Official Rules & Regulations

Official Rules & Regulations for International Bengali Flash Fiction contest


  • The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in Bengali.
  • Word count should be within 200 to 500.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST (“CONTEST”). Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of the Official Rules & Regulations.
  • Only the first 50 valid entries will be qualified for each of the six flash-fiction contests in 2014.
  • Participation criteria : (i) Follow 24by7 Publishing in Google+ and/or Twitter and (ii) Like 24by7 PublishingFacebook page.
  • Only online entry is allowed. Corresponding form is to be filled up by the contestant himself.
  • Consider contest start date and end date as outlined in website. 
  • Writing submission Format: *.doc/*.docx ; Bengali Unicode. For those, who are new using Bengali Unicode can try using Google Input.
  • The judges' verdicts are final and binding.Judging is anonymous.
  • Name and contact details must not appear on the stories.
  • Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
  • Spelling/printing mistakes may lead to disqualification.
  • Contents violating copyrights will definitely lead to disqualification and ban for indefinite time.
  • Winner(s) will be announced in the website.
  • Any email or other mean of communication regarding the contest may lead to disqualification.
  • Contacting the judges discussing about the contests will definitely lead to disqualification and ban for indefinite time.
  • Participant's photograph Format: Passport size (2" x 2"); color; formal or un-formal; minimum 300dpi; *.JPG.
  • The participants may participate with only a single entry for a single contest. Multiple submissions may lead to disqualifications.
  • The winning stories must not have been published previously in any form(print or electronic).
  • 24by7 Publishing holds copyrights & publishing rights of the stories shortlisted and selected.
  • By entering in this Contest, contestants agree to Sponsor’s use of their personal information for any commercial/non-commercial purpose at any media(electronic/print etc.) without any notice to the participant/contestant.
  • 24by7 Publishing reserves the right to alter/cancel any rule of the contests without prior notice. It also resrvs the right to cancel the competetion at any point of time without prior notice.
  • Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. 24by7 Publishing reserves the right to permanently disqualify any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules.

Contest summary

Contest summary for the International Bengali Flash Fiction contest by 24by7 Publishing

Check below for the rules & regulations.


First International Bengali Flash Fiction contest:

Subject :  ক্রোধ / রাগ (Anger). 
​End date of submission: May 15, 2014

Status: Submission date expired.

Winners: To be announced on the date of the book release.

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Second International Bengali Flash Fiction contest:

Subject : কাম/রিরংসা (Lust).
End date of submission: November 15, 2014

Status: Open for submission.

Winners: To be announced.


Third International Bengali Flash Fiction contest:

Subject : To be announced.​
End date of submission: To be announced.

Status: Closed for submission.

Winners: To be announced.


Fourth International Bengali Flash Fiction contest:

Subject : To be announced.​​
End date of submission: To be announced.

Status: Closed for submission.

Winners: To be announced.


Fifth International Bengali Flash Fiction contest:

Subject : To be announced.​​
End date of submission: To be announced.

Status: Closed for submission.

Winners: To be announced.


Sixth International Bengali Flash Fiction contest:

Subject : To be announced.
​​​End date of submission: To be announced.

Status: Closed for submission.

Winners: To be announced.

Awards

Best three contestants from each of the six contests will be awarded with the followings: 

Winners will be published in 24by7 Publishing website with photograph, small biography and creative content.

Winners will be provided INR 500.00 gift coupon for his book publishing from 24by7 Publishing.

Winners will be nominated for the grand competition at the end of the year.

​Winners will be certified for the achievement.

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Best three(best of the bests) contestants among all the six contest winners will be announced as the grand winners and will be awarded with the followings:

Grand winners will be published in 24by7 Publishing website with photograph, small biography and creative content.
Grand winners will be provided INR 2500.00 gift coupon for his book publishing from 24by7 Publishing.
Grand winners will be certified for the achievement.
Grand winners' submissions will be published by 24by7 Publishing as a book in 2015 along with other selected submissions. That book will also include flash fictions from some of the most popular, talented and upcoming Bengali writers of our time.

