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2000 Word Story Challenge

Prize Pool - INR 10,000 Cash, Win Prizes and a chance to Pitch to Film Producers at Diorama Pitchfest, and Entry to Story Market


Here is your chance to let the world know who you are. Calling Writers, Storytellers, Script Writers, Journalists, Bloggers Freelance Writers and students. Write a 2,000+word Story and walk into the Follow Spot of Fame!

Important Dates:

Entries Open / 28th July 2022

Entries Close / 2nd October 2022

Challenge Begins / 3rd October 2022

Challenge Ends / 10th October 2022

Winners Announce / 27th October 2022

Awards / 04th December 2022

Winners to get awards at the 4th Diorama International Film Festival Awards Ceremony, New Delhi.


Winners get Entry to Pitchfest and pitch their ideas to Producers and Film Studios. Click here to read more.


Pitchfest Dates:

Mentoring Sessions / 1st-3rd November 2022

Pitching Sessions / 1st-3rd December 2022

Entry Fee //

($20) INR 1,500 + Taxes for Ages 17 and Above

($10) INR 750 + Taxes for Ages 17 and Below


An Internationally renowned panel of judges shall judge all entries of this challenge. 

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Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan

Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan is an Indian film director and screenwriter, who is most known for his internationally acclaimed film Lahore. In 2021, he won the National Film Award for Best Direction for the film 'Bahattar Hoorain', making him a two-time National Award Winner. His most recent works as a screenwriter include '83, the sports biopic based on the 1983 Cricket World Cup. His latest project as a writer-director is titled 'Gorkha', featuring Akshay Kumar in a prominent role.



RAJASHREE is a National Award-winning filmmaker and bestselling novelist. She has recently written some commissioned scripted series – one for Sudhir Mishra, preceded by one for another successful director. She started off by assisting Sudhir Mishra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali after studying direction at FTII, Poona. A film she wrote and directed, The Rebel, won the National Award. She has written and directed many short films and ads for social media. She’s worked as a producer on shows like Indian Idol and directed shows for television. 


Step 1

Click here to fill out the entry form. Once you do, you will get an email with the details.

Step 2

You will then get access to your Diorama Starter pack which has 150+ Masterclasses to learn, explore and experience different aspects of filmmaking, and other resources to help you get started.

Step 3

Read the Rules and Regulations in the PDF file below.

Step 4

Write the 2,000-word Story Idea, Outline, on any topic you like.

Step 5

Submit it online, with instructions given in the email.


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Q. Who can enter/participate? A. Anyone. There is no bar on any country or region. The contest is open to global participation. Q. Any registration fee? A. Fee of Rs.1,500/- + GST for participants aged 17 years or above per Entry and Rs. 1,000/- + GST for participants below 17 years of age. Q. Which languages are allowed? A. The Contest is open to all Indian and International languages. Q. How much time do I have to write a short story? A. One Week Q. What is the evaluation process and criteria? A. The criteria shall be decided by the respective Jury. However, generally, it is based on originality, Plot, Storyline, character development and structure. Q. Can I use my story elsewhere if not selected ? A. Yes. Q. What is the file format of the short story to be uploaded? A. PDF File no larger than 5MB Q. Can I co write a story? A. Yes you can write a story even as a group. However, the Certificate and the Prizes shall be awarded to the Group if there is more than One Co Writer. Q. Can I sponsor this event? A. Please mail us at Q. Do I need to sign the Undertaking and the Agreement? A. Yes.

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