The Diary of a Puneri Kid

We’re inviting entries for a writing competition for young writers in Pune – students under the age of 12 years can get their stories published in our annual compendium of young writers The Diary of a Puneri Kid.

The entries could be works of fiction in any genre (Fantasy/ Adventure/ Horror/ Everyday life). We expect and want the participants to let their creativity go wild! You might find these writing tips useful.

There are three categories – 5-8 years, 9-10 years and 11-12 years. There will be 20 winners in each category.

The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the final winning entries will be published as a book. In order to maintain the originality and ingenuity of the submissions, we have decided that there will be no editing of the drafts submitted for printing. So we request parents and teachers to help the writers with corrections, editing, spellings etc. in a rough draft before the final, ‘fair’ entry is submitted. The winning entries will be scanned and the story will appear in the writers’ own hand-writing.

All participants will

  • Have their photo on the inside of the cover of The Diary of a Puneri Kid
  • Receive a regular newsletter by e-mail with recommended readings for young readers
  • Receive a ‘Puneri Young Writer’ badge


  • All young writers who get published will win Gift hampers and free annual subscriptions from Tender Leaves.
  • The school with the maximum entries will win books for their school library worth Rs. 5000/-

Last date for receiving submissions is October 1st 7th 2011.

You can download the form here or from Google Docs(PDF).


The stories will be judged in three age categories: 5-8 years, 9-10 years and 11-12 years. There will be twenty winners.


Winners and parents/guardians/schools will be notified by Tender Leaves by 31st October 2011. Winners must agree to the publication of their names and photos. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. If you have not heard from us by 31st October 2011, unfortunately your story has not been chosen.


Stories must be between 500 and 1000 words long. Participants in the category of 5-8 years can submit entries with less than 500 words, if accompanied by a drawing. Stories must be your own idea and work and previously unpublished, including on a website. Tender Leaves Books Pvt. Ltd. will own the copyright of any stories published. We regret that stories will not be returned, so please keep a copy.

Entries must have their parent or guardian’s consent clearly marked. We will verify the age and identity of winners before allocating prizes.

This competition is open to residents of Pune, aged 5 to 12 years, except employees of Tender Leaves and their families, and anyone connected with the competition.

No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are delayed, damaged, mislaid or wrongly delivered.

Entry implies acceptance of these rules.

For general enquiries call 020 32305063 or mail to


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Vidya on September 21, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I am unable to get the pdf entry form downloaded


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