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    Writing contest: #AspiringIndia – Celebrating Storytelling

    April 15, 2017

April 15, 2017

Writing contest: #AspiringIndia – Celebrating Storytelling

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 16.05.17, 23:59 CET

Upload your story on sweek.com to enter in this writing contest!

Stories bring us together and let us immerge into a beautiful world. We believe that we owe  it to each other to tell stories and we want to celebrate the magnificent art of storytelling by inviting you to share your ‘Aspiring India’ story with the world. Grab your pen or keyboard and submit your fiction or nonfiction masterpiece in our writing contest.

Nonfiction: What are your aspirations for India, Indian society or Indian culture? How do you see India changing and what are you proud of? Or what are your hopes and dreams for your own future – what will you achieve?
Fiction: Let your creativity run freely and reflect the aspirations of India or Indian people in a fictional tale. Take the reader into a new science fiction world, into an epic love story or simply into a compelling anecdote.


DURATION

20th of April – 16th of May

PRIZES

Impress our jury to win the jury prize or gain the most followers on Sweek to win the crowd prize:

Jury prize: 5000 + featured quote on Scribbled stories
Crowd prize: 5000 + featured quote on Scribbled stories

Next to these prize winners, we’ll select top 10 stories to be featured on Sweek for 3 weeks! The winners will be announced on the 5th of June on the blog, social media and via email.

JURY

Your story will be read by these expert jury members and the Sweek editorial team. Introducing:

Avnika Gupta is a Spoken Word Artist at National Youth Poetry Slam and street theater artist. She writes at Berlin ArtParasites, Thought Catalog, Terribly Tiny Tales and Gender Pages Project. She’s also Chief Editor at Survivors of India. Find more about Avnika Gupta on her Facebook page.

Atul Purohit is the author of bestselling novel ‘Love Vs Destiny‘, serial entrepreneur and ethical hacker. You can find more about Atul Purohit on his Facebook page.

Anuradha Goyal is a travel blogger, book reviewer, speaker, author of The Mouse Charmers – Digital Pioneers of India, co-author of CII India Innovates Report and blogger on innovation. Read more about Anuradha on her Facebook pages (IndiTales & AnuReviews), her IndiTales travel blog and Anureviews book review website.

Pragya Sharma is a blogger, book reviewer, and clinical psychologist. Find more information about Pragya on her Facebook page or her website ReviewingShelf.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • You need to live in India OR be of Indian origin to participate
  • You need to be 14 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  • Your story needs to be written in English or Hindi
  • The story must be tagged #aspiringindia in story details
  • Word limit: maximum 1,000 words
  • The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive, but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  • The story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  • The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared. It’s just one prize per story
  • The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 16/05/17, 23:59 
  • You can participate with multiple entries, as long as they all meet our guidelines
  • The story can be of any genre, as long as it is related to the topic. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime and it can have the form of both prose and poetry.
  • Crowd prize is determined by the number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 04/06/17, 23:59.
  •  Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

* The cash amount will be transferred to a bank account with a valid BIC code. The transfer fee will be paid by Sweek, but is not responsible for the conversion rate from Euro to a local currency the receiving bank uses. In case of non-availability of a bank account, a solution using Paypal or gift card to Amazon can be considered.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDELINES

Step 1: Download the Sweek app
Step 2: Sign up, click on “My stories” and then “Start a new story”
Step 3: Fill in the title of the story. You can also add an image and write a description (optional)
Step 4: Click on “Add a new chapter.” Then provide a chapter title and write your story in not more than 1000 words
Step 5: Click Publish. Put the tag #AspiringIndia in the tags section. Also fill in the story category and hit Publish again. Your story is now published!
You can also use Sweek on your desktop computer/laptop

#MYFEEDBACK challenge!

#Myfeedback challenge is open for all Aspiring India participants! Celebrate storytelling and help your fellow writers get even better. The 3 best critiques on any Aspiring India story will receive ₹ 1000 prize each. How to join?

