Work

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer,
some are written in the books and some are confined to hearts.

― Savi Sharma, Everyone Has A Story

Work
"Never think you can’t write – you can. If you can speak, you can write. If you can understand this, you are fully qualified to tell a story of your own. It will belong to you; you can select and create and mix up and omit anything you want. Just start at once, on any old paper or screen or tablet. Start anywhere in the story, at the end if you like, but above all, start. It will be the best thing you have done for ages. When you have finished it (it will never feel perfect), get the sponsorship and send it together with your composition to us at The Big Story. There! You are already fabulous. A thousand thanks!"

Joanna Lumley OBE

THE BIG STORY CHALLENGE

We are inviting you to join The Big Story challenge that will help us all to cope with the self-isolating that accompanies the fight against the Coronavirus. More than that, this is your chance to be creative and positive while during lockdowns and social distancing. And by writing The Big Story you can help a great cause. We are inviting friends and family to encourage you with a little sponsorship that through The Big Story can be doubled in value and support registered charity ChoraChori in its vital work with the most vulnerable children in Nepal.

The challenge is for you to write a short memoir, a reflection on childhood and of your early years. Or, if you are still at school, tell us what life is like for you now and your plans for the future. We are looking for positive stories that will inspire or amuse us.

The challenge is open to people of all ages, anywhere in the world (although your story must be in English!). Whether you’re off school and bored, or a senior citizen who’s feeling a bit out on a limb – or aged somewhere in between with time on your hands for a change. You may never have written anything this substantial for pleasure before as, until now, you’ve never had the space in your life to apply yourself to sharing your Big Story. Who knows, this could be the start of something really BIG?

ChoraChori’s Founder, Philip Holmes, completed his memoir, Gates of Bronze, in 2019. And it all started with just a few notes!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

Now – 31st July

WRITE

If you are at school or a senior citizen, you need to write up to 1,500 words. If you are between 18 and 60, you should aim to write up to 3,000 words. We’d like to hear about your life past or present, a mini-memoir with a focus on childhood and reflections on growing up. Entries must be in English and in Word or PDF format and may come from anywhere in the world.

Now – 31st July

COLLECT SPONSORSHIP AND SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

In order for your entry to be eligible for the competition you must collect a minimum of £25 in sponsorship towards our Appeal. This may double in value, but only if the payment is made online and if all of our pledged matching funds haven’t already been used up. Alternatively, you (or a sponsor) can send us a cheque to the charity address but this means of payment will not qualify for matching. We will also award prizes for the three entries that have the highest paid sponsorships (net of Gift Aid) by 5 p.m. GMT on the 31st July.

1st – 9th August

JUDGING

All entries will be reviewed by our independent panels of judges, who will first certify that none of their friends or family members have entered the challenge. For each category, there will be a winner and two runners-up. Judges’ decisions are, of course, final.

10th – 16th August

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

During the final week, we will announce the winners, starting with the runners up in each category. We will award prizes of gift vouchers of £200, £100 and £50. But, most exciting of all, winning entries will be read by prominent friends of the charity.

SOME OF OUR DISTINGUISHED READERS

Winning and runner-up entries will be read on this site by our distinguished readers. Here are just a few of them:

Joanna-Lumley

Joanna Lumley OBE

Actress

Amrita

Amrita Acharia

Actress

Mark-Curry

Mark Curry

Actor

Sacha-Dhawan

Sacha Dhawan

Actor

Amanda-Root

Amanda Root

Actress

Sagar-Radia

Sagar Radia

Actor

Paul-O'Grady

Paul O'Grady

Comedian, TV & Radio Presenter

Mandip-Gill

Mandip Gill

Actress

Tamsin-Greig

Tamsin Greig

Actress

JamesFloyd

James Krishna Floyd

Actor

THE BIG (FUNNY) STORY

Do you have a funny story that you’d like to record for us on film from your home? If so, please contact Philip and we can set that up. If you enjoyed any of these stories, please donate a fiver through the donate button. As if by magic, it could transform into a tenner towards our work in Nepal!

ARE YOU IN?

We look forward to reading your writing.

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© 2020. The Big Story is an initiative by UK registered charity ChoraChori (reg no 1159770).

Please remember our needs if you are writing or re-writing your will. For further information contact the charity Founder, Philip Holmes. Thank you

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