be announced in September 2018.

Prizewinners will be informed individually.
The best entries will be published in Shankar’s Children’s Art Number, Volume 59. Selected entries will also appear in the monthly magazine for children, Children’s World. 20. All competitors are entitled to a copy of the Art Number, Volume 59, at a concessional price. They can reserve their copies by mailing the attached coupon.

For coupon and details click here (brochure)
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