Vietnam launches 2020 UPU letter-writing contest

Friday, 2019-12-06 15:38:04
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The UPU letter-writing competition launching ceremony at Thanh Cong School in Hanoi (Photo: MIC)
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NDO - The 2020 UPU letter-writing competition was launched on December 6 at a ceremony held in Thanh Cong Secondary School in Hanoi, marking the 33rd time that such a contest has been held in Vietnam.

The contest is open to all Vietnamese children under 15 who are supposed to write a letter about the world we currently live in.

The letters must be handwritten, no more than 800 words long and have not been published in newspapers or books.

The contestants can write their letters in any language but foreign-language letters must be accompanied by their translations into Vietnamese, which is the language used for judgement.

The letters are to be sent to Thieu nien Tien phong (Young Pioneers) Newspaper at 5 Hoa Ma Street, Hanoi, no later than February 25 according to the postmark date.

The organisers will award one first prize worth VND5 million (US$216), three second prizes, five third prizes, 30 consolation prizes and several other prizes such as those for ethnic minority contestants and contestants with disabilities.

The winning Vietnamese letter and its English or French translation will be sent to the international UPU writing contest.

At the 2018 international competition, Vietnamese student Nguyen Thi Bach Duong from Hai Duong province won the third prize for her letter that were imagined to have come from the 19th century.