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Young Omani Author Contest 2015!

Young Omani Author Contest 2015!

Young Omani Author Contest Plans to tap Budding Writers!

http://www.timesofoman.com/News/44718/Article-Young-Omani-Author-contest-plans-to-tap-budding-writers 

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 HSBC Bank Oman and British Council have focused on particular themes that are both central to the bank’s values and also relevant to the world in which many of our young people find themselves in. 

Muscat: It’s a unique opportunity for young writers as HSBC Bank Oman S.A.O.G and British Council have announced a short story writing contest open to Omani boys and girls aged between 15 and 18 years. The Young Omani Author competition will be illustrated and published at the by HSBC Bank Oman.

The winner will receive an Apple iMac 27″desktop. Second place winners will receive a MacBook Pro 13″ and there is an Apple iPad Air 2 for the third place winner. Results will be announced in April. British Council has worked with HSBC Bank Oman to create a competition that aims to capture the imagination and talent of a young Omani population growing up in a world that is being more and more shaped by the youth of today.

The aim is to have young people write stories for an audience of their peers and schoolchildren across the country. Themes are pertinent to the lives of our young Omanis today, in particular community, youth and the environment. Andrew Long, CEO for HSBC Bank Oman said, “HSBC Bank Oman has been an ardent supporter of education and the benefits of reading to children in Oman for a number of years. This new initiative – our Omani Young Author Award – builds on this and we hope it creates some fun and excitement for children across the country as they showcase their writing and story-telling skills.”

Looking to publish a new community interest book with an Omani flavour, HSBC Bank Oman and British Council have focused on particular themes that are both central to the bank’s values and also relevant to the world in which many of our young people find themselves in. These include environment, community, volunteerism, culture and the young. Use of good English, originality and use of competitive themes are key judging criteria.

Paul Hilder, country director for British Council welcomed their involvement in this competition. “The aim of seeing young Omanis writing imaginative and original stories that reflect their views of growing up and living in Oman is a wonderful platform for giving young people an outlet for their creativity,” the country director said.  Students can download official entry forms and view guidelines, story writing tips and more on the official competition website http://www.youngomaniauthor.com.

Entry forms can also be picked up from the Teaching Centre at British Council Oman in Madinat Sultan Qaboos.

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