1. Search for #aspiringindia on Sweek and read a story

2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story

3. Add #myfeedback at the end of your comment so that we can find it

4. You can participate as many times as you like until June 4th

You can participate even if you didn’t write a story on the topic 🙂

SHORT CONTEST SUMMARY

Max. 1,000 words // all genres // fiction and nonfiction // prose and poetry

Tip: see who’s commenting on your story via the app!

iOS app: http://apple.co/2kFB2IR
Android app: http://bit.ly/2jSwcrX

Good luck, Sweekers!

179 Comments
  • Shivna, April 28, 2017 Reply

    i have published my story. would you mind checking for me if it has entered this competition?

    • Sabine van der Plas, April 29, 2017 Reply

      Hi, sure! What's the title of your story?

  • Shivna, April 28, 2017 Reply

    i have published my story. would you mind checking for me if it has entered the competition?

    • Sabine van der Plas, April 29, 2017 Reply

      Sure! What's the title of your story?

      • Shivna, April 30, 2017 Reply

        When I ran away from my weddings......

        • Sweek team, April 30, 2017 Reply

          It is tagged correctly :)

  • Simabrata Dey, April 29, 2017 Reply

    excellent!

  • Sevita, April 29, 2017 Reply

    Is there any rule of it being a single chapter or a mutiple chapter story?

    • Sabine van der Plas, April 29, 2017 Reply

      Hi Sevita, no, there is not. As long as you stick to the word limit of 1,000 it doesn't matter how many chapters you use. Good luck and let us know in case of any questions!

      Tip: get notifications about your followers in the Sweek app!
      iOS app: http://apple.co/2iIPnDV
      Android app: http://bit.ly/2k7IjNC

      • Aliya shafeen, May 13, 2017 Reply

        Hi, I have published my poetry. would you mind checking for me if it has entered the competition?
        TITLE: INCRIDIBLE INDIA

        • Sweek team, May 14, 2017 Reply

          Hi, it is published, but it is not tagged correctly and thus is not participating yet. Please add #aspiringindia either to your story description, or your story details.

  • Divya, April 29, 2017 Reply

    I have published my story can you please check it?

    • Sweek team, April 29, 2017 Reply

      Hi,
      What is the name of your story?

  • ankita singh, April 29, 2017 Reply

    Only stories are allowed or we can give one liner quotes....

    • Sweek team, April 29, 2017 Reply

      Hi there,
      For this contest you do need to write a short story, 1000 words max. So unfortunately it cannot be a quote.

  • Ansharah Rida, April 29, 2017 Reply

    Really loveed the way you people have included both prose and poetry in this competition :-)))) !!!!!

    • Sweek team, April 29, 2017 Reply

      Glad to hear, both are very welcome on Sweek!

  • Priyanka Shinde, April 29, 2017 Reply

    Can you check whether my story "The Brightest Sunset" has entered this competition please.

    • Sweek team, April 29, 2017 Reply

      Hi there,
      I can see it published, but it is not tagged with a competition tag. Are you submitting it for #AspiringIndia?

  • Muskan Aqeel, April 29, 2017 Reply

    Hi there, I've posted my stories, 'confessions from a hospital room' and 'too many memories'. Can you please check it? :)

    • Muskan Aqeel, April 29, 2017 Reply

      I'm sorry, it's 'confessions from a hospital window'.

      • Sweek team, April 30, 2017 Reply

        Hi, there are both tagged correctly :)

  • Mansi, April 30, 2017 Reply

    Can I write a thousand words horror story?

    • Sweek team, April 30, 2017 Reply

      If your story is related to the topic of the contest, then yes ;)

  • Angury, April 30, 2017 Reply

    Hello,
    Do you mind checking if my story has entered the competition - it is entitled 'The Youth of India.'
    Thanks.

    • Sweek team, April 30, 2017 Reply

      Hi there,
      It is tagged correctly!

  • Pavithra, April 30, 2017 Reply

    Does the poetry have to be a story or can it be an insight on the given topic?

