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    Sweek writing competition: India College Clash

    June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017

Sweek writing competition: India College Clash

Dutch company Sweek is looking for young talented writers! Do you want to win cash prizes to cover a part of your tuition, take a weekend break from studying or treat your family to a great dinner? Start writing now and get a chance to win over ₹35,000 in cash in our student writing competition! As long as your story is less than 3,000 words, you can write in any genre and on any topic: a thrilling mystery, a breathtaking fantasy, or an epic love story!


Step 1: You must be registered to a college in India. If you graduated any time in 2017, you can still participate 🙂

Step 2: Download the Sweek app or use our website

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 3: Create an account or log in

Step 4: Go to ‘My stories’ and then click on ‘New story’. Create a chapter and write or copy in your story.
Step 5: Publish your work and fill in the tag #IndiaCollegeClash in your story details.  Finalize by ‘Publish’ – your story is now published and part of the writing contest! If you would like your college to win the best college award (so not mandatory!), put the abbreviation of your college in the tags section, or write the university and college full name in the short description of your story.


Upload your story on Sweek with the hashtag #IndiaCollegeClash and get a chance to win prizes below!

Jury prizes
Jury 1st choice award: ₹10,000 cash + printed certificate
Jury 2nd choice award: ₹5,000 cash + printed certificate
Jury 3rd choice award: ₹2,500 cash + printed certificate
Jury 4th – 10th choice: printed certificate
Best college award: ₹5,000 cash + all entries get a printed participation certificate

Community prizes
Most popular story award: ₹5,000 cash
Most active reader award: ₹2,500 cash
Best feedback award: ₹2,500 cash
Best cover design award: ₹2,500 cash
Predict the winner award: ₹2,500 cash

Participation: June 20th – July 31st
Winner announcement: August 22nd


  1. You must be registered to a college in India. If you’re a prize winner, you need to be able to hand over a proof of enrollment. If you graduated any time in 2017, you can still participate 🙂
  2. Your story needs to be written in English or Hindi
  3. The story must be tagged #IndiaCollegeClash in the story details
  4. Word limit: maximum 3,000 words
  5. The story doesn’t have to be new or exclusive (so it can be a story from an existing blog for instance), but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek and the story didn’t participate in previous Sweek competitions
  6. The story must be created by you
  7. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 31/07/17, 23:59
  8. You can participate with multiple entries
  9. 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

Good luck, Sweekers!


Sweek is based in the Netherlands, Europe.

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

Pragya Sharma is a blogger, book reviewer, and clinical psychologist. Find out more via ReviewingShelf.

Avnika Gupta is a Spoken Word Artist and street theater artist. Check out her Facebook page!

Although any student and literary club can join for this contest, our official partners are great literary clubs who help us make this competition possible. Introducing:

Literary Committee, LNMIIT. Visit them on Facebook!
KalamKaar: the Literary Society of DDUC. Check them out on Facebook!
Literary & Debating Club | NIT Calicut. Follow them on Facebook!
University Debating & Literary Club – AMU. Read more on Facebook!


Best college award goes to the college with the highest total score. The score is based on number of entries multiplied by the average score of the stories on a scale of 1 to 5, given by the jury. If the college has a literary club, they will be awarded the prize. If not, the college will be contacted.

Most popular story award goes to the story with the highest number of followers. The deadline for the followers count is: 15/08/17, 23:59. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues.

Most active reader award goes to the reader that gave the most likes, follows and comments on any Sweek story. Be sure to add #IndiaCollegeClash in your profile ‘about’ section to let us know you want to participate. You don’t need to have written a story yourself to participate. The deadline for the activity count is 15/08/17, 23:59

Best feedback award goes to person who gave the most useful feedback to a story that participates in the #IndiaCollegeClash competition. Simply add #IndiaCollegeClash to the end of your comment to have the jury read your comment. You don’t need to have written a story yourself to participate. The deadline for writing your comment is 15/08/17, 23:59.

Best cover design award goes to the most beautiful and original cover. For participation you need to upload the cover on Instagram and add in description #indiacollegeclash and tag @sweekstories. The winner will be selected by the Sweek team together with the Sweek Keepers.

Predict the winner award goes to person who predicted which story would win the jury 1st choice award. If multiple people have the correct answer, there will be a lottery among those. You can leave your prediction on the post in the Facebook event. One prediction per person. The deadline for leaving your prediction is 15/08/17, 23:59. 

