Amidst the dire worldwide situation and lockdowns everywhere to maintain social distancing and consequently, an attempt at controlling the coronavirus, DJLit, the literary society of SVKM's Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering organized an online writing competition. The competition was held on our very own website djvu.in and all entries have been published under the 'Online Writing Competition' section.
The competition, much to our pleasant surprise, received a whopping total of 238 entries from all over the country. Kolkata, Delhi, Jodhpur, everywhere! About half of these entries were received from D2C (Dare2Compete), a prestigious online competition portal, where we had also listed the event. The competition had 3 categories- fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Every other entry left our editors flabbergasted and muddled as to which was better. Clinching down winners for the competition was no ordinary feat.
Poetries seemed to be works of the likes of Stevenson and Wordsworth. Fictional short stories must have been written by O. Henry or Anton Chekhov. Non-fictional works dwelled into matters we usually never talk about, with extraordinary finesse. It would be harsh to even choose one over the other.
The event would not have been possible without the sponsors that supported us. The competition was powered by OnePlus. Our other partners include Luxe Skincare, an organic skincare and wellness brand, Lisse Chocolat, offering handmade luxury chocolates, Kleopatra by Veinu, with handcrafted luxury soaps, Lehtrans by Angel, offering customized diaries, journals, and all kinds of stationeries, Bonhomia World, a gourmet coffee brand, and Just Books, an online library- offering buying and renting of books. These sponsors supported us with gifts for all our winners, and we are thankful to all of them.
The fantastic winners of the contest, kudos to all of them, have been listed in www.djvu.in/winners-writing-competition-2020/. These submissions were the ones that stood out most. None of them amateur. Just the titles of these submissions intrigue everyone and have us expect something fantastic. Something that would put a smile on our faces, something that would put a tear on our faces, something that would make us question ourselves and everything else, and something that would enable us to understand something more profound and beyond our tiny realities.
Each and every one of us has a million thoughts every day. Some of us choose to pen these thoughts from time to time. A writing competition provides an impetus to this artform. The DJVU Writing Competition by DJLit was just that.
Encouraging young, buzzing and aspiring writers to put their work out there. With the only condition being a minimum of 250 words (for fiction and non-fiction categories), the competition was completely free from any restrictions, letting that creative bone twitch.