Muse Of The Month: This October, Be Inspired By Meena Kandasamy

The Women's Web Writing Theme For 2019

Love to write and want your writing to be featured on India’s most loved platform for women?

Women’s Web is back with a fresh new Muse of the Month series in 2019! This year, every participant also receives the opportunity to attend exclusive mentoring sessions with noted women writers in India (besides prizes for the winners!)

Writing Mentors

Sudha Menon, Author, Leading Ladies, Legacy, Devi, Diva or She-Devil & Feisty @ 50
Devapriya Roy, Author, The Heat And Dust Project, The Weight Loss Club & Indira
Sowmya Rajendran, Author, Mayil Will Not Be Quiet, Big Hero Size Zero, Suddenly Cow & The Lesson
Author, The High Priestess Never Marries & The Queen Of Jasmine Country

Prizes (For Winners & All Participants)

Every month, the 5 best entries selected by Women’s Web editors will be featured on the site, and will each receive a shopping voucher worth Rs.500

Every single participant who sends an entry to the Muse of the Month this year, will get a chance to be part of an exclusive online mentoring session with our writing mentors. These sessions will focus on various aspects of the craft of writing, including creating more sophisticated characters and plots, writing impactful dialogue as well as accessing mainstream publishing opportunities. They will be open only to those who send in an entry for a Muse of the Month writing theme any month in 2019.

All winning stories qualify for being chosen for our popular year end e-book. (You can check out past e-books here (Kunti’s Confessions and Other Stories; When Women Speak Up; and No Apologies)

Writing cue for October 2019

Step 1. The writing cue for October 2019 is this quote from the poem Mascara by Indian poet and author, Meena Kandasamy, known for her writing on feminism and caste annihilation, often reaping from her own life. Two of her well loved books are The Gypsy Goddess and When I Hit You.

“She believes—
Cosmetics were
once. . .
War paints.
She awaits their resurrection.

Step 2. Write your own story (fiction) based on this cue. (But of course!)

Step 3. Upload your story directly on your Women’s Web dashboard with ‘Muse of the month – October 2019’ in the title. Do include your name and a brief introduction of yourself (2-3 lines) at the foot of the story, which we can use if your piece gets picked.

Click here to login or create an account if you haven’t registered on Women’s Web yet.

Deadline: Tuesday, 15th October, 2019, 3 PM

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

Rules, Terms & Conditions

~ The material should be previously unpublished elsewhere. (Copyright stays with you).

~ Word limit 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.

~ Submit your stories on the author dashboard you have on Women’s Web, with [Muse of the Month October 2019] in the title. If you are not yet an author with us, do register – it’s easy, following instructions from the ‘register/ log in’ button above. Only stories uploaded directly will be considered..

~ The editors may change the title of the story and use appropriate images to promote the story, as per their discretion.

~ The best 5 stories will be published one every day, from 21st October to 25th October 2019.

~ If your story is selected for publishing among the best 5 stories, you agree to provide exclusive digital publishing rights to Women’s Web, i.e. it will not be published elsewhere online.

Don’t forget – upload your entries by Tuesday, 15th October 2019, 3 PM

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