Writing, drawing contest launched
HA NOI — A writing and drawing contest for Vietnamese youth entitled Canada and the World of Anne of Green Gables was launched by the Embassy of Canada.
Going green: The cover of Anne of Green Gables published in Vietnamese by Nha Nam Company. — File Photo
The contest celebrates the publication for the first time in Vietnamese of the classic Canadian story Anne of Green Gables. Written by Canadian author LM Montgomery, the novel was first published in 1908 and has since become internationally renowned.
It has been translated into 30 different languages and more than 50 million copies have been sold worldwide. Every year thousands of international tourists come to Prince Edward Island province to see the house that inspired the story.
For the contest, Vietnamese students 13 to 19 years old are invited to submit either an essay of up to 1,000 words or a drawing. The entries should be about Canada or the world of Anne of Green Gables.
Winners will receive cash prizes sponsored by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Viet Nam (CanCham), special gifts from Canada and books offered by the publisher, the Nha Nam Company.
"I am delighted that the Nha Nam Company published this book in Vietnamese," said Ambassador Deanna Horton. "While the story takes place in rural Canada a long time ago, many teenagers around the world today see a bit of themselves in the book.
"Anne Shirley's adventures and challenges have entranced teenagers worldwide. Through this contest, I hope that Vietnamese teenagers will also be inspired."
Contestants should send their submissions to the Viet Nam Canada Friendship Association at 105A Quan Thanh Street, Ha Noi before June 18. The final results will be announced on Canada's National Day on July 1.
The contest is organised by the Embassy of Canada, the Viet Nam Canada Friendship Association and Nha Nam Culture and Communications JSC, and is sponsored by CanCham.
For more information about the contest, please see the following pages: www.vietnam.gc.ca and www.nhanam.vn.
For writing, only one submission per contestant will be accepted.
For drawing, the organising board accepts all kinds of painting and does not limit the number of submissions.
Contestants can take part in the writing or the drawing contest, or both. — VNS