Kahani Writing Contest

Kahani, the South Asian Literary magazine for kids, announces their first annual young writer's contest:
We invite all storytellers between the ages of 6 and 11 to write a 500-word short story for Kahani. The theme? It is up to you. But your story must use the words rickshaw, mango and elephant. Entries will be divided into 6-8 and 9-11 age groups. Sangeeta Mehta, editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of the Time Warner Book Group, will judge the stories. The deadline for manuscripts is Saturday, December 31, 2005. We will announce the two winning entries in January 2006 and you will get to read them on our Web site. But here’s the best part: we want you to illustrate the stories! That’s right. In Part II of this contest, we will solicit the best artwork that brings the winning stories to life. More details on that at a later date. As the first prize, the two short story packages will be published in the April 2006 issue of Kahani and we will award a check for $50 each to the two winning writers and illustrators. Runners-up will get published on the Kahani Web site and we are lining up even more exciting prizes.
I'm SO excited about this contest because Sangeeta is my editor at Little Brown, and she's wonderful. SPREAD THE WORD, as you DON'T need to be of South Asian origin to enter.