Welcome to Lockdown Diaries.

Create for a Cause.
(A Competition for Short Story Writing, Art and Poetry Writing for any age above 9)

in aid of Concern India Foundation

Competition starts on July 15th!

Window for registration and submission of entries will be open till 9th August.


This pandemic and lockdown has brought out different shades of our personalities while we were confined to our homes.

Some of us have used this time to pursue new hobbies and some of us have rekindled our old hobbies and realised how we have missed it.

Some of us used our creativity to express ourselves. And this creativity has resulted in some outstanding works. 

Secure Giving brings you a platform to share your best works and do it for a cause! 

Let your hobby get noticed while helping those in need.




All proceeds will go towards supporting Concern India Foundation

Come onboard to compete and win a certificate and other attractive prizes!

Also an opportunity to participate in a virtual workshop with some judges!

Compete for the following:

  • Short story writing

  • Art 

  • Poetry-writing 

All submissions for short story and poetry to be in English.

(Refer to rules and regulations for more details)

Age Groups: 8 to 11 years | 12 to 14 years | 15 to 18 years | 18 years and above


All queries please mail: lockdowndiaries@securegiving.net

3 step entry process:

  1. Registration

  2. Upload your submission

  3. Payment fees

You will receive an e-mail notification to confirm your payment.

Watch this space for results announcement on 1st Sept 2020

Judges panel

(Click below to know more)

Art Judges:
Urmila Kanoria
Urmila Kanoria is the founder of the prestigious Kanoria Centre for Arts (KCA) in Ahmedabad. Her work in fostering art and social development has been phenomenal and has been recognised nationally and internationally. The KCA, now in its 36th year, has had some of the country’s most established and successful artist names associated with it.
Roshini Vadehra
Roshini Vadehra is the Director of Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi. She also set up the Foundation for India Contemporary Art. She is on the advisory board of the Sushant School of Design and a member of the CII task force for arts and culture.
Priyasri Patodia
Priyasri is deeply involved in many facets of art and culture. She has established AQ@Priyasri an art center for painting and printmaking in Baroda as well Priyasri Art Gallery in Mumbai
Rukshaan Krishna
Rukshaan is a curator who promotes artists across genres and generations. She is the founder of Rukshaan Art Studio which nurtures painters, sculptors and printmakers in the field of fine art. Rukshaan Art has run the longest running annual exhibition focused on Baroda Art called The Baroda March.
Dolly Dabriwal
Dolly Dabriwal

Dolly is a Kolkata based art curator who founded ddArtspace a platform to showcase the works of lesser known & emerging artists across all genres, to the art world. ddArtspace leverages multiple platforms like exhibitions at ICCR( Kolkata), The India Story (Swabhumi), Art Bengaluru (Bangalore) & social media.
Michelle Poonawalla
Michelle Poonawalla is an artist who lives and works between London, UK, and Pune. Her work
has been exhibited in top-notch shows in London, Dubai and Kochi.
Madhuri Bhaduri
Madhuri is a Pune-based artist with numerous national and international awards and a wide range of shows to her credit
Jenny Bhatt
Jenny is a popular artist who has held 18 solo exhibitions and participated in several group exhibitions including those in New York, Sydney, London, Amsterdam and Berlin. Her work has been included in auctions across the world, including those by Christie’s.
Shweta Goel
Shweta is an established artist with over 20 years of experience. She is also an art teacher and conducts highly popular workshops.
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Short Story Judges:
Ardashir Vakil
Ardashir Vakil is an acclaimed novelist, poet and short story writer. Amongst his many well-loved works are the award-winning novels Beach Boy and One Day. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths (London).
Anjum Katyal
Anjum is a published writer, poet, editor, translator and critic, who has been working in the literary, arts and culture field for close to half a century.She is currently Curator, NEW festival, Santiniketan
Sanjay Mukherjee
Sanjay is a Pune based writer, designer and business strategy consultant. He is the author of 3 highly-acclaimed books; I Used To Be a River, The First Book of Nobodyness and Left, Right and Then, Straight to Spiti
Nilanjan P. Choudhury
Nilanjan is a popular playwright and author with many books and plays to his credit. His most recent novel Shillong Times been widely praised as a significant contribution to the literature of the North East. His debut novel Bali and the Ocean of Milk was a brief best-seller.
Katie Bagli
Katie is a much-loved writer and illustrator of children’s books. She regularly conducts workshops on wildlife and creative writing.
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Poetry Judges:

The competition will start on 15th July 2020

Process for submissions & to view Terms & Conditions - Click here

Arundhathi Subramaniam
Arundhathi has been described as one of the finest poets writing in India today. She is the author of 12 books of which 5 are volumes of poetry. She is the recipient of numerous Indian and international awards.
Baisali Chatterjee Dutt
Baisali is a Kolkata-based poet, author and columnist. Author of Sharbari Dutta, the Design Diva, she has also had her poetry published in various national and international magazines and anthologies.
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