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A call-out to child authors (ages 8-12) from the Pacific

Voices logoVoices of Future Generations

Can you write creative stories about children’s rights, environmental solutions, and the future that we all want?

Would you like to join a global council of prize-winning child authors, and have your work published internationally in many languages?

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a new series of children’s books entitled Voices of Future Generations has been launched by a consortium of leading educational charities and international agencies, in cooperation with the United Nations.  

Every year, we feature children’s stories inspired by the 1992 Earth Summit and the 2012 Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), and by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) itself.

At this time, we invite primary school children, ages 8-12, to prepare one to three short stories (5 pages) about imaginary child characters from your region of the world, along with a 100-word profile of the writer. Submit your entry to the international contest.

We especially seek child authors from Asia, Latin America and the Pacific, who are concerned about justice, the global environment, education and children’s rights.

Gold and two silver prize certificates will be awarded to children of each focus region, and the top chosen child authors will join a special global cohort of leading children whose stories will be shared worldwide.

Accompanied by professional illustrations, each storybook will profile creative, interesting and adventurous ideas for creating a just and greener future, in the context of children’s interests and lives. We aim to publish the books internationally in the six UN languages, raising the voices of future generations and spread their messages for a fair and sustainable tomorrow among their peers and adults, worldwide.

An International Commission of leading experts and agencies, and Goodwill Ambassadors for key regions of the world, including Asia, Latin America and the Pacific, will select the winning entries. The stories will be judged for: 

(1) originality,

(2) creative thinking,

(3) link to key messages from the 2012 UNCSD Future We Want Declaration and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and

(4) relevance to the environmental and educational problems and solutions of the region.

Children can individually submit up to three stories each about the same child characters, and schools are invited to submit up to 10 top stories.

Entries must be submitted by email, and stories more than 10% over the limit will be rejected. Finalists and winners shall be informed of their success by 15 May 2015, receiving their prizes before 1 June 2015.

Please kindly direct submissions to Ms Carissa Wong (cwong@cisdl.org), and copy to: voiceschildren@cisdl.org before 15 April 2015.

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