International Bengali Flash Fiction contest (আন্তর্জাতিক বাংলা অণু-গল্প প্রতিযোগিতা) 2014

A 24by7 Publishing initiative

24by7 Publishing is proudly announcing six International Bengali Flash Fiction contests throughout the year 2014. Contestants selected in those six different contests will be awarded accordingly. At the end of the year, all the selected candidates/contestants from those six contests will be nominated for 24by7 Publishing 2015 International Bengali Flash Fiction grand contest. All of the top selected Flash Fictions will be published by 24by7 Publishing as a book in 2015. That book will also include flash fictions from some of the most popular, talented and upcoming Bengali writers of our time.

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2014 International Bengali Flash Fiction grand contest:

At the end of the year, all the selected candidates/contestants from the above six contests will be nominated for 24by7 Publishing 2015 International Bengali Flash Fiction grand contest. All of the top selected Flash Fictions will be published by 24by7 Publishing as a book in 2015. That book will also include flash fictions from some of the most popular, talented and upcoming Bengali writers of our time.


Status: Get nomination by qualifying through the above six contests.

Winners: To be announced.

Only first few valid entries are eligible!
Unlike a lottery - the judges DO READ, CRITICIZE & RATE the best entries.

Submit your entry now!

Only first 50 valid entries will be eligible!

Don't forget to read the rules & regulations.

অণু-গল্প বা Flash Fiction

What is Flash fiction 


অণু-গল্প সাহিত্যের একটি বিশেষ ধারা । Sudden fiction, micro fiction, micro-story, short short, postcard fiction - এমন বহু ডাক নামে পরিচিত হলেও, ২০০০ সাল পর্যন্ত্য, অধুনা "Flash Fiction" নামে বিখ্যাত সাহিত্যের এই ধারাটি, "short short story" নামেই পরিচিত ছিল। চীনারা আবার খুব সহজ ভাবে একে বুঝিয়ে থাকেন - একটি সিগারেট শেষ হওয়ার আগেই পাঠক শেষ করে ফেলতে পারবেন একটি অণু-গল্প। ‘অণু’ শব্দের অর্থ ক্ষুদ্র । অর্থাৎ খুব স্বল্প পরিসরে লেখা গল্পকে অণু-গল্প বলা যেতে  পারে । কিন্তু শুধু পরিধি দিয়ে কি সত্যি-ই  মাপা যেতে পারে অণু গল্পের বিশালতা ? অণু গল্পের plot বা গল্প-ভাবনা একটা বড় গল্প হয়ে ওঠার সব রকম ক্ষমতা রাখবে। কিন্তু কোনমতেই তা যেন সারসংক্ষেপ না হয় । ক্ষুদ্র পরিসরে ছোট গল্পের সব রকম  গুণ এতে থাকতে হবে । অণু গল্প আজকের দিনের T -২০ ম্যাচ, যেখানে সীমিত পরিসরে লেখক প্রমাণ করে দেবে তার ধক, চিনিয়ে দেবে কলমের ধার।  একটা সার্থক অণু- গল্পকে একটি সার্থক কবিতার সাথেও অনেকে তুলনা করে । কত কম সময়ে লেখক পাঠকের মনে নিজের সৃষ্টির একটা ছাপ ফেলতে পারে, অণু-গল্প তারই চ্যালেঞ্জ ।


Flash Fiction (other names - short short story, sudden fiction, micro fiction, micro-story, short short, postcard fiction) is a special style of the fiction literature. The term "short short story" was the most common term until about 2000, when it was overtaken by "flash fiction". In China the style is frequently called a "smoke long" or "palm-sized" story, with the comparison being that the story should be finished before the reader could finish smoking a cigarette.Flash Fiction is the art of telling a story in a very short range of words. The theme/plot of a flash fiction should have all the ingredients within to become a good short story. But it should not just be the plot-summary. It should contain all the qualities of a short story - but in small scale. Flash fictions can be compared with T-20 matches where only the talented one proves themselves in the limited overs. Some may compare flash fiction to a successful poem . Flash fiction is a challenge for the authors to impress the readers within a limited time-frame.


References (তথ্য সূত্র):

  • Batchelor, Bob. Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream. Praeger, 2011, p 81.
  • Cohen, Elizabeth. Flash fiction strives for big impact with few words. Press & Sun-Bulletin. Aug 13, 2000, Living p. 1
  • ​Wikipedia - Flash fiction
  • Google n-grams