Chhote Philosopher Contest 2013

Description and Topics

Each participating contestant is expected to write an essay to describe the topic of their choice given below. It is expected that the entries be original and follow the listed guidelines in order to be considered for evaluation.

  • The story/incident should be broken down into paragraphs and possibly be with subtitles.
  • The moral value/significance of the story should be emphasized.
  • Lesson(s) learned- Should be in the concluding sentence/paragraph.

The contestants are categorized in three age groups. There will be three winners in each category.

Age Group 5 to 7

Pick a topic from the following:
[Max word limit: 500]

Topic 1 : Krishna as a cowherd boy.

Topic 2 : Your favorite festival of India Note.

Age Group 8 to 11

Pick a topic from the following:
[Max word limit: 800]

Topic 1: Krishna and Sudama-a true friendship

Topic 2: An Indian Saint’s contribution(s) to the society.

Age Group 12 to 15

Pick a topic from the following:
[Max word limit: 1500]

Topic 1 : Rama’s attitude towards friends and refuges-What does it signify?

Topic 2 : What does it mean to be a Hindu?

Students of age 5 -7 group may use any creative combination of words and art work, such as paintings or drawings to express their feelings or ideas about the topic.

There will be three winners in each group. First Place holders will be awarded the “Chhote Philosopher 2013″. All the winners will receive a certificate and a special prize.


Last date for Submission: February 28th, 2013

Goal of Contest

Through focused readings in answering essay questions, children will be able to comprehend teachings of our Vedic culture and gain practical knowledge on how to face challenges in their lives. This practical knowledge is an indispensable tool in a highly dynamic and rapidly changing environment such as the one we live in today. Entering into an effort such as this will allow for children to inculcate and ponder over the highest values, ideals and become familiar with details of Hinduism and their cultural background.

Submission Guidelines

Eligibility: The Bal Mukund Chhote Philospher Contest is open to all kids aged 5-15. Each participant may submit one essay of no more than 300 words for age group 5-7, 500 words for age group 9-11 and 800 words for age group 12-15 on the given subjects, with the following format of writing:

Where to submit: All entries must be sent via website and must have completed on line Registration form. Entrants must fill out the entry form completely to qualify for the contest and may submit no more than one essay per contest.

Contest Dates: Entries are accepted from December17th to February 28th. The deadline of submission is February 28th, 2013.

Selection: Essays will be judged based on originality, creativity, and artistic quality. Essays not meeting the requirements for word limitation are automatically disqualified. Essays containing profanity, vulgarity or offensive material are automatically disqualified.

  • Age group 5-7 will be judged on originality and overall strength of the message the student is conveying.
  • Age Group 8-11 will be judged on originality and creativity, strength of philosophical argument, spelling and grammar.
  • Age Group 12-15 will be judged on originality and creativity, strength of philosophical argument philosophical references, personal experiences, and observations.

Prizes:  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each of three categories: Category 1 (age 5-7) Category 2 (age 9-11) and category 3 (age 12-15).  Each winner will receive prizes to pursue literary endeavors in the Vedic culture. In the event of a tie, duplicate prizes will be distributed.

Fees: Participation in this contest is free of charge.

Copyrights: All submissions become the property of Jkyog and can be considered for publication in a forthcoming e-magazine and may appear on the website and/or various other media.

Notification:  Winners will be announced by March 31st. Winners will be notified by phone or by email.  Names of the winners and their respective essays may appear on the website.

Privacy Policy: Jkyog collects personal information for the purpose of notifying contest winners.  All information submitted will be kept confidential. Children must have parental permission to enter the contest.

Legalities:  Program sponsored by Jkyog. All rights reserved.