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    A unique Christmas story writing contest

    We are sure you take great pride in getting one more of those beautiful membership shields on your profile account page, with the crowning achievement to get all five!

    Profile Page Shields

    Then there is the enthusiasm to participate in creative story-writing contests. Well, now we are going to test your story-writing abilities by taking the challenge up a notch with the association of the metals/alloys that are in those shields.

    What you have to do: Write a heart-warming Christmas story incorporating any one of these word pairs-
    Burnished Bronze
    Sterling Silver
    Gilded Gold
    Dazzling Diamond
    Precious Platinum

    You can use the word pairs in the reverse order also and any form of grammar can be used as well (e.g. the...diamond dazzled...). Submit the story in Discussion Forums >> About IndiaStudyChannel >> Creative Writing, and then give the URL with a link to it in a response to this thread. Also, at the end of your story, please give a link to this thread so that readers are aware it is a contest entry. There is no word limit, and you can keep it short or write a good-length one, but do avoid rambling stories. Keep in mind that even a concise story of a couple of paragraphs may also win a prize. You can focus the story on a particular niche of readers, such as kids, teens, grandparents, or even for all age groups generally. You can use the edit button to correct typo, English errors, etc but do not change the core of the story.

    Note- We are looking for something unique, and not the usual cliched ones about orphans, somebody who was ill, etc. Try to write something peppy and happy. You need not use the pair of words in terms of a physical product. Even usage in an abstract association is permitted. The more unique, the better!

    1. The story should be in English, and a member can submit only one story.
    2. Put in a short title with the word 'Christmas' in it.
    3. You must use any of the given pair of words together at least once in the story, and can use each word separately as well wherever you want. Conversations, idioms, proverbs, etc are permitted. Just avoid slang and SMS language.
    4. The story must incorporate some elements associated with Christmas, with due respect.

    Closing date: 12th December 2022.
    [The closing date is taken based on the well-known Christmas carol 'The Twelve Days of Christmas']

    The prizes-
    The best story will receive a cash prize of Rs.125/-.
    Second prize: Rs.100/- (up to two may be selected).
    We may also give a consolation prize of Rs.50/-.

    Members are requested to respond to the story threads by not just repeating the storyline, but giving some views associated with elements in the story. We may reward responses, too, with cc.
  • #767475

    Note that I have updated the instructions, and mentioned that you can use the word pairs in the reverse order as well. Also, any grammar form can be used, such as 'dazzled' instead of 'dazzling', 'gilding' instead of 'gilded', etc. It is hoped that we get good participation in this contest.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #767599
    This is my entry for the contest 'A unique Christmas story writing contest'
    First Christmas for the newly married couple.

    always confident

  • #767622
    This is my entry:-

    The gift of Christmas

  • #767640
    Only two entries were received, out of which one is invalid as it is not original. We are not giving any of the announced prizes.

    Dr. Rao- Many thanks for participating. Enhanced points and cc have been given for your entry.

    I am really upset. I will no longer conduct story-writing contests. It is a complete waste of time and effort.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #767642
    I too got disappointed a little. I never expected such poor participation. Some of the members will place their content for the competition in the last hour. So I thought some entries will come. There are many Editors who are very good at creative writing. I don't know why none of them also participated. They might have been very busy otherwise.
    always confident

  • #767650
    It is disappointing to find such a poor participation. I also failed to participate because of some health issue.

    Vandana Ma'am,

    I am really sorry for not participating. Your effort is always commendable, and I deeply respect it. Short story writing is an art, and I was keen to participate in it but due to health, I couldn't. Sorry once again.


  • #767654

    There is no need for an apology. I understand health problems or other issues can keep a member away from ISC, and from contest participation.

    There are so many other members here who could have participated. Even editors have stopped participating for a long while now, which is sad. This is really the worst-ever response for a contest.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #767662
    I totally agree with the sentiments expressed by Vandana ma'am. I also understand very well that apologies do not make up for the failure on our part to participate. But yes, this was a contest with the lowest number of participants and that is disappointing as well as shocking. I would just, for the sake of it, like to think that we would have had more entries if the time provided was a bit more. Anyways, let us hope for better times ahead.
    'Knowledge is knowing a Tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.' -Miles Kington

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