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Is there a theme for the short stories?
The stories should be set in an URBAN backdrop within India. The plot, characters and the setting needs to be contemporary, relatable and above all FRESH!
Can anyone submit?
This is open for Indian nationals only, whether resident in India or outside who are under the age of 24 (as of 20th September 2012) . Persons of Indian origin can also submit stories. The contest is open to everyone, except employees, owners and the immediate families of employees or the owners of entities who are competition partners – Mocha, Grey Oak Publishers, Westland Publishers,dfuse.in, Helter Skelter and blogadda.com.
How to send in the entries?
Please email this in a .doc (Word 97-2003 format) to editorial@greyoak.in before 20th September 2012. Entries submitted after 20th September 2012 will not be evaluated.
What are the submission requirements?
Stories must be original unpublished fiction, Font size 11, Arial or Times New Roman, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 2,500 words in length. Each author can make no more than two submissions to the competition. The author's name should not appear on the header or footer of the submission document, as our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the author's name, complete postal address, e-mail address, twitter handle/ Facebook page link (to verify you easily), phone number, a scanned copy of a valid id (student id card, driving license, passport - to verify your age), the title of the piece, number of submissions being made, and the word count.
Is there any entry fee?
No, there is no entry fee for this competition. All the very best!
Does the author have copyright to these stories?
Yes, the author holds the copyright, but with the understanding that Grey Oak Publishers has the first right to publish the stories, and would be given an exclusivity on these stories for a period of 2 years. A royalty agreement will be sent to the authors of the short listed stories post the announcement of the shortlist, and the Editorial Department of Grey Oak Publishers will stay in touch to get an agreement on this. Any further discussion on this subject at this stage is immaterial.
Deadline for receiving submissions – 20th September 2012
Longlist of stories for final evaluation by 15th October 2012 and Shortlist of stories that would be published in the planned edition of Urban Shots Yuva in January 2013 will be communicated by 15th November 2012.