Most Feminist Voice:  STP t0 publish one seleced story and essay 

Call for Submissions (closed)

For TMYS REVIEW - December 2020


Theme for December 2020 issue: 

Sensuosity and Sexuality in Contemporary Fiction                                                              

Defining Sensuosity and Sexuality:

Sensuosity implies a gratification of senses. A condition that is pleasing or fulfilling for the needs of the body in correlation with the mind, and not in isolation. Keats was a sensuous, aesthetic artist who wished to live life to the fullest, where every sense at every moment would have optimum participation in his waking, dreaming or fantacizing worlds.

Sexuality is a biological aspect of human identity. It also encompasses social aspects and norms contructed around gender roles and 

gender politics.


Call for essays:

1. Who can  submit - emerging and established scholars of Humanities

2. Content of the essays - Analytic commentaries with reference to the given theme, on any ONE of the books under this project (listed authors and books are elaborated below)

3. Word limit : 3000-3500 words

4. Mention in the subject line of your submission, the name of the book

you select, the author and 'December 2020'. For example: 


5. Structural and content guidelines :

a. A suitable title in the beginning of the essay, indicative of the

contributor's primary argument on the book, under the given theme 

b. Academic reading and analytical commentary on the book can be     

enriched with diverse insights from the theories of  History/Psychology/

Philosophy/Literature/Anthropology/Sociology, based on the discipline

of the scholar, to establish the arguments in the essay 

c. A bibliography at the end in MLA format






Call for stories :

1. Who can  submit - anyone above the age of eighteen

2. The stories can be fiction or nonfiction and should justify the theme.

Relevant definitions of the keywords of the theme are mentioned above

3. Word limit for stories : 2000-2500 words. 

4. While making a submission, mention in the subject line :

the title of    the story, fiction/nonfiction and December 2020.

For example (if the title of a story is Dreams):


5. Please note : we are not looking for erotica. Any submission that

does not adhere to the theme will be shifted in the list of

general submissions for the website.


Rewards and Year-end Celebrations:

1. TMYS Review - December 2020 issue will release on the last week

of December, 2020

2. Each author will select ONE winning essay analyzing his/her book,

for publication on TMYS Review.

3. EIGHT best stories will go up for publication.

4. Each author may select ONE, TWO or THREE scholars to discuss

their respective papers with him or her.

5. Each discussion session will be moderated by the winning

short story writers whose work will be published in the volume

6. Each session will be webcast.(December 2020/January 2021).

7. The net profit (80% of sales) from TMYS Review - December 2020 issue will be distributed equally among all winning contributors including the scholars and the story-writers. 

8. Selected stories that cannot make it to the volume of TMYS Review

December 2020 will be eventually published in separate e-books.

The selected contributors will be notified accordingly via email.

9. One story and one essay will win the title of

Rupa's Choice : Best Reader Connect and receive a book hamper

from Rupa Publications.

10. One story and one essay will win the title of

Simon & Schuster's Choice : Best Thought Leader and receive

a book hamper from Simon and Schuster.

11. One story and one essay will win the title ofPan Macmillan's Choice : Best Language & Expression and receive

a book hamper from Pan Macmillan India.

12. Excerpts from the selected stories and essays will be highlighted on

social media, all through August-December 2020

13. Other than sending email intimations, all winners will be announced 

in December 2020 on the social media handles of TMYS:

Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram.


Submission Guidelines:

1. Please adhere to the theme. All submissions to TMYS Review that do not stick to the theme will be treated as general submissions for the website.

2. All submissions should be emailed to, with subject lines as indicated above. Each submission should include the contributor's introduction (150 words). The submissions should be attached as word files with the email. An HD photograph (jpeg or png only) should also be attached in the same email.

3. All submissions should use Calibri, font size 12; font size 16 for headings and font size 14 for sub headings if any. Line spacing : 1.5

4. Only original and previously unpublished work will be considered.

5. A participation fee of INR 200/- (USD 2.72) will be charged per

contribution. This is a non-refundable fee, but we will do our

best to cooperate in case you have made an error that can be corrected to   

help you resubmit. In each such case, our decision will be final.

Post making the payment, please send a mail at                                       to register yourself. You may also send us a mail seeking our bank details                                and make an NEFT payment to our bank post registration, in which case                                    you will receive complete tax waiver.  .

***Registration doesn't guarantee publication*** 

6. Simultaneous/multiple submission is accepted, with the same fee for each submission

7. The participation fee (for this issue) is waived off if you have already published at least 6 (six) stories with Tell Me Your Story. Please don't ask us what if you have published four stories!

8. Decision of the authors/editors will be final.

9. Last date of all submissions : 15th October 2020

10. Contact for Queries : write QUERIES in subject line and send us an email at; we apologise in advance for not responding to obvious or irrelevant queries.


The Authors and Their Books (in alphabetical order):

* The Amazon links are for India; they will change for other regions *


ARUNI KASHYAP : The House With a Thousand Stories

CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI : The Forest of Enchantments

KIRAN MANRAL : Missing, Presumed Dead

NAMITA GOKHALE : A Himalayan Love Story


SAIKAT MAJUMDAR : The Scent of God


TUHIN A. SINHA : The Edge of Desire


About The Books :


​The himalayan love story

Parvati is young, beautiful and seemingly doomed; blooming early yet unable to find lasting love. Orphaned in adolescence and adopted by her headmaster uncle, Parvati escapes the constraints of this temporary home but like many young women before her, finds a new prison in marriage. 
When Mukul Nainwal returns to the Nainital of his youth to search for the only woman he has ever loved, he finds Parvati changed—she is a new challenge to his ideals, despite all his worldly success.
Told in the voices of these two exiles from life, this spare, sensitive book is a compelling read of unrequited love, with its terrible irony and tragic urgency, and the vagaries of the human heart.

