Dear Children,


Nearly forty three hundred thousand school children in this country spend their time at their homes due to the spread of COVID 19 pandemic throughout the world at present. With the aim of developing the mental strength, creativity and the ability of overcoming challenges within those children, the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Sri Lanka National Library has launched an island wide program of writing 10.000 books.  


At present our beloved school children spend their time within their homes because of the unfortunate situation spreading all over the world. During this period they have to improve their knowledge through reading books. We invite those children who read books to do another activity. That is to write books. Let us take action to sharpen your inborn abilities during this calamity. Let’s start writing. After reopening the schools, you must get your books edited again by your teachers and send them to the Zonal Director or Directress through your principal. The Zonal Director must select the best books among them and send them to the Provincial Director of Education. The Provincial Director of Education will select the most suitable books and send them to the Ministry of Education. Accordingly the Ministry of Education will publish the best ten thousand books. It is expected that each school will submit at least one book. This will be held as a competition. You will be able to become child authors through this work. And also you will receive state honours.  


If you are a student in any grade between 1 and 13 in a government school or in an international school, you can write a book for this competition during the vacation given due to the situation of COVID – 19. The rules and criteria for this purpose are as follows.


Criteria –

  1. Age groups ; from grade 1 to grade 13
  2. Books can be written in all three languages, Sinhala, Tamil and English
  3. Types of books (genres)


Children’s Stories

Poetic creations

Teenage literary works

Short stories




Historical stories

Magical stories


Mysterious stories


Folk stories

Science fictions

Environmental descriptions



Fairy tales

Exaggeration stories

Religious stories

Adventurous stories

Books related to various subjects



One category can be selected from the above list.


  1. If it is a collection of short stories, there must be at least 5 short stories
  2. If it is a poetry book, it must contain more than 20 poems but not exceed 50
  3. If it is a novel, there must be at least 120 typed A5 pages.
  4. In a children’s book, there must be at least 16 pages.
  5. Children learning up to grade 10 can write and send children’s stories. The children’s story books can contain colour pages and drawings.
  6. Each book must be written on A4 sheets.
  7. Each book must be computer typed.
  8. Each book must have a hard copy and a soft copy.
  9. If there are photographs, they must always be in black and white. Colour photos must be in 4 colours. When there are photographs, they must be added in a way that a person in the photo could not be identified individually. (the faces in the photographs must be darkened.)
  10. Actual names of persons and places must not be included. All those must be fictitious.
  11. In the computer typed children’s stories the font size must be 14. In the other books font size must be 12. The space between lines must be 1.5.
  12. The space between a topic and a line must be 2 according to the computer plate.
  13. Margins of a written page must be as follows. On the left side 1.5 space and on the other three sides one inch space must be kept. (This is in relation to the computer)
  14. Font theme must be iskolapotha.
  15. Cover page can be prepared with colour photos or drawings.
  16. Poetry books may or may not contain drawings. But they must not be computer clip arts.
  17. Hard copies must be collated with wire binding. Soft copies must be submitted in compact discs (CD) and the soft copy of a book selected by the provincial offices could be sent to the following e-mail as a pdf document.
  18. Soft copies of all books submitted by the schools can be sent to the zonal offices by e-mail also.
  19. Anything that has been published by other person must not be included without obtaining the permission. A creation of another person must not be submitted.
  20. For the categories from grade 11 to grade 13, books related the subjects, projects and researches can be submitted.
  21. The children who submit such books must follow the criteria mentioned from number 26 to 29.
  22. Photos and drawings can be included in the books with subject matter only when the explanations are essential.
  23. If there are projects and researches among the books submitted under this category, you have the permission for that. You must follow the relevant ethics in those fields.
  24. Quotations must be mentioned. For that purpose, a bibliography must be added. The list of referred books must be written either in APA method or in Harvard method.


Look at the following example if you need.


Name of the author – P. Thenabadu

Year – 1959

Name of the book – Sinhala Essay and Appreciation of Literature

Publisher – Colombo Apothecaries Company

City of Publication – Colombo


This is the way of writing these details in a bibliography. Thenabadu, P. (1959). Sinhala Essay and Appreciation of Literature. Colombo : Apothecaries.


  1. When the other appendixes are attached, a serial number must be given. Add the appendixes in a numerical order. Include those appendix numbers in your book in a suitable way that can be referred to whenever it is needed.
  2. Please do the collating of the book as follows.
  3. Cover page (the title and the name of the writer together with the drawing can be placed in the cover page.
  4. Second cover page – In addition to the hard cover page add another same page (including the name of the book, name of the writer and the name of the publisher)
  5. Dedication – You can dedicate your book to anybody you like. A sentence like “This book is dedicated affectionately to ……………………….. “ can be used.
  6. Acknowledgement – This part is used to thank the people who supported you in producing the book. (limited to one A4 page)
  7. Preface – A description about the book and the writer. (be carefully not to exceed two A4 pages.)
  8. Content page – Main topics and sub topics must be inserted with the page numbers. (not relevant for children’s stories.)

Numbering of pages up to this point must be in Roman numerals. After that page numbering must be done in Arabic numerals.

  1. Chapters or sections – From the first chapter or section until the last chapter or section they must be arranged separately. There must be a serial order of chapters or sections. That will reflect the regular flow of your book.


Common Criteria –

  • Writing of books must be finished before 28th of May.
  • The best book must be selected by a school committee and send it to the Zonal Education Office before 10th of June.




  • The zonal education offices must forward those books to the provincial education offices before 15th
  • The provincial education offices must send those books to the ministry of education by 25th of June.
  • The 10,000 books selected in the first stage will be converted to e-books and send to the e-libraries.
  • The best 100 books will be selected by a qualified recommendation committee and printed and state honours will be awarded. For the purpose of printing of these books the ministry of education is working in collaboration with the Sri Lanka National Library.


This entire work is coordinated also by the ministry of education and the Sri Lanka National Library.