Deadline: 10 August 2012
EKansh Trust Pune announces India's first short story writing competition (Marathi) for people with visual impairments
Most literary works available to the visually impaired today are those of sighted people translated into Braille or Audio versions. These stories contain many visual references. Descriptions and definitions are often based on visual inputs.
In the world of the blind, however, a beautiful flower would be one that is fragrant... a beautiful fabric, one that feels soft to the touch.
It is important that we have a literary bank of stories conceived and authored by the visually impaired that they can empathize with and fully enjoy.
For the sighted, this would mean an opportunity to enter and understand an entirely new realm.
Entries will be judged by a qualified and prominent panel of experts.
- 1st prize: Rupees 10,000
- 2nd prize: Rupees 8,000
- 3rd prize: Rupees 5,000
- 5 consolation prizes of Rupees 2,000 each
- The author has to be 18 years of age
- The story must be in Marathi only
- Maximum number of words is 1000 (one thousand)
- Minimum usage of visual references (blue, dark, etc.)
- The story must be original and not a copy, translation or adaptation of any other author's word
- The author must use and assistant to write/ type the story or record it on an audio CD. Only clearly written/ typed/ recorded entries will be judged.
- Entries in Braille must be accompanied by a written/ typed/ audio-recorded version
- Only one story per participant
- All entries must be accompanied by the participant's disability certificate and the participation form
Prizes to be announced on 25th August, 2012. Award ceremony on 1st September 2012.
Download the guidelines here
For submissions: Mail your entries to Ekansh Trust, Pune, c/o Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Near Raj Bhavan, Ganeshkhind Road, Pune