Call for Short Stories on Money!


(Photograph from Google.)

Money plays an indispensable role in our lives. In a country like India, money is given the utmost respect as is apparent by the practice of touching money to the forehead. Some would argue that money is not as important as happiness, while others might say that money is a means of achieving happiness.

When we say money, a range of images come to mind. Gold coins bestowed by kings to their loyal subjects, notes hidden by housewives in secret crevices, the clanging of coins in a beggar’s bowl, swiping credit cards at cash-free stores, pocket money of teen-agers, pension of the retired and many more.

Calling for short stories on MONEY. The submission could be fictional or non-fictional, but money must have central importance in the story.


Who can submit?

Open to all short story writers.

Project Lead: Insha Faridoon


Esteemed Chair for the project :

Prof. Sanjit Dhami

(Professor of Economics,

University of Leicester)


Anurag Tripathi

(Author, Investor,

erstwhile Investment Banker)






Project Details:

1. The best stories will be published into a digital anthology under TMYS ebooks. A selection from the rest will be published under TMYS web collection.

2. 80% of the proceeds from the digital book will be distributed equally between the contributing authors of the anthology.

3. Excerpts from selected stories will be highlighted on social media, all through the release of the issue.

4. All winners will be announced in June 2021 on the social media handles of TMYS: FacebookLinkedinTwitterInstagram.

5. Selected stories will be discussed by the Chairs of the project, in the presence of the authors over a digital live session. Professor Sanjit Dhami will discuss the stories and the issues raised there from the prism of Behavioural Economics. Author, Anurag Tripathi will discuss the concept and emotion of money with reference to the winning stories.

6. Three best stories will win a copy of  Dalal's Street  (Niyogi Books), Anurag Tripathi's financial thriller with dark humour.

7. Two stories with best women characters will win a copy of A Death in Shonagachhi  (Pan Macmillan), a book by Rijula Das, scheduled to release in May 2021. The book shares insights on how money changes hands in a city’s underbelly.


Submission Guidelines:

1. The stories should have money as the central theme of the story.

2. The story can be fiction or non-fiction.

3. Any submission that does not adhere to the theme will be shifted in the list of general submissions for the website.

4. Word count : 1500-2000 words.

5. While making a submission,the format of the subject should be: Money Stories : <the title of the story>All submissions should be emailed to tmys.stories, attached as a word file, with subject as indicated above.

6. Each submission should include the contributor's introduction (150 words) and an HD photograph (jpeg or png only) should be attached.

7. All submissions should use Calibri/Times New Roman, font size 12; font size 16 for headings.
***Only original and previously unpublished work will be considered.***
8. A participation fee of INR 200/- (USD 2.73) 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, the editor’s decision will be final.

Our bank details:

Tell Me Your Story OPC Pvt. Ltd.
A/c no : 059685800000177, Yes Bank. Branch - Shankardhan Plaza Junction,

MM Road, Mulund West, Mumbai 400080, IFS Code : YESB0000596.

Post making the payment, please send a mail at to register yourself.

For writers residing outside India, please email us for a Paypal link.

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

9. Multiple submissions will be accepted, fee for each submission will be charged separately.

10. Last date of all submissions: 30th April 2021.

For queries; send us an email at with the subject ‘Queries’.



Archives for Money Talks

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Richa Srivastava Mukherjee (on women and money)

Anurag Tripathi (on money management)

Neelam Kumar (money as a survival tool - the actual and perceived role)

Prof. Nandini Bhattacharya (socio-economic realities of women during the colonial era)

K-Ming Chang (the diplomacy of voicing the have-not's)

Dr. Mahul Brahma (Communications in the Times of Financial Crisis)

Deep Halder (on the rising consumerism of Bengal)

Nancy Jooyoun Kim (on war, immigration & other socio economic indicators of a story)

Abhinav Agarwal (wealth, greed, dynamics & richness in The Mahabharata)




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