“My Glass of Wine” Creative Writing Contest

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

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Literature Studio and Hawakaal Publishers are very pleased to announce an exciting “My Glass of Wine” contest on the occasion of the launch of Kiriti Sengupta’s book My Glass of Wine.


  • Out of all submissions we receive, we will be shortlisting 5 entries. Those 5 contestants will get a chance to read their work at the launch event of My Glass of Wine on September 18, 2015.
  • One of these participants will be awarded a book deal with Hawakaal Publishers.
  • Two participants will win free creative writing courses worth Rs. 10,000/- each.
  • Two will receive a gift hamper from Tathya.


  • Interested candidates are requested to send their entries along with their biographies and profile pictures to info@literaturestudio.in.
  • The entry should be your own unpublished creative work.
  • We are looking for entries that belong to the genre “Hybrid Literature”. Other genres will not be accepted. For more information on “Hybrid Literature”, please scroll to the bottom of this Event
  • The entry should be between 600 to 700 words in length.
  • You can either send the entry in a word document or paste it directly in the body of the email.
  • The subject line of the email should state “MGOW Contest Entry”.
  • Each contestant can submit only one entry. In case someone happens to submit multiple entries, the last one will be considered.
  • Decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested.
  • The contest is open to citizens of India only.
  • The contest is open only to those who haven’t yet published a book traditionally.


All entries should reach us by September 10, 2015, 11:59pm.

Out of all entries received, our jury will shortlist five. These contestants will then be invited to read / present their entries during the launch event on the 18th. In case, you cannot make it to the event, you can let us know and we will arrange for someone to read your entry.

During the event, the winner and the runners-up will be decided on the spot by the members of the panel, in consultation with the publisher. The results will be declared before the end of the event.


In simple terms, Hybrid Literature is a piece of writing, short or long, in which the writer breaks free of the boundaries imposed by a single genre. The writer may choose to intersperse prose with poetry, accentuate text with graphic elements, such as photographs, caricatures, etc., or intermingle fact with fiction, and biographies with memoirs. Following are some examples of Hybrid Literature:

Example 1:  An excerpt from The Reverse Tree by Kiriti Sengupta. This excerpt marries poetry and prose. 


I have been an ardent fan of the poet Sumita Nandy’s works. She is subtle, yet she is strong, and she writes sensuous Bengali poetry. It was with her Desirous Water (that I translated from its Bengali original, Ichemoti) where I could easily sense that she used a male voice in some portions of her poetry. She even confessed that in Ichemoti she wrote like a male, although I have found a mix of both the sexes in the book. Is this what we refer to as a third sex or gender? Here is a poem that I wrote as I read Sumita’s Desirous Water:

I have matched my lips

with the highs of your water

as you flowed joy

the sun has dared to surface

on your mirror playing both

a she, and a he toy

I’ve my own equation of love

my he throbs in fire

while my she is coy

my girl shivers at times

she is frank, but shy

she hugs me in deep passion

wetting me with her thin soy

I worship the sun

powered by the rays

my she gives her all

as my he turns gay

I had once posted this poem on a social networking site, and I got a quick message from one of my friends in the United States, Linda Bonney Olin. Linda is a God-centered poet, and she enjoys writing about Jesus, and especially Christianity. She was a bit hesitant in sharing her remark as she thought I would be angry at her input. Well, I’m game as far as my poems are concerned. Linda told me, “Kiriti, in the United States ‘gay’ is commonly used for homosexual men rather than its literary usage that means brightly happy.” I was quite aware of this usage of ‘gay,’ but I had been experimental when I used that word in my poem. However, I sought advice from my editor Don Martin, who wrote a nice foreword for Desirous Water. Don, without even wasting a moment, opined, “Your readers of this book will understand the meaning of gay, so you need not change it.” Quite evidently, my editor has reinstated my belief that readers are wiser than their authors!

Example 2: Extract from the 9th Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a wonderful example of Hybrid Literature that marries prose and caricature.

*****Wimpy Kid Long Haul Page 2


Mail your queries and doubts to Vibha Malhotra @ 9818566774 or vibha@literaturestudio.in



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