INDIANORWAY

IN YOUR SHOES – an Indo-Norwegian Writing Competition तुम्हारी नज़र से – भारत-नॉर्वे गल्पात्मक लेखन प्रतियोगिता I DINE SKO – SKJØNNLITTERÆR SKRIVEKONKURRANSE

PRIZE/पुरस्कार/PREMIERING

The first prize is a trip to Norway for 12 days, with food and lodging covered. The best ones among the other entries (12-15) will be published in a book where all texts will be translated and presented in Norwegian, Hindi and English. A corresponding writing competition is also announced in Norway, where the context of the texts is India. The winning entries will also be printed in Bokvennen Literary Magazine and Pratilipi Bilingual Literary Journal.

Vinneren får en reise til India i 12 dager, med dekke av kost og losji. De beste av de øvrige bidragene (12-15 stykker) vil bli publisert i en bok der samtlige tekster vil bli presentert på norsk, hindi og engelsk. En tilsvarende skrivekonkurranse er også utlyst i India, der tekstenes handlingsramme er Norge. Vinnerbidragene vil også trykkes i Bokvennen Litterært Magasin og Pratlilipi Bilingual Literary Journal.

पहला पुरस्कार नॉर्वे यात्रा है, जिसमें मार्ग व्यय और आतिथ्य शामिल है. श्रेष्ठ प्रविष्टियों (12-15) को एक ऐसी पुस्तक के रूप में प्रकाशित किया जायेगा जिसमें सारे मज़मून नॉर्वीज़ी, हिंदी और अंग्रेज़ी में होंगें.  नॉर्वे  में समान्तर हो रही प्रतियोगिता में परिप्रेक्ष्य भारत रहेगा. पुरस्कृत और अन्य प्रविष्टियाँ प्रतिलिपि और बोकवैनें लिट्रेरी में भी प्रकाशित की जायेंगी

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71 comments on “PRIZE/पुरस्कार/PREMIERING

  1. yamini mahajan
    May 28, 2012

    It help us to recognize our skills and better involvement in it.

  2. Suchir
    May 30, 2012

    Good beginning!Vasudhev-Kutumbkam!A Sanatan-philosophy.

  3. MUDASSIR
    May 31, 2012

    please specify the evaluation basis i.e. vocab, theme, knowledge, etc

    • indianorway
      June 1, 2012

      The texts will NOT be evaluated on the basis of correct knowledge ect, but more on the basis of being creative and interesting literary texts.

  4. MUDASSIR
    May 31, 2012

    can we write in dialogue forms also as in stories? can we write a fictional story e.g. based in Norway using dialogues,etc. please mention

    • indianorway
      June 1, 2012

      Yes, you may! The form of this competition is very free, you are welcome to write in any way you would like to and use any literary and creative tools that you feel like using.

  5. MUDASSIR
    May 31, 2012

    please provide details also regarding the submission mode and attachments therewith

    • indianorway
      June 1, 2012

      You may submit your text in any normal format: word, pdf, jpeg, ect.

  6. Sarah Billington
    June 3, 2012

    This is a fantastic opportunity, are international flights included in the prize? I’m in Australia.

    • indianorway
      June 5, 2012

      Yes, if you have to travel from Australia – Norway that will be part of the prize.

      • t antony
        June 13, 2012

        hi, i am from india and the competition launched by you is unique and welcome for amateur cultural explorers like us. i have got a few specific queries: 1) does the first prize include to and fro/return airfare from India to Norway and back apart from food and lodging as mentioned on the website? 2) Is the food and lodging allowance given in cash/coupons or is it that we would be put up at specific venues/boarding houses/hotels/lodges with in-house cafetarias? 3) does the first prize include travel within norway? thanks!

        t.antony

      • indianorway
        June 13, 2012

        Hi Antony!
        Glad to hear that you like the concept of the competition.

