The 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.