​The House with a thousand stories

It is 2002 and young Pablo, a city boy who has mostly lived a sheltered and privileged life in Guwahati, is visiting his ancestral village for his aunt’s wedding. This is his second time in Mayong, in rural Assam, since 1998, when he had come for a few days to attend his father’s best friend’s funeral. As the wedding preparations gather pace, Pablo is amused as well as disturbed by squabbling aunts, dying grandmothers, cousins planning to elope for love and hysterical gossips. And on this heady theatre of tradition and modernity hovers the sinister shadow of insurgency and the army’s brutal measures to quell militancy. In the days leading up to the wedding, which ends in an unspeakable tragedy, Pablo finds first love, discovers family intrigues and goes through an extraordinary rite of passage. Written with clinical precision, this gripping first novel announces the arrival of one of the most original voices from India’s North-East.

​The Forest of Enchantments

The Ramayana, one of the world's greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita's version. The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari. A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour, it is also about women's struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men, as Chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, contemporary battle of wills. While the Ramayana resonates even today, she makes it more relevant than ever, in the underlying questions in the novel: How should women be treated by their loved ones? What are their rights in a relationship? When does a woman need to stand up and say, 'Enough!'

​The Edge of Desire

When journalist Shruti Ranjan, newly-wed wife of the Deputy Commissioner of Kishanganj in the lawless Bihar of the 1990s, is brutally raped by a 'politically sheltered local goon' all of her attempts at getting justice are crushed by a corrupt and complicit state government.

That's when the charismatic Sharad Malviya a leading member of the Opposition party offers her an unlikely solution: his party's ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Left with little to choose from, Shruti agrees only to realize that being catapulted to an enviable position of power in an all-man's world comes at a price. Caught between her mentor and her spouse - both upright but ultimately flawed men - and a host of envious others who continue to cast aspersions on her character - she struggles to address the larger problems of the country.

Taunted for being called a Draupadi, she makes the curse her identity and resolutely fights her fate.

​One Part Woman

Kali and Ponna’s efforts to conceive a child have been in vain. Hounded by the taunts and insinuations of others, all their hopes come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of Ardhanareeswara, the half-female god. Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned. This night could end the couple’s suffering and humiliation. But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test.

​The Yogini

With her days split between a passionate marriage and a high-octane television studio job, Homi is a thoroughly modern young woman-until one day she is approached by a yogi on the street. This mysterious figure begins to follow her everywhere, visible only to Homi, who finds him both frightening and inexplicably arousing.
Convinced that the yogi is a manifestation of fate, Homi embarks on a series of increasingly desperate attempts to prove that her life is ruled by her own free will, much to the alarm of her no-nonsense husband and cattily snobbish mother. Her middle-class Kolkata life, and the relationships that define her identity, are disturbed to the point of disintegration.
Following the inexorable pull of tradition, the mystic forces that run beneath the shallow surface of our modern existence like red earth beneath the pavements, Homi ends up in Benaras, the holy city on the banks of the Ganga, where her final battle with fate plays out.



​The Scent of God

In an elite all-boys’ boarding school run by a Hindu monastic order in late-twentieth century India, things aren’t what they look like on the surface…Anirvan, a young student, is fascinated by the music and silence of spiritual life. He dreams of becoming a monk. But as he seeks his dream, he finds himself drawn to a fellow student, and they come together to form an intimate and unspeakable relationship. The boys sweat at cricket and football, crack science and mathematics in pursuit of golden careers, and meditate to the aroma of incense and flowers. It’s a world of ruthless discipline shaped by monks in flowing saffron. A sceptical teacher mentors Anirvan and reveals his suspicion of this vigilant atmosphere. Does the beating of the boys reveal urges that cannot be named? What is the meaning of monastic celibacy? What, indeed, holds the brotherhood together? Against himself, Anirvan gets sucked into a whirl of events outside the walls of the monastery, in the midst of prostitutes, scheming politicians and the impoverished Muslims of the villages surrounding the school. When the love of his life returns to him, the boys’ desire for each other push them towards a wild course of action. But will that give them a life together in a world that does not recognize their kind of love?



​Missing, Presumed Dead

In a dysfunctional marriage, it may seem convenient when the wife commits suicide, but things aren’t always what they seem...
Battling both a fractured marriage and the monsters in her cranium, Aisha leads a sequestered life on the outskirts of a town in the hills of North India. She struggles to stay functional, and tries to wean herself off the pills that keep her from tipping over the edge. Meanwhile, Prithvi, the husband she once loved, seems as eager to be rid of her, as she is to flee from him. Only her children keep her tethered to her hearth.
One rainy afternoon, Heer, Aisha's half-sister, her father's illegitimate daughter from another woman, appears. Despite her misgivings, Aisha goes into town and never returns. Seemingly unperturbed, Heer slips into her missing sister's shoes effortlessly, taking charge of the house, the kids-even Prithvi, who responds to her overtures willingly. A note found in Aisha's wallet states that she has killed herself, although strange happenings leave room for doubts. But, if she is not dead, where is Aisha? Did she really commit suicide? has she been abducted, or is she hiding? Why does Prithvi not grieve for his deceased wife? And why does Heer vanish without a trace one day, leaving no forwarding address?
Examining the destruction a dystopian marriage and mental illness leave in their wake, 'Missing Presumed Dead' confronts the fragility of relationships, the ugly truths about love and death, and the horrifying loss of everything we hold dear, including ourselves.



Best Reader Connectby

Rupa Publications

Win a hamper.




(December 2020)


Best Language

& Expressionby

Pan Macmillan

Win a hamper.

Best Thought Leaderby

Simon & Schuster

Win a hamper.