    • Sweek team, April 30, 2017 Reply

      Hi, you can submit both fiction and nonfiction, as long as it fits the topic.

  • Roney Oenophile, April 30, 2017 Reply

    Can we publish only a poem on any topic?
    I want to submit multiple entries in both Hindi and English and one article on Indian society as well. How many entries are allowed? Is getting followers necessary? How do followers affect the entries for competition?

    • Sweek team, April 30, 2017 Reply

      Hi there!
      You can publish multiple entries for all our contests. The follower count is not necessary for the jury prizes and doesnt influence their choice in any way. We do have a popularity prize though based on the number of followers. Please let us know in case of any further questions :)

  • Dia, May 1, 2017 Reply

    What is the topic for #aspiringindia ??

    • Sweek team, May 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi Dia,
      Aspiring India is the topic itself ;)

  • Vineet, May 1, 2017 Reply

    Hi, Can you please check if my story has entered the competition? Title 'Baked Fish and Mashed Potatoes'

    • Sweek team, May 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is tagged correctly, so it is participating :)

  • Anna, May 1, 2017 Reply

    Hey, I had some issues with my password, so I had requested a reset for the same. But the email hasn't reached me. I can't get to my account now. Can you guys help?

    • Sweek team, May 1, 2017 Reply

      Could you please send us your email address to support@sweek.com so we can check it in the database?

  • Riya, May 1, 2017 Reply

    Can i right it in hindi also

    • Sweek team, May 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi, the contest is open for both English and Hindi stories :)

  • Anushreya Ghosh, May 1, 2017 Reply

    Hey! Just wanted to ask if my entry has been added or not. It's called "The Life of...ME!!"
    And also, thanks for such a nice contest idea!!

    • Sweek team, May 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, glad to hear you like the topic :) And yes, it is tagged correctly!

  • Pooja Toopran, May 2, 2017 Reply

    1000 words means

    • Sweek team, May 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi, I am not sure I get your question correctly. It is about 2-3 A4 pages.

  • Nafiya, May 2, 2017 Reply

    How to post my story

    • Sweek team, May 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi,
      Step 1: Download the Sweek app.
      Step 2: Sign up, click on “My stories” and then “Start a new story”
      Step 3: Fill in the title of the story. You can also add an image and write a description (optional).
      Step 4: Click on “Add a new chapter.” Then provide a chapter title and write your story in not more than 1000 words.
      Step 5: Click Publish. Put the tag #AspiringIndia in the tags section. Also fill in the story category and hit Publish again. Your story is now published!
      You can also use Sweek on your desktop computer/laptop.

  • Dhanada, May 2, 2017 Reply

    Hey !! I have uploaded my story on Sweek , but I am not sure how I can enter the contest . I mean how do I tag my story with #aspiringindia?

    • Sweek team, May 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi, if you go to Story Details, there you have a section 'tags'. That is where you tag your story correctly. Otherwise you can include the tag in the description

  • Gaurav, May 2, 2017 Reply

    Will few words after 1000 will be acceptable ??

    • Sweek team, May 2, 2017 Reply

      I think we will count for a certain percentage over the limit indeed ;)

  • Mohit, May 2, 2017 Reply

    Hi,
    I published a story, Same twice as on the first attempt didn't tag #AspiringIndia. Do let me know. Title is The Sobbers

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi Mohit, I indeed see you published the two stories of which one is correctly tagged with #aspiringindia and therefore officially participates in the competition! In your story dashboard, you can delete the story that's not tagged (as they are identical, right?). Good luck!

  • Aashish Gupta, May 3, 2017 Reply

    I have published three poems. Please let me know if they are appearing for the contest.

    • Sweek team, May 3, 2017 Reply

      Hi, please either give us your username or the titles of the poems.

      • Aashish Gupta, May 3, 2017 Reply

        House of Cards, Connoisseur, the almighty street.

