The Stories Untold

Nationwide Short Story Writing Competiton

Competition Details

Word count : 4000 – 6000 words

Language : English

Theme : Perfect Imperfections

About Competition Theme

What We Expect

You have to talk about the struggles of people and how their imperfections make them unique. Your stories should be local i.e. Pakistani characters and plots.

You can use main character names to be Mary, Juliet, Sara, Hina or Rabia. Just keep the plot setting in Pakistan. For example your stories should set in cities or villages in Pakistan. Don’t take your character to San Francisco or New York.

What Should Stories Be Like? 

We are looking for stories which talk about issues of women which they face in their lives daily and how they overcome it to chase their dreams. We want you to highlight transgender issues in our society and the pain they go through. Propose solutions for it. You can also talk about struggles of boys in our society, how they are expected to study, earn and support a family. How they sacrifice their dreams for the family or may be you can talk about single parents raising children and their struggles.

Dates to Remember

Competition Launch Date: 23rd May 2016

Deadlines For Submissions: 23rd June 2016

Extended Deadline For Submissions: 26th June 2016 (midnight)

Results Announcements:

Winner: 30th July 2016
Top 5: 27th July 2016
Top 15: 6th July 2016
Top 30: 30th June 2016

Prize Distribution: 7th August 2016

Winner

Pakistan' best short story

Cursed and Healed by Wafa Zaka

“Human beings are heavy beings, always burdened- unable to fly. Even their silence doesn’t soar, it only drowns.”

Four different people, leading four different lives are shunned by the society into isolation with unwanted and harsh labels. Ashya is forced to push her brother out of her life. Bimala is treated as someone disgusting and cursed. Adag is left to live with the daag (spots) of his traumatized past, contrary to the meaning of his name, spot-less. And Haya is shoved into a world of sexual objectification.

Will they be able to change their life and turn their flaws perfectly into assets or will they remain to live their lives as misfits?

Top 5 Stories

Pakistan' best top 5 stories

Cul-De-Sac (Perfect Imperfections)
By Anayat Bano

 

Cursed and Healed
By Wafa Zaka

 

Especially Special
By Sundus Zafar

Glass ceiling
By Sabah Shahid

Zulekha
By Omer Imran Malik

Scars
By Sania Irfan

Zulekha and Scars are on a tie

Top 15 Stories

Pakistan' best top 15 stories

You are wrong
By Zunera Siddiqui

Perfect Imperfections
By Anayat Bano

Cursed and Healed
By Wafa Zaka

The Damsel in Distress
By Farees Ahmed

Safe Heaven
By Ayesha Ashraf

Especially Special
By Sundus Zafar

Look Me in the Eye
By Anum Nabeel Zairy

Glass ceiling
By Sabah Shahid

Scar
By Sania Irfan

Prism of Ashes
By Khadija Shafiq

Zulekha
By Omer Imran Malik

Being You
By Sameen Fawad

A Black Rose Among the Reds
By Yusra Khan

A Day in My Shoes
By Saman Malik

In Love and Pain
By Shizza Nadeem Malik

Top 30 Stories

Pakistan' best top 30 stories

Perfect Imperfections
By Anayat Bano

In Love and Pain
By Shizza Nadeem Malik

Safe Heaven
By Ayesha Ashraf

Taboo
By Mehak Nadeem

A girl named Almas
By Syed Zeeshan Ahmed

Hidden talents
By Afraz Jabeen

Glass ceiling
By Sabah Shahid

In the shadows
By Javaria Waseem

You are wrong
By Zunera Siddiqui

Scar
By Sania Irfan

Waris – A Shepherd’s Fascination
By Ghulam Yaseen

Especially Special
By Sundus Zafar

A Psychotic Man with Positive Vibes
By  Zainab Mushtaq

Prism of Ashes
By Khadija Shafiq

Cursed and Healed
By Wafa Zaka

Look Me in the Eye
By Anum Nabeel Zairy

Born to Win
By Sonia Ahmed

Whispers of the Rain
By Nimra Mansoor 

Supernova
By Aisha Noor

The Blemished Perfectionist
By Iqra Ilyas Ch.

Zulekha
By Omer Imran Malik

Being You
By Sameen Fawad

Darkness that Leads to Light
By Adiha Sohail

The Damsel in Distress
By Farees Ahmed

Bend me to Perfection
By Meher un Nisa Khakwani

Defying the Order
By Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

A Day in My Shoes
By Saman Malik

Chasing the Dreams
By Yusra Mustafa

Against All the Odds
By Hira Ajaz

A Black Rose Among the Reds
By Yusra Khan

Judging Criteria

How we will rate your content

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Plot

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Characterisation

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Grammar and Punctuation

%

Structure and Organization

  • Overall Impact of Story 40%

Sum of all the factors will constitute your final score!

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of content can I submit?

The theme for competition is ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ and your content should strictly revolve around this theme. If you deviate from this theme you will lose marks.

I have already published the content on my blog, Can I submit it?

Yes, you can submit the content published by you on your PERSONAL BLOG or you can build a story and extend it. We are open to it!

What will disqualify my submission?

Here is a list of things which you need to be aware of

  1. Plagiarism (if found) will result in rejection of content.
  2. Under limit (i.e. less than 4000 words) or over limit (i.e. more than 6000 words) content. We do have a margin of 500 words for both the limits but failure to adhere will result in immediate disqualification.
  3. Sexually explicit content or profane language will not be accepted.
  4. Avoid defaming political parties, public figures or government.
What increases my chances of winning?

Just focus on one thing i.e. LOCAL CONTENT. We want to hear stories with Pakistani characters and Pakistani plots. Discuss local problems faced by an average Pakistani citizen.

How they face those challenges and how they overcome it.

If you can nail this point then you are a sure winner.

The Prize

Cash Prize

Earn Good Cash

Get Published

We Publish Your Manuscript

Be Amazed

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Our Esteemed Partners

Books and Beyond

Books and Beyond

Network Partners

Books & Beyond Aims To Promote Reading Habit Among Pakistani Youth Through Book Club Meetups and Literary Conferences

Young Women Writers Forum

Young Women Writers Forum

Network Partners

Young Women Writers’ Forum Aims To  Empower Women Writers By Developing Their Literary Talent.

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