These were chosen amongst 300 short stories and poems during the second edition of the National Writing Competition for Young Authors.The winners of the competition were awarded during a ceremony this 21st September 2017 at the Cameroon Cultural Centre in Yaounde.Entrants were required to submit either a poem or short story on the theme, "Cultural Heritage and Development of Cameroon".The jury finally selected 20 submissions, ten per category to be awarded and published. Nine others will be published but not awarded.Chairing the prize award ceremony, Arts and Culture Minister, Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi praised the quality of works submitted.He expressed optimistism that literary works will be revived in the face of an android-oreinted generation.The Minister added that the aim of the competition is not only to propel unpublished young authors but also to promote bilingualism and multiculturalism in Cameroon.He also highlighted the importance of reading as part of the intellectual development of children.The presence of the Ministers of Justice, Youth and Civic Education, Secondary Education, Higher Education during the occasion was proof of the youth's position as springboard of the nation.In the category of Poetry, 33 year-old Niba Fontoh's poem "The Dilemma" earned him the first position.In the Short Stories category, 26 year-old Edouard Bengono Essola emerged top with "Maimouna ou la Fatalité."The youngest entrant into the competition, 19-year old Bill-Erich Mbianyor Nkongho came fourth in the Short Stories category. He received wide acclaim for his story "Where Dreams Fail" and received the Jury's Special Prize.One of the laurettes, Yvette Awasume, who bagged home the second prize in Short Stories explained that her passion for culture inspired her piece "Not while I Live". She is a Masters student in Public Finance.The award ceremony was coloured with theatrical presentations and recitals of some of the works that received awards. It was a visible expression of multiculturalism in Cameroon.Eleanor Ayuketah