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I wish to write an entry for a writing contest. The contest requires a piece of 2,000 words, and gives the following four themes or topics that I may choose to write on. But because English is not my mother tongue, I am having difficulty understanding the topic "sentences". The topics are:

  1. The Meaning of Me
  2. Paved or Unpaved Ways
  3. Because This is What Matters, and
  4. The Bravest Place on Earth.

I am particularly mystified by the second one, "Paved and Unpaved Ways." What do these topic titles mean? What you think they are asking for?

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It think the second one could be a variation of "The Road Less Travelled" theme - meaning, do you follow in the paths of others on the road that has already been travelled on, or you choose your own way, the one not many people have chosen? –  Tannalein Jun 28 '13 at 17:36
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Does the contest have a website? Perhaps there's more information there. –  Neil Fein Jun 28 '13 at 17:37
    
@Tannalein You should make that an answer; I think that's pretty much nailed it. –  Lauren Ipsum Jun 28 '13 at 17:48
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about understanding an English sentence, rather than about writing style and techniques. –  JSBձոգչ Jun 28 '13 at 18:28
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@NeilFein Out of curiosity I found the contest. It is for the Oxford University Press's 2014 Karachi Literature Festival and it is for 2,000-word short stories written by Pakistanis in English. It's a facebook page and there isn't a lot of information there but there is a comments section where questions are being answered by the sponsors. –  Jed Oliver Jun 28 '13 at 18:45
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The second one could be a variation of "The Road Less Travelled" theme - meaning, do you follow in the paths of others on the road that has already been travelled on, or you choose your own way, the one not many people have chosen.

They're all pretty general, probably meant to be that way so you can make your own interpretation of what they're supposed to mean to you.

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