An important item goes missing, creating a ripple effect on the relationships between those who are searching for it. As the quest to find the lost object unfolds, explore how the characters' interactions, emotions, and connections evolve.

Let your story highlight the intricate web of human relationships and how a single event can transform lives in unexpected ways.

This month, we invite and encourage you to write a story on the central theme of 'Lost'. This could be a tangible or an intangible item.

Prompt credit: Kajal Kapur


  1. The submitted story must be between 2500-5000 words (each). Entries lower than or exceeding the word limit will stand disqualified for the event. (Penmancy Tip: Use 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. AI generated content stands invalid for the contest. Repeated offenders will be barred from participation in Penmancy events.
  5. 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. You may share the story on your blog wih a backlink to Penmancy’s original published post.
  6. 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:

  1. The winner will be chosen on the basis of the judges’ scores (out of 10)
    • plot/story/creativity (15 points)
    • language/grammar (10 points)
    • narrative voice & content (9 points)
    • emotional impact, (8 points)
    • characterisation (8 points)
  2. The entries adjudged by a panel of judges and event organisers shall be binding. Judges’ scores to be deemed final and may not be contested or sought from the Penmancy team.
  3. All writers are required to read and comment on 5 stories other than their own and encourage their fellow writers with valuable and constructive inputs. Comments like ‘nice’, ‘good work’, ‘brilliant piece’, etc., do not provide the necessary critique and are not helpful to anyone.
  4. Only stories that garnered and average score/rating of 7.5 and above, as aggregated on judges’ scores, shall be eligible for winning.
  5. Contest Duration
    The submission for the contest is open from July 1 to July 31, 2024.
    Results for the event shall be shared on August 7, 2024, at 8:00 pm.

Top three winners will receive a copy of the book ‘Letters to the Flautist’ by Multiple Poets, sponsored by Lalitha Ramanathan (one of the contributors).