Voices Of Future Generations
The Emirates Literature Foundation is proud to be the consultant for the Voices of Future Generations (VOFG) programme (https://www.vofg.org/), which is under the patronage of UNESCO, and to support HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum in her role as the Gulf region’s Goodwill Ambassador for the initiative.
About the Competition
Search is on for ‘Voices Of Future Generations’
If you have a vision of what you want the world to be like, and how children should be treated within it, we want to read all about your ideas. We will be looking for original and inventive stories, bringing to life the amazing things that you think a sustainable future has in store for us all.
Winners will have the chance to join a global council of prize-winning child authors, and have their work featured online and in inspirational books that will be sent to schools and libraries throughout the world, so other children can find out about your thoughts and ideas.
The Emirates Literature Foundation will be running workshops for teachers explaining how to get
children involved in the annual competition, details will be announced shortly.
Who can enter?
- Children aged 8-12 years old
- Entries open for the first year to all children resident in the U.A.E, including our children of determination.
What are the guidelines for the story format?
- Stories must be written for children 6 years and above
- Entries must be between 1,200 to 1,500 words long
- Entries must be typed, single-spaced and in size 12 font
- Stories should be divided into clear paragraphs
- Entries can be in Arabic or English
- Stories should be written from a child’s point of view, or be about an adventure that a child character experiences
- Stories must feature themes around children’s rights and sustainable development, and the writer’s vision for a sustainable future
How would the stories be judged?
- The stories meeting the criteria set for the story format will be accepted upon submission through the Emirates Literature Foundation Voices of Future Generations web page.
- The entries will be read by a panel of educators at the VoFG Management
- Stories will be judged strictly based on the story format
- The 10 short-listed stories will be sent to the VoFG Global Senior Programme Officer
- An International Commission of leading experts and agencies, and Goodwill Ambassadors for key regions of the world, will select the winning entries.
What is the Prize?
- Winning child authors will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals and certificates
- Teacher volunteers as Voices of Future Generations Champions will receive certificates
- Emirates Literature Foundation will award the 10 short-listed child authors with “The Creative Writing Awards”
Terms and Conditions
- Entries open for the first year to all children resident in the U.A.E, including our people of determination
- Stories will be assessed on originality. Do not submit work as your own when part of or all of it has been done by someone else; this includes material found online. It must be entirely your own work, and any stories found to contain non-original content will be excluded.
- Stories should be unpublished and not previously submitted to any competition
- The winning entrants agree to the Emirates Literature Foundation’s and Voices of Future Generation’s use of their name and photograph in relation to related publicity material and activities. Schools and students should be aware that they might need to obtain parental consent for this.
- The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into with regards to these decisions
- All participants will receive a certificate of participation upon successful submission of stories
- Copyright of any stories that are published in print, e book or audio book will be held by Voices of Future Generations for works that appear with their logo globally
- Only short-listed child authors will be notified via email or telephone
- Story submissions will begin on the VoFG website from December, 2019
- Deadline for submission of stories is 25 April 2020
- All submissions will be online, therefore parental approval will be required through the online submission process
About our Goodwill Ambassador
HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
It is a great pleasure for the Voices of Future Generations Initiative to announce that Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has agreed to serve as its Goodwill Ambassador for the Gulf Region. Promoting children’s rights and sustainable development, this unique programme empowers children to promote the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as Sustainable Development Goals.
Sharing her love of literature with children from around the region, Sheikha Hissa will support the development of a children’s book series authored by children, for children. These stories from around the world are illustrated and published, and the books disseminated globally to schools and libraries for all children to benefit from being able to read stories told from a child’s point of view. Every story highlights children’s rights and sustainability in creative and entertaining ways.
Sheikha Hissa, a passionate horsewoman and writer, is the author of Tajaarub: From a Horsewoman’s Journey, which explores the powerful connection between humans and horses. She has led her teams of horses in practices and trainings in both England and Dubai. In her position as Goodwill Ambassador for the Gulf Region she is committed to making a real difference in the lives of young people.
About the Initiative
Voices of Future Generations is a unique writing project which aims to empower young people, encouraging children to promote the UN Convention on the ‘Rights of the Child’ as well as highlighting sustainable development goals and giving children a voice about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for a sustainable future.
The Voices of Future Generations movement on children’s rights and sustainable development is a unique programme of action that empowers children to promote the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal agenda (SDGs).
Our mission is to assist children to advance the right to education and literacy globally through the children’s book series. Books are authored by children aged 8-12, for children aged 6 and above. These stories from around the world are illustrated and published, and the books disseminated globally to schools and libraries for all children to benefit from the knowledge and insight.
Through our Intergenerational Dialogue Programme, we enable children to enter into effective and inspiring communication with experts and global leaders, who are effecting positive change in the fields of children’s rights and sustainable development.
“These young voices must be heard and they must encourage global leaders to keep their promises. — Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO