Community blogging platform LiveJournal in partnership with Caferati, a literary community, has launched Quick Tales, a writing contest designed to showcase best of Indian user-generated content to global audience.
Community blogging platform LiveJournal in partnership with Caferati, a literary community, has launched Quick Tales, a writing contest designed to showcase best of Indian user-generated content to global audience. The LiveJournal-Caferati Flash-Fiction Contest, which is open till 7th September 2008, invites Indian writers to write a short story in no more than 500 words which has as its theme â€˜journalâ€™.
According to LiveJournal, the top five winning entries will get cash prizes of Rs 20,000, Rs 16,000, Rs 12,000, Rs 8,000 and Rs 4,000, respectively. Each of the 100 shortlisted entries will also be highlighted on the India Writing community on LiveJournal, where the contest is hosted. Short-listed stories may also be featured in a book that LiveJournal plans to publish at a later date.
LiveJournal India currently has 900,000 page impressions a month, 5,000 unique monthly users and 13,000 registered accounts, according to SUP which owns LiveJournal. â€œIndia offers strong opportunities for growth as LiveJournal seeks to expand upon its global reach,â€ Benjamin Wegg-Prosser, director, corporate development, SUP, has said.â€
â€œLiveJournal is a natural platform for creating and sharing meaningful content around literature, activism, education, news and politics. Quick Tales – Flash Fiction Contest is the natural first step for us to seed many such initiatives and communities in India,â€ Benjamin Wegg-Prosser has added.
Andrew Paulson, chairman, SUP, said, â€œIndia was our first port of call after we acquired LiveJournal last December. We already have a great reach in many online markets and have a small but loyal following in India. This project sees us, for the first time, actually trying to support the growth of new local communities in India.â€