Linton Hall 6th Grader Dhruv Amitabh Wins National Short Story Contest

11-year-old becomes published author


Dhruv Amitabh had a big night to celebrate last weekend. His short story 'The First Grade Field Trip' was selected amongst numerous entries nationwide to be published in the 2021 'iWRITE Short Stories by Kids for Kids Publishing Contest's Anthology Vol. 12'. 

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

Dhruv attended iWRITE's big Book Signing Celebration at the Hyatt Regency in Houston, Texas, Nov 12, along with other newly-published child authors. 

"Winning the contest and becoming a published author is encouraging and gives me a sense of accomplishment," says Dhruv, a 6th grade student at Linton Hall School, a private school in Bristow. 

"I am proud to be one of the winners. This event allowed me to meet other talented authors, and now I want to continue writing. I am happy my school and county were mentioned at the red carpet book signing event. "

The writing/illustration contest, organized by iWRITE Non-Profit Organization, encourages young aspiring authors, poets, playwrights and illustrators to build  confidence in their writing and to become published authors. 

Each year, out of all the entries received, judges ultimately select a handful of students for a professional publication, and those students are honored at an annual book-signing event. All award-winning entries are compiled by iWRITE to produce an anthology called "I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids."

Dhruv is turning out to be a prolific author. He has already penned many short stories. He also co-authored a fiction novel, "The One Who Started It All" during the summer break. 

"I am thankful to my parents, who have always encouraged me to write. This achievement motivates me to continue writing, and I hope to become an author when I grow up."

About iWrite

Through its annual writing contest, iWRITE produces an anthology called "I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids," encouraging young writers to submit their stories, artwork, and poetry. In 2019, iWRITE and the Houston Public Library system began working together as librarians from across the city served as judges for the contest. Each year, the judges ultimately select 100 students for professional publication, and those students are honored at an annual book-signing event.

Students also have an opportunity to write for the iWRITER Magazine. Created by the iWRITE Youth Club, the quarterly publication gives students real-world leadership experience by planning each publication, overseeing production deadlines, editing stories, and publishing the magazine.


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