This contest is CLOSED. The winners will be announced on Sunday, 5th October, 2014. If you couldn’t participate in this, don’t worry. The next one will be out shortly.
In Contest 5, we will write about the generation gap.
For the sake of brevity, and to restrict the scope of this contest a little, we will define ‘generation gap’ as a difference between the views of people and those of their parents.
I’m at that age where young kids want to call me ‘Uncle’. I’m not yet thirty, but I’m already conscious of falling behind technology a little bit. I’m more comfortable with computers over portable devices, with emails and blogs over ‘updates’ and ‘tweets’, with plain old text messaging over Whatsapp and Snapchat.
You could say I can feel myself growing old. I can see the generation gap widening each day.
And I see the gap between my parents and me all the time. Not just with respect to technology, but with financial management, world view, choice of entertainment, food habits, the way they approached romantic love, and just about anything I can think of.
The generation gap is also the main theme of the novel, Operation Mom, by Reenita Malhotra Hora, our guest author for this fortnight. In this book, the main story is that of a young woman striving to set up her single mom with a man.
That’s either shocking, forward-thinking or normal based on which generation you come from.
I think it will be great if we can all write our own ‘generation gap’ stories. By the way of ideas, here are a few:
1. You could write an experience from your own life, where a family member of a different generation just drove you crazy. (Or is a present-tense more appropriate?) Whether you write about your kids or parents, make sure the theme is generation gap.
2. You could write a piece of narrative fiction, showing characters that are struggling to cope with the generation gap.
3. You could write an essay, voicing your thoughts on the phenomenon, and perhaps give ways in which we can overcome it.
4. Write a humorous, anecdotal piece on the theme.
5. Write a poem.
The word limit is 300 words. But of course you can enter longer pieces. We give away an award each time for the longest entries. Yeah, we’re nice like that.
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.
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 are the prizes?
We have two prizes this week:
1. A Flipkart e-gift voucher worth 500 rupees to the best entry.
2. A free copy of ‘Operation Mom’ to one lucky entry.
1. The closing date for comments/entries is Wednesday, the 1st of October, 2014. The winner will be announced on Friday, the 3rd of October, 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.
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