The Banyan Trees are holding a Short Story Competition and here are the rules, FAQs from their website. Lets see how good you are at fiction, eh?
What exactly is the theme?
What does ‘Home’ mean to you? Is it your roots? Is it where you are from? Is it the different places life has taken you? Is it the journey itself? Or is it just a place you stay right now? Send in a story, a short writing or even a poem that revolves around this theme. Let us know what ‘Home’ means to you or your fictional character.
Okay, I think I may have some talent- what do I do?
1. Write your story in your blog
2. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your blog post
3. Add a link on your blog post to http://www.thebanyantrees.com
I don’t really blog. I use Facebook Notes instead.
No problem. Just make sure you tag TheBanyanTrees page to your note. We’ll come find you.
Hold on, I don’t have a blog and I don’t care for facebook.
You should seriously think about getting a blog at least – it will attract more readers and your stories would never get lost. Otherwise, simply send your story in an email to the email@example.com
So who’s judging?
This is the fun part, for us at least. TheBanyanTree’s three editors will first short-list entries. These entries will be put up on our website & on Facebook to gauge popularity and appeal to our readers & fans (through polls, for example). So the winning entry will be the one with both critical & mass appeal. Like I said, fun!
My stories never end. I could go on & on & on…
Okay, we’d really appreciate stories that are short and sweet. Say 1000 words (give or take a few). If you are thinking of an epic saga, hold on for another competition this year, or may be you could make your story more concise.
So what’s in it for me?
Well, besides the opportunity to be promoted on social networking spheres, the winner gets a gift card at Amazon.com or Landmark, India worth $30 (over Rs. 1000). 5 popular entries will receive complimentary ‘The Banyan Trees’ T-shirts.
I can’t complete something till you put a gun on my head…
Ok how about an August 15th deadline for your submission? We will announce the winner at the end of August on our website. FYI, we will take all blog comments and facebook votes made before August 28th into consideration.