        • Sweek team, May 4, 2017 Reply

          The stories are not tagged for the contest. Please add #aspiringindia either as a tag in your story details, or just to the description. Let me know whether it worked

          • Aashish Gupta, May 5, 2017

            Is it showing now? I have added #aspiringindia to the descriptions. I had done it before, but don't know why the issue?

          • Sabine van der Plas, May 5, 2017

            Hi Aashish, yes I checked all 3 of your stories and they're correctly tagged with #aspiringindia. Good luck and let us know in case of any other questions!

            Have you already checked out the Sweek app?

  • salini kollath, May 3, 2017 Reply

    Can you please check if my story is rightly tagged? My story name is 'My Best Friend's Wedding '

    • Sweek team, May 4, 2017 Reply

      Hi there,
      Yes, tagged all correctly!

  • Animesh Pandey, May 4, 2017 Reply

    Hi,
    Can I submit for both the genres of the competition, or is it restricted to either nonfiction or fiction?

    • Sweek team, May 4, 2017 Reply

      Hi, you can submit multiple entries, both fiction or nonfiction. So that's fine:)

  • Rishabh Mishra, May 5, 2017 Reply

    Hi, I am a poet, author and a writer. I would like to know that can I submit a published poem, I am new to sweek.

    • Sweek team, May 5, 2017 Reply

      Hi Rishabh,
      Welcome to Sweek :) You can submit all kind of work on our platform, in all genres. You can submit your existing work as well :) You of course keep the copyright of all your material. Let us know in case you have any specific questions.

  • Rashi Ranjan, May 5, 2017 Reply

    Hey! I wish to submit few of my poetries but they are confined to topics like love, friendship etc .Will your contest consider them?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 5, 2017 Reply

      Hi Rashi, if they have a clear link to Indian culture or it's evident the story takes place in India - then yes, you can participate! Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Shreya Gupta, May 5, 2017 Reply

    Hi,
    I have published a story titled 'Reflections'. Could you confirm if it has been published or not? Thanks.

    • Sweek team, May 7, 2017 Reply

      Hi, is it this one https://sweek.com/#/read/1/1700316607?

  • Tanya Jain, May 6, 2017 Reply

    Hi, I have published my story, could you check please.

    • Sweek team, May 7, 2017 Reply

      Can you please tell me the name of the story?

  • elakkiya, May 6, 2017 Reply

    Hey., how does blackberry user can submit the stories.?

    • Sweek team, May 7, 2017 Reply

      Hi,
      You can use our website version to participate as well :) https://sweek.com/#/

  • Riya Antony, May 7, 2017 Reply

    Is it possible for you to check whether my story titled 'The Seventh Dimension' has been tagged correctly? Thankyou

    • Sweek team, May 7, 2017 Reply

      Hi,
      I do not see any tags on that story. Please either go to Edit story basics and add it to the story description, or edit your story details in the Tags section.

  • Sanjana raj, May 7, 2017 Reply

    Hello team,
    I have published my stories. So can I reuse it again on this platform?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 7, 2017 Reply

      Hi Sanjana, yes, you can reuse them! To participate in the competition, your story can be published on other platforms as well. The only rule is that it couldn't have participated in previous Sweek competitions. Good luck and let us know in case of any other questions!

  • KritiOjaswani, May 7, 2017 Reply

    I've uploaded my poem for Aspiring India, please let me know it is tagged correctly or not.
    Title- Heaven Burning in Hell

    • Sweek team, May 8, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes it is :)

  • Ana mazhar, May 8, 2017 Reply

    I have posted my story " waiting for you till my last breathe" how to gather readers and is it published or not please check it.

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 9, 2017 Reply

      Hi Ana, it's published and it's been correctly tagged with #aspiringindia, great! You can promote your story by sharing it on your social media and with friends and family and for example on reading and writing groups on social media. You can promote it on Sweek directly by following other writers you enjoyed reading and leaving useful feedback - I'm sure they'll be happy to return the favor! You can also leave a link and description on this story, it's the 'promote your #aspiringindia story' on Sweek:
      https://sweek.com/#/read/26290/1400000162

  • lavanya, May 8, 2017 Reply

    Hello, can you check if my story has entered for the competition. It is titled "Elation".