        1)The first prize includes to/fro India-Norway, including food and lodging.
        2) The stay is under planning, and all details regarding the food and stay is not ready to be shared as yet. But do not worry, it will be taken care of in an appropriate manner!
        3)It does include the fare for the planned excursions during the stay in Norway. Extra travels and expenditures you will have to take care of yourself.

        With best regards.

  7. Ms PADMAJA
    June 5, 2012

    Dear Madam,
    Hello.
    My name is Ms Padmaja.
    About the contest, I would like you to clarify, whether one can write a fairy tale or a legend which took place in Norway.
    An early reply is expected.
    With all best wishes.
    From
    Ms PADMAJA, bangalore, INDIA.

    • indianorway
      June 5, 2012

      Dear Ms Padmaja,
      yes, you may absolutely write a fairy tale or a legend that takes place in Norway!

      With the best regards

  8. Akanksha
    June 6, 2012

    when will be the results out?

    • indianorway
      June 7, 2012

      In September 2012. Exact date are not set, but will be announced in two months time.

  9. MANAN
    June 11, 2012

    WILL THE OTHERS WHOSE ENTRIES MAY NOT FEATURE AMONGST THE NAMES OF THE PRIZE-WINNERS GET A PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATE OR SOMETHING OF THAT KIND??????

    • indianorway
      June 12, 2012

      No, a participation certificate is not being planned for.
      However, if you like you can probably write and ask specifically for a letter stating that you have sent in you text for this competition.
      Best regards!

      • MANAN
        June 12, 2012

        yes i really want that letter…….where to write and ask specifically for it?????????
        #

      • indianorway
        June 13, 2012

        You will have to write to the projectcoordinator : mirabeckstrom@hotmail.com

  10. t antony
    June 13, 2012

    Hi indianorway, Thanks for the quick reply. We in India are not used to such prompt response. Kudos to the person replying to the blogs and the team members based both in India and Norway. Based on your reply, I have an atypical query: If the prize winner is physically handicapped and paralysed from the waist down, then I suppose it would be difficult for him to travel around in Norway without assistance. In such a scenario, would the first prize winner instead get cash if he prefers not to travel to Norway. Thanks again…:-)

    • indianorway
      June 13, 2012

      Hi again Antony:)

      If the winner happens to be physically handicapped we will try to arrange for the needful assistance, so that she/he will be able to undertake the journey.
      The first prize winner will not be able to take out the prize in cash. One of the main points of this competition is that the winners will be able to see each others countries.
      Best regards.

  11. Ranju Bhatia
    June 15, 2012

    नमस्कार जी मैंने अपना लेख यूनिकोड भाषा में आपको भेज दिया है .कोई समस्या हो पढने में पिल्ज़ सूचित करें ..धन्यवाद

    • Ranju Bhatia
      June 15, 2012

      नमस्कार जी मैंने अपना लेख यूनिकोड भाषा में आपको भेज दिया है .कोई समस्या हो पढने में कृपया सूचित करें ..धन्यवाद

    • indianorway
      June 15, 2012

      Koi baat nahin. Sab bilkul thik hai, dhanyavaad!

  12. t. antony
    June 15, 2012

    Hi indianorway, It’s really thoughtful of you folks to accommodate the needs of the physically handicapped. I was just wondering whether the winning entry would be published on this blog or would this blog become inactive after September 2012. It would be great if you folks could make it an annual feature. I sincerely wish that you get willing sponsors / government aid for the same….:-)

    • Sandy webster
      June 18, 2012

      I agree t antony !!!! such a good idea should be repeated every year!!!!!!!!!!!!! Perhaps different places every year!

      • t antony
        June 20, 2012

        Thanks Sandy! Maybe more of ‘us’ (aspiring writers/amateur explorers) could convince more of them (organisers) around the world to give a serious thought to such an innovative cultural and literary experiment. Let’s find out the organisations who would be interested in such endeavours in our respective countries and make a proposition that they can’t ignore…..:-)

  13. indianorway
    June 15, 2012

    Thank you Antony, very kind of you to think so! 🙂
    The winning entry will probably also be published here, along with the magazines Pratilipi (IND) and Bokvennen (NOR), as well as in the planned publication.

