Muse Of The Month March 2014: Inspiration From Margaret Atwood

March's writing theme is inspired by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, one of the most original writers of our time. The 5 best entries get published!

March’s writing theme is inspired by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, one of the most original and prescient writers of our time. Get started with the writing cue: The 5 best entries get published here.

Each month, we ask our readers to get inspired by an iconic woman writer and get their own thinking caps on. The idea is to explore the works of these writers, and get some good writing done yourself!

March 2014What you need to do

Step 1. Read the writing cue and get inspired.

Step 2. Write your own story/narrative based on the cue. You could use it as the opening line, the closing sentence, or somewhere in between! You could choose not to use it anywhere in your story too – just write a story using the cue as a prompt. (And ‘story’ can be fictional – or not – as you wish).

Step 3. Send your story to us

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Send in your story to [email protected] with ‘Muse of the month – March’ in the subject line, and your story as a word/txt attachment. Please avoid typing the story as inline text. Do include the name we should use if we publish it, and a brief introduction to yourself (2-3 lines) in the mail.

Given the number of entries received, we won’t be able to respond to each, but rest assured, every single entry is being read through very carefully and is much appreciated.


Please send in your stories by March 24rd 2014, Monday. The 5 best stories will be published on Women’s Web the next day, i.e. March 25th onwards.

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– The material should be previously unpublished elsewhere.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 800 words.


The 5 best entries will each win a Flipkart voucher worth Rs. 250.

Muse of the month (March 2014)

Margaret Atwood is a writer whose repertoire cannot be easily pigeonholed into any one genre or style. Among her most famous novels include The Handmaid’s Tale, (a feminist/dystopian work), The Year Of The Flood (futuristic/science-fiction) and The Blind Assassin, a novel that could be called romance, literary novel, sci-fi or simply a brilliant work of art that defies description.

Never shy of tackling “big issues” and themes in her work, she is also an acclaimed poet, a keen environmental activist and an inspiration for writers everywhere.

And now for the writing cue!

Cue for March 2014

“To want is to have a weakness.”

– from The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Get started with that as your inspiration, and do send in your entry before March 24th!


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