The home-maker. The word is perhaps a successful upgrade from ‘housewife’ and has embraced many stereotypes since. The pandemic interfered with the traditions to bring in new dimensions, both progressive and regressive. This project aims to revisit the stereotypes, explore the evolving gender equations and bust some myths. What stereotype? Which myth? We leave that to our contributors, our only brief to the storytellers being – expose the concealed, propose the unthinkable. Come, shock the world!

This project aims to liberate the homemaking concept from its traditional boundaries, confining it to a gender or domesticity. Homemaking is a construct of comfort and positivity. A homemaker is anyone who strives for the same for self and others, be it personally, socially or professionally.  

We believe such intervention will influence critical thinking and behavioural change.


Calling for short stories and poems on THE HOME-MAKER .

  1. The submission could be fiction or non-fiction, written in English.
  2. The theme should be adhered to.

(We are calling for short stories and poems only. Fiction or non-fiction. We will not consider essays/articles.)

A talk series titled HOME-MAKING will be curated under the scope of this project, to discover various facets of the word  – the relationship it commands, the literary and social implications. The speakers will come from diverse creative spectrum. The talk series will be included in the digital compilation of stories and poems.


Who can submit?

Open to all short story writers and poets.

Last date for Submissions: 20 September 2021


Project Lead:











Project Details & REWARDS:

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

2. Net receipts from the digital book (royalty) will be distributed equally between the contributing authors of the anthology.

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

4. All winners will be announced in October 2021 on: 

FacebookLinkedin, TwitterInstagram.

5. Three stories will win THE BEST STORY title and receive special gift hampers.

6. Selected contributors will be invited to be in conversation with either of the three esteemed authors – TANUSHREE PODDER, MONA VERMA and SUTAPA BASU - over a digital live session, to discuss creative writing, storytelling, books and of course, the various creative interpretations and existential crisis of The Homemaker.

7. One contribution will win THE BEST IDEA title and a cash prize of INR 1500/- (USD20).


Submission Guidelines:

1. The stories or poems should have the home-maker as the central theme.

2. The stories can be fiction or non-fiction. Three poems can be submitted per registration. Submissions should be in English only.

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

4. Word limit : 1200 - 2000 words.

5. While making a submission, the subject line should be: The Home-maker : <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 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 3) 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: 20 SEPTEMBER 2021.

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




Homemakers in Contemporary Women's Fiction

Sutapa Basu, Mona Verma, Tanushree Podder

Home-Making the Self: Understanding Philosophical and Psychological Underpinnings of Mental Health

Chrisanne Creado, Phil. D'Souza, Syed Abdul Sayeed and Noella D'Souza

Can Recollections Repair Families

Radhika Swaroop

Legal Redressal for Abused Indian Housewives

Flavia Agnes

Unhomely Spaces: Culture Clashes and Poisonous Silver Spoons 'In the Company of Strangers'

Awais Khan

Homemakers in Popular Literature: the Rebellious, the Rude, the Strong, the Significant:

Vaishali Mathur (Penguin), Swati Daftuar (HarperCollins), Dipankar Mukherjee (Readomania)

Creating Empowering Communities For the Visually Impaired

Krishna Warrier

Diverse Delhi Homes: Exploring City Consciousness Through Magical Realism

Ipshita Nath

Representing Indian Home-makers in Entertainment Media

Baljit Singh Chaddha (ALT Balaji), Amrita Goswami (MX Player), Dr. Darshil Bhatt (Viacom)

Making of the Motherland: Sacrifices at the Frontier

Capt. D. K. Sharma

Making of the Motherland: Exploring Multi-Faith Pilgrim Journeys Across Indian Traditions

Dr. Piyush Roy

Team-Leaders as Homemakers: The Office As A Second Home

Nandita Gurjar, Kena Shree, Sunitha Lal

Home-making the World: Exploring A Utopic And Conflict-less Society

Sangeetha Menon, Anway Mukhopadyay

Universities as Homes: Creating Safe Havens for Students During Pandemic

Prof. J. Devika and Prof. Nishi Pulgurtha




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