    • t. antony
      June 15, 2012

      Hi IndiaNorway, Could you please delete one of the duplicate blog entries made by me just prior to this entry. Sorry for the error….:-) Also, if possible, kindly provide us the hyperlinks/URLs of the organisers mentioned on this blog i.e. 1) University of Oslo 2) Bokvennen Literary Magazine 3) Pratilipi Bilingual Literary Journal 4) Sahitya Akademi 5) The Caravan 6) Norwegian Association for Literary Translation 7) Norwegian Organization for Literature Abroad (NORLA) 8) Ny Tid weekly newsmagazine 9) Sangam House……..thanks!

      • indianorway
        June 17, 2012

        1)www.uio.no
        2)www.blm.no
        3)pratlilipi.in
        4)sahitya-akademi.gov.in/
        5)www.caravanmagazine.in/ –
        6)http://www.oversetterforeningen.no/index.php?name=English
        7)http://www.norla.no/content/view/full/78
        8)http://www.nytid.no/en/
        9)Sangam house
        http://www.sangamhouse.org

      • t antony
        June 20, 2012

        Hi IndiaNorway, Thanks for providing the complete details and saving us the trouble of googling the above mentioned URLs! I was just wondering whether you would still be monitoring this blog and replying to our queries at least till September 2012 or do we have to mail to indonorway@gmail.com? By the way, what’s the rough number of valid entries that you have received till date……..just curious and eager…:-)

      • indianorway
        June 22, 2012

        Will be monitoring this blog and replying until the winners are announced. However the replies might take some time. Thank you!

  14. shreshthi
    June 16, 2012

    what all would be counted

  15. shreshthi
    June 16, 2012

    what is the word limit

    • indianorway
      June 16, 2012

      Read the guidelines on this page, and you will also get an impression about what the whole concept is about!

      (wordlimit is 2,000!)

  16. sandy webster
    June 17, 2012

    Hi india norway.I have written about hundred words more than 2,000. Is this fine?

  17. sandy webster
    June 17, 2012

    hi. I was wondering if it is fine to write a hundred or so more words than 2,000

  18. sandy webster
    June 17, 2012

    Will the book containing the winning entries be published world-wide? My friends in US, Canada,Australia etc want to see if my entry is chosen;-)

  19. Suchir
    June 18, 2012

    Hi.India norway,
    I have completed my story and sent it electronically at email address given on your site.I have only mentioned my name/mob.no/address apart of my story without a preface or epilogue.Is it fine.I don’t have to send it anywhere else or in writing as postal mail?.-Suchir

  20. Sandy
    June 18, 2012

    Hi india norway thanks for the quick reply. I agree with t anthony, this should be annual. Maybe a different place every year! I have sent my entry, now lets keep our fingers crossed!!!! Excitement at its peak now!! I was wondering if the winning entry will also be published in the book as you have said that first place will go to norway and few other entries will be published.

    • indianorway
      June 18, 2012

      Great!!! The first winner will also be published in the book.

  21. Sandy webster
    June 18, 2012

    Hi india norway! I was wondering if there will be separate categories for the entries as it will be unfair if those younger’s entries will be judged along with those who are elder.

  22. masoom vyas
    June 19, 2012

    Hey i just wish to know how would we be informed if our story is to be published in a magazine and if we might get it in written or not ????

    • indianorway
      June 21, 2012

      You will be contacted via e-mail and asked for your kind approval of the same. Thank you!

  23. t antony
    June 21, 2012

    hi indianorway, could you please delete the duplicate blog entry displayed just prior to this entry….thanks!

