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Crooked Lines 2024: Short Story Competition for Young Writers

The Department of English at Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence announces second edition of its annual short story competition for young writers – CROOKED LINES.

We invite Indian residents between the ages of 16 and 18 to unlock the farthest nooks and crannies of their minds and pen a riveting story with all the elements of an unforgettable narrative.

Choose a topic you love and write your best story for the opportunity to win exciting cash prizes. Begin your application process today.

Competition Rules:

  • Word limit for the submission: 1000 – 2000 words.
  • Only unpublished works will be considered.
  • Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.
  • All entries must be original and in English.
  • Do not submit entries written by AI tools.
  • No identifying markers are allowed in the document, including the document name.
  • Only one submission per person is allowed.
  • The decision of the jury is final and cannot be challenged.
  • Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman font (12pt), and to be submitted in DOCX, DOC, or PDF format.

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Enquiries about submissions should be directed to the  Department of English at Shiv Nadar University. Please always refer to their website for complete details and information.

Please note, this competition is run by the Department of English at Shiv Nadar University, not the Commonwealth Foundation.