News From Kahani: Contests and Awards

Kahani Magazine, a South Asian literary magazine for children, has won the National Association for Multicultural Education's 2006 Multicultural Children's Periodical Award! The judges said Kahani "fosters awareness, acceptance, and affirmation of diversity for pre-K-12th grade students; contributes to the development of multicultural education; and maintains high multicultural standards." So true, so true.

And there's still more Kahani news. The deadline for the mag's 2nd Annual Young Writers Contest is this weekend! You don't have to be of South Asian origin to enter this contest, so why not encourage your favorite home school or elementary school buddy to use the words cousin, river, and turmeric in a short story and enter the contest? S/he's got everything to gain, and nothing to lose: first place winners get their stories and illustrations published in the Spring 2007 issue of Kahani and checks for $50; second place finishers receive a $50 gift basket, courtesy of Barefoot Books, a Cambridge-based publisher of multicultural literature, and 3rd place winners each get a $25 Borders gift card. All manuscripts and entry forms must be received by Sunday, December 17, 2006, and you can even submit them on-line.

Note: Check out Cynthia Leitich Smith's interview with Kahani contributor and children's book author Anjali Banerjee. (Looking For Bapu, Wendy Lamb Books, Random House).