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 9, 2017 Reply

      Hi Lavanya, I see your story is published but it doesn't have the #aspiringindia tag anywhere. Please add it to the short description or as a tag. You can go to 'my stories', then click on your story and click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner. There you'll see 'edit story basics' and you can type #aspiringindia in the description box. Don't forget to click back to save! Good luck :)

  • Swagat Das, May 8, 2017 Reply

    Hi.
    Could you please check whether my story 'Brewed with Love' has been published or not, under the requisite tagline?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 9, 2017 Reply

      Hi Swagat, I see your story has been published and that it's tagged with #aspiringindia, so it's part of the competition! Good luck and let me know in case of any other questions. Have you already checked out the Sweek app?

  • Abel, May 9, 2017 Reply

    Hello. Please am not from India bit I really wish to participate, is there a chance for me! If not now maybe in the future?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 9, 2017 Reply

      Dear Abel, for this competition you need to have an Indian background (e.g. grandparents from India) or live in India. You can also join our other contest: https://blog.sweek.com/writing-competition-tomorrow/ It's open for anyone (from any country) as long as you write your story in English or any other of the allowed languages (see blog post). Good luck!

  • Mansi, May 9, 2017 Reply

    So the winners will be determined by number of followers?

    • Sweek team, May 10, 2017 Reply

      One of the winners, the second winner is selected by the jury members.

  • ritu, May 10, 2017 Reply

    Hey, I have published my story can u please confirm that weather it has been published and tagged correctly. I tag it as #AspiringIndia in genral non-fiction category with title "उभरती माँ, ढलता अस्तित्व"

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 11, 2017 Reply

      Hi Ritu, I see your story has been published and tagged correctly with #aspiringindia, thus: it's officially part of the competition! Good luck! Don't forget to check out the Sweek app :)

  • Divya, May 11, 2017 Reply

    What is the word limit and the genre for poetry?

    • Sweek team, May 11, 2017 Reply

      It is the same for both poetry and prose. General topic of AspiringIndia and 1000 words limit :)

  • Niyati Chandra, May 12, 2017 Reply

    Please may i know whether the entry can be a poetry in #Aspiringindia contest.

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 12, 2017 Reply

      Hi Niyati, yes, we allow all forms of stories: poetry, essays and stories are all welcome! Good luck and we look forward to receiving your entry.

  • Shubhangi, May 12, 2017 Reply

    Hey! Can you please check if my story, 'Cliffhanger' has been published under the tag aspiringindia?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 12, 2017 Reply

      Hi! I see your story is published but it doesn't have the #aspiringindia tag anywhere. Please add it to the short description or as a tag. You can go to 'my stories', then click on your story and click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner. There you'll see 'edit story basics' and you can type #aspiringindia in the description box. Don't forget to click back to save! Good luck :)

  • Sohanu Ghosh, May 12, 2017 Reply

    hello, my story is named Gulmohar. i have tagged and followed other procedures as requested. could you please check if every procedure has been followed, including the tag? thanks a lot.

    • Sweek team, May 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is participating!:)

  • Minal Mallawat, May 13, 2017 Reply

    Can you please check if my story "Off the Hooks" has been tagged under the #AspiringIndia?

    • Sweek team, May 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is tagged correctly :)

  • Naval, May 13, 2017 Reply

    Hey! I have published my story - A Second Chance. Would you mind checking if it is there in your list?

    • Sweek team, May 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is tagged correctly and is participating :)

  • Sohanu Ghosh, May 13, 2017 Reply

    hello. the name of my story is Gulmohar. can you check if it is tagged correctly and the other procedures have been followed?

    • Sweek team, May 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is published and tagged correctly :)

      • Sohanu Ghosh, May 15, 2017 Reply

        Thank you very much :)

  • Prakruthi Jain., May 13, 2017 Reply

    Hi I just published my story and the title is "To the edge of life" would you mind checking out of it has been entered for the contest?

