Yaa Devi Sarva-Bhutessu Maatr-Ruupenna Samsthitaa |
Namas-Tasyai Namas-Tasyai Namas-Tasyai Namo Namah ||


The ancient sloka celebrates the omnipresence of the Goddess. It salutes her motherly form present in all living beings across the earth. The MOTHER does not necessarily have to be a particular gender or an age group. MOTHERHOOD could manifest in a man or a child, in a dog or a bird, or even a tree. Identify the Devi in actions that are inspiring and encouraging, where any form of life had come forward to make our little worlds bigger, thoughts richer, consciousness deeper and associations meaningful.  You could find the Devi in the pantry-boy in your office, who knows when you need a steaming cup of tea without being told. The Devi could be present in your teacher, who has more confidence in you than you yourself do. Your house-help could be the Devi that takes good care of the single person living in a big city. The pet dog that cuddles up to you when you are sad and lonely. The elderly neighbour who came with sweets and tied Rakhi since your sister is abroad. The tearful child who wouldn't move till the trapped bird is rescued. An old banyan tree in the ancestral house, on the branches of which your grandfather once played. The building-watchman who keeps you protected. A friend who had always been there, irrespective of the risks. An unexpected, life-saving help from a stranger.

Instances are many, when the DEVI makes her presence felt through the goodness of those around. Discover her goodness, feel the mother, submit that story. Shock us. Inspire us. May your stories remind others about the blessings we all have received in abundance.



Project Lead:


Who can submit?

Open to all short story writers and poets.

Last date for Submissions: 30 September 2022


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. Excerpts from selected stories and poems will be highlighted on social media, post release of the ebook.

3. All winners will be announced in October 2022 on FacebookLinkedin, TwitterInstagram.

4. Three contributions will win THE BEST IDEA title and receive special gift hampers.

5. Selected contributors will be invited to participate in digital live sessions, to discuss creative writing, storytelling, books and of course, the creative / personal / social implications of their stories and the theme, DEVI.

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


Submission Guidelines:

  1. The submission could be fiction or non-fiction, written in English.
  2. The stories or poems should follow the central theme as elaborated in the introduction above. The author is free to follow his/her own interpretation which could go beyond the examples provided by us.
  3. The stories should not have appeared elsewhere before, in any form, in a blogspace or print or Facebook post!

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

4. One story OR three poems can be submitted per registration. Submissions should be in English only. Word limit : 1200 - 2000 words.

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

6. While making a submission, the subject line should be: Devi : <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.

7. 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.

8. 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.***
9. A participation fee of INR 200/- (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 tmys.stories@gmail.com to register yourself.

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

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

10. One story OR three poems can be submitted per registration. Multiple submissions can be made with separate registrations for each.

11. Last date of all submissions: 30 September 2022


For queries; send us an email at tmys.stories@gmail.com 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.



Panel Discussions under the Project

DEVI: A Talk Series TMYS FB Live

SATYA: The Revelation of Truth

A panel discussion to explorethe new released crime stories, the characters, the plots and the revelation of truth. The topic of divine revelation, has been a long standing and central focus in philosophical discussions, has been deep rooted in our culture and our discussions over morality. Sometimes the revelations are manifested, whereas some revelations are non manifestational. In short, the mortal life revolves around a paradoxical dialectic of simultaneous veiling and unveiling of what we call truth.

Speakers: Vish Dhamija, Richa S. Mukherjee & Anirban Bhattacharya

VINASHA: The Destruction and Reconstruction

This panel will discuss the role of women in contemporary and historical narratives. The topic of destruction comes from the concept of impermanence of life and the endless cycle of ying and yang energies. One always gives rise to the Other and in each One, there is the Other. In daily life, our bodies keep shedding and regenerating cells all the time. But more consciously, we keep building and rebuilding our lives, relationships and interactions periodically. Everything changes – some things fast, others over a period of time. Invasions of setbacks and periods of sadness are inevitable; people come and go, the landscape of life undergoes many changes. But what stands out as a concurrent theme of life is Vinasha; the destruction, and reconstruction. How have women contributed to this process, in historical and contemporary society?

SpeakersRicha Lakhera and Mona Verma

PARIVARTAN: the Transformation

Chhinnamasta is "a figure of radical transformation, a great yogini". She conveys the universal message that all life is sustained by other forms of life, and destruction and sacrifice are necessary for the continuity of creation. The goddess symbolises pralaya, that is cosmic dissolution, where she swallows all creation and makes way for new creation, thus conveying the idea of transformation. Transformation in the contemporary world is going beyond the way you live, co-creating a better life for yourself, and changing the way you live through  your thoughts, visualization, words, faith, actions, or a combination of them as a result of the experiences you gather in day to day life.

Speakers: Namrata Poddar



Other projects:

The Writing Programme Season 7

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