  24. t antony
    June 23, 2012

    Hi IndiaNorway, Thanks for the reply. I guess you folks are busy shortlisting the entries. I am sure that you would have got an overwhelming response from India compared to Norway. What’s the rough number of valid entries that you have received till date from India?…:-)

    • indianorway
      June 23, 2012

      Hi again Antony The Curious! – let´s say its thrice as many from the Indian side! Over 300, still counting…

      • t antony
        June 23, 2012

        hi indianorway…the mysterious! thanks for the prompt reply…….by the way, don’t you think it’s a bit unfair that you know our names but we know only your moniker…why the veil?!…:-)

      • t antony
        June 24, 2012

        Hi IndiaNorway, 300 and still counting!!! I guess you have got a response more than you bargained for…:-) At this rate you would have to publish at least 10 volumes to do justice to all the novices that struggled to bring out their inner hemingways…hehe!!

  25. Gurmit Singh Saini
    June 24, 2012

    In the upcoming competition where India shall be covered, can an Indian also eligible to compete? Would like to know and expecting reply.
    Thanks and regards.
    Gurmit Singh Saini
    India.

    • indianorway
      June 24, 2012

      Could you reformulate that question? Not too sure about what you mean:)

      • Gurmit Singh Saini.
        June 25, 2012

        Sir, Goood evening. sorry my question needs clarification. I may say can I, an Indian, also write about India in the upcoming competition that is learnt to take place in the manner it did for Norway which closed on 18th June.
        thanks ane regards.gurmit singh saini

      • indianorway
        June 25, 2012

        We are only aware of one fictional writing competition of this kind, and unfamiliar with other ones, sorry for that!

  26. Gurmit Singh Saini.
    June 30, 2012

    Dear Sirs
    My suggestion is that after the ticket winner, the other 12-15 entries must also be rewarded with momentos apart from publishing in magazines for research purpose. It would be more encouraging. Thanks and regards.
    Gurmit Singh Saini

  27. Sandy webster
    August 19, 2012

    HI indianorway! I am really hoping that results will be out soon!

  28. Renuka
    September 15, 2012

    When are the results coming out..??

  29. t antony
    October 2, 2012

    Hi Indianorway, It’s good to hear from you. We are all happy to note that you and your team has finally completed the mammoth task of wading through 450+ valid entries in addition to the ‘n’ number of invalid entries. By the way, what’s the actual number of total entries received by you including invalid entries (excluding the ubiquitous spam entries!).
    Also, the delay in the announcement of the prize winner has made me wonder that maybe the entries received by you have not been able to meet the basic standards set out by you folks and frankly I believe that you should not lower the standards to eventually choose the winner due to our impatience and unreasonable expectations. You are free to state the truth that no entry had the merit of being a unanimous winner despite the overwhelming response from our side.
    Furthermore, you may also boldly declare without any embarassment that the publication of the shortlisted entries (if any) is subject to further improvement in the quality and originality of the narratives. In short, do not succumb to public pressure and let us try to make this a truly democratic yet prestigious prize instead of projecting it as a mere populist gesture.
    I am sure that many of the budding authors here may not agree with this view and may term it elitist but I believe it is time that we learnt the value of being ORIGINAL and CREATIVE in the true sense of the word….:-)

  30. t antony
    October 2, 2012

    Hi Indianorway,

    It’s good to hear from you. We are all happy to note that you and your team has finally completed the mammoth task of wading through 450+ valid entries in addition to the ‘n’ number of invalid entries. By the way, what’s the actual number of total entries received by you including invalid entries (excluding the ubiquitous spam entries)?!

    Also, the delay in the announcement of the prize winner has made me wonder that maybe the entries received by you have not been able to meet the basic standards set out by you folks and frankly I believe that you should not lower the standards to eventually choose the winner due to our impatience and unreasonable expectations. You are free to state the truth that no entry had the merit of being a unanimous winner despite the overwhelming response from our side.

    Furthermore, you may also boldly declare without any embarrassment that the publication of the shortlisted entries (if any) is subject to further improvement in the quality and originality of the narratives. In short, do not succumb to public pressure and let us try to make this a truly democratic yet prestigious prize instead of projecting it as a mere populist gesture.

