From the below-given idioms, select one and interpret it in your own way.  Your choices are-

  • old habits die hard -This expression means that people are often reluctant to change the way they do something, especially if they have been doing it for a long time.
  • fat cat – To refer to a rich and powerful person as a fat cat means that you disapprove of the way they use their money or power.
  • fast talker – A person who speaks quickly and easily but cannot always be trusted is called a fast talker.
  • off the mark – If something is off the mark, it is incorrect or inaccurate.
  • once in a blue moon – Something that happens once in a blue moon happens rarely or hardly ever.

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1. Submit your fictional stories based on the given prompt and interpret the idiom in your own way. Revolving your story around the idiom and not merely mentioning it in your story lends you added brownie points. (wink!)

2. The submitted story/ies must be between 450-500 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. Writers may submit 3 entries of unique storylines. Only fresh stories are accepted for the event. Previously published stories will not be considered for contention. No Plagiarism. PLEASE.

4. Entries shared on another platform/blog before the announcement of the results, stand disqualified from the event.

5. Send in your entries to in a word document along with a 2-3 line bio and a cover picture for the story (optional-you may refer to pixabaydotcom or unsplashdotcom for high quality free photos, preferably above 900×800 pixels). {You need not send your details if you have already sent them, lest you want them replaced} The subject of your mail should be “Entry for QuinTale-08″ (compulsory).

6. Most of all- HAVE FUN!!

P.s.: Last date of submission is May 23, 2019. Winners shall be announced on May 28, 2019.


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Sins of A Mother

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The Fate

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Sweet Savory

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Playing with Fire

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Lurking Shadows

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Power Play

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The Passbook

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The Haveli

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