Are you a writer who wants your short stories featured on India’s most loved platform for women? Then read on – you’re at the right place!
We’re back with a shiny new 5th edition of the beloved Muse of the Month series in 2020!
It is 2020, we’re 2 decades into the new century and the new millennium, and what do feminists around the world have to say today? We hope to bring you some food for thought from them, and look forward to the same engaging short stories that are a hallmark of our Muse of the Month contests.
So, here goes.
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
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. Our latest, freshly published e-book Sharing Lipstick from the 2019 Muse of the Month series is now on Amazon too.)
Step 1. Oprah Winfrey has seen all possible reasons to be underprivileged in her life. A black girl born to a single mother in rural Mississippi and raised in poverty in the inner city Milwaukee. Faced sexual abuse in childhood and early teens. Was pregnant at 14, her son born premature and dying in infancy. But she did not let all this drag her down once she decided to pick herself up and work to raise herself above all this.
She began as a co-anchor at the local radio at 19, and thereafter has risen to be known globally for her trademark style of talking and interviewing – an emotive, personal connect with those she speaks with, an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Oprah, has today become a household name.
The cue is this quote by her: “So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.”
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 – June 2020’ 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: Monday, 15th June, 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.
~ The material should be previously unpublished elsewhere.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 June 2020] 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 22nd June to 26th June 2020.
~ 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 Monday, 15th June 2020, 3 PM
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