Calling for stories and poems.

Who can submit?

Open to all. Scroll down for the Submission Guidelines.

Last date for Submissions: 16 August 2024

The book will be released in in the second half of 2024

PROJECT LEAD: Sarah Rahaman Shaikh



About the Theme:

Echoes and Whispers from another world could be ghosts, or a dream, or even aliens. It could be a person suffering amnesia, or maybe an Alzheimer's patient. It could be a case of hypnotising. Maybe a person who remembers what happened in the earlier birth and recognises the places or people from earlier life, who are supposedly strangers now! Or a simple gardener who talks to the trees while serving them. Conversations with God and spirituality; conversations with Satan; black magic. Memories & restrictions of old age.

It could be anything that you want it to be, as long as 'another world' in the submitted story or the poetry is clearly perceived and significantly defined.


Project Details & REWARDS:

1. Selected submissions will be published into an anthology (ebooks + paperback) and released in the second half of 2024. A selection from the rest will be published under TMYS web collection.

2.  Excerpts from selected submissions will be highlighted on social media, post release of the book.

3. All selections will be announced on FacebookLinkedin, TwitterInstagram.

4.  Selected contributors will be invited to participate in digital live sessions, to discuss their submissions.

5. All submissions under the anthology will enter as nominations for THE BEST WOMAN CHARACTER AWARD under our annual Awards programme to honour FOUR submissions from the Story Projects of TMYS with a specially curated gift hamper.

6. All submissions under the anthology will enter as nominations for THE TMYS STORY AWARD under our annual Awards programme to honour THREE submissions from the Story Projects of TMYS with a cash prize of INR 1500/- (USD20) each. The selection will be made purely on the basis of the merits of the submission.


Submission Guidelines:

1. Submissions can be made in poetry or prose formats. Could be a memory or story or experience you wish to share. Must be written in English.

2. The submission should not have appeared elsewhere before, in any form, in a blogspace or print or Facebook post! ***Only original and previously unpublished work will be considered.***

3. Word count: 1000 and above. Honestly, the word count does not matter. We do not want to specify any upper limits.

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

5. While making a submission, the subject line should be: Women Without Names : <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) pasted in the body of the email, social media handles (Facebook / Twitter / Linkedin / Instagram, as applicable) 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.
8. A participation fee of INR 300/- (USD 5) 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. One story OR three poems can be submitted per registration. Multiple submissions can be made with separate registrations for each.

10. Last date of all submissions: 16 August 2024


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

Please Note:

Because of the volume of submissions we receive, it may not be possible for us to respond to individual queries when the details are specifically mentioned above. Also, please don't expect us to respond to individual mails querying when the winner announcements will happen. We have never defaulted on our schedule, neither do we ever intend to. The schedule is clearly indicated above.





Other projects:

The Writing Programme Season 17

L&D Program with Storytelling: Workshops for Corporate and Academic Audience






Echoes and Whispers

Voices from Another World