In ‘Twisted Tales and Turns’ by Smita Das Jain, secrets are unveiled in unexpected ways to the readers.

Create a short story of 450-500 words that revolves around one character deliberately harbouring a secret from other character(s) in the story. The secret can either be a deep one of significant consequence or a minor one with minimal impact. The story can be of any genre with the theme of character’s struggle to keep the secret or unravelling of the secret and its consequences being the centre stage. 

This month’s #QuinTale prompt is sponsored by author Smita Das Jain. Her latest book, ‘Twisted Tales and Turns’ is a multi-genre short story collection with the ‘twist’ as a plot device binding all the stories together.

  • Check this link to get down to the nitty-gritty of writing flash fiction
  • Send in your entries to penmagica@gmail.com as an attachment in a word document (.doc/.docx) along with a 2-3 line bio, in the third person (not required if previously sent).
  • The subject of your mail should be “Entry for #QuinTale-54″(compulsory).
  • Along with your entry PLEASE send a suggested cover in landscape form for your story (to be sent as a separate attachment or a link of the stock photo (not watermarked) would be enough, of high resolution -900 pixels and above on either, Pixabay, Pexels or Unsplash) The elves at Penmancy are mighty pleased if a story is accompanied by a cover. 


  1. The submitted story must be between 450-500 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 story received shall qualify for the event. The remaining story/ies shall be treated as a guest story/ies.
  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 platform or blog before the declaration of results stands disqualified from the event.
    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.
  5. NO corrections/ reviews of story/ies shall be entertained, but you may submit your edited stories after the event has concluded.

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)
  • use of prompt/theme (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. No scores will be shared with the participants.

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 for anyone.

4. Only stories that garnered an average score/rating of 7.5 and above from the panel of judges shall be eligible for winning.

Event timelines:

  • The last date of submission is September 23, 2023.
  • Three winners shall be announced on October 2, 2023, at 8 PM.

The announcement of winners may be postponed or preponed depending on the number of entries received.

The winners of the event shall receive the book Twisted Tales and Turns by Smita Das Jain.

This book has been shared by the author as a part of the Penmancy #BookNook Author Spotlight program.

For questions related to the rules and criteria, please write to us at penmagica@gmail.com or through the Contact Us section on the website.
Here are the submitted stories for the event:


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