    I am sure that many of the budding authors here may not agree with this view and may term it elitist but I believe it is time that we learnt the value of being ORIGINAL and CREATIVE in the true sense of the word….:-)

  31. t antony
    October 2, 2012

    Hi Indianorway,

    It’s good to hear from you. We are all happy to note that you and your team has finally completed the mammoth task of wading through 450+ valid entries in addition to the ‘n’ number of invalid entries. By the way, what’s the actual number of total entries received by you including invalid entries (excluding the ubiquitous spam entries)?!

    Also, the delay in the announcement of the prize winner has made me wonder that maybe the entries received by you have not been able to meet the basic standards set out by you folks and frankly I believe that you should not lower the standards to eventually choose the winner due to our impatience and unreasonable expectations. You are free to state the truth that no entry had the merit of being an unanimous winner despite the overwhelming response from our side.

    Furthermore, you may also boldly declare without any embarrassment that the publication of the shortlisted entries (if any) is subject to further improvement in the quality and originality of the narratives. In short, do not succumb to public pressure and let us try to make this a truly democratic yet prestigious prize instead of projecting it as a mere populist gesture.

    I am sure that many of the budding authors here may not agree with this view and may term it elitist but I believe it is time that we learnt the value of being ORIGINAL and CREATIVE in the true sense of the word….:-)

    • A Passerby
      October 15, 2012

      Dear Mr. T. Antony,
      I landed on this site when I was searching for info about Norway. When I saw your posts here, I was plainly amused by your self-righteousness and suggestions. Your views are certainly not elitist. Instead your posts only reveal the following:

      • Your eagerness to display your apparent sense of fair play and modesty (by wondering if the entries, including yours, are unreasonably substandard and lack originality and creativity)
      • Your curiosity (in probing the organizers to reveal the number of valid and invalid entries), which is usually ignored or rebuffed by most organizers
      • Your condescending attitude towards the IndiaNorway organizers in implying that if not for your advice, they may actually lower their standards to cater to the expectations of the majority
      • Your magnanimity in granting them the ‘freedom’ to nullify the contest
      • Your sincere effort to instill courage in them to resist public pressure. It goes without saying that in any contest, the organizers have the privilege of taking the final decision, whatever be it is, without one of the contestants putting himself/herself on a high pedestal to pass judgements and distribute rights to everyone around.

  32. t antony
    October 4, 2012

    pls delete the first two of the 3 duplicate entries

  33. kailashsrinivasan
    October 11, 2012

    Hi,

    Just wanted to know when will the results of the writing competition be revealed. Kindly let me know.

    Regards.
    Kailash

  34. Guest123
    October 12, 2012

    I see the “don’t fret, prizes will be announced soon” post is gone. The entries were that bad, eh?

  35. oshin gulsia
    October 12, 2012

    plz plz plz indonorway..kindly tell us the results…its 4 days i’v been checkin out 4 d latest newz…bt nthng gud,,afte all if d success were so easy 2 get in 1st trial,evera1 shud have been d winner…bt d winner stnds alone..wateve d thing is we are ready 2 accept d results,affirm8ivly…

  36. t antony
    November 5, 2012

    Hi IndiaNorway, Is this blog non-functional now?! If yes, then kindly mention the same on the home page. If not, then it would be in the fitness of things to display the names of the prize winners on the HOME page or on this page (PRIZE / PREMIERING) so that visitors to the blog get the correct picture instead of the erroneous impression that something is amiss. The lack of relevant updates on the blog creates confusion apart from conveying a sense of incompleteness. I suppose you and your team are extremely busy so you are free to respond to relevant blog queries as per your convenience but kindly display the list of winners on this blog at the earliest. Thanks.

    • indianorway
      November 8, 2012

      Hi Anthony! Please see the last post on the HOME page for announcement of the winners. It has been there all the time.
      Have a great day!
      Thanks.

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