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The Children In Search of Veronika- creative writing and art competition for elementary school pupils

natjecaj 92 mThe Veliki Tabor Desinić association of the Municipality of Desinić and the Men of Zagorje Hearts Croatian Association invite pupils attending grades 1 through 8 to participate in the Deca iščeju Veroniku (Children In Search of Veronika) 3rd annual art and creative writing competition. The topics of the art and creative writing competition are: love & everything associated with it, Veronika and Frederick lived happily ever after, myself as a part of the tale of Veronika and under Tabor—the old town.


The legend of the tragic love of Veronika of Desinić has left a lasting impression in the conscience of our people. Many theatre plays, songs and paintings have been inspired by the story. The Veliki Tabor Association and the Municipality of Desinić have launched the Children In Search of Veronika project, the aim of which is to find out how much children and youth know of Veronika Desinić, her life, love, the clothing she wore, her daily habits, the place in which she lived and those she visited. Through their art and literary creativity children offer their world of play, ideas, colours and words. Their written works, drawings, paintings and forms wear the most unusual forms and meanings. By decanting the details of the life of Veronika into creative writing and artistic expression by children brought to life in colours, textures, form, volume, rhythm, contrast and the like we will render visible and tangible all that we have heard and read of the legend of Veronika of Desinić.
This year, building on what we learned last year, we have again launched a competition on the topic of the legend of Veronika of Desinić. Last year several thousand pupils from six counties and the City of Zagreb took part under the patronage of Croatian Parliament and the Ministry of Family and Veterans Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity. This year the significance of the project was also recognised by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, which recommended participation to schools from across Croatia, and the project is also expanding to neighbouring countries.
We wish to thank all the competition participants from last year and invite schools and other institutions providing care for children to join the competition with their works. This legend from the history of our people can serve as a bond in our common future, a driving force joining all parts of Our Beautiful Homeland. Our dialects are jewels in the crown of our history.
The contest rules for this year are available below. You can learn more at our Web site www.veronika-desinicka.hr as of 1 April 2012. We wish all participants lots of success!

We look forward to cooperating and to your submissions!
Dalibor Hržica, project leader, The Legend of Veronika of Desinić

The Children In Search of Veronika competition for elementary school pupils – The Veliki Tabor Association of Desinić, the Municipality of Desinić and the Men of Zagorje Hearts Croatian Association invite pupils of grades 1 through 8 to participate in the 3rd Children In Search of Veronika art and creative writing competition. The topics of the art and creative writing competition are: love & everything associated with it, Veronika and Frederick lived happily ever after, myself as a part of the tale of Veronika and under Tabor—the old town.

Competition rules
Art work can be in various techniques – crayon, marker, watercolours, tempera, collage, recycled paper, textile, and of multimedia character via photographic scenes or in other multimedia techniques – everything that provides a window to the artistic expression of children and their view of the proposed topics.
Creative writing works may be written in Standard Croatian and in the Kajkavian or Čakavian dialects and their local idioms (the local vernacular of parents). Pupils may write verse poem, short stories and compositions in which they will elaborate the proposed topics and their own view of the topic of love, in particular as depicted in legends.

Note: All schools are asked to submit at least a part of the creative writing works (prose and poetry) in the dialects and their local idioms (the local vernacular of parents).
The project is supported by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.

The number of art and literary submission is not limited.

Each work should include the following information: name and surname of the pupil, age/grade, the electronic address of the pupil (if they have one), the name of the school and town, the name and surname of the teacher (mentor) and the electronic address of the school.

Evaluation of the submissions
Creative writing and art submissions shall be evaluated in two categories:
First category: pupils from grades 1 thru 4
Second category: pupils from grades 5 thru 8
The best submissions will be rewarded and presented in a catalogue.

The deadline for submissions is 16 June 2012.
Winners will be notified by electronic mail.

The results of the 9th Goldfish 2012 creative writing and journalism contest

natjecaj 93 mThe Rijeka branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation staged its 9th annual Goldfish creative writing and journalism contest for children and youth attending Croatian supplementary schools, and pupils living abroad participating in other forms of the organised instruction of Croatian as a mother tongue. The contest is supported by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.


