Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Second NUJS Fiction Competition ~ Updated!


MagCom is bringing you the
2nd NUJS Fiction Competition and it's BIGGER and better than before! (We really don't know this for a fact. It just sounds good this way)
So pick up your pens and start jotting down those thoughts!
Let your fancy take flight as you plunge into the possibilities provided by the plots!

In order to participate, please send us your entry (in up to 3000 words, by midnight, 18th April 2010):
Choose one of the five famous fiction novels (
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde/Robinson Crusoe/Five Point Someone/The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy/A Christmas Carol) and base your story around it, borrowing any identifiable character(s) or theme or concept or event (or even a combination of these), such that it is obvious which story you’ve borrowed from.

For example, if you choose ‘Five Point Someone’, you could borrow just the setting of a college or the characteristics of the protagonist(s), and write your own story. Or you could change just the ending of a famous plot so that the story becomes original. Or you could take ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and place him in a different era or location.


The judge for the Competition is Ms. Anjana Basu.

Anjana Basu works as an advertising consultant in Calcutta.

In 2003, Harper Collins India brought out her novel Curses In Ivory. In 2004, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland where she worked on her second novel, Black Tongue, published by Roli in 2007. In February 2010. her children's novel Chinku and the Wolfboy was brought out by Roli.

Her other publications include:

The Agency Raga, a collection of short stories, published by Orient Longman 1994

Included In Their Own Voice, a collection of Indian women’s verse published by Penguin India, 1992

The Chess Players and Other Poems, Writer’s Workshop, 1976

Picture Poems and Word Seasons, Authorpress, 2009

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, BBC Short Story Programme, September 1999

She has worked on scripts with director Rituparno Ghosh for Antarmahal and The Last Lear and has subtitled several of his films including Unishe April, Dahan and Chokher Bali. She also recently subtitled the Rahul Bose starrer, Antaheen.

In U.S.A., she has been published in Gowanus,The Blue Moon Review, and Recursive Angel, to name a few. In Canada she has appeared in The Antigonish Review. The Edinburgh Review and The Saltzburg Review have also featured her work,

She writes travel articles for India Today Travel Plus and has also written for Vogue India and Good Housekeeping.


You must mail two hard copies to
The Magazine Committee,
The WB National University of Juridical Sciences
Dr. Ambedkar Bhavan
12, LB Block, Sector III, Salt Lake City
Kolkata - 700098

and one soft copy to

Send us your personal details in a separate document, which include:
-The Title of Your Story
-Your Name
-Your College's Name
-Your Contact Address
-Your Contact Number
Please ensure that none of these personal details are mentioned in the same document as your entry.

We shall consider only one entry per person. However, there is no cap on the number of entries per college. We look forward to receiving your stories!