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Online Science fiction Writing


Vidya Sridharan,

St. Joseph's College of Engineering



Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces, but the familiar ceases to be self-evident  - Eric Hoffer

Science Fiction has always been about the marriage of futuristic imagination and practical creativity. It has grown into a separate genre of literature with a wide fan following. This year at Kurukshetra, with Online Science Fiction Writing we give you the right to imagine and create that which is real and not known yet. The power to unravel the future with the tip of your pens, the freedom to re-write laws that (supposedly) govern the universe, and the chance to bring out the dreamer in you are but some of the incentives that lie in wait at  K! Online Science Fiction Writing!

The event will be held in two different formats:

   1. Short Story Writing
   2. Graphic Science Fiction


1.I can’t open my eyes. The fattest elephant out there couldn’t have weighed heavier than my eyelids. It’s all slow.. too slow. I can’t remember a thing either. I was a scientist. Atleast that’s what I think. Am not so sure... and damn the pain.

I don’t know how long I’ve been lying here. It all feels so... strange would be an understatement.The explosion! The laboratory!

I finally open my eyes. Only slightly. But what I see left me wondering if I was a scientist at all. If I was a human at all. This wasn’t a lab. Hell, nothing in this place resembled anything from the Earth as I knew it.

Continue to spin.

2.The biggest publishing house has just mailed you. Surprise Surprise. They agree to publish your science fiction novel. Awesome.
But there’s a catch. They’d publish it only if I say so. Eh? So how do you convince me ? Send me what you think is the best chapter of your hypothetical sci-fi novel. It may be the beginning, the end or anything inbetween. Yes. One chapter less than or equal to 2500 words. Duh.

3.You are the President of the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council. As part of the annual festivities, you are expected to listen to and judge the most worst forms of poetry like vogon, Azgoths of Kria. Now recount the evening where you spent listening to it. An extract of some of the creative poetry that you had to listen to is given below:

    Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
    Thy micturations are to me
    As plurdled gabbleblotchits
    On a lurgid bee
    That mordiously hath bitled out
    Its earted jurtles
    Into a rancid festering [drowned out by moaning and screaming]
    Now the jurpling slayjid agrocrustles
    Are slurping hagrilly up the axlegrurts
    And living glupules frart and slipulate
    Like jowling meated liverslime
    Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes
    And hooptiously drangle me
    With crinkly bindlewurdles,
    Or else I shall rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon
    See if I don't.

The writing prompts given above are only examples. Participants are free to digress and present their own SF stories.


Only one entry per category is accepted.

   Short Story Writing:
   1. The entry has to be within 1500 to 2000 words.
   2. Topics or hints will be provided though participants can present their stories different from the given guidelines.
   3. The entry has to be mailed to sciencefiction[at]kurukshetra[dot]org[dot]in in .doc or .pdf format only. The subject of the mail must contain the category name. Include your name along with the name of your college.

  Graphic Science Fiction:
   1. There is no limit on the number of panels of the submitted strip.
   2. No topic will be provided for this category.
   3. The entry has to be mailed to sciencefiction[at]kurukshetra[dot]org[dot]in in .pdf or .jpeg. The subject must contain the category name. Include your name along with the name of your college.
   4. Lone wolves or teams of up to 3 can participate.

Last date for submission of entries : January 15, 2010

For further queries contact us at:

sciencefiction [at] kurukshetra [dot] org [dot] in