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#SevenSins Story Writing Contest

Winner: Chavi Saxena for Lachhi Bua
First  Runner Up: Rashmi Saini for Asar
Second Runner Up: Ektaa Rupani for Fist of Fury

#SevenSins Poetry Writing Contest 

Winner: Geeta Suri For Mein aur Mera
First  Runner Up: Nitin Khatarker for Tang Kamre
Second Runner Up: Mohita Singh for Gree

Congratulations to all the participants. We will also soon be coming up with our eBook comprising of all the Top entries

About the contest

An absolutely new idea and theme: #SevenSins is here to bring your pens and imaginations to action!
Bible has famously talked about the Seven deadly sins namely

  1. Lust - To have an intense desire or need
  2. Gluttony - Excess in eating and drinking
  3. Greed - Excessive or unacceptable materialism
  4. Sloth - Disinclined to activity or exertion: not energetic or vigorous
  5. Wrath - Strong vengeful anger or indignation
  6. Envy - Jealousy
  7. Pride - Inordinate self esteem
Everything that we do today comprises either of these ‘sins’ and thus connecting the dots between a real life story and #SevenSins won’t be a difficult job.

Inviting writers and dreamers to pen down their real life anecdotes, experiences, and imaginations, fictional ideas into a Short Story of maximum 1000 words in English or Hindi or a Poem (Hindi/English) of 4 to 8 lines- on the theme of #SevenSins and send it to us!

Contest Judges

Prawaal Raman

Prawaal Raman is best known for his directorial debut Darna Mana Hai in 2003, which received great critical acclaim. He has also directed Gayab, Darna Zaroori Hai (Story featuring Arjun Rampal & Bipasha Basu) and 404: Error Not Found. His latest offering Main aur Charles, featuring Randeep Hooda and Richa Chadda, is in the post-production stage and scheduled to release by early 2015.

Prawaal Raman was nominated for the best debut director by Stardust in 2003 for Darna Mana Hai. He was also nominated for best story by Screen Awards in 2011. His film, 404: Error Not Found, was the most critically acclaimed movie of the year and was among the top 10 bollywood movies of 2011.
As a writer as well, he has left no stone unturned. He has written all the films he has directed so far. He has written Gayab, Darna Zaroori Hai, Darling (Directed by Ram Gopal Verma), 404: Error Not Found, Main aur Charles and Dr. Ajoy.

Apart from his creative endeavors, he has also used his talent to help certain social initiatives. He has produced and creatively conceived a 10-minute official documentary for Prayas, an NGO in New Delhi. Mr. Raman organized an anti-suicide campaign, in collaboration with Jeevan NGO and Loyola School. He was also amongst the panel of guest speakers in the series of seminars that took place. The others being Randeep Hooda, Rahul Bose and Sunita Menon. He had also been the guest speaker at XLRI along with Rahul Bose. He had also organized a workshop with Praxiar, an MNC where he spoke about the importance of mutual faith and trust in an organization.

Javed Siddiqui

An Urdu and Hindi screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright from India, he has written over 50 story lines, screenplays and dialogues.

Starting his career, as a dialogue writer in Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi in 1977, he went on associating his name and pen with many Bollywood Classics like Umrao Jaan,  Mammo, Fiza, Zubeidaa and Tehzeeb; as well as commercial hits, such as Baazigar,  Darr, Yeh Dillagi, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Raja Hindustani, Pardes, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Koi Mil Gaya.

Being a Filmfare Award winner for the Best Screenplay and Best dialoguecategories, Javed  had always had a special corner for the Amateur Writers

L C Singh

Member of Film Writers Association, Mumbai ; Playwright and Author of a feature film & various plays , he wrote and Produced the Hindi feature film - 'Banaras, a mystic love story' which received huge critical acclaim the world over. The film starred Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Urmila Matondkar, Ashmit Patel and Akash Khurana. The film received rave reviews and honours in India and abroad. It was selected for screening at the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Goa.
LC Singh grew up in Banaras and studied at the Banaras Hindu University. The ideas that gave shape to the story existed in Singh's mind for a long time. The film is his personal tribute to Banaras. He took a sabbatical from his regular job as CEO of consulting/technology company - Nihilent Technologies to pursue his creative urge.

Singh co-scripted the film with talented screenwriter Javed Siddiqiui and collaborated with one of India's leading filmmaker Pankuj Parashar to convert his story to celluloid. Through the songwriter, Sameer and the music director, Himesh Reshammiya, LC Singh ensured that every single musical note and word in the film reflect the ancient Banaras gharana (school) of Indian music.

Kiran Khalap

Author, brand consultant and founder of Chlorophyll brand & communications consultancy, started as a copywriter in Lintas(now Lowe) . Chosen as the Chairman of the Brand & Marketing Advisory Council to the prestigious and challenging Nandan Nilekani-led Unique ID Project “Aadhar”, Kiran was one of the 13 professionals handpicked to write the definitive book on brands in crisis in 2007.
Kiran has authored some of the maverick pieces like “Halfway up the mountain” which has made for riveted reading throughout the nation. Plus he has also launched his second book called “Two pronouns and a verb “ at Kaala Ghoda Festival very recently.
Presently, Kiran plays the role of a brand guru and is invited to write and speak on branding.
With an eye for Creative writing, mind-storming ideas and the natural flair of producing something out-of-the-box, Kiran is best qualified to judge Youth and Innovative writing talent.


