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Each month this year, we will host a writing theme for the Muse Of The Month, with a ‘writing cue’ from a contemporary female author of Indian origin. 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 protected] with ‘Muse of the month – Feb 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 to 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 February 17th 2016, Wednesday, 3 p.m. IST. The 5 best stories will be published on Women’s Web between the 22nd to 26th February, 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The material should be previously unpublished elsewhere.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!
Andaleeb Wajid has been a technical writer and food blogger who branched out into writing insightful books that explore women’s experience in today’s India. Of course, food is a big factor in most of her books. So is romance, though not of the frothy kind. The women in her books are from all age groups – from teenagers to elderly women. She writes with an empathy that touches the reader in every single book of hers, which are all page-turners that can keep you enthralled right to the last page. Her book More Than Just Biryani has earlier been reviewed at Women’s Web. A wonderful author whose work to explore in February, the month that has Valentine’s Day.
Other than More Than Just Biryani, her other books are Kite Strings, Blinkers Off, My Brother’s Wedding. Her books for young adults are When She Went Away published recently by Duckbill, and the time travel romance series, the Tamanna Trilogy – No Time For Goodbyes, Back In Time, and Time Will Tell. She has an upcoming YA novel with Penguin called Asmara’s Summer, due for publication in April 2016 and a contemporary romance with Hachette in November 2016.
Check out her website www.andaleebwajid.com for blogposts by Andaleeb, and for more details about her upcoming books.
“Normal is something I can never take for granted again.”– Andaleeb Wajid, When She Went Away.
Do not forget to send in your entries by February 17th 2016, Wednesday, 3 p.m. IST.
Normal, Yet Not So Normal. Winning Entry By Vijayalakshmi N.
The Wanderer. Winning Entry By Shreya Das.
This Is I, Suzette Jordan. Winning Entry By Tanvi Sinha.
From Roots To Wings. Winning Entry By Kasturi Patra.
Hope Is A Thing With Feathers… Winning Entry By Meha Sharma.
Congratulations to all the winners from the Women’s Web team!
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