National Tell a Story Day: Competition winners

The competition

To celebrate National Tell a Story Day, we held a competition to find the best young storytellers out there. 

There were two age categories, with 5 to 8 year olds asked to write fairy tales, and 9 to 13 year olds writing mythology. 

The stories had to be original work by the participants and could be in the form of words or pictures, with a limit of 500 words.

There were entries from all over India, with the competition judged by Saraswathy Rajagopalan and Priya Krishnan.

The judges

Saraswathy Rajagopalan has a Masters in publishing from Oxford Brookes University Oxford. Worked with OUP and Talor & Francis and is now the Executive Editor of Mango which has over 350 books in print. Also have audio, e-books, enhanced content. Mango is the children’s imprint of Dc Books, a leading literary publishers in India.

Priya Krishnan has been associated with Tulika Publishers since 1999, fitting into different roles to edit books, manage content for the website, and research.

Winners: 5 to 8 years

Joint First Place

Jeshwanth with My Own Fairy Tale

We asked Jeshwanth what his favourite book is: 

"At present, Limelight Larry is my favourite book because it has a shiny peacock in it. Also the peacock gets many friends like Rat, Bird, Elephant, Fox, Bear, Bunnies. So I like this book. Note: my favourite book keeps changing."

J. Dharshini with A Tale of Hope by Veleka Georgieva

Winners: 9 to 13 years

1st place

Nikhil Barretto with The League of Horus

Nikhil's favourite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

"I liked that JK Rowling gave Hagrid more importance than a professor at Hogwarts. The Dementors were a great addition to the series. The concept of time travel too, was awesome!"

2nd place

Sharon with Artemis On Hunt

Sharon is particularly passionate about The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

"In all the books I’ve read so far, the books that really captured my interest are The Heroes of Olympus series. Action-packed stories with monsters and Gods from Greek mythology, who doesn’t want to read it?

It is written by a famous, well-known author Rick Riordan, who has also written a very popular series the Percy Jackson series. Personally, I think that Mr. Riordan is a very skilled author with a unique and exquisite taste for Greek mythology that makes him stand out in his own distinctive way amongst his fellow writers.

So, down to the story, it has all the characters point of view which helps us understand the emotions and situations. Out of all the characters, my favorite is Leo Valdez, the son of Hephaestus. I love the way this guy who had a rough start in his life, makes us laugh to our hearts content. His idiosyncratic sense of humour and his goofiness makes him a different from the others. He is a boy who would make our day; just being with him can lift our hearts. He is also someone who keeps the team together. This is a must read for all mythology enthusiasts."


Congratulations to our winners!