CASH Prizes for the outstanding entries!
#sevensins Short Story Writing Contest
Winner INR. 7,000
First Runner Up INR. 5,000
Second Runner Up INR. 3,000
#sevensins Poetry Writing Contest
Winner INR. 7,000
First Runner Up INR. 5,000
Second Runner Up INR. 3,000
The winning entries also get to become a part of Tumbhi's upcoming eBook on #sevensins


CASH Prizes for the outstanding entries!

  • Winner – Rs 5,000 (or e-voucher of equivalent amount)
  • First Runner Up – RS 3,000 (or e-voucher of equivalent amount)
  • • Second Runner Up- RS 2,000 (or e-voucher of equivalent amount)

The winning entries also get to become a part of Tumbhi’s upcoming eBook

Terms & Conditions

Participants should read this document in conjunction with the ‘Terms and Conditions’ as laid down on as amended from time to time.

Consent & Copyright

Tumbhi reserves the right to use the submitted artwork for marketing and promotion purposes with due credit to the participant. Tumbhi will use the names and artworks of the winners on Tumbhi online properties such as website, blog and social media platforms.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Anybody, of any nationality, and of age 5 and above is eligible.
  2. You need to register yourself on or for submitting your entries.
  3. Compose a short story of maximum 1000 words. (There is no minimum word limit)
  4. Compose a Poem of 4 to 8 lines
  5. Choose any genre viz. fictional, non-fictional, thriller, comic, city life, historic etc. There is no restriction on any particular theme/subject/category.
  6. #SevenSins Theme: The short story/poem must have a reference to atleast one of the sins as included in the list of #SevenSins.
  7. Entries should only be in English or Hindi language.
  8. Depiction of excessive violence, sex or religious extremism in your stories/poems, as perceived by the judges, will result in disqualification.
  9. Multiple entries are allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I participate in the contest?

Participating in this contest is easy. All you need to do is register yourself on and submit your entry under ‘Writing’ Category. For more details about submission criteria, visit the submission details link on the right.

What is the entry fee for the contest? 

Nothing! The entry is FREE for this contest. 

I am not a registered member of Can I still enter?

No, you have to register only once and then you can access and participate in this and future contests. 

I'm an Indian citizen living abroad. Can I still participate?

Yes, you can. The competition is open for all (including Non Resident Indians).

How many entries can I send? 

There is no limit to the number of entries from an individual, but you should not submit the same entry again

I want to submit my entry in Hindi. The contest requires submission of entries in Devnagri script. I don’t know how to type in that script. How can I submit the entry?

We recommend you use the website for the same.  

Can I send a CD containing my writings? 

No, we are not accepting entries on a CD. The only way you can participate is by submitting your entries online. 

Why do I need to be logged in to the site in order to submit the entry?

You need to log in before submitting the entries so that we can tag your entries with your profile. Also, your email id acts as unique identifier for the contest. All the winners are contacted at the specified email address. 

How do I know that you've received my entry?

Once you've sent your entry, we will send you a confirmation mail for the same and you can cross view it in your “My Page”. If you can see it there, that means we have received it

When I submit an entry for the contest, what rights does have regarding my submission?

Tumbhi reserves the right to use the submitted artwork for marketing and promotion purposes assigning due credit to the participant. Tumbhi will use the names and artworks of the winners on Tumbhi online properties such as website, blog and social media platforms.

Are release forms required when submitting the entry for the contest?

The entrant must be the sole creator of his/her entry and must also own the copyrights and reproduction rights. It is the legal responsibility of the entrant to ensure that publication of the entries by raises no legal will be accordingly indemnified,

I'd like to submit an entry that has previously been published. Is that allowed?


I'd like to submit an entry that has previously won a contest. Is that allowed?

No! We are looking for fresh stories/poems not published anywhere else.

Will my entries be visible online to others?

Yes. This website only allows you to upload your entries. While you will be able to view your own entries, visitors of this website or other entrants will be able to view your entries. Once the judging and authentication of the entries is complete, the final results will be available for public display.

Will I be notified if my entry is chosen for the awards?

Yes, the winners of the contest will be notified at the email address which they specify during registration.

I accidentally uploaded a wrong entry using your online system. Can I delete my entry and submit a new one?

Once your entry has been uploaded, you can delete it by writing to us at

I can't remember which stories I've already submitted. Can you tell me which of my stories you've received?

Once you upload an entry on this website, your entries will be visible in your "My Page”. You can login -> click on "My Page" and see your entries there.

What if I do not win the prize? Will Tumbhi still promote my entry and consider my profile for future opportunities? 

Absolutely! Your entry will always be available on for all future opportunities. 

Can I upload a picture for my story?

No, entries must be submitted in MS Word format (if typed in Mangal Font) or in PDF format (if the fonts are other than Mangal)

Still have a question?

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