Welcome to Contest 10! This contest is CLOSED. Closing date for comments/entries was Wednesday, the 31st of December, 2014. The winner will be announced on Saturday, the 3rd of January, 2015. If you missed out on this contest, don’t worry. The next one is just around the corner.
Readers of this blog will know that I’m a big fan of Norman Rockwell. Some of my posts here have featured his art. I’ve used his work as inspiration on slow writing days before, so I thought it will work well as prompts for our contest as well.
But since Mr Rockwell’s output is so huge, I picked a small selection of his images that deal with a particular theme (looking into mirrors) for the purposes of this contest.
The topic/prompt for this contest is:
What we see in mirrors
As you know, what looks back at us when we look in the mirror depends on who we are. In literature and art, mirrors have been used to mean a variety of things, from objects of vanity to tools of introspection. How you choose to write about it is your choice.
1. You can write a piece of fiction that involves a character looking into a mirror, either literally or figuratively.
2. If you lean that way, you can capture your feelings in a poem. Or an essay or a mood piece.
3. You can interpret the act of ‘looking into a mirror’ in whatever way you wish, however loosely. As long as you pin down the general theme, that’s fine.
4. Word limit, as usual, is 300 words. But you know that we don’t impose this rule very strictly. If your piece must be longer, so be it.
5. You can use the images that are sprinkled all over this post as inspiration. Pay particular attention to the emotions that each person feels when looking at themselves in the mirror, and in one particular case, the difference between perception and reality.
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 31st of December, 2014. The winner will be announced on Saturday, the 3rd of January, 2015.
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!