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Nepali Youth Essay Contest: Rules and Guidelines

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Nepali Youth Essay Contest: Rules and Guidelines

Effective: March 15, 2016
Deadline: April 30, 2016

Are you a youth of Nepali origin living the United States and think about development of Nepal? Then, we encourage you to bring out your thoughts and express yourself through this essay contest. The title of the essay is open but content should include but are not limited to the following issues:

1. How Nepalese diaspora (including youth) can play role in the development of Nepal?

2. Every nation and its citizens have their own strengths and weaknesses. What are the strengths and weaknesses of Nepal and Nepalese? How can we utilize our strengths to its full potential to make Nepal a prosperous nation?

3. Do you think youths leaving Nepal is potentially beneficial for the Nepalese economics, or do you think youths should remain in Nepal for its progress?

4 How can Nepalese diaspora in the US preserve and promote Nepali culture in the host country?

1) General Rules:
From Tuesday, March 15, 2016 through Friday, April 30, 2016 (the “Contest Period”), Youth and Student Department of Nepali Public Relations Committee America (NPRCA) will conduct the essay contest nationwide in the USA. To enter into the contest, entrants (see eligibility requirements) must submit an entry that follows the Submission Guidelines and agree to accept and be bound by all these terms of Official Rules and Regulations. Entrants agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of the Panel of Judges appointed by the Youth and Student Department, whose decisions are final with respect to all matters of the contest.

2) Eligibility:
(a) This contest is open to all individuals of Nepali origin and who are freelancer or college students up to Master’s degree.
(b) Entrant must be physically present in the United States of America during the contest period.
(c) Only one entry per student is permitted. Participants must submit a completed registration form with name, academic degree/achievement, mailing/residential address, e-mail address, and contact number.

3) Submission Guidelines:
Essay must be written in either Nepali or English. An entry must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity, moral rights, other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. Essays must neither have been entered in another competition nor have been published previously in any form or sold for publication. Any essay that violates these rules will be disqualified and any awards made for such essay will be rescinded and must be returned to the organizer.

4) Length, Layout and Style:
Essay must be 1,000-1,500 words. Essay titles, footnotes, citations, references, and endnotes are excluded from the word counts. The entry must include text only, do not include photographs, diagrams or charts, background graphics and color. Essays must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font or an equivalent font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page and double spaced. Submission that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.

5) Submission Deadline:
Essays must be submitted to Nepali Youth Essay Contest at following email addresses
For Essays written in English: nepaleseyouthforumus@gmail.com 
For Essays written in Nepali: nepaleseyouthforum.np.us@gmail.com 
For any inquiries: nepaleseyouthforum.nprc.usa@gmail.com

Essay submission will open on March 15, 2016 and will end on April 30, 2016. Essays submitted after 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Saturday, April 30, 2016 will not be included in the competition. Failure to comply with this deadline may result disqualification.
All the eligible entries received will be reviewed by judges appointed by Youth and Student Department of NPRCA. The panel of judges will then select the top three winners for each category (Nepali and English). Entries will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:
Originality and creativity

Depth of analysis
Persuasiveness
Grammar and spelling
Relevancy of response to topic question

7) Awards:
Winners in each language category (Nepali and English) will receive certificate and the prizes listed below:
(a) First place winners will be awarded -$300
(b) Second place winners will be awarded - $200
(c) Third place winners will be awarded - $100
(d) All other entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation.
8) Winner Notification:

Decisions of judges are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest, without right of appeal. Winners will be notified by email and/or telephone after May 15, 2016. Names of the winners will also be published in social media and news.

9) Plagiarism and References:
All essays must be the original work of the entrants whose name is listed on the submission form. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification. Proper citation should be provided for the essay. Articles, books and online source that are cited should be listed at the end of the essay.

10) Availability Disclaimer:
By entering the contest, entrants agree to be bound by these rules:
(a) Once entered, essay will become a part of Youth and Student Department of NPRCA.
(b) Excessive violence, sex or religious extremism determined by the Judges will result in disqualification.
(c) Participants and their relatives or organization have no right to appeal,dispute or challenge any aspect of the administration of the contest.
(d) Any decision of Youth and Student Department of NPRCA is final in all respects.

11) Non-discrimination Policy
In administering the contest, Youth and Student Department of NPRCA will not discriminate in any manner, including on the basis of gender, race, color, or ethnic origin.
If you have questions or concerns about our privacy statement or about this contest, please contact us at nepaleseyouthforum.nprc.usa@gmail.com
Panel of Judges:

1. Marohang Limbu, Ph. D. 
Assistant Professor, Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Michigan State University
2. Ramesh Pokharel, Ph.D. 
Academic Coordinator (GA), CIDEC, OISE, University of Toronto

3. Khem K Aryal, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor, Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
5. Tika Lamsal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

6. Bharati Gautam
International Nepali Literary Society
7. Hari Ghimire
International Nepali Literary Society

8. Basu Sharma
International Nepali Literary Society
9. Mohan Sitaula
International Nepali Literary Society

10. Basanta Shrestha
International Nepali Literary Society
11. Desh Raj Sonyok, Ph.D.
Civil/Geotechnical Engineer, Washington DC Metro Area

Members of Nepalese Youth Forum - USA
Rabin Basnet (Texas) 469 360 9605
Bikash Upreti (Texas) 857 413 6074 
Ishwor D Thapaliya (Texas) 8574882364
Ravi Basnet (Texas) 254 413 4976
Prakash Basnet (California) 510 710 0631
Kaushal Pratap J.B. Rana (California) 510 258 9125 
Niraj Karki (Michigan) 508 221 1274 
Khem Panthi (Chicago) 773 946 0638
Machchhe Gurung (New York) 4696986579
Ashok Shrestha (New York) 929 239 8421
Rounak Shrestha (Oklahoma) 405 651 1414
Smriti Banskota (California)401 340 9805



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