* The cash amount will be transferred via paypal or to a bank account with a valid IBAN and 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 either, a gift card to a webshop can be considered. The printed certificates for the top 10 will be personalized and sent to their home address. The certificates for the college award will be sent to one address of the literary society or university and are not personalized.


  • hardik, June 22, 2017 Reply

    Is it necessary that the story must be about college ?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 22, 2017 Reply

      Hi, no you can write on any topic and in any genre! The only requirement is that you're enrolled in a college in India, and that your story is shorter than 3,000 words. Good luck!

  • jyoti, June 23, 2017 Reply

    can i write poem?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, you can!

  • anonymous, June 23, 2017 Reply

    Is their any particular genre for the story.can we introduce any inappropriate stuff if important for understanding the story

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi, there is no theme or particular genre. As long as you're enrolled in a college in India and your story is less than 3,000 words, you can join. I'm not sure what you mean with inappropriate, but as long as there is no call to hatred etc. your story may have explicit content, as long as you mark your story as 'adult content' instead of 'safe'. Good luck!

  • satarupa das, June 23, 2017 Reply

    why college or university is important?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi Satarupa, we wanted to launch a writing competition to encourage students to write.
      We always have writing competitions going on with which you can join from anywhere in the world, for everyone ;) For example: https://blog.sweek.com/writing-contest-unbelievable-tales/ or https://blog.sweek.com/writing-competition-storytellers/

  • Sandeep, June 24, 2017 Reply

    Where do we register for the competition?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi Sandeep, it's quite easy. By uploading your story on Sweek with the tag #IndiaCollegeClash your college abbreviation, you automatically participate in the competition. Scroll up this blog post for the 'How-to' participate ;)
      Good luck!

  • Harsh, June 24, 2017 Reply

    I graduated this year itself. Can I still participate under my College's name?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 24, 2017 Reply

      If you have an enrollment for 2017 - that's fine!

  • Priya Bhowal, June 24, 2017 Reply

    Can I enter with a short fiction that has already been published in a magazine?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 25, 2017 Reply

      Hi Priya, yes you can! As long as it's new to Sweek, it fine that it was published elsewhere before. Good luck!

  • Suyash, June 24, 2017 Reply

    No school students allowed?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 25, 2017 Reply

      Hi Suyash, the competition is for college students. Are you attending one? If not, you can always participate with one of our other writing competitions! https://blog.sweek.com/writing-contest-unbelievable-tales/

  • Monica, June 26, 2017 Reply

    can you please tell where is the tags section where we need to write the hashtags?

    • Sweek team, June 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, the tags section is in the Story details (where you also have category, rating etc.) Let us know if you don't manage to add the tag :)

  • Meshwa, June 26, 2017 Reply

    If u write a poem than will I be eligible for this competition?

    • Sweek team, June 26, 2017 Reply

      Yes, as mentioned in the guidelines, you can submit poetry as well :)

  • Yashi Khatri, June 27, 2017 Reply

    I'm enrolled in college in India but my university does not have a literary club . I may be the only person to participate. Can I participate?

    • Sweek team, June 27, 2017 Reply

      Hi, sure you can :)

  • Bhavna Tripathi, June 27, 2017 Reply

    Can an individual publish more than one creation{stories nd poem} nd will all be considered?

    • Sweek team, June 27, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, you can submit multiple entries to one contest :)

  • Kavita, June 27, 2017 Reply

    I'm done with my graduation last month.So, I'm outta college now what to do?

    • Sabine van der Plas, June 27, 2017 Reply

      If you have an enrollment for 2017 - you can participate!

  • Himani Saini, June 27, 2017 Reply

    Hi! I am pursuing my M.Phil.at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Am I eligible for this competition?

    • Sweek team, June 28, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, all the students are eligible to join, so yes, definitely :)

  • Twinkle agarwal, June 27, 2017 Reply

    Should the story be original one?

    • Sweek team, June 28, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, it doesn't have to be original (meaning that it could be already a story from your blog or other sources), but it needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek (so not an existing Sweek story)

  • Prerana, June 28, 2017 Reply

    Is it necessary we are in college...i mean i m in school...and i want to participate as an induvidual. Is it possible?

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 3, 2017 Reply

      Hi, you indeed need to be in a college/university in India. You can also participate as an individual, as long as you're enrolled this year (beginning of 2017 if fine too). Good luck! We also have the GoExplore competition, which is open for everyone: https://blog.sweek.com/sweek-writing-competition-goexplore/

  • Mini, June 30, 2017 Reply

    Can class 11 students participate?

