Competition Details

Word count : 2000 – 2500 words

Language : English

Theme # 1: Folklore Retold

Theme # 2: Apocalypse – The End of Humans

About Competition Theme

Folklore Retold

We are all chapters of a story called “Earth”. Each going in a
different direction,our paths often intersect, for good or worse.
There is a rich treasure of folklore hidden in each community.
Usually, it travels orally among generation.

What if you can retell a folklore by blending it with characters of your
own imagination? An ancient castle turning into a next generation warship,
a statue transforming into gazillion nanobots, a ruin opening a portal
to a new dimension, a book making readers, the sorcerers.

Let the fusion of fiction and history begins!


About Competition Theme

Apocalypse – The End Of Humans

We are nearing the end of the world, slowly and steadily.
No, it is not some astro-prediction or Mayan prophecy which we can dismiss.
This is bare truth unfolding in front of our eyes.

With global warming, rising pollution/population, ground water depleting, fertile lands
turning dry, glaciers melting, and what not – what are we left with? Certain reports claim
the end is merely 30 years away. If no critical actions are taken in another
decade, we would cease to exist. What is in store for the next generation? Devastation?

Frame your story keeping in view the theme. The end could be destruction,
origin of new life, or preventing the destruction completely.

Dates To Remember

Launch Date : 1st July 2019

Submission Deadline: 15th Aug 2019

Judging Round: 16th Aug – 31th Aug 2019

Results Announcements: 5th Sep 2019

Judging Criteria

How we will rate your content?


*Relevance to theme


Grammar and Punctuation


Structure and Organization


Overall impact of story

Sum of all the factors will constitute your final score!

*Please see guidelines and strictly stay within them

Submission Guidelines

Things you should know
What is word limit for submission?

Word limit is 2500 words. Entries exceeding this would be penalized.

Can multiple submissions be made by one person?

Strictly NO. Only one submission per person would be considered per theme. There are two themes, both to be rated separately so you can submit at max. one piece per theme.

How many winners would be decided?

Top 20 entries will be shortlisted to be a part of the published book. Each of these 20 finalists will receive ONE (01 copy each) as a gift. Extra hard copies or ebook could be ordered through Amazon, White Falcon’s WFPStore or

Will an ISBN be assigned to the book of winning entries?

Yes. White Falcon Publishing will provide an ISBN to the book.

What will disqualify my submission?

Previously published content, plagiarized work or plots containing hate speech, defamatory remarks against political or religious entities will result in immediate disqualification.

Who will own the content rights?

If your story is chosen as a finalist then content rights will be reserved by Daastan and White Falcon Publishing. You can not republish the content anywhere else without permission.


reasons to participate


Get individual feedback. Improve. Advance to finals.


All finalists will receive a hard copy of their story at their doorstep.



To be announced after the Round 1 results.


people who made it possible


White Falcon is one of the India’s leading self-publishing platform which enables Indian authors to access global market through their platform.

They believe in empowering the content creators by providing them tools, technology and professionals which helps authors kick start their career.

Outcast is one of the South Asia’s leading queer publishing platform which provides a voice to issues faced by the marginal lgbt community.

They believe in providing them decent opportunities to make a living through creative writing and providing them legal, emotional and financial support.

How to submit your story for competition?

signing up and submitting content

We require you to submit your stories directly on ‘Qissa‘ website.

Step 1 :

Open ‘Qissa‘ website and signup.

Step 2 :

Click on ‘Add Book’ button.

Step 3 :

Write your story title, a brief summary, select genre to “Literati Award For Micro-fiction”, choose language and upload any random image as ‘book cover’. Click on ‘Save and continue Editing’

Step 4 :

You are now in Online Editor. Write, save and preview your work. Once satisfied click on ‘Publish’ button to submit your story.

P.S. Stories once submitted can not be edited. Stories submitted after deadline will not be considered.