Welcome to Contest 9! This contest is CLOSED. Closing date for comments/entries was Wednesday, the 17th of December, 2014. The winner will be announced on Saturday, the 20th of December, 2014. If you missed this contest, don’t worry! The next one will come along soon enough.
There was a short break after Contest 8 to accommodate the giveaway and blog launch I had for Palem, but now everything seems to have settled down, and things are getting back to normal. That means, among other things, resumption of our writing contests.
The topic/prompt for this contest is:
A Forgotten Friendship
We live in the age of Facebook, where perhaps forgetting an old friend and losing touch completely is rarer today than it once was. But still, one of the abiding themes of people and relationships is that they move on. At various stages in our lives, we have different people we are close to, and seemingly for no reasons at all, we drift apart, we lose touch, we forget.
Today I thought we will make an attempt to pay tribute to those relationships in our past which were once precious. This could be a first cousin you grew up with and then fell out of touch after you became adults. A friend you were particularly close to in school but somehow never felt that way about when you met as adults. With our own parents we have this constantly changing dynamic – so if you’d like to explore that, that’s great too.
Here are some thoughts to get you going:
1. I will leave you to interpret the word ‘friendship’ as you wish. It may or may not have a romantic element. It may or may not be with another human being. It may or may not have a filial connection.
2. It doesn’t have to be a story out of your childhood. After become adults, in fact, we have more of these fleeting relationships. What about that work colleague with whom you had lunch for a couple of years, and then you moved out of the company and fell out of touch?
3. People enter and exit our lives all the time. I want you to think of one of those people who left a lasting impact on you.
4. You can choose to either focus on the person or on the nature of the friendship. Or an incident that lingers in your mind. Or anything at all around the theme. I will leave the choice to you.
5. Any form that you’re comfortable with is good. That means poetry, mood piece, fiction or essay.
6. Word limit, as usual is 300 words. (But you know this is flexible. By all means feel free to write a longer piece if you want.)
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’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).
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.
1. The closing date for comments/entries is Wednesday, the 17th of December, 2014. The winner will be announced on Saturday, the 20th of December, 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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