Tell a Tale

The boy who lived… words that had us hooked to the Harry Potter Universe ever since. Even though more than 22 years have passed since the first book was published, it has managed to remain close to our hearts. The characters are etched in our minds with their memorable words echoing every now and then. We all surely have our favourite quotes among these.

For the story writing competition, we have selected one such quote for you and would like you to weave a story around it. So, put on your thinking caps and pull out those quills. Let the magic begin!

This quote was the one that turned the tables on Slytherins and fetched Gryffindors the house-cup in Harry’s first year at Hogwarts!

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies but just as much to stand up to our friends.”


There are two categories for the competition.

  • Junior: 14 years to 17 years
  • Senior: 18 years and above


  • Write a story in not less than 1500 words and not more than 2000 words based on the above quote.
  • The last date for sending entries is 28 July 2020.
  • The file should be sent in docx. or pdf. format as an email attachment.
  • Please mention the category your submission belongs to, in the subject line. E.g. Tell a tale – Junior
  • Send it across to the following e-mail id:

Registration Fee:


Winners get exciting cash prizes!

  • First prize (Junior category): Rs. 1000/-
  • First prize (Senior category): Rs. 1000/-

Evaluation Criteria:

  • 30% marks for developing the plot in an interesting manner (with a good narrative arc and a befitting ending, which fits the other parts of the story).
  • 20% for character development and descriptions.
  • 30% marks for organising the story well, giving new paragraphs wherever needed and using linking words effectively.
  • 20% for uniqueness of the plot line.

In case of any doubts or clarifications, write to us at: