Desi Writers Lounge 2013 Short Story Competition

Deadline: July 15, 2013

Desi Writers Lounge and Papercuts is now accepting entries for the 2013 Short Story Competition. They are looking for talented writers to encourage and promote. Now in its second year, the short story competition aims to unearth new fiction talent from all around the world.


  • Three winners will receive a copy of ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’, the new novel by Mohsin Hamid
  • One of the winners will be selected for the Dastaan Award – a new prize that DWL is offering in partnership with a benefactor
  • The winning entries will also get published in the next issue of Papercuts.

Submission Guidelines

  • The stories may follow any theme, but should not be more than 5,000 words.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Entries should be in English.
  • Please only submit original stories.
  • Please do not submit previously published material.
  • Please send your entries only as Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) attachments. Each story must have a title.
  • Each document should be named clearly with the title of the story plus the name of the author. No page numbering, headers or footers, please. Text must be received in the following format: a single-spaced, left-aligned document with Georgia size-12 font.

More information can be found here:

Please send your entries to e[email protected] with “Short Story” in the subject line.

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