A big, happy hello to all!
It was heartwarming to receive so many entries for the first independent creative writing contest organized by ANOL, Octopus With A Quill (O.W.A.Q.), in association with Meraki 2k16. Frankly, I’m overwhelmed!
I know you all have your fingers crossed and are eagerly awaiting the results of the contest, so here they are:
1st prize: Thulasie Bai Manoharan, 20, from Columbia University for her entry in the Flash Fiction category, A Cup of Wonderment. (View her entry here)
2nd prize: Adarsh Raj, 18, from Post Graduate Government College (Chandigarh) for his entry in the Flash Fiction category, Under His Skin. (View his entry here)
3rd prize: Vidisha Kaushik, 18, from MCM DAV College (Chandigarh) for her entry in the Critical Book Review category, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. (View her entry here)
Appreciable effort: Shweta Miglani, 18, from MCM DAV College (Chandigarh) for her entry in the Photo Story category, One Rikshaw Puller, Reilah. (View her entry here)
Heartiest congratulations to all the winners from team ANOL and Meraki!
You will soon receive an email confirming your win and asking your details for the dispatch of cash prizes. For further details, visit the contest page.
Also, watch out this space for getting a special feature as the winner of the O.W.A.Q. contest, 2016. I will publish the winning entries with editor’s notes. I hope my experience as an editor helps you better yourself.
In case you are wondering, why you didn’t win
As for the other entries received, they could not be selected mainly due to the following reasons:
– Not related to the theme, most of them had little to nothing related to Coffee.
– Failure to follow guidelines, especially for poking me about the progress of their application. As a writer, you need to have some patience.
– Submission beyond the deadline.
– Probably, your entry was too predictable or bland.
– May be you didn’t give your piece sufficient time to proofread it and make it grammatically correct.
A massive thank you to everyone who participated. It’s been an honor to peek into your creative mind. The contest will soon come back for its second round in June.
Till then…keep reading, keep learning, keep writing. Your words are your power!
Love. Sunshine. Cheer.