String Theory

Just imagine a future world with no transport or with supernatural powers or life on other planets. Amazing, isn’t it? How about putting forth all those brainstorming ideas that your little creative minds discover and giving them a shape?

Bring forward the science fiction enthusiast in you and use this opportunity to spread the message you've always dreamt of spreading.
Join String Theory- an online science fiction writing contest. Within the span of 500
words, you have got the opportunity to craft a prose about life, the universe and everything.

So start using your cerebral brains, and think out of the box!

Choose at least 2 images of your own choice and come up with a mind boggling science fiction story.


                CASH PRIZE - INR 5000

No of rounds: 1

Word limit: 500

  • Participants should draft a science fiction story (of about 500 words) based on images(atleast two). The different images to choose from will be released on the Pragyan website on 5th February 2017 and will also be posted on social networking sites (such as Facebook and Twitter).


  • Participants will be given a duration of fifteen days to draft their story. The entries must be submitted to  along with the chosen images on or before 21th February 2017.


  • The story must be submitted as a word document (.doc or .docx).  The participant must include their name, registered mail ID, college name and contact number in the header of the document containing their story. The name of the document must be of the form, ImageNumbers_TitleOfTheStory.

The stories will be judged based on the creativity, the ideas put forward, and their scientific plausibility. This means that the story must only be an extension of the current scientific knowledge, i.e. the story must be a reasonable extrapolation of some existing scientific laws or theories.

Good Example:

Warp drives can be used in the story as they are scientifically plausible; there exists a theoretical framework called the ‘Alcubierre Drive’ - a warp speed propulsion system that uses a theoretical form of matter called negative matter.

Bad Example:

The concept of psychic powers would be a bad example because it is not scientifically proven to be possible. Use of such ideas is not encouraged.

  The best three writers will be selected as the winners.

  • The story should not exceed 500 words.

  • The story should be original and should strictly adhere to the theme of the image chosen.

  • Plagiarism is strictly not allowed.

  • The decision of the judges is final and binding.


1) How many entries can one submit?

Only one entry is permitted per participant. 

2) Is there any registration fee?

No, there is no registration fee. But you should have registered on the Pragyan website and must possess a registered email ID.

3) In what file format should the story be submitted? What other details must be added?

The story must be submitted as a word document (.doc or .docx). 

You must write your Name, registered email ID, College name and Contact number in the header of the word document containing your story.  

The name of the word document must be in following format: Image numbers_Title of your story.

4) How do I submit my story?

You should mail your story (as a word document) to the following e-mail ID, from your registered email ID:

And the subject of your mail should be in the following format: ImageNumbers_TitleOfTheStory

5) On what grounds is my entry liable to disqualification?

The entry can be disqualified on the following grounds:

a. If the story is much longer than the word limit.

b. If you have not mentioned your Name, registered email ID, College name and Contact number in the header of the word document containing your story.

c. If you send your entry after the deadline. [Deadline is fifteen days after the release of the images.]

d. If the story is found to be plagiarized.

6) Should I come to the NITT campus to participate in this event?

No, you don’t have to come to the campus. The contest is entirely online.

7) Who will be chosen as the winners for the event?

The best three writers will be chosen as the winners.

8) How and when will the winners be notified?

The results will be declared one week after the deadline for submission, and the winners will be intimated via email and SMS.

9) How are the winners awarded?

The winners will be awarded a certificate of appreciation, along with cash prizes worth INR 5000. Moreover, their stories will be published during Pragyan’17. The stories will also be published in some magazines, the details of which will be notified to the winners. 

10) Is there any participation certificate? 

No. Only the winners are awarded with a certificate of appreciation.

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