Note: This contest is CLOSED. The winner will be announced on Friday, 8th August, 2014. If you missed this contest, don’t worry! The next one is coming along shortly.
Two months have passed since I began to blog in earnest, the numbers (of readers, posts, of everything) have risen steadily, and the time has come, I think, for me to say thank you. And what better way to say thank you than to hold a contest and give away a nice fat prize? (Well, nice and fat by my standards.)
So let’s begin.
How do you enter the contest?
It doesn’t get simpler. You leave a comment to this post. If you leave two comments, they will count as two separate entries. The maximum number of entries you can submit is three. If you leave more than three comments, I won’t tell you off (I’m too nice for that) but I will only pick the first three.
What is the topic?
If you could become any character you wish from mythology, who would it be?
Who is your favourite character from mythology and why?
Please note that the word limit on your comment/entry is 250 words.
How is the winner selected?
Since this is the first time we’re doing this, I thought it would be easiest if I picked out the winner. Each comment will be rated on three things:
1. Clarity: I should understand what you’re trying to say. Good grammar and punctuation will help. So will a reasonable structure to your entry. Beginning, middle and end.
2. Personal Touch: I’m interested in knowing why a particular character is your personal favourite. So a personal anecdote which is close to your heart, an example from the character’s story that made you weep, and anything that gives me a glimpse of you is likely to rank well.
3. Beauty of the writing: If you can make your words sing, if you can give rich sensory detail in your writing, if you can describe well, if you can transport me to the world of your character for a moment, it will keep you in good stead.
The above three criteria are ranked in the order of importance. So clarity is more important than personal touch. And personal touch is more important than evocative writing.
This is up to you. Do you feel you can put your point across the best way through a poem? Are you more comfortable with an essay? Or do you prefer to write a short story or a narrative piece?
Anything and everything will work, as long as you stay under 250 words and on topic.
Videos and images are not valid entries.
What’s the prize?
A Flipkart e-gift voucher worth 500 Indian rupees. It looks like this.
No, you can’t touch it, but you can buy things – especially books! – with it. If you live outside of India, your choices are limited to e-books because Flipkart doesn’t deliver internationally (yet).
1. The closing date for comments/entries is Wednesday, 6th of August, 2014. The winner will be announced on Friday, 8th of August, 2014.
2. When you enter comments on this blog, you will find a separate text box asking for your email. I recommend that you enter your email into this, so that I will have a way of contacting you in case you win. Rest assured that I will not use your contact information for any other purpose, shady or otherwise.
3. Sexually explicit or offensive material will be deleted at my discretion.
4. Avoid plagiarism. I will check for it, and remove entries that I think are lifted from elsewhere.
Have fun! If you think this is the sort of thing your friends would enjoy, share this post with them and invite them to participate. The more the merrier!
See you in the comments.