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In Peerbagh’s recently concluded spring children’s short story contest we received hundreds of wonderful stories. On the occasion of the National Tell a Story Day, we are excited to announce the winners.

Stories were received from three different countries including the US, Canada, and India. Our judging panel comprised of authors, Debasmita Dasgupta, Shetal Shah, and Peerbagh board member and ex-educator, Rashmi Chaloo. The judges enjoyed all the stories and marked them on a rubric giving points to originality, clarity of plot, and inclusiveness.

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Here are our top 5 stories for the Spring Children’s Short Story Contest:

  1. Dishika Das, from Rajhans Vidyalaya, India won first prize with her story “Beyond the Sky” winning INR 5,000 ($60)
  2. Riaan Gupta, from the Priory School, Montreal won 2nd prize with his story “the Super Balloon” winning INR 3,000 (CAD 50)
  3. Arwan Siddiqui, from the Bruce Trail Public School, Ontario won 3rd prize with his story “the Cloud City” winning INR 2,000 (CAD 35)

A special mention came for Aadrith Ramaswamy from Pride Elementary School, Florida for his story “Space Travel.” Abraz Siddiqui from the Bruce Trail Public School, Ontario rounded off the top 5 entries with his story “The Ozone City.”

Children's Short Story Contest Peerbagh World Tell a story day

All children wrote on the theme of sky or aasman. Cash prizes were provided with the kind support of our foundation partners, MIEF, India. The top 5 stories won a chance to be published here on Peerbagh as audio stories. We will be sharing these in the coming few weeks as story capsules.

All participating children received digital certificates from Peerbagh.

Thank you to MIEF for helping us award the kids, and to our judging panel for their wonderful responses. In addition, thanks to all the parents and kids that participated in the event. Our next short story contest will happen in the summer! Sign up for the Journal newsletter to be the first to know.