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MAGO is an annual Story telling competition aimed at promoting Storytelling in a fun, engaging and creative fashion. Story telling is a time-honoured, age-old practice and in current times it’s one of the best ways to promote the art appreciation and love for the Tamil language.

About MAGO

AKT launched MAGO, Tamil Storytelling Olympiad in 2012 and since the event has grown by leaps and bounds to host over 50 schools with more than 100 participants annually.

As we well know, our Children are natural storytellers and their desire to participate in the Olympiad will fuel them to learn more about our society, culture and historical characters. By allowing our children to share stories about and beyond, especially those tales accompanied with meaningful messages, we will inculcate qualities such as wisdom, courage and integrity in our participants and audiences

Our objective in conducting MAGO storytelling competition is to initiate children to express in Tamil language and thereby develop a familiarity with the language. Children communicate better through storytelling, which fosters their creativity and enhances their vocabulary.

Program Details

For Primary 4,5 & 6 school students

First Round @ Online

Submit 100 seconds storytelling video by 7 April 2022 (5 pm)

Mandatory workshop for selected participants on 9 April 2022


Final Round on 10 April 2022 (10 am to 1 pm)

venue: AKT Studio (29a, Campbell Lane, Singapore 209901)

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Terms & Conditions

  1. No specific themes will be given. Participants are free to choose their desired stories .

  2. Stories with politics, sexual and religious elements are to be avoided.

  3. Either an adapted or original Tamil story can be presented by the participant for the first round.

  1. MAGO Title and Champion trophy will be awarded.

  2. The results of the winners will be announced and they will be awarded on the actual day.

  1. This is an Individual Category.

  2. The school may send only students from primary 4, 5 & 6 to represent the school.

  3. The registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Registration will close once it reaches maximum intake

  1. The participants will need to present a story in Tamil within 100 seconds. Those who exceed the time limit will be penalized.

  2. Kindly present your story in your school uniform for all the rounds.

  3. Participants must tell their story without using any props or costume changes. The focus is on the participants’ rendition of the story. 

  4. During the online selection round, participants will have to submit their prepared stories. 

  5. Mandatory workshop for selected participants on 9 April 2022. Winners will qualify for the semi-final round.

  6. In the semi-final round and in the final round, contestants will be required to create their own story and present their story in accordance to the conditions given by the organizers at the given time.

  7. Contestants need to bring their own writing materials (pen, writing pad etc).

  8. The organizers reserve the right to amend the rules and regulations of the competition without prior notice.

  9. The organizers hold the rights of the video coverage of the competition.

  10. All participants are to report to the venue at least 15 minutes before the MAGO Storytelling Olympiad commences.

  11. Latecomers will not be entertained.

  12. All primary school students are encouraged to be accompanied by the teacher or parent or guardian.

  13. All participants MUST be attired in their full school uniform.(neat, school badge, appropriate footwear)

Judging Criteria

The Judging Criteria are as follows:                                         

  1. Content (Story / Characterisation/ Language/Creativity) - 40%

  2. Delivery (Clarity/ Gestures) - 30%

  3. Effectiveness (Stage Presence / Body Language) - 30%
    The decision of the judges will be final. No further correspondence will be entertained.

  1. The organisers will not be held responsible for any loss of property or injury that might arise during the competition.


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