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The Mask. A word that has become synonymous to safe existence, doesn't need any introduction, given that it has become a requisite accessory of this era witnessing a pandemic. Moreover, even before COVID had disrupted lives, the word ‘mask’ has been a poignant theatre jargon. Words like masque and masquerade have been in vogue since the 16th and 17th centuries when masked actors would perform on stage. The mask is also used to depict concealment, camouflage and cover. Detectives slithered through crime scenes in their masks, as did the spy of war and lovers in ballroom. Mask has been used socially, colloquially and in art, to express supressed, uninformed and/or dual identity. In fiction and nonfiction, the mask found expression through crime, mystery, horror, relationship drama and psycho analytical storytelling, among others.


Calling for short stories and poems onTHE MASK.

The submission could be fiction or non-fiction, written in English, but the mask must have central importance in the story. It is your choice whether you use the mask as an idea, as a prop, a behavioural trait or anything else.

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

A talk series titled THE MASK FACTOR will be curated under the scope of this project, to explore the various facets of mask and their literary and/or social implications. The speakers will come from diverse creative spectrum. The talk series will be included in the digital compilation of stories and poems.

(Registrations are Closed)

Who can submit?

Open to all short story writers and poets.

Last date for Submissions:20 July 2021

Project Lead:

Ankita Dutta



SHINIE ANTONY                 KIRAN MANRAL                 ABHA IYENGAR


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 August 2021 on: 



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

6. Selected contributors will be invited to be in conversation with three esteemed authors - ABHA IYENGAR, KIRAN MANRAL and SHINIE ANTONY - over a digital live session, to discuss creative writing, storytelling, books and of course, the various creative interpretations of The Mask.

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


Submission Guidelines:

1. The stories or poems should have the mask 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 count : 1200 words.

5. While making a submission, the subject line should be: The Mask : <the title of the story>

All submissions should be emailed to tmys.stories @gmail.com, 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 tmys.stories@gmail.com 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 July 2021.

For queries; send us an email at tmys.stories@gmail.com with the subject ‘Queries’.




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