NLU Odisha’s First National Creative Writing Competition; Submit by Dec 15

NLUO’s First National Creative Writing Competition!

The Topic for the same is:


His self-immolation burned the whole Arab world. His name was Mohammed Bouazizi, the man behind the Tunisian Revolution that harbingered the Arab Spring.

An hour before he set himself ablaze, a policewoman had confiscated his belongings, including a crate of bananas worth $9, two crates of pears worth $15, three crates of apples worth $22, and a second hand electronic weight scale worth $179. Do you think he died for $225?


Why did he die then?

He died because of Oppressive Institutional Structures (OIPs). The OIPs were the regulations imposed on him: To create a lawful enterprise in Tunisia, Bouazizi would have had to establish a small sole proprietorship.

This would require undertaking 55 administrative steps during 142 days and expenses of about 3,233$, twelve times his monthly net income excluding maintenance and exit costs.

Even if he had secured the money and time to establish the sole proprietorship firm, the law did not permit him to pool resources by inviting new partners to join, limit liability to protect his family’s assets, and finally, issue shares and stocks to collect new investment.

This is why he ran a legally unregistered enterprise which proved fatal.

What if you have an idea, preferably a business idea, but institutions both formal (laws, regulations, rules) and informal (customs, group practices, norms) impede you from realizing it?

In 1000-1500 words, share that idea with us that oppressive institutional structures are throttling.

Bouazizi could not, but we want you to include in your essay your innovative method/s of dealing with the OIPs while realizing the idea.

It could be your new cryptocurrency similar to BITCOIN, your solution to state monopoly over currency.


FIRST PRIZE: 5000 Rupees

SECOND PRIZE: 3000 Rupees

THIRD PRIZE: 2000 Rupees


Entries must be written in English.

Only one entry per person

The entrant must be a student enrolled at any university in India.

All work must be original and unaided.

The word count per entry is 1,000-1,500 words, please aim to keep within this

Entries must be submitted via email to by midnight on December 15, 2013.

Late entries will not be accepted

Entries received on paper or via post will not be accepted

Please make sure your contact details are entered correctly on the cover page of the essay– this is to make sure we can contact you if  your entry is chosen as a winner or for publication.

National Law University Odisha (NLUO) will arrange all publicity surrounding the competition winners and prize-giving. Winners are asked to refrain from arranging their own publicity or publication of winning entries.

We reserve the right to use entries for publication or promotional purposes.

Individuals will be notified by email in the event of their entry being selected for publication.


If your entry is chosen by the judging panel as a winning or shortlisted entry or for inclusion in the NLUO Writing Competition book, we’ll need this information:

Name, age and home address
Contact phone number and date of birth
College Name and address
You will not be contacted by NLUO for any purpose other than the writing competition.


Being a National Creative Writing Competition, NLUO will form a panel of highly qualified people to serve as competition judges.
Competition winners will be contacted by NLUO, latest by the 10th of January 2014.

The decision of the chairperson of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decision.

Winning and selected entries will be included in the annual NLUO Writing Competition book as well as considered for publication at other places too.

Photographs of the winners together with their names and ages may be used in publicity campaigns where the parents or guardians have given their consent.

Winners will be intimated via email.

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