We're delighted to be able to tell you about this contest we have just got up and running. We're presenting it in partnership with LiveJournal, one of the oldest, most respected names in the global online community blogging platform.
It's a pretty simple challenge we have here, one that will particularly appeal to all the fiction writers among you, but simple enough for those of you who like other forms of writing to give it a bash. Can you tell a quicker, snappier story than anyone else? Would you care to pit your story-telling abilities against those of your peers?
Quick Tales, the LiveJournal - Caferati Flash Fiction contest, asks you to tell us a story in 500 words or less. On offer: delicious cash prizes, global visibility and the chance to be part of a book.
You probably know what Flash Fiction is all about - we have run Flash Fic contests for the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival for the last three years, which is how many of you have wound up on this list, and FF tags and memes have been floating around the blogosphere for ages but, just in case you do need a few starting tips, see this page.
The contest is open to residents of India who are members of LiveJournal's India Writing community. (If you're not an LJ member, joining is free. Click the "Create a LiveJournal Account" link at the top of any LJ page.) The theme is "Journal," and your deadline is 7th September.
Prizes? The top 5 winning entries take home cash prizes of Rs. 19999, Rs. 16000, Rs 12000, Rs. 8000 and Rs. 4000, respectively. And the rest of the top ten get one year paid accounts on LJ. Each of the top 100 entries will also be highlighted on LJ's India Writing community for the world to see. (Short-listed stories may also be included in a book that LiveJournal plans to publish at a later date.)
Go straight through to our Quick Tales microsite for all the details, and don't forget to join India Writing, which is the place where all the updates will be happening. Live Journal has more plans for writers in all languages in India, and that community will be HQ.
Good luck, and we hope to see your entry soon
Peter Griffin (and also for Manisha Lakhe and Annie Zaidi)
Editors & moderators, Caferati