Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The 3rd NUJS Short Fiction Competition


The NUJS Short Fiction Competition is here again! From Erle Stanley Gardner, to whom we owe the suave and debonair Perry Mason, to John Grisham, whose Mitch McDeere was immortalized in The Firm, several lawyers live lives closely entwined with fiction. There's nary a lawyer who isn't a prolific reader, and too many law students live multiple lives, several of which are spent in the company of fictional friends. Here's your chance to indulge the writer in you!

In order to participate, please send us your entry (within 3000 words, by 0000hrs, 15th July 2012) on any 1(one) of the following 4 (four) themes:

Write a short story about a supervillain and the supervillainy involved. You may even send us a sketch of the costume-design! (The latter may not necessarily be sketched by the author.)

Write a story incorporating the symbolism behind this picture.

Involve quarks, bubblewrap, linoleum, mobile and Timothy Parker in a story in the most original way possible.
For instance, a line in the story that reads "She saw a short story writing competition that required her to involve quarks, bubblewrap, linoleum, mobile and Timothy Parker in a story in the most original way possible, but found it too challenging a task." is the most unoriginal way to incorporate the words into your story.

Write a story incorporating the following dialogue:
'But didn't Charlie want to be a butterfly?' she asked.
'Yes, but that was because his dad wouldn't let him.'

1st: Rs. 5000/-
2nd: Rs. 3700/-
3rd: Rs. 2300/-
The best Supervillain sketch shall have an additional prize worth Rs. 1000/-!!! 

The Competition shall be judged by the very talented Kuzhali Manickavel. Her first book - Insects Are Just Like You And Me Except Some Of Them Have Wings was published by Blaft Publications in 2008. Her short stories have also appeared in print magazines like Shimmer Magazine, Versal literary journal, AGNI, PANK, FRiGG and Tehelka. You can find her blog here and reviews of her book here, here and here, amongst others.

The Fine Print:

0) The Competition is only open to students studying in 5 year LLB programmes in India.
1) Each entry must be more than 500 words and within 3000 words, in Times New Roman, Font Size: 12.
2) One person may send more than one story, but each story must be sent as a separate entry.
3) A Supervillain sketch shall only be considered a valid entry when it accompanies a short story.
4) There can be no joint entries, except in the cases where a second person sketches the Supervillain.

5) Email one soft copy, pdf or word, to:  nujs.writersblock@gmail.com

6) Send us your personal details in a separate document (though in the same email), which include:
  • The Title of Your Story
  • Your Name
  • College Name
  • Contact Address
  • Contact Number

Please ensure that none of these personal details are mentioned in the document that contains your entry.

7) Entries must be received before midnight strikes on the night of the 4th of July, 2012.

For any further queries you may contact the NUJS MagCom by shooting off an email to: nujs.writersblock@gmail.com with the following as the subject line: "Query".

Monday, May 10, 2010

RESULTS of the 2nd NUJS Fiction Writing Competition

Hey everyone!

The Results of the 2nd NUJS Fiction Competition have been declared!
The winners are as follows:- (click on FIRST, SECOND or THIRD to read the entry)

Title: Preludes (Being the untold back story of Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent)
Name: Apoorva Sharma
College: National Law University, Delhi

Title - Strafanstalt Isle
Name- Bhoomika Tiwari
College - National Law Institute University, Bhopal

Title: Escapade
Name: Shikha Rastogi
College: National Law University, Cuttack

Congratulations to the (truly well deserving) winners!

Keep Writing!


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!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The NUJS Fiction Writing Competition

The Winners of the NUJS Fiction Writing Competition are:

Smaran Shetty - Ist Year
Pushkar Thakur - 2nd Year

They are requested to collect their starmark gift vouchers from the nearest magcom member!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Summer - NUJS Photography Competition

The Magazine Committee


We Want To Know What You Did This Summer...

Whether you've been sitting in a 6x5 office cubicle facebooking like there is no tomorrow, or out on the Great Indian Darshan, we'd like to know. So get clicking and send in your photographs of this summer to nujs.writersblock@gmail.com under the categories of 1) Fun At Office/Work & 2) Holiday Tours to win cool prizes!!! Entries to be in by 14th July 2009.

ps: We are also accepting entries for the next Edition of Writer's Block. So send in your prose, poetry, art, doodle and every other form of publishable to


Saturday, March 7, 2009

First NUJS Fiction Competition Results

We are proud to announce the results of the 1st NUJS Fiction Writing Competition:

1st Place: Vishrut Jain (NUJS, Kolkata) for And never the twain shall meet
2nd Place: Rajni Soren (NALSAR, Hyderabad) for Nadir
3rd Place: Malvika Seth (GNLIU, Gandhinagar) for The rubber duck

Copies of the winning entries can be downloaded here.

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all the participants for their submissions.

Keep Writing!