Prompt: Retrospect

A Price To Love by Smita Das Jain is a contemporary tale that uses a back-and-forth narrative to depict the struggles of making a woman’s career tango with her personal life. Flashback has been consistently and extensively deployed as a narrative tool in the book.

Use the Flashback narrative tool to weave a story of 2500-3500 words. The story should read like a chronology of back-and-forth events, i.e. you need to use flashbacks at least twice (or more) in your tale. You also need to include the words ‘Price’ and ‘Love’ in your story, either together or separately.


  1. The submitted story must be between 2500-3500 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. 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.
  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 contest.

Winning criteria:

Top three winners will receive a copy of the book ‘A Price to Love’ by Smita Das Jain.

This book was extended for #BookNook Gift-a-book program by the author.

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Below are the submissions