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New England Malayalee Association, Boston USA

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DRISHYA® 2019 :: Short Story Writing Competition Classifications and Rules
DRISHYA® 2019 :: Short Story Writing Competition Classifications and Rules

New England Malayalee Association

DRISHYA® 2019 – Annual Talent Show and Competitions

Short Story Writing Competition Classifications and Rules


Categories(Short Story)

  • Youth  (14 to 17 years)
  • Junior (11 years to 13 years)
  • Sub-Junior (8 years to 10 years)
  • Kinder (5 years to 7 years)

Performance Time

The topic for the story will be provided according to the age divisions above.  One topic per age division will be selected randomly and announced 5 minutes before the contest begins. Thus the contestants will not know the topic ahead of time. The contestants will have 60 minutes to complete a short story on the “given topic.”


  1. The short story must be an original composition written by the contestant, onsite (i.e., in the Contest Room), and must be written in English.
  2. The short story must be written only on the paper provided.
  3. Only a pencil will be provided, however contestants are encouraged to bring their own colouring pencils or crayons, if they wish to decorate their work in such a way that it does not obstruct their writing.
  4. No markers or paints are allowed.
  5. A short story submitted will not be returned under any circumstances. NEMA shall reserve the right to publish the short story, name, school and photo of any participant in any manner it deems fit.
  6. An individual may only perform once in a single competitive category.
  7. Participants must be within the age range as of January 1, 2019.
  8. Copying or getting inspiration for the work from any sources, online or offline will immediately disqualify the entry.
  9. NEMA reserves the right to request proof of age, to verify the age of the participant if needed.
  10. Judges decisions are final. Participants are not to contact the judges to get the feedback on the performances.


The scoring is as follows:

   LEADERSHIP 30 pts
     LANGUAGE 25 pts


 Definitions of Judging Format

    1. Creativity: Presents novel ideas that are highly original, even if they are controversial, both in approach and treatment of the topic.
    2. Out of the box thinking: Evidence of innovative ways of thinking. Writer avoids rear-view mirror of the world & dreams outside the box.
    3. Quick on the feet: Writer is clearly on task and presents ideas clearly, concisely, and sharply connects to the topic.
    1. Introduction & conclusion: Both the introduction and conclusion are specific, elegant, and unified.
    2. Articulation: Articulates in ways that captivates the audience.
    3. Clarity: Presence of clarity and effectiveness of style and coherence of the piece.
    1. Scope: Clear evidence of both breadth and depth of the topic. Essay is not very superficial. Each point is supported by evidence or examples.
    2. Presentation: Structure is logical and easy to determine. In addition, transitions connect points and demonstrate how each point builds on those that have come before.
    3. Focus: Does not lose focus on the main topic when expanding or elaborating it.
    1. Organization: Each body paragraph has a topic sentence that makes a compelling point and relates the paragraph to the argument as a whole.
    2. Integration: Each paragraph is unifies, and each point is developed as far as it can possibly go without endangering the coherence of the essay.
    3. Quality: Writing style is elegant and correct, with no grammar or verb tense errors, word choice problems, or banal, overused expressions


The winners are chosen as follows:

  1. If only one participant is registered for a category, an honorary mention will be given
  2. For a category with two or more participants, a first place winner is declared.
  3. For a category with three or more participants, a first place and second place winners are declared.
  4. For a category with four or more participants, a first place, second place and third place winners are declared.
    **Judges decisions are final**

Participant Certificates will be awarded to all participants on the day of the event.

Trophies/Medals and winner certificates will be awarded to all winners at Drishya Finale.

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