Contest closed for entries. Final date was Saturday, 25th April, 2015. If you missed this, don’t fret. The next contest will come along shortly.
Welcome, one and all, to Contest 15. If you have missed it, we had some lovely pieces of writing in Contest 14, so head on over there and have a read if you have the time. You may also want to see who won and who got some special mentions.
The topic for this time is An Unlikely Romance.
We have not written much in the way of romance ever since we began to run contests on this blog. So I thought this will be a nice opportunity to exercise those romantic cells that must be hidden in all our minds. The only twist, of course, is that the romance that you write about must be unlikely in some respect.
Here are some ideas
1. In our daily lives we see many couples who make us look at them twice, for whatever reason. The differences may be physical (tall/short, old/young) or psychological (introvert/extrovert, calm/excitable).
2. Some romances may even cross the species barrier. Of course, here I mean the word ‘romance’ to include platonic love. People often love their pets more than they love other people. My grandfather used to love eating chicken, but his rule for the household was that no one would ever kill any of his chickens in the farm.
3. A few entries during our previous contests talked of love between an earthling and an alien.
4. In a fantasy setting, a dwarf may fall in love with a human being. (How would it be if one of the seven dwarfs had a secret crush on Snow White?)
5. What about love and affection towards non-living things? I’m thinking of a teenager’s soft toys, the feelings of an overweight woman towards delectable food items, a house in which a person has lived for years, a soldier’s war medals, and many, many more.
It could be any one, or more, or none of the above. As long as it is clearly a case of an ‘unlikely romance’, you can write about it.
As always, you can write in any form that you’re comfortable with, be it fiction, nonfiction, memoir or poem. The only ‘rule’ is that you use two of the prompts in the list to spin a story that the rest of us would enjoy reading. The word limit is 500 words.
How do you enter the contest?
You have to be a member of my email list to post a valid entry to the contest. If you’re not, please click on the button below to join. This is to make sure that I can contact you if and when you win. Of course, you have my word that I won’t do anything shady with your email address.
Once you’ve joined the list, entering the contest is child’s play.
- Leave a comment to this post with your entry.
- 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.
- If this is your first time here and you’re wondering how this whole thing works, please take a look at Contest 14 and Contest 13 for an idea.
What’s the prize?
The best two entries of the contest will be given Amazon vouchers of 500 rupees each. It looks like this:
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 Saturday, the 25th of April, 2015. The winner will be announced on Monday, the 27th of April, 2015. (Allow a day or two as ‘grace period’ in case there are too many entries.)
2. Sexually explicit or offensive material will be deleted at my discretion.
3. 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.
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