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Muse Of The Month: For March 2020, Here’s Inspiration From Savitribai Phule

The Women's Web Writing Theme For March 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 March 2020

Step 1. March is Women’s History Month. And who epitomises Indian women’s history to where we are today, than Savitribai Phule, the woman who started education for girls and women, as well as for the Dalit-Bahujan samaj in the mid-1800s? As a co-incidence (there are no co-incidences, someone has said!), the anniversary of her death is on 10th March – she passed away on 10th March 1897, while helping people suffering from bubonic plague in Pune.

Savitribai Phule’s life and work was not known much till a few decades ago, to some extent as a result of the discrimination she faced as a “lower caste” woman, promoting education for those traditionally kept away from any knowledge. But let’s not forget, that today we, Indian women, can read and write all thanks to her. She has recently been honoured by the naming of Pune University as Savitribai Phule Pune University. You can read a quick timeline of her life here.

There is not much saved of her words, though a book of her poems, Kavya Phule, is still in print in Marathi. A few of her letters written to her equally illustrious husband Jyotiba Phule while she was recuperating from an illness at her parents’ home, also survive, and the English translations are also available in book form – an excerpt from this book can be found here, from which I have taken the cue for the March Muse of the Month.

The cue is this quote by her: “Success will be ours in the future. The future belongs to us.” 

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 – March 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, 17th March, 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 March 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 23th March to 27th March 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, 17th March 2020, 3 PM

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