Rules : YoungCurrent #SummerOf16

Follow these rules to make sure your entries are eligible. Find useful tips below to help you win!

Honour Code

By participating in this competition you are bound by the honour code set forth. Each student agrees to work individually and to submit a product that reflects only that student’s efforts. Students agree to not plagiarise, cheat, copy or otherwise present someone else’s work as their own. Violation of this rule will disqualify the entry in some cases the student as well from participating or winning in the competition.

Acceptable Formats

Only Non-fiction content is accepted. The accepted formats of writing are:

Interviews, Photo Essays, Informational Articles, Video Essays(with audio), Satire, Humor, Open Letter, Cartoon, Poster, Review, Recipes.

We understand that while most of these are appropriate with higher grades, a few of these formats may not be appropriate for lower grades. Please refer to the image below to understand our suggestions on what might be appropriate for different writers at different levels

Levels and Word Limits

  • If you are a student of Class 3, 4 or 5. You belong to Level Caterpillar and your Entry can be up to 200 words.
  • If you are a student of Class 6, 7 or 8. You belong to Level Chrysalis and your Entry has to be more than 200 words but less than 400 words.
  • If you are a student of Class 9, 10, 11 or 12. You belong to Level Butterfly and your Entry has to be more than 400 and less than 600 words.

Judging (Criteria + Final word)

There are 3 criteria you need to keep in mind when you are writing your articles. They are as follows:

  • Content: Grammar, Sentence Structure, Flow of the Content, Citing Sources, Citing YoungCurrent’s News articles (2 points each).
  • Vocabulary: 5 points for using vocabulary learnt on YC. 5 points for using the vocabulary appropriate to the context.
  • Creativity: 5 points for creatively using one of the formats provided. 5 points for displaying creativity in writing about the topic itself.

*All decisions made by YoungCurrent’s team are final.

Process to send entries.

Your entry MUST follow the following for us to consider it for the competition.

  • Please email your entry to
  • In the subject line put down the topic of that week.
  • In the email, send us the following details:
    Username on YoungCurrent:
    Full Name:
    School Name and Address:
  • Your article/entry needs to be sent as an attachment. The following are the acceptable formats for your entries: .doc, .docx, .pdf
  • Inside your article you are welcome to use images and videos(please see ‘Honouring Copyright’ below). In case of images, please insert them inside your article at the appropriate places. In case of videos, please note that we only accept YouTube videos at the moment.

Honouring Copyright

By participating in the contest, you agree that you assume all responsibility for making sure that your article follows all copyright laws. Please make sure to give credit to the source when you use a quote, image, video or any other content that you haven’t created yourself. Please also make sure that you are not using any content whose re-use without permission is restricted.

Sticking to Timelines

Finally, it is very important you stick to timelines. At the time of announcing the topic each week, the deadline to send the entries will also be communicated. Entries past the deadline will not be accepted.

Want to Win? Here are a few tips!

Tip #1: Follow the rules. Reading the rules(word limits based on your level, sticking to the topic of the week, following the right process to send in your entry) and sticking to them ensures that you entry qualifies for the competition. So if you’ve skipped the above, it will be a good idea to go through them at least once. They are pretty simple to follow.

Tip #2: Understand the Judging Criteria. It is your best chance to write a super-hit article!

Tip #3: Read YoungCurrent. Honestly, nothing beats preparation. If you are well-versed with the global affairs via news-reading, writing articles will be a piece of cake. Keeping yourself sharp on the news at YoungCurrent will cut your research time in half.

Also, reading several types of articles on YoungCurrent will help you understand the styles that exist and which one is best for your topic of the week.

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