    • Sweek team, May 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is participating, but I also noticed that you put 2 tags in one ;) Might be good to split them :)

  • Akanksha Varma, May 13, 2017 Reply

    Hi. The title of my story is 'The Unheard Whisper'. Can you please check if it is a part of the competition? Thanks.

    • Sweek team, May 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, it is participating :)

  • Swatilekha Roy, May 14, 2017 Reply

    Hi Sweek. Please tell me if my tag has participated in the #myfeedback challenge. I have commented on Akshita Sharma's story. For some reason, I am unable to find it on Sweek. Do you mind checking? And please tell me.

    • Sweek team, May 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi, can you please give me the story title? :)

      • Swatilekha Roy, May 14, 2017 Reply

        I think it is "Death and the mellow tunes".

        • Swatilekha Roy, May 15, 2017 Reply

          Please reply to this!

        • Sabine van der Plas, May 15, 2017 Reply

          I can't find your story. Can you share otherwise your username, or check the title again?

  • B.Manjula Rao, May 14, 2017 Reply

    Hi can you please check if my story "Destination" is tagged correctly (#AspiringIndia )

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi! Your story has been tagged and published correctly. Have you already promoted it on the 'Promote your #inspiringindia story'? You can simply leave a comment: https://sweek.com/#/read/26290/1400000162
      Good luck!

  • Swatilekha Roy, May 14, 2017 Reply

    And Sweek. I am afraid but it was really difficult separating my entire story into paragraphs after saving it. At the end, I had to submit my story as it is, for #tomorrow. That's sad. :( It is called 'A Prologue to Tomorrow'.
    Please have some consideration for this.

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 14, 2017 Reply

      Hi, while judging we'll take it into account. I hope we can solve this for you in the future. How did you copy it - from a word file?

  • Swatilekha Roy, May 15, 2017 Reply

    Yes, I got it copied from a Word file alright. But it's okay now. ☺ Somehow, the paragraphs got separated overnight. I am glad. Thank you.

  • Yeaners, May 15, 2017 Reply

    For the #myfeedback challenge, does the commenter need to be participating in the Aspiring India contest itself, or can they be solely leaving comments? In other words, do I need to submit a story to the contest and THEN my comment qualify, or can I just comment on Aspiring India stories (using the hashtag, of course) without submitting a story myself?

    • Sweek team, May 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi, you do not have to write a story in order to participate in the challenge :)

  • Maitabi Banerjee, May 15, 2017 Reply

    Hey
    I am new to Sweek. This is my first post. Could you kindly check if I have posted correctly. My story is for the contest #AspiringIndia. My story's name is 'A little Aspiration'.
    Thanks so much.

    • Sweek team, May 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi, welcome! I see that it has been published, but it doesn't have a tag yet. Please either add it to your description (by editing story basics), or add it in your story details section, in the Tags :)

  • Madhutamo Sen, May 15, 2017 Reply

    Can you please check if my story has entered the competition it is titled "darkness to dawn"

    • Sweek team, May 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi, I can see that your story is published, but it is not tagged yet. Please either add the tag to your description (by editing story basics), or add it in your story details section, in the Tags :)

  • Swatilekha Roy, May 15, 2017 Reply

    Hi Sweek. Please tell me if my tag has participated in the #myfeedback challenge. I have commented on Akshita Sharma's story "Death And The Mellow Tunes". For some reason, I am unable to find it on Sweek. Do you mind checking? And please tell me.

    • Sweek team, May 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi, I cannot find the story indeed. It might be the case that the author removed it, or unpublished it.

  • anmol nayyar, May 15, 2017 Reply

    I have published my story by the title- love is in the air.

    • Sweek team, May 15, 2017 Reply

      And what is your username/email? I cannot find it in the list of published stories.

