Autumn, with its kaleidoscope of warm greens, yellows, deep reds, orangey reds, and peachy yellowed-pinks, not to mention every shade of golden brown, symbolises transformation. These colours mirror the changes we undergo while gearing up for challenges or triumphantly overcoming them. They’re a reminder that life itself is a celebration, much like the vibrant palette nature bestows upon us.

This month, we encourage you to incorporate these autumnal hues into your narratives. Let one of these colours become the central theme of your story, symbolising the warmth and preparedness we all need for the approaching winter. Or, signifying something completely spooky or sinister.

While we’re on this, let us share that the cover image of this event is courtesy Mithila Peshwe, Penmancy Community Manager.


  1. The submitted story must be between 2500-4500 words (each). Entries lower than or exceeding the word limit will stand disqualified for the event. (Penmancy Tip: Use https://wordcounter.io/ to check your word count.)
  2. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit- though only the first one of them will be eligible for the contest.
  3. Previously published or plagiarised works will not be considered for contention. The writer of such content stands to be disqualified for the next Penmancy event.
  4. Stories found to have been shared on another writing platform or blog before the declaration of results stand disqualified from the event. Kindly check the Terms of Use for details.
  5. In case a story is received after the submission deadline, it shall be considered as a guest entry and shall not qualify for the contest.

Winning criteria:

Top three winners will receive a copy of one of these books by Beetashok Chatterjee.

Below are the submissions