    • Sweek team, July 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, only college students can join this one. But we have two other contests going on: https://blog.sweek.com/writing-competition-storytellers/ andhttps://blog.sweek.com/sweek-writing-competition-goexplore/ :)

  • Abhijit singh, July 1, 2017 Reply

    Can you do a competition in any particular college? It will be helpful for students and your business, all managements will be mine.

    • Sweek team, July 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, could you please elaborate?
      Any college student can participate :) If you are interested in promoting our contest and becoming our ambassador, please let us know!

  • Abhijit singh, July 1, 2017 Reply

    Yes i want you to come to our college and let them(the students) know that you gonna arrange a short story competition. I will arrange the meeting of our pupils with you the way you want. This will be a distinct competition with the help of you and our college presidents and teachers. Just mention if you want to.

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 3, 2017 Reply

      Hi Abhijit, thanks for getting in touch! We'll contact your directly!

  • Ayesha Ansar, July 1, 2017 Reply

    I gratuated in 2013 . Can i still participate? I am currently purusing CA course .

    • Sweek team, July 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, unfortunately you need to be a student for this one. But if you'd like you can participate in these contests:

  • Sayali Atkare, July 1, 2017 Reply

    Can I get some more details about 'Cover Design' ? What is the 'cover' signifies?

    • Sweek team, July 2, 2017 Reply

      Cover is the picture which you use for your story :)

  • Shrushti Sutar, July 3, 2017 Reply

    I passed my 12th std this year and will be enrolled in college probably by next two weeks, can I still participate?

    • Sweek team, July 3, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, yes you can :)

  • Abhishek, July 6, 2017 Reply

    Can I write the poem in a collaborative language ?
    like neither completely English nor completely hindi , like a blend of the two ?

    • Sweek team, July 7, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, yes, you can

      • Abhishek, July 7, 2017 Reply

        Great. Thanks :)

  • Pheba, July 11, 2017 Reply

    Is the active reader award confined to liking/commenting on the IndiaCollegeClash stories alone or any story in Sweek?

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 13, 2017 Reply

      Hi, it's for all the stories on Sweek!

  • Lakshay, July 11, 2017 Reply

    I am registered with a university but not going to college that is doing external so can i take part.

    • Sweek team, July 12, 2017 Reply

      Hi there, yes, you can!

  • Ananya Chatterjee, July 12, 2017 Reply

    I wrote a story to participate in this competition. I put the required tag in the story details section and pressed publish. But the tag isn't showing now. What am I supposed to do? Please do help.

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 13, 2017 Reply

      Hi Ananya, did you press enter after you wrote the tag? You can add it by going to 'my stories', clicking on your story, going to the 3 dot menu in the upper right corner and clicking on 'edit story details'. After you write the tag, press enter to add it and then on the back button to save. Good luck!

  • Heena oberoi, July 14, 2017 Reply

    Hi ,I always interested to do new creating things.i completed my graduation in June 2017 . Can I participate in this competition?

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 15, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, as you were a student in 2017, you can participate! Good luck :)

  • Madhura Bilimogga, July 16, 2017 Reply

    Is the 'Best Design Cover Award' for the covers which will be used at the time of publishing our writing?

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, the cover you upload on Instagram needs to be the same as the one you use for your story. You can always edit your cover design until the deadline for the contest.

  • Subhashini, July 18, 2017 Reply

    Hey I published my story and even #India College Clash but when I open sweek page I can not find my work until I search it.How would I know if it is participating in competition or not??????

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 19, 2017 Reply

      Hi, I can check for you. What's the title of your story and your username?

  • Himani, July 18, 2017 Reply

    Is it necessary to write a story?? Can it be an article or post..??

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 19, 2017 Reply

      Hi, yes, it can be non-fiction too, like an article, blog post or opinion piece. Good luck!

  • Shivam Aggarwal, July 19, 2017 Reply

    Are certificates of participation given to all the participants. If yes then how do participants get access to them??

    • Sabine van der Plas, July 19, 2017 Reply

      Hi Shivam, the jury winners get them personally, and for the winning college it will be arranged with the club or any other responsible organization.

  • Sathwik, July 22, 2017 Reply

    Does the story I write need to be a complete one or even a part of it is acceptable?

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