The themes of the creative writing contest were as follows:

For the 6 to 12 year age group:
Snowflakes are falling –or– the craziest game –or– how would I behave as a parent.
For the 13 to 15 year age group:
A letter to a dear person –or– Christmas in my family –or– life without a mobile phone
For the 16 to 18 year age group:
The scents and flavours of Croatia in my home –or– we are a media generation –or– in my Wonderland

The themes of the journalism contest were:

For the 13 to 18 year age group:
My town –or– Croatia in Europe—my vision of the future –or– I have two homelands

428 pupils with fifty-one teacher/mentors from fourteen countries participated in the contest, from: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, France, Italy, Canada, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Switzerland and Great Britain. The teacher/mentors interpreted the offered themes with the pupils and selected the works for submission to the contest.
The evaluating commission, which had the complex task of selecting the best from the many excellent submissions, was composed of Karol Visinko DSc, a professor at the Croatistics department of the faculty of the Humanities of the University of Rijeka; Marica Zrilić, a Croatian language teacher at Brajda Elementary School; Linda Grubišić Belina, a senior Croatian language advisor at the Education and Teacher Training Agency.

We wish to thank all of the participants of the contest this year, with a special note of thanks going to the teachers/mentors who invested a great deal of effort to motivate the pupils, introduce them to the given themes and to select and submit their work.

6 to 12 year age group – creative writing
First prize winner:
Kristina Batinić – The Craziest Game, 9 years, Urdorf, Switzerland
Teacher: Božena Alebić
Runners-up:
1. Petra Dupan – Snowflakes Are Falling, 12 years, Traunreut, Germany
Teacher: Karmela Lukanović
2. Tina Pačić – How Would I Behave as a Parent, 9 years, Balingen, Germany
Teacher: Antonija Pavlović
3. Gabriela Vukić – The Craziest Game, 10 years, Ausburg, Germany
Teacher: Suzana Suman
4. David Kosec – The Craziest Game, 10 years, Frankfurt, Germany
Teacher: Jelena Pokos
5. Maximilian Brešić – The Craziest Game, 6 years, Stuttgart, Germany
Teacher: Branka Kordić

13 to 15 year age group – creative writing
First prize winner:
Ana Mihaljević – My Dear Grandmother, 13 years, Mohacs, Hungary
Teacher: Marija Pakatur-Csoka
Runners-up:
1. Lorena Fijačko – Life Without a Mobile Phone, 13 years, Dietikon, Switzerland
Teacher: Diana Foro
2. Valentina Gegić – Life Without a Mobile Phone, 13 years, Visp, Switzerland
Teacher: Tamara Vadlja
3. Marija Marijić – Dear Grandmother, 13 years, Unterhaching, Germany
Teacher: Kristina Krznar
4. Antonija Vujica – Life Without a Mobile Phone, 14 years, Landsberg, Germany
Teacher: Anna Vrca
5. Anja Bejić – Dear Brunhilda, 13 years, Usora, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Teacher: Anto Kovačević

16 to 18 year age group – creative writing
First prize winner:
Jelena Bilaver – The Scents and Flavours of Croatia in my Home, 16 years, Weilstetten, Germany
Teacher: Antonija Pavlović
Runners-up:
1. Lorena Fejzić – The Scents and Flavours of Croatia in my Home, 18 years, Ehingen, Germany
Teacher: Marija Lončar
2. Marko Deanović - We Are a Media Generation, 17 years, Mannheim, Germany
Teacher: Martina Ilić
3.Ante Jelušić - We Are a Media Generation, 16 years, Munich, Germany
Teacher: Marija Lončar
4. Ana Marija Matak – We Are a Media Generation, 18 years, Kumanovo, Macedonia
Teacher: Sandra Nikolova
5. Ana Dujić – In My Wonderland, 16 years, Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia
Teacher: Dario Španović

13 to 18 year age group – journalism
First prize winner:
Ivana Vujeva – My Town, 16 years, Toronto, Canada
Teacher: Ana Bačić
Runners-up:
1. Jan Luka Ponjević – I Have Two Homelands, 14 years, Dachau, Germany
Teacher: Kristina Krznar
2. Grigor Vrhovac – My Town, 13 years, Rottenburg, Germany
Teacher: Monika Račić

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