Prime Minister’s Scheme For Mentoring Young Authors – Apply Now
IMPLEMENTATION & EXECUTION
SELECTION PROCEDURE OF YOUNG AUTHORS
PHASE I – TRAINING (3 MONTHS)
PHASE II – PROMOTION (3 MONTHS)
Q-1: What are the ‘Themes’ that one can send one’s entry about?
Answer: The major themes are: unsung heroes; little known facts about the national movement; role of various places in national movement; entries bringing out new perspectives related to political, cultural, economic, or science related aspects of national movement etc.
Q-2: What is the duration of the contest?
Answer: The duration of the contest is 1 June 2021-31 July 2021.
Q-3: Till what time the submissions will be accepted?
Answer: The submissions will be accepted via email till 11:59 PM on 31 July 2021.
Q-4: What will be the deciding factor in accepting the receipt of the entries: the receiving date of hard copies or soft copies via email?
Answer: The soft copies received via email will be the deciding factor for the deadlines.
Q-5: Can I write in any Indian language?
Answer: Yes, you can write in English and also in any of the following languages as listed in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India: (1) Asamiya, (2) Bangla, (3) Gujarati, (4) Hindi, (5) Kannada, (6) Kashmiri, (7) Konkani, (8) Malayalam, (9) Manipuri, (10) Marathi, (11) Nepali, (12) Odia, (13) Punjabi, (14) Sanskrit, (15) Sindhi, (16) Tamil, (17) Telugu, (18) Urdu, (19) Bodo, (20) Santhali, (21) Maithili and (22) Dogri.
Q-6: How will the maximum age of 30 years be decided?
Answer: You should be exactly 30 years or below as on 1 June 2021.
Q-7: Can foreign nationals participate in the contest?
Answer: Only Indian nationals including those holding PIOs or NRIs holding Indian passports can participate in the contest.
Q-8: I am a PIO/NRI holding Indian Passport, do I have to attach the documents?
Answer: Yes, kindly attach a copy of your passport/PIO card with your entry.
Q-9:Where should I send my entry to?
Q-10: Can I submit more than one entry?
Answer: Only one entry per contestant is allowed.
Q-11: What should be the structure of the entry?
Answer: It should have a chapter plan, synopsis and two-three chapters (if the entry has chapters) with 5000 as maximum word limit.
Q-12: Can I submit more than 5000 words?
Answer: Maximum word limit of 5000 should be adhered to.
Q-13: How will I know that my entry has been registered?
Answer: You will receive an acknowledgment email.
Q-14: I will be submitting my entry in an Indian language, should I attach its English translation?
Answer: No. Kindly attach in 100-150 words gist of your entry in either English or Hindi.
Q-15: Is there any minimum age for entry?
Answer: No minimum age has been prescribed.
Q-16: Can I send the handwritten manuscript?
Answer: No. It should be neatly typed.
Q-17: What is the genre of entry?
Answer: You can submit both fiction and non-fiction.
Q-18: What are the sub-genres that one can submit as one’s entry under ‘Fiction’?
Answer: You can send collections of short stories, novellas, historical fiction, inspirational, romance fiction, fiction for children, fiction for young adults etc. The background of the fiction genre of manuscripts should be pertaining to the period of national movement.
Q-19: What are the sub-genres that one can submit as one’s entry under ‘NonFiction’?
Answer: You can send travelogues, memoirs, or informative/research-based manuscripts dealing with various political, social, cultural, economic or sciencerelated aspects of national movement etc.
Q-20:Will poetry be accepted? Answer: No, poetry will not be accepted.
Answer: No, poetry will not be accepted.
Q-21: If the manuscript has information that is quoted from an external source, how and where does it need to be mentioned/how do I quote the source of reference?
Answer: On the inclusion of information from an external source in a non-fiction manuscript, the source needs to be mentioned as footnotes/endnotes or in a consolidated ‘Works Cited’ section if required.
Q-22: Can I submit my entry in a hard copy?
Answer: If you are submitting a hard copy, then a soft copy also needs to be sent to the email provided.
Q-23: What is the postal address for sending the entry?
Answer: The submissions have to be sent to the following address: Project Head Integrated Project Management Cell National Book Trust, India Nehru Bhawan, 5 Institutional Area, Phase-2 Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110070 The envelope/packet should be clearly marked as ‘PM Scheme for YUVA’.
Q-24: Can I submit my Indian language entry in Unicode?
Answer: Yes, it can be sent in Unicode.
Q-25: What should be the format of submission?
Answer: For English, the format should have font style as Times New Roman and font size should be 14. For other languages, equivalent font style/size should be employed.
Q-26: Are simultaneous submissions allowed/can I send a story that has been submitted to another competition/journal/magazine etc?
Answer: No, simultaneous submissions are not allowed.
Q-27: What is the procedure to edit/exchange an entry/manuscript that has already been submitted?
Answer: Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be edited or withdrawn.
Q-28: Can the submissions also have pictures/illustrations to support the text?
Answer: Yes, the text can be supported with pictures or illustrations if you hold the copyright for the same.