Prompt: “Swap”

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1. Submit your fictional stories based on the given prompt (The word may or may not feature in your story, but it must showcase the theme.) 

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. If one or more stories from the same author get selected for winning, only the one with the highest score will be chosen. (Only stories that garnered an average score of 7.5 and above will be eligible for winning.)

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).

5. Most of all- HAVE FUN!!

P.s.: Last date of submission is June 23, 2019 (Sunday) 2359 hrs. Winners shall be announced on June 30, 2019 (Sunday) at 8 PM.


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Check the submitted stories here:

Raima’s Changeover

At 62, when Raima was widowed, she was faced with her life’s toughest battle. Not that she was dependent on ...
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Welcome to the Future

Joe stands by the window of his apartment. It’s only 7 in the morning, but beads of sweat start to ...
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Cold Chat

Beth just moved in and was busy unpacking boxes. Above her flat, someone kept dropping things. Outside, a fierce wind ...
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The Grandmother

Siya gave birth to a fair-skinned chubby girl with well-defined features. After a brief usual infant cry, the little girl ...
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The World of Hashtags

Malathi looked ruefully at the pictures posted by her maternal cousin Menaka accompanied by a whole slew of hashtags: #makingmemories#mylove#holdiay2019#lifeisbeautiful#grateful ...
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Till Another Swap

“Eat now.” “No.” “Come on. Eat and swallow.” “No,” shrieked Medha, the mom. “Please mom eat,” said an exasperated Aakash ...
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The Deathly Swap

She shifted in her chair restlessly. Stirred from sleep, she heard the ventilator pumping oxygen into Amay. Various machines were ...
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Luck by Chance

"Dear, why are you looking worried. Is your health ok?" enquired Mr. Singh. 'I am fine, but I think Ritika ...
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The Sleepwalker

“Oh No!” not again, came the shriek from Meeta as she darted towards the storeroom on the second floor. “How ...
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There is a Problem

Kohled eyes, long tresses, sharp nose; it was love at first sight for Raghavan. It was the first day of ...
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The Perils of Being Meek

"Amma, I want new sneakers for the Annual Sports Day" demanded Rama. "Yes Beta, we shall go to the market ...
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Insane Bargain

“Where are the pines that lined this stretch of the road?” I queried restively from Prakash, about ten metres short ...
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The Favour

Ashish blushed like a love-struck teenager as he glanced at her through the mesh separating the ladies compartment from the ...
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The Girl in the Mansion

“The food is tasteless,” she shrieked and banged her plate on the glass top dining table. The Belgian crystal vase ...
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Swapping, A Way of Life

The early morning sun broke through the chintz curtains on the window. Shefali heard the alarm and lazily stretched out ...
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The Realization

“Wow, the Kulcha* tastes heavenly!” Rishi exclaimed lost in its taste. “You are gifted.” praised Mr. Sharma asking for more ...
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Neha’s Sleepover

“Neha, finish your dinner!,” shouted Mrs.Sharma as her only daughter climbed upstairs to her room in a fit of rage ...
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Empathetic Shoulders

The Woodmont High School has been known for its ingenious inceptions alongside academic education. While addressing the students in the ...
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One-sided Friendship

It was that hot, sultry dusk of June when temperatures were soaring up to a merciless 48 degrees. When humanity ...
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The Slap, Oops, The Swap

He excitedly waved at his friends across the bar, he was about to break the big news to them. He ...
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Bunty Aur Sweety

When she passed by, batting her eyelashes, Bunty’s heart thudded a thousand beats a minute. ‘Oye! Line de rahi hai ...
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Rohit glanced at the gate for the tenth time. It was eight thirty and she would be here soon. His ...
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"Maa?" Nidhi turned around to the meek voice. 11-year-old Siya stood hesitantly. "Siya!" Nidhi went to her with outstretched arms ...
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Mala Mamta Manpreet

“I can’t believe we made it,” Mala wondered aloud. “Yes, we are in Bangkok,” said an awed Manpreet. “Three nights ...
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Nothing Would Change

It was a grand party, a birthday to remember. Kumar and Shobha's only child, Vaibhavi, turned twenty that day. As ...
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The Lunchbox

It was the period of geography and while the teacher was busy teaching, the students were keenly waiting for the ...
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Bittu & Bunty

‘Oye Sardar*! What did you get in your tiffin*?’ ‘Chole Chawal*, I think. Not sure,’ replied Bittu,’ Why? What did ...
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Amma Goes Shopping

Amma* smiled with childlike glee stepping through the doors of the new, three-storeyed departmental store. Mostly confined to her home ...
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The Blissful Swap

“Another drink should be fine for you, come on darl,” her husband’s voice seemed echoing from a distance or was ...
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The View from the Top

As Abhilasha looked at Rahul’s bungee jumping profile picture on Facebook, a single tear slid out from the corner of ...
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