Writing Cue - BREAK - Lets write a HAIKU

The word “BREAK” – our writing cue for this time – has so many connotations.

The happy ones, like breaking a leg or breaking bread together; and the not-so-happy ones like break downs and broke backs. There are summer-breaks and lunch-breaks, and then are the heart-breaks and break-ins…I could go on, but the idea is simply to write a Haiku, about whichever inflection of it you take heart to.

All entries to be submitted as response to this post; and all responses to a Haiku could be part of that thread.

  • neerrr

Publication of short-listed stories?

Now that the dust has settled on the flash-fiction contest, I had a question to the person who is managing this site. When we participated in the contest, we were told that livejournal will bring out the short-listed entries in a book form. Quite some time has passed since the declaration of the results but there has been no information regarding the publication. Could somebody please shed light on this?

Writing Cue - If SCREAM was not a painting

We’ve all seen this painting before. Scream by Edward Munch. It has been harrowingly engaging for over a century now, not to mention its iconic status in the history of Expressionism.

Now what if this was not intended as a painting? What if Munch was a writer; & here’s the deal – he wrote in a genre you fancy!

That’s your cue. Write in your literary rendering of the Scream – any form, any length.


A Tribute - The Mumbai We Love

Lets pause a moment - in reflection of the past week's turbulence in our beloved Mumbai, in memory of those who fought with courage for us, and in remembrance of our many friends who'll live in our thoughts forever.

Let’s also pause and think together before we move forward, relentless and determined, towards a better tomorrow, a better India.

Let’s pause awhile to re-live and re-build the nation that we were meant to be, and will be: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7399792002477900458

If you have a poem, song or just a thought, please share with everyone.

The results - and a couple of extra prizes!

A quick note on the judging, first.

Once our judges were through with their ratings, we saw that there were a large number of ties in the top ten, most notably, a four-way tie at first place.
We had made no reference to tied places in the contest conditions. But all our calls for submission focused on the top prize being available to one winner, and the advertising and PR implied this as well.
Contests must have winners, we decided — ties are commonplace for lower positions but on the whole the conventional wisdom is that there needs to be a winner of a contest. For instance, in Olympic boxing both defeated semi-finalists get a bronze medal (they're tied) while the winners of the semi-finals slug it out for gold and silver.
So we applied a simple method to separate the tied results. In every instance of a tie in the Round Two top ten, the Round One scores were factored in to break the tie.
The entries were close enough to still have ties in some of the lower positions, and we're going to let those stand. But yes, now we have an absolute, undisputed winner!

The prize-winners' names are hyperlinked to their LJ pages, so you can drop by to congratulate them. :)

Manisha Anand - Story 232
Rs 19,999

Joint 2nd (therefore equal share of 2nd & 3rd prize — Rs 16,000 + Rs 12,000 = Rs 28,000 / 2 = Rs 14,000 — with no 3rd prize)
Arantxa Bharatiya - Story 121
Rs 14,000
Ajay Krishnan - Story 526
Rs 14,000

J. Ramanand - Story 823
Rs 8,000
Joint 5th (therefore equal share of 5th — Rs 4,000 / 2 = Rs 2,000 — & 6th — LJ Paid account — with no 6th prize)
Rithwik K - Story 618
Rs 2,000 + LJ paid account for one year
amruta patil - Story 95
Rs 2,000 + LJ paid account for one year

Yashodhara Angara - Story 642
LJ paid account for one year

Meena Rukmini Menon - Story 177
LJ paid account for one year
Joint 9th (so no 10th prize)
Rahul Soni - Story 948
LJ paid account for one year
Sharath Chandra Komarraju - Story 479
LJ paid account for one year

People's Choice Prize
To be announced. (Here's why.)
Caferati Jury Special Prize:
Saikat - Story 222
Rs 10,000 + LJ paid account for one year
(This story will come as a surprise, since it didn't feature in the list of stories eligible for the People's Choice Prize. This story was good. very, very good. All the judges, in both round of judging, enjoyed it very much and rated it so highly that it was in line to receive first prize in the contest. Alas, when Caferati and LiveJournal did a review of the results, we had to admit that it didn't have a connection to the "Journal" theme, and therefore should have been disqualified in fairness to the other participants. However, since the story had got such high marks, and had won the hearts of all the judges, Caferati's editors decided that it should not go unrewarded. So, they are sponsoring a special Jury Prize, on behalf of Caferati, Samit Basu, Anjum Hasan and Anita Roy. And LiveJournal has also decided that excellent writing skills should be recognised, and are adding on a one year paid account for the winner.)

Caferati Editor's Prize:
Madhulika Liddle - Story 442
Rs 4,000 + LJ paid account for one year
(Caferati's editors read and rated over one thousand stories to come up with the short list. There was huge variety, much originality, and many that were a sheer delight to read, standing out from the crowd. From all of those, this is the story that got rated highest in Round One of the judging, the one that Caferati's editors decided they wished to reward by sponsoring a special Caferati Editors' Prize. LiveJournal is also adding to the prize by giving the winner a one year paid account.)

And finally, the Winners page on the Quick Tales site is now public. As are all the scores.

We have the winners!

Hi All

I have pleasant news, so let me not indulge in pleasant talk :)

The judges have given us the much-awaited, celebrated winners of the Quick-Tales contest, and we are keen on having some pomp-and-show around the annoucements too! So, we'll be letting the news out on the 18th of November, 2008 at Oxford Book Store, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. We warmly invite all our members to a short-story reading session by Suhel Seth, who will, of course, be reading from the winning entries. The event details are here and we'd like all of you who can make it to register at the soonest!

Also, present to highlight LiveJournal's progress in India and share thoughts on supporting self-publishing through social-media platforms will be Benjamin Wegg-Prosser, Director of Corporate Development, LiveJournal.com.

All of you, who cannot be present, have no cause to despair. We'll be updating you about the event on-the-go. We are hoping that this would be the first of many such off-line meets through which this community will grow and share some beautiful writing in times to come. :)

Just to remind you all, the people's poll is coming to a close tonight as well, and the winner would be announced at the event.

Hoping to see all of you there. :)



Quick Tales - The Short List & The People's Choice Prize Poll

Finally, the first part of what y'all have been waiting for.

Here's wishing you a Happy Diwali / Deepavali, and here's to a great new year.

Awright, awright, we will cease to test your patience. Actually, for those of you who can't wait a second longer, skip the next few paragraphs and look for your Entry ID number in the list of the links towards the end of this post.

Collapse )

(no subject)

 I am looking for feedback on my novel.
Kalyani, the protagonist, is struggling with a diagnosis of mental disorder . Her brother Harshit who is a psychiatrist, and her husband Vivek would like her to take medicines. She does not think medicines are a solution for what ails her. Her son Adi has helped her avoid being forcibly medicated, in a crisis, but now he is away for a while, and she has returned home in resignation. 

How does Kalyani deal with this situation which is a culmination of what she is, as a person? 

How does she find a way out of the maze that is her mind?

Collapse )

For the story before and after, please visit the blog, and do, do give your feedback. Every comment has helped the re writing- and I have done a lot of it.