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Muse Of The Month: For August 2020, Here’s Inspiration From Marilyn Monroe

The Women's Web Writing Theme For August 2020

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.

A Few Words About Prizes

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.)

Your Writing Cue For August 2020

Step 1. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Baker, and had an abusive childhood. She also went through sexual abuse at the hands of many people she trusted growing up and as a teenager. After many ups and downs, she got into the entertainment and modelling industry, and finally as an actor doing bit roles.

Despite all her struggles, however, once she got her first hit, she ruled the box office for almost a decade. Her tenacity in getting what she wanted to do in life is legendary. Unfortunately, the world lost her to suicide at a very young age, on 4th August 1962.

One thing about Marilyn that is not so well known is that she was a voracious reader of serious literature, and had a way with words too – dashing the popular myth about her and ‘dumb blondes’. An intriguing woman, indeed!

Yesterday, 4th August, was incidentally her 58th death anniversary.

The cue is this quote by her: “For a long time I was scared I’d find out I was like my mother.”  

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 – August 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: Tuesday, 18th August, 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 August 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 24th August to 28th August 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 Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 3 PM

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