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For the month of November 2016, here’s inspiration from Manju Kapur for our Muse of the Month contest. The 5 best entries get published here!
Step 1. Read the writing cue (which is either a direct quote from the featured author, or a quote from one of their works, mentioned down below) and get inspired.
Step 2. Write your own story/poem/narrative/essay/piece based on the cue. You could use it as the opening line, the closing sentence, or somewhere in between! You could even choose not to use it anywhere in your story – just write a story using the cue as a prompt. (And the ‘story’ can be fictional – or not – as you wish).
Step 3. Send your work to us. Please email it to email@example.com with ‘Muse of the month – November 2016’ in the subject line, and your story as a word/txt attachment. Do include the name we should use if we publish it, and a brief introduction of yourself (2-3 lines) in the mail.
Please note: Given the number of entries received, we won’t be able to respond to each, but every single entry is being read through very carefully and is much appreciated.
Please send in your stories by Tuesday, 15th November, 3 p.m. IST. The 5 best stories will be published on Women’s Web between the 21st – 25th of November, one on each day.
The material should be previously unpublished elsewhere. (Copyright stays with you and you’re free to subsequently publish it elsewhere).
Keep it between 250 and 2000 words. (Please keep this in mind; in past editions, we have had to disqualify some good entries purely due to word count issues).
Please avoid typing the story as inline text. Send it as an attachment only.
The 5 best entries will each win a Flipkart voucher worth Rs 250. Plus, there will be 10 overall winners at the end of 2016 from among these winners!
Manju Kapur is an Amritsar born novelist who received her MA from Canadian University, and teaches English at Delhi University.
Her first novel, Difficult Daughters (1999) won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and best first book – Europe and South Asia.
Manju Kapur’s female protagonists are mostly educated, aspiring individuals fighting a conservative society which is intolerant towards their freethinking. Her heroines struggle to strike a balance between tradition and modernity to carve out a unique identity for them…they protest against male dominance and want to have a life of their own beyond husband and kids.
However like most real life situations, her female characters also adapt and adjust even if they have been outspoken. Some of her important works are A Married Woman (2003), Home (2006), and The Immigrant (2008). ‘Ye Hain Mohabbatein’ a popular television daily soap, produced by Balaji Production House is based on the novel Custody (2011) by Manju Kapur.
She resides in Delhi with her husband and grandchildren.
“When one was reinventing oneself, anywhere could be home.” ― Manju Kapur, The Immigrant
Do not forget to send in your entries by Tuesday, 15th November, 3 p.m. IST.
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