Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Flash fiction contest alert

(Via separate emails from Shakti Bhatt, editor of Bracket Books, and writer/journalist/blogger Nisha Susan)

Toto Funds the Arts, Delhi Chapter, invites entries for its flash fiction contest. The winner will get a cash prize of Rs 3,000 and two runners-up will be awarded Rs 1,000 each. A public event will be organised for the winners to read their stories along with an established author.

Submission guidelines
1. You cannot be older than 30 on June 1, 2007. Include a statement confirming your date of birth and that the story is original and unpublished.
2. The contest is limited to young Indians residing in Delhi and the NCR.
3. Only one submission is allowed per person.
4. The story cannot exceed 500 words.
5. Entries can be either sent by e-mail to tfadelhi@gmail.com or by snail mail to:
TFA Contest, D 377, 2nd Floor,
Defence Colony,

New Delhi-110024
6. The deadline is 20 April 2007. Please mention your name and contact details separately, not on the entry itself.

(Toto Funds the Arts is a non-profit trust based in Bangalore, set up to encourage and promote the talent of creative young Indians.)


  1. I wanted to write this on Annie's blog as well, but it doesn't allow for anonymous comments, so am writing on yours Jwock.

    What a stupid ageist contest! What now, people over 30 can't write flash fiction? And they want a birth certificate to prove you are under 30? What next, they want to check whether you are circumcised or not before they allow you to write poetry? Bah and humbug says I.


  2. well, if they are concerned only about creative *young* indians (rather creative young Delhites I should say) they have to define what they mean by young. 30 seems to be arbitrary but something people would generally agree to if asked to come up with a figure.

  3. N! I think all contests are crap anyway, so can't provide a meaningful reply to your comment.

  4. Ageist is right!Oh well, I guess us fuddy-duddies are over the hill so we can't contribute!I wonder if Yash Chopra realises that he couldn't have made "Dil to pagal Hai" because, hey, he's O-L-D!