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Muse Of The Month: This April, Be Inspired By Amrita Pritam

The Women's Web Writing Theme For 2019

Amrita Pritam

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 April 2019

Step 1. The writing cue for March 2019 is these lines from Punjabi poet and writer Amrita Pritam, who was the first woman to win the Sahitya Akademi Award (1956) who was in a live-in relationship at a time when this was unheard of in India, who is considered the “feminist before all feminists” in India, and whose poetry expresses the yearning and desire that arises in a woman’s mind, speaking for all those women who could not express their desire.

but the threads of memory
are woven of enduring atoms

These lines have been taken from Amrita Pritam’s poem, I will meet you yet again (Main Tainu Phir Milangi), a translation of her original poem in Punjabi. Listen to a beautiful rendition here.

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

Step 3. Email your entry to community@womensweb.in with ‘Muse of the month – April 2019’ in the subject line, and your story as a word/txt attachment. Do include your name and a brief introduction of yourself (2-3 lines) in the mail, which we can use if your piece gets picked.

Deadline: 15th April, 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.

~ Please avoid typing the story as inline text. Send it as an attachment only.

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

~ 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.

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