  • Raveena Mital, May 15, 2017 Reply

    Hi,
    I have just published my story via Sweek Desktop. It is titled: INDIA: A Rising Star Ahead...
    I have tagged #aspiringindia
    Please kindly let me know whether my story is well received and entered successfully for the competition as the deadline is ending tomorrow.

    Thanks and regards,
    Raveena Mital

    • Sweek team, May 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is tagged correctly and is participating!

      • Raveena Mital, May 16, 2017 Reply

        Great, thanks!

  • Devishree Singh, May 15, 2017 Reply

    Hello. I wanted to confirm if the maximum limit of words is only 1000 words? Please do tell.

    • Sweek team, May 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, it is :)

      • Devishree Singh, May 15, 2017 Reply

        Tysm!!

  • mansha, May 15, 2017 Reply

    Hello can I get to know can write a poem too . and at which topic and paragraph limit .please!!,

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi Mansha, yes you can write a poem as well. The limit is 1,000 words and the topic can be anything, as long as there is a connection to India or Indian culture. Good luck!

  • RupaliPatro, May 15, 2017 Reply

    Could you please check if my stories with the titles 'One Chance Encounter' and 'A Tale of Innocence' have been published. My username is RupaliPatro.

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi! Yes, both have been published and tagged correctly. Good luck! Did you already get the Sweek app on your phone to check followers and comments?

  • Anjali Gupta, May 15, 2017 Reply

    Hi
    I have just have just published my story . It is titled: Life without you
    I have tagged #AspiringIndia. Please kindly let me know whether my story is well received and entered successfully for the competition as the deadline is ending today.
    Regards
    Anjali Gupta

    • Sweek team, May 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is published, but not not tagged anywhere for the contest. Please edit either story basics (add it to your story title or description) or story details and add it as a tag.

  • Sai Shivani B., May 16, 2017 Reply

    I have published my story. Would you mind checking it if it has entered for the competition? Its name is 'My Friend,My Enemy.'

    • Sweek team, May 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it is :)

      • Sai Shivani B., May 16, 2017 Reply

        Thanks for checking.

  • Dilesh, May 16, 2017 Reply

    Hello everyone, I have written a poem in Hindi please read and follow me. The poem is about women empower
    Check out this story on Sweek: मैं क्या करूँ

    यह कविता नारी-शक्ति को प्रदर्शित करने के लिए लिखी गयी है , अगर आप महिला है तो आपको ख़ुद पर गर्व करना चाहिए। इस कविता में नारियों के सम्मान के मुद्दे को पूरज़ोर तरीक़े से उठाने की एक कामयाब कोशिश की गयी है।

    https://web.sweek.com/#/story/Cm8CDQkDCgMNBQEBbAEB

  • Angel, May 16, 2017 Reply

    Hi Sweek team, I have just published my aspiring India story, BE STRONG, BE COMPASSIONATE . Will you please check if you received?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it's indeed published and correctly tagged! Therefore, your story will participate in the competition :) did you already check out the app to keep track of your followers?

  • kissago, May 16, 2017 Reply

    hi,
    i just submitted my three chapter long story in hindi, titled "Lakadbaggha" for #aspiringindia competition. actually i couldnt find the tag option, so i just add the tag in the story description section. could you consider this story as the entry for this competition??
    please let me know. i have just published it.

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi, I can't find the story as your spelled it. Please provide your username as well or copy in the story title exactly as is. Thanks!

      • kissago, May 17, 2017 Reply

        my story title is लकड़बग्घा and my user name is kissago
        i put the tag #aspiringindia in the story description section

        • Sabine van der Plas, May 17, 2017 Reply

          Hi Kissago, yes, your story is part of the competition now!

  • mansha, May 16, 2017 Reply

    I have published a story by name HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY by Mansha Sharma please tell is it participating or not

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi! I see your story is published but it doesn't have the #aspiringindia tag anywhere. Please add it to the short description or as a tag. You can go to 'my stories', then click on your story and click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner. There you'll see 'edit story basics' and you can type #aspiringindia in the description box. Don't forget to click back to save! Good luck :)

  • Tapaswini Dash, May 17, 2017 Reply

    I have published my story by the name A Witch's Love. Can you tell if it's participating in the competition or not?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 17, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it's part of the competition!

