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Cosmic Sikhs Short Story Contest




And here we go again ...

With the enthusiasm and creativity shown by our readers in our past contests, we at are ready to embark on our next contest:

The Cosmic Sikhs Short Story Contest

Imagine a brave new world a century from now - in the year 2110.

Man has successfully crossed the last frontier and is well settled on a number of planets and other heavenly bodies across the universe. - true to Guru Nanak's description of 'paataalaa paataal lakh aagaasaa aagaas', an endless array of lands in the great firmament.

Cosmic Sikhs ae flourishing in every aspect of life, at every level - and as leaders in every field.

Let your imagination wander and tell us how YOU envision life in the future for these Cosmic Sikhs - of life in the year 2110, as these brave men and women, boys and girls, continue their historic role as pioneers and nation builders.  

We would like to invite our young readers - between 12 and 19 years old - to apply their creative energies to this vision of the future by interpreting it and formulating their own creative rendition of life lived in Sikhi in the future.

You are obviously embarking on a journey into a science-fiction world. Innovation, creativity, imagination - and the principles of Sikhi - are to be your guides.

Hence, this contest.

We invite submissions from all of you across the globe - Sikh and non-Sikh, boys and girls, young men and women within the prescribed age limits.


The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and receive:

a) One economy, round trip air ticket from the winner's country of permanent residence to either Amritsar, Punjab or Toronto, Canada - the choice will be the winner's.

b) One week's luxury accommodation in either Amritsar or Toronto.

c) No cash value will be offered in lieu of the prizes described above.

d) Both the air ticket and the accommodation will be available only to the winner, and only for a period of 12 months from the date of the announcement.

No reasons will be provided in selecting the winner, or for not selecting a specific submission as the winner. will have the right to publish each and any submission at its discretion.



1 Submissions must be written exclusively by persons between the ages of 12 and 19. No further distinction will be made between the submissions.

2 Sikhs and non-Sikhs from anywhere in the world may apply.

3 Any number of submissions may be made by any individual.

4 Winners and participants from previous contests may participate again.

5 Each submission must be in the English language, and must be of a minimum length of 3000 (three thousand) words. No maximum length is prescribed.

6 Each submission must be accompanied by the author's full name, age and date of birth, e-mail and full postal address, phone number(s) - cell, home, office.

7 A short bio of approx 30 to 50 words of each contestant must accompany every submission.

8 will have the right to publish (or not publish) each submission, identifying the respective author, on its online magazine site and any of its supporting and promotional materials, without any fee to the author or his/her representative/ guardian.

9 Submissions and all communications pertaining to this contest should only be sent to and only by e-mail. However, no individual or personal acknowledgements will be made by to the submissions or enquiries pertaining to them.


All submissions must be e-mailed by you and received by us no later than 5.00 pm (Toronto, Canada time), Friday, October 15, 2010.


The criteria for choosing the winner will include: English language skills, quality of fiction-writing, innovation, creativity, imagination, and an understanding of Sikhi (values, traditions, history, etc.).

The winner will be announced on or before November 1, 2010 on



August 3, 2010


Conversation about this article

1: Jagdeep Raina (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), August 29, 2010, 12:06 PM.

I have a question! Would it be possible to write my short story in a narrative tone? i.e., through a person's experience? Or did you want it as an essay format? [EDITOR: A narrative format would be fine. Any format you are comfortable with! Remember, it is a story you are writing and any fiction format would be ideal!]

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