Story competition launched to mark 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence

Toynbee Hall has launched a story competition as part of its activities to mark the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence and its significance to the local people of Tower Hamlets/City of London.

The competition, being run in collaboration with the Swadhinata Trust and Storyteller Shamim Azad, is accepting story submissions that explore the general theme of “life in 1971, liberation, resistance and home”. The stories can be based on memory, history or completely fictional.

Written stories should be no more than 750 words, while spoken word should be up to three minutes long. Also welcomed are stories in other languages such as Sylheti, Bangla, Somali, Arabic, Spanish and others.

The stories will be judged anonymously with three selected to win a £100 voucher. The winning pieces will be included in a Story & Musical walking tour that will be developed with the local communities later in 2021. All submitted stories will be published in a digital anthology.

To enter, download and complete the entry form and submit it via email to or via WhatsApp: 07398 294110. The deadline for submissions is 8 April 2021.