Note: This contest is CLOSED. The winner will be announced on Friday, 19th September. If you missed this, don’t worry. The next one will be coming along 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?
The theme for this fortnight’s contest is: Teacher
Teacher’s Day has just passed, so I thought it will be fun to do a giveaway based on teachers.
Here are some ideas
1. Autobiographical: You could write a tribute to a teacher from your own life.
2. Fiction: Write a mood piece or a short story featuring the theme of a ‘teacher’ or ‘teaching’.
3. Poetry: Write a poem, a haiku, a limerick, free verse – anything as long as you stick to the theme.
4. Essay: A reflective piece on teachers and teaching.
5. Contrarian: Remember that not all of our teachers were good. You may want to write about a teacher who has stuck in your memory for a ‘bad’ reason. I mention this because it is possible to write dark pieces based on teachers and students.
So give your imagination a little fillip, and get to work. As always, the word limit is 300 words. But that’s only a guideline. You can, of course, break it. In fact, I give away an award for those who do.
How is the winner selected?
Each comment will be rated on three things:
1. Clarity: We 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: We’re interested in getting to know you better. So go for depth, specificity and honesty. In narrative pieces, the deeper you take us with you into the scene, the better it is.
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.
A Quick Note
Even if you’re not confident about the ‘quality’ of your writing, please participate. One of the great joys of running a community-style writing group like this is to behold the variety of ideas that come out. So give voice to your thoughts. Tell us your stories. It doesn’t matter how well or badly you (think you) write.
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, the 17th of September, 2014. The winner will be announced on Friday, the 19th of September, 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. You can share it with just a click on the sharing buttons below.
See you in the comments.
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