You get into a taxi. But instead of taking you to the place you want to go, it takes you to a place you need to go.

Write a story based on this prompt.

Send in your entries to in a word document along with a 2-3 line bio (not required if previously sent) and a cover picture for your story (optional). The subject of your mail should be “Entry for #MyRide″ (compulsory). Instantly earn 250 Penmancy Points on submission.


  1. Use the theme to write your fictional story. Any genre is acceptable.
  2. The submitted story must be between 1800-2000 words (each). Entries lower than or exceeding the word limit will stand disqualified for the event. (Penmancy Tip: Use to check your word count.)
  3. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit- though only one of them will qualify for winning.
  4. 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.
  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 event, so please be mindful.

Winning criteria:

  1. Submitted entries to be adjudged based on the premise, flow, grammar and presentation.
  2. The entries to be adjudged by a panel of guest judges and event organisers.
  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 is not helpful for anyone.
  4. 2 winners will be sent a beautiful novel in the genre of their submission.
  5. The last date of submission is March 30, 2019 (Saturday). Winners shall be announced on April 6, 2019 (Saturday).
  6. For questions related to the rules and criteria, please write to us at or through the Contact Us section on the website.


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Check out the entries here:

Journey to the Golden Gate

Nico returned to his penthouse later than usual. He was a rich young man who lived a profligate life without ...
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Lesson of Shraddha and Saburi – A Ride to Remember

Anjana wiped out the beads of perspiration that trickled down her face with her chiffon dupatta while anxiously looking at ...
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The Un-destined Destination

“Morning Luka, all set to go?” said Neha stowing her gear and getting into the Taxi. She glanced at her ...
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Life Begins After a Hitch

Running an hour late, Kavita hired a cab that would take her to office. She contently occupied the corner of ...
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Sitting by the window sill, Smita watched as Aryan got into the school bus. He had just left with his ...
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The Quaint

I get into a taxi. But instead of taking me to the place I wanted to go, it took me ...
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