  • Eayra, May 17, 2017 Reply

    I posted it today. Cant u consider it? Though the deadline was 16th and today is 17th. I didnt know that. After publishing story, I came to know of it.

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 17, 2017 Reply

      Hi Eayra, I'll check if it got accepted. What's the title of your story or your username?

  • Aanchal goyal, May 17, 2017 Reply

    Sir i was trying to publish my poetry at midnight of 16th may and due to weak net connection it got published on 17 may , will my story be considered in the competition . Title of the poetry is ' letting go of the seashore'

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 17, 2017 Reply

      Hi Aanchal, I checked and your story is on the list of participants! Good luck :)

  • Aryan Agarwal, May 18, 2017 Reply

    hello
    I published my story on the app on 16 of May. Can you guys please check it.

    • Sweek team, May 20, 2017 Reply

      Hi, can you please tell us the name of your story?

      • Aryan Agarwal, May 20, 2017 Reply

        The title is "India: The origin of culture"

        • Sweek team, May 24, 2017 Reply

          Hi, unfortunately I cannot find the story in our database. Which version of the application were you using - web, ios, android?

  • Prakash Jain, May 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi Sweek team! As per your guidelines, the story has to fit in Aspiring India title. Do stories about love, death, emotion etc. which are abundantly submitted count? Are they nominated for the evaluation by your jury even after failing to pertain to the rules? I've written a love story myself and read these guidelines. I don't mind being disqualified since my story doesn't fit in. It's only fair but I'm trying to make sure. That's it.

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 28, 2017 Reply

      Hi! The jury will read your story either way. If it's not related to the topic, there are deduction points, but you would still be in the running ;)

  • Naman Arora, May 27, 2017 Reply

    Hey, hi! I've already completed this procedure, can you please check if I've entered the competition or not?

    • Sabine van der Plas, May 28, 2017 Reply

      Of course. What's the title of your story?

  • shiuli, June 4, 2017 Reply

    How can I know the results

    • Sweek team, June 4, 2017 Reply

      Hi, they will be announced on the blog, social media and via email

  • Shivangi Agarwal, June 5, 2017 Reply

    When will the results be Announced?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 10, 2017 Reply

      Hi! The results are now up on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/sweekstories

  • Aanchal goyal, June 5, 2017 Reply

    Hey when will the results be declared?

    • Sweek team, June 6, 2017 Reply

      Hi there! We were overwhelmed by the 1200 submitted stories and we need to give the jury a few more days, as we want to make sure all the stories are evaluated properly. Stay tuned and our apologies for the delay!

  • Aashish Gupta, June 6, 2017 Reply

    What were the results?

    • Sweek team, June 6, 2017 Reply

      Hi there! We were overwhelmed by the 1200 submitted stories and we need to give the jury a few more days, as we want to make sure all the stories are evaluated properly. Stay tuned and our apologies for the delay!

  • Swatilekha Roy, June 7, 2017 Reply

    By when should we expect the results?

    • Sweek team, June 7, 2017 Reply

      We were overwhelmed by the 1200 submitted stories and we need to give the jury a few more days, as we want to make sure all the stories are evaluated properly. Stay tuned and apologies for the delay!

  • Swatilekha Roy, June 15, 2017 Reply

    Asking something entirely unrelated to #aspiringindia, on account of getting no reply on facebook! Please reply.
    There was a challenge by the name of #writeherstory where all the submissions were to be feedbacked on by the Sweek team. By when are we going to get it exactly? Please tell me.

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 17, 2017 Reply

      Hi, I just answered your message on Facebook!

  • Gunnu, July 16, 2017 Reply

    Result?

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 17, 2017 Reply

      Hi Gunnu, you can find the winners on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sweekstories/


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