If you, like many of us here at ELLE, grew up with a burning passion to write and to see your story in print, your moment has arrived. The 2018 ELLE Fiction Awards brings you this very opportunity.
All you have to do is send us 500 words of original fiction inspired by one of the two images in this story, and you could walk away with a paid contract with Juggernaut Books, get published in ELLE India, and lots more.
And who decides if you win? The judges are none other than ELLE India’s editor Supriya Dravid, Juggernaut’s publisher Chiki Sarkar, much-loved writer-producer Twinkle Khanna, and author Mahesh Rao.
'What I am looking for in a writer is the ability to play dangerously—with words, with thoughts, with madness, and with blatant disregard to the ordinary. Through the ELLE Fiction Awards, we want to throw open the playing field to your imagination and ingenuity,' says Dravid.
Rao too, echoes her sentiments: 'I’m delighted to be judging the ELLE Fiction Awards, as it’s always a pleasure to discover new voices and be led to unexpected narratives. I'll be looking for works that have a real understanding of the form, with a sense of balance, pace and economy. I'm sure that the stories that stand out will display a sensitivity to the rhythms and texture of language and also have at their core a moment of great illumination. All the very best to the contestants: I'm very much looking forward to their submissions.'
And Sarkar, who will ultimately publish the winning entry, says, 'At Juggernaut, we are constantly looking for fresh voices and the most brilliant new talent—so I love the idea of the ELLE Fiction Awards and look forward to falling in love with a bold new voice.'
What are you waiting for?
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 10, 2018 and watch your dream come alive.