The competition is being organised by Kittivisian Life, an online publication.
Extended to students from all primary and secondary school in St. Kitts and Nevis, the competition targets two age groups; 7-10 years and 11-16 years.
Each participating student is required to craft their composition around the respective themes; “My Ideal Christmas” for the 7-10 category and “What Christmas means to me as a young person in 2010” for the older students.
Primary school students are required to ensure that their descriptive pieces are no more than 300 words in length while the secondary school students must ensure that their pieces are no more than 1000 words in length.
In an exclusive interview with MiyVue, Editor of the entity Orita Bailey, informed that Kittivisian Life has been involved the development of the nation’s youth but has only recently become involved in the development of their literacy skills.
She explained that Kittivisian’s involvement was mainly in the field of technology and it was observed that the students may have experienced some difficulty understanding technology because of poor literacy skills.
Asked about the response to the competition, Bailey informed that some persons have already submitted their entries but she encouraged others to so to do.
She underscored the importance of a competition such as this noting that it boosts the confidence of the students, having been involved in and possibly winning a competition such as this. Bailey told MiyVue that the entries from the top three winners of each category would be featured on the Kittivisian Life website.
Prizes which are up for grabs include movie vouchers, Harpers gift vouchers, entrance for a family of four to Brimstone Hill, a cannon inkjet photo printer, an MP3 player and national bank savings certificates.
As per an announcement issued by Kittivivian Life, all submissions must be the origination work of the individual who is participating in the competition.
“Submissions should be typed or word-processed in double line spacing and should state your name, age and school at the top of each page. An email address or contact telephone number should also be included so that we can contact you if you are a winner. Submissions should be submitted by the closing date: Friday 03 December 2010, 4.00p.m and should be sent by one of the following methods to any of the addresses below.