VOSAP Essay Competition

To Promote Accessibility & Inclusion of Divyang-jan

Essay Competition
Rules and Guidelines for Essay Competition:

  1. VOSAP Essay competition is an initiative, conceived and promoted by Voice of SAP and executed by its partner Blind People’s Association, Ahmedabad
  2. The Essay Writing Competition will be open to all up to age 35
  3. Essay subjects to choose from the below 2 options
    • Our City, Accessible City. Let us realize this dream, together
    • Inclusive Society for Divyang – my Dream
  4. Step 1: Register with Voice of SAP – https://www.voiceofsap.org/wp-login.php?action=register
  5. Step 2: Take VOSAP volunteer pledge as individual volunteer at – https://www.voiceofsap.org/pledges/add-pledge/
  6. Step 3: The submissions should be made online at link will be made available, by submitting pdf document. Your essay pdf file may include few photo to explain
  7. Only one entry per participant is allowed
  8. Participants will be reached out by our volunteers by phone for applicant verification
  9. The submission should be up to 2,000 words in text format with Figures, tables, charts and photographs (if any) in the upload word document.
  10. All entries should be in Times New Roman font of size 12 pt for English or Shruti like font for Gujarati/Hindi with double line spacing.
  11. The candidate must certify the originality of the essay submitted while submitting their entry.
  12. After submission, till last date of submission, they can change and resubmit if needed.
  13. The Competition is open for submission of essay online till September 15, 2018 till 11:59 pm IST.
  14. Language: English / Gujarati / Hindi
  15. Age limit of Participant: Max. 35 years
  16. Entry fees: Entry is free
  17. This Contest will be in three Rounds:
    • Round 1: Elimination Round (100 Points)
      Jury will short list the entries based on quality of the essay
    • Round 2: ‘Popularity of Dream’ Round (100 points)
      The successful selected candidates of Round 1 will be informed to enter in Round 2. In this round candidate will share his/ her essay on social media from our website.
      Top selected essays will get space on our website under your authorship. We will share the link. Candidate will be able to share on social media. Number of Facebook likes on each Essay will be counted. For each like, candidate will get one point
      While posting on social media, you may use this message: “I have participated in VOSAP essay writing competition and have been selected in round 1 of competition. You can check my essay on the link below and read it. If you really like my vision then press ‘Like’ button. This will increase my chances of winning this essay competition”
    • Round 3: VOSAP Contribution Round (100 points – normalized)
      This round will be parallel to round 1 and 2 (Aug/Sep/Oct 2018). Aim of this round is to increase participation for social cause of VOSAP. As subject of Essay is “My Dream”, participant will have to contribute towards achieving that Dream by means of taking photographs of building entrances in VOSAP mobile app, doing the star rating. Also, inspiring friends and family to take VOSAP pledge which is available on VOSAP mobile app. Candidate will get 5 points each for approved Photograph and 10 points each for inspiration of each pledge taken by others.
  18. Judgment Criteria
    Participant will be allotted points under three sections as explained below.

    • Round 1: Elimination Round (100 Points)
      On assessment of Essay, Points will be given by eminent Jury.
    • Round 2: ‘Popularity of Dream’ Round (100 Points)
      For each FB like, candidate will get one point then will be adjusted per percentile. Highest point person will get 100 points and others will be in the ratio.
    • Round 3: VOSAP Contribution Round (100 Points)
      Candidate will get 5 points for each approved Photograph and 10 points each for inspiration of pledge taken by others in VOSAP mobile app. Like round 2, prorated points will be given with 100 for the highest points achiever

    Final selection will be done by considering total points obtained by participant. Decision of Voice of SAP for selection of winners of Essay Competition will be final and binding to all participants.

  19. Important Time Lines
    • Last Date of Online Submission of Essay: September 15, 2018 till 11:59 pm IST
      Review by Jury for selecting top Essays: From September 16, 2018 to September 30, 2018. Selected participant will be informed by email
    • Popularity Round: FB likes will be measured on the basis of number of likes visible on www.voiceofsap.org for the published webpage link of the essay by October 31, 2018
    • VOSAP Contribution Round: This round will be in parallel of Round 1 and 2 i.e. from date of registration to October 31, 2018
    • Declaration of Result of Contest: November 15, 2018
    • Prize Distribution: 3rd December, 2018 – International Disability Day during the event to be organised at Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar
  20. Prizes
      • 1St Prize: Certificate and Prize of Rs 50,000
      • 2nd Prize: Certificate and Prize of Rs 25,000
      • 3rd Prize: Certificate and Prize of Rs 10,000
      • 15 other prizes

    Every participant will get CERTIFICATE OF VOLUNTEERING And other special Prizes for outstanding performers

    Voice of SAP reserves the right to use all the submitted entries for whatsoever purpose they deem fit.
    If Participants found resorting to unethical or questionable practice will attract liability including but not limited to disqualification. Participants shall ensure compliance with all applicable laws & Regulations

  21. Website
    Please visit www.voiceofsap.org to learn more about the competition