Note: This contest is CLOSED. The winner will be announced on Friday, 22nd August, 2014. If you missed out on entering this, don’t worry. The next contest will be out very shortly.
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?
Since this fortnight includes India’s Independence Day, I thought it may be fun to have a related theme: Patriotism
Here are a few examples of what you can make your entry about:
- Your definition and thoughts on patriotism. In a globalized world, what does it mean to be a patriot? Is the idea of patriotism reconcilable with hopes of global citizenship and brotherhood?
- A story or a mood piece of a patriot, as per your definition of the word. This can be a scene describing a soldier, a scientist, an economist, a politician, a dictator, a war scene – anything, as long as the theme of ‘patriotism’ is evident.
- A poem, song, jingle or limerick which is either loosely or tightly entwined with the concept of patriotism.
In short, I would like you to think through the idea of patriotism and give us a glimpse of what your thoughts are on the subject. You could do this through an essay, an argument, a poem, or a narrative scene.
In one sentence: You could write just about anything connected to the theme of patriotism.
Word limit: 300 words.
How is the winner selected?
Just like last time, 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 your ideas of patriotism, your themes, your characters, your words. The more personal you make it, the more you will touch your reader, and the deeper your imprint on his or her mind will be. So go for depth, specificity and honesty.
3. Beauty of the writing: Make your words sing. Give rich sensory detail. Describe well. Transport us to to your world. Be cogent, crisp and clear.
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 300 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, 20th of August, 2014. The winner will be announced on Friday, 22nd 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.