Online social networking and commerce site Sulekha.com has joined hands with Penguin Books India to launch the ‘Blogprint’ contest. The contest commences from August 10, 2007 and is a talent hunt for quality rich creative writing in fiction and non-fiction segment. Penguin will publish selected blogs in a book form.
A jury of eminent writers and luminaries of the literary world would evaluate 52 winning entries on the criteria of originality, quality of penmanship and expressiveness. Of these, 25 best blogs would be published by Penguin.
The contest would run for a period of six months and is open to all bloggers registered on Sulekha.com. The two best blogs on the website would be awarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000. The 52 entries would win a total Rs 520,000 in cash.
Commenting on the contest, Satya Prabhakar, Founder and CEO, Sulekha.com, said, “The idea behind the contest is to encourage quality amateur writers in India. It is a one-off golden opportunity for bloggers to write online and be able to compete in a contest, which could fructify in their work being published in print. For us, to have the support and partnership of Penguin has been a tremendous boost to the premise of the ‘Blogprint’ contest.”
“The online medium is fast emerging as the perfect vehicle for talent scouting as well as freewheeling and thought provoking expression. We are delighted to partner with Sulekha.com for ‘blogprint’, which would create an exciting new venue for Indians worldwide to showcase their talent,” said Thomas Abraham, CEO and President. Penguin India.
The contest entries can range from anecdotes, short stories, travelogues, commentaries, interviews, film reviews and any other creative writing.