SC Writing Competition

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Brief information

Topic: Unity

Competition Period

15th July - 14th Aug 2020

Judging Period

1st Aug- 4th Sept 2020

Announcement of Winners

5th September 2020

Age Categories

Category A

9 - 12 Years Old

Category B

13 - 17 Years Old

Category C

18 - 25 Years Old

Panel Of judges

Anna Tan

Anna Tan is the author of two fantasy books, Coexist and Dongeng, and has short stories published in various anthologies. She is also the editor of NutMag, an annual zine published for and by MYWriters Penang. When not writing, she is the treasurer for the Malaysian Writers Society. 

Anna has an MA in Creative Writing: The Novel. Find out more about her at annatsp.com.

Peter Soh

Peter Soh started his writing endeavour by contributing articles and news to a local college in Penang. He later published his works in Eksentrika before delving into short stories writing, which he writes most of the time now. 

He made his publishing debut in the ‘Emerging Malaysian Writers 2018’ anthology and his dark, macabre and unpleasant short stories can be found in Malaysian Indie Fiction and Ricepaper literary magazine.

Arifah Husna Badlishah

Arifah Husna is a writer for Newcastle University’s student paper, The Courier and recipient of Article of the Year 2020. She egularly writes for the official Newcastle University blog as a Digital Content intern and has published articles for The New Straits Times (Niexter), The Kalsom Movement, Charisma Movement, KL Sketch Nation, and Iris Magazine.

Ivan Huang

Ivan Huang is an A-level student in Methodist College Kuala Lumpur. Writing is his passion and he frequently appears as an opinion columnist on various English dailies chiefly touching on education and youth.

Ivan occasionally writes books as well, with a children’s picture book currently in the works of being published. He is also currently working with a team on a video game, serving as the music and writing end of the development.

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Steven Steel

Steven Steel is the author of Someone’s In My Head, an award-winning science fiction novel published in 2017. Since its inception, Someone’s In My Head has accrued over 800,000 reads on Wattpad, won multiple international (The Wattys) and national awards (Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Award), and went on to sell over 1,500 copies in bookstores across Malaysia.

Currently, Steven is also a data science student at the Minerva Schools at KGI, where he is building digital products and using data to analyze and improve user experience.

Chia Zhi Zhi

Chia Zhi Zhi is the 19-year-old SC Media Journalist who is active in the field of journalism and activism. She is an active member of The Star’s NiE BRATs programme and was once an intern at Star Media Berhad.

Journalism aside, she is the Gender Equity Team Director for Meddling Kids Movement – an international youth-led organisation. In her free time, she runs a blog called Feminist Apprentice where she combines her passion for writing and feminism.

Terence Toh

Terence Toh is a journalist, author and playwright. He writes feature articles by day and fiction by night. He is currently a features writer at the Arts and Culture department of an English national newspaper.

His writing has appeared in publications such as The Star, The Selangor Times, Poskod.my, Ask Legal, POPCLUB magazine, Esquire Magazine and Cilisos.my. He is the editor of the anthology PJ Confidential (Fixi Novo) and the author of numerous short stories that have been published in various local and regional anthologies.

Terence is the co-writer of the musical Euphrasia, which won 4 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards. He also won two Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for the book and score of the musical The Working Dead.

Tunku Halim

Tunku Halim has been dubbed as Asia’s Stephen King and by delving into Malay myth, legends and folklore, his writing is often regarded as ‘World Gothic’. 

He has written several novels and collections of short stories, his latest being A Malaysian Restaurant in London and Scream to the Shadows. 

His non-fiction books include A Children’s History of Malaysia, History of Malaysia – A Children’s Encyclopedia (2013) and a biography of his late father A Prince Called “Charlie”.

Amaya Oke

Ever since Amaya was a child, she has enjoyed writing and critiquing other writings (in fact, one of her A-Levels is in English Literature!) Since Amaya has a few Olympiad medals and debate competitions under my belt, she’s excited to see what the participants can present!

Panel Of judges

Anna Tan

Anna Tan is the author of two fantasy books, Coexist and Dongeng, and has short stories published in various anthologies. She is also the editor of NutMag, an annual zine published for and by MYWriters Penang. When not writing, she is the treasurer for the Malaysian Writers Society. 

Anna has an MA in Creative Writing: The Novel. Find out more about her at annatsp.com.

Peter Soh

Peter Soh started his writing endeavour by contributing articles and news to a local college in Penang. He later published his works in Eksentrika before delving into short stories writing, which he writes most of the time now. 

He made his publishing debut in the ‘Emerging Malaysian Writers 2018’ anthology and his dark, macabre and unpleasant short stories can be found in Malaysian Indie Fiction and Ricepaper literary magazine.

