Writing Competition, 2021

Vandana Likhmania

Results announced on 24 May, 2021 are as follows:

Non-fiction:

  1. Knot of Blood by Khushi Maheshwari
  2. Dream Snatchers by Rishika Singh

Fiction:

  1. Blueblood by Arundhuti Das Gupta
  2. The Goddess of Victory by Shiuli Sural

Honourable Mentions:

  1. Dunes and Depressions by Leann Rodrigues
  2. A Conversation of the Inanimate by Upasana Kashyap

Judges for the competition:

Adrija Ghosh: Adrija graduated from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. She recently completed her master’s in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh, where she served as a co-editor of the peer-reviewed LLC department journal FORUM. Her research interests usually intersect with different cultural productions, internal dialogues between different artistic media, cultural theory, and pop culture phenomenon. She writes as a multilingual poet and a freelance writer-editor and has recently received an offer from Columbia University for their MFA (Poetry) Fall’21 cohort.

Meenakshi Nair: Meenakshi studied English literature at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University before earning her Master’s in Comparative Literature from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her poetry has been published in VAYAVYA, nether Quarterly, and Porridge Magazine.

Participation Details:

The Manmarziyaan Magazine in collaboration with the College Magazine (Lady Shri Ram College for Women) is inviting entries for an online writing competition. Please read the guidelines and fill the form to register at the following link.

You are required to submit a piece (in any form including prose, poetry, and essay) on any one of the following prompts-

Theme: The Female Gaze
Since the usual accounts of women are written from a male-centric perspective, we want to use this opportunity to bring to the fore stories of women seen through the female lens.

Prompts for fiction:
(I) Prohibited
(II) The Living Room
(III) Topic of Choice

Prompts for non-fiction:
(I) The Untold Narrative- chronicle the ordeals faced by unsung sheroes (highlight the stories of lesser-known influential women or groups)
(II) Personal Narrative- many encounters and experiences that we have had in our young lives have shaped us into the women we are; these are stories worth telling
(III) Oral Narrative- shed light on the stories of women around you; even a casual conversation with the women in our immediate circles are sure to reveal anecdotes and stories that strike a chord with many of us

Word limit: 2000 words

Eligibility:
Age: 18-25
Open to WOMEN ONLY

Submission deadline: Wednesday, 21st April, 2021 (24:00 pm Indian Standard Time)

Send final submission and queries at writingcompetition@manmarziyaan.com. Please send your piece in the form of a word document.

Two winners from each category will receive book prizes and their pieces will be published in both magazines.

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