(A #HarnessWriting contest in association with Studio CacoFunny)

Given above is a table with five columns. There are six each of character, location, emotion and genre listed respectively. The first column has their respective numbers.

Get a hold of a die, and roll it four times for each of the columns. If you’re rolling for character, for example, and you get 3 on the die, write down “Ali” on a piece of paper. Repeat this for each column and come up with a story for the character you got, in the location you got, with the emotion you got and within the genre you got.

If you really want to challenge yourself, and have unbound fun, be religious about rolling the die and don’t pick out what you would like.

  • Weave a tale based on the above information/details.
  • Send in your entries to penmagica@gmail.com as an attachment in a word document (.doc/.docx) 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 #YahtZee″ (compulsory).
  • Along with your entry please send a suggested cover for your story (LANDSCAPE ONLY). Use pixabay.com, pexels.com or unsplash.com to source lovely covers. 


  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 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 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:

  • 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) 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Only stories that garnered an average score/rating of 7.5 and above, as aggregated on voting and judges’ scores, shall be eligible for winning. 
  • Contest duration:
    • The submission for the contest is open from January 1 to January 31, 2022
    • Results for the event shall be shared on February 7, 2022, at 8:00 pm

Top three winners will receive a signed copy of the book “Forbidden Lore” by Shobhit Dabral.

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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