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India Young Author Award: Online Workshop and Competition

Calling all aspiring Young Authors from India!

As part of our aim to nurture the next generation of thinkers and writers, is the proud organizer of the India Young Author Award 2021. This writing workshop and competition will identify the best talents that will represent India in the Asia Young Author Award (AYAA). The best stories will be submitted for the Asian Young Author Award Competition in Singapore on October 2021.  AYAA aims to recognize the most prolific budding writers in the Asian region.

India Young Author Award Online Workshop and Competition

  • Are you a 13 to 16 years old Indian teenager living in India or Asia?
  • Do you possess a good command of English?
  • Do you have passion for writing short stories of 400 to 500 words?

If yes, then we invite you to join our selection process to represent India in the Asia Young Author Award in Singapore.

All participants will join the Young Author Award Workshop coached by Ms Catherine Khoo, founder of the Unique English Classroom and creator of the Young Author Award from Singapore.  Ms. Khoo is an author, editor, lecturer, and moviemaker with more than 30 years of experience in media. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Japan Close-Up Magazine and Asia 21 Magazine. She has published two bestselling books and is the founder of Singapore’s first boutique publisher of imprints for under-18s.

This is the only Young Author workshop in India to groom young budding writing talent and we are limiting registration to the first 50 sign-ups.

Workshop dates

The Young Author Award Workshop will be conducted ONLINE (using Zoom) on Aug 2, 3 and 4 from 2 pm to 4 pm (IST) by Catherine Khoo.

Workshop Agenda

Day 1 (Aug 2 at 2-4 pm): What is the Theme of My Story?
Day 2 (Aug 3 at 2-4 pm): Analysing Stories Written by winners of the Young Author Award
Day 3 (Aug 4 at 2-4 pm): Planning My Story

After the workshop:
1) All candidates will need to submit their final 1,500-word story by 10 Aug 2021.
2) Top 3 winners will be announced on 15 August 2021.

What will the Top 3 Winners get?

PRIZE (1) Cash 
Top winner will get INR15,000 cash to be credited to their bank account by 31 Aug 2021
Runner-up will get INR10,000 cash to be credited to their bank account by 31 Aug 2021
Second runner-up will get INR5,000 cash to be credited to their bank account by 31 Aug 2021

PRIZE (2) Personal Coaching Session
Top 3 winners will enjoy personal exclusive coaching by Ms Catherine Khoo for 30 minutes (schedule to be arranged separately). The coaching session will guide them on how to write their 5,000-word story. Their stories will be submitted to the Asia Young Author Award in Singapore for the October 2021 competition. The deadline for the submission is 31 August 2021.

How to participate?

India Young Author Award Participation Fee:  INR5,000 (S$90) per student

Registration deadline: 31 July 2021

Mode of payment:

  1. Online payment: Make the online payment here by credit/debit card or PayPal

Important: Pls use the code YAA21 while checking out to avoid shipping charges.

2. Bank transfer or cheque deposit to (Pls send us an email with your details at and attach the proof of deposit)

A/C Name: Kitaab Allied Services

Current A/C No. 235802000000185

Bank Details: Indian Overseas Bank, Mahipalpur, New Delhi (2358 branch), Vasant Vihar, Pin 110037

IFSC Code IOBA0002358

Book your seats now!

Write to us for workshop related questions at

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