Arifah Husna Badlishah

Arifah Husna is a writer for Newcastle University’s student paper, The Courier and recipient of Article of the Year 2020. She egularly writes for the official Newcastle University blog as a Digital Content intern and has published articles for The New Straits Times (Niexter), The Kalsom Movement, Charisma Movement, KL Sketch Nation, and Iris Magazine.

Ivan Huang

Ivan Huang is currently an A-level student in Methodist College Kuala Lumpur. Writing is his passion and he frequently appears as an opinion columnist on various English dailies chiefly touching on education and youth.

I occasionally write books as well, with a children’s picture book currently in the works of being published. He is also currently working with a team on a video game, serving as the music and writing end of the development.

Steven Steel

Steven Steel is the author of Someone’s In My Head, an award-winning science fiction novel published in 2017. Since its inception, Someone’s In My Head has accrued over 800,000 reads on Wattpad, won multiple international (The Wattys) and national awards (Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Award), and went on to sell over 1,500 copies in bookstores across Malaysia.

Currently, Steven is also a data science student at the Minerva Schools at KGI, where he is building digital products and using data to analyze and improve user experience.

Terence Toh

Terence Toh is a journalist, author and playwright. He writes feature articles by day and fiction by night. He is currently a features writer at the Arts and Culture department of an English national newspaper.

His writing has appeared in publications such as The Star, The Selangor Times, Poskod.my, Ask Legal, POPCLUB magazine, Esquire Magazine and Cilisos.my. He is the editor of the anthology PJ Confidential (Fixi Novo) and the author of numerous short stories that have been published in various local and regional anthologies.

Terence is the co-writer of the musical Euphrasia, which won 4 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards. He also won two Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for the book and score of the musical The Working Dead.

Panel Of judges

Anna Tan

Anna Tan is the author of two fantasy books, Coexist and Dongeng, and has short stories published in various anthologies. She is also the editor of NutMag, an annual zine published for and by MYWriters Penang. When not writing, she is the treasurer for the Malaysian Writers Society. 

Anna has an MA in Creative Writing: The Novel. Find out more about her at annatsp.com.

Peter Soh

Peter Soh started his writing endeavour by contributing articles and news to a local college in Penang. He later published his works in Eksentrika before delving into short stories writing, which he writes most of the time now. 

He made his publishing debut in the ‘Emerging Malaysian Writers 2018’ anthology and his dark, macabre and unpleasant short stories can be found in Malaysian Indie Fiction and Ricepaper literary magazine.

Arifah Husna Badlishah

Arifah Husna is a writer for Newcastle University’s student paper, The Courier and recipient of Article of the Year 2020. She egularly writes for the official Newcastle University blog as a Digital Content intern and has published articles for The New Straits Times (Niexter), The Kalsom Movement, Charisma Movement, KL Sketch Nation, and Iris Magazine.

Terence Toh

Terence Toh is a journalist, author and playwright. He writes feature articles by day and fiction by night. He is currently a features writer at the Arts and Culture department of an English national newspaper.

His writing has appeared in publications such as The Star, The Selangor Times, Poskod.my, Ask Legal, POPCLUB magazine, Esquire Magazine and Cilisos.my. He is the editor of the anthology PJ Confidential (Fixi Novo) and the author of numerous short stories that have been published in various local and regional anthologies.

Terence is the co-writer of the musical Euphrasia, which won 4 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards. He also won two Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for the book and score of the musical The Working Dead.

Ivan Huang

Ivan Huang is currently an A-level student in Methodist College Kuala Lumpur. Writing is his passion and he frequently appears as an opinion columnist on various English dailies chiefly touching on education and youth.

I occasionally write books as well, with a children’s picture book currently in the works of being published. He is also currently working with a team on a video game, serving as the music and writing end of the development.

Steven Steel

Steven Steel is the author of Someone’s In My Head, an award-winning science fiction novel published in 2017. Since its inception, Someone’s In My Head has accrued over 800,000 reads on Wattpad, won multiple international (The Wattys) and national awards (Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Award), and went on to sell over 1,500 copies in bookstores across Malaysia.

Currently, Steven is also a data science student at the Minerva Schools at KGI, where he is building digital products and using data to analyze and improve user experience.

Additional Information

The theme for this competition is ‘Unity’. The theme is especially timely considering the impact that the pandemic has where certain people experience it at differing degrees.

Youths are encouraged to translate the idea of “unity” in their writing from their own lens. Unity is a conception that transcends boundaries canvassing issues such as climate & environmental issues, global pandemic, racial decrimination & outcry and other issues that touch people ranging from an individual