(Stock Photo)Young Barbadians have another opportunity to showcase their creativity by writing short stories outlining their vision for the promotion and protection of their rights.

The Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN) of the Organization of American States (OAS) has issued a call for short stories for the publication, Rights Should Not Be a Fairy Tale.

Entries will be accepted in two categories: aged six to 12 years, and aged 13 to 17 years, and writers must be citizens or residents of member countries of the OAS. The short stories should refer to the vision children and adolescents have of the effective exercise of their rights, as well as their relationship with the adult world.

Twenty short stories in each category will form the printed publication, which will be issued in September 2017. Participants whose short stories are selected for the publication will receive a certificate of recognition.

Further information on the call for short stories may be found at The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 9, and the stories should be emailed to

The IIN is the specialised agency of the OAS responsible for the promotion of studies of issues related to children, adolescents and the family in the Americas. It also generates technical instruments that improve the performance of States in the promotion and protection of the rights of children and adolescents through their public policies.

The institute was founded on June 9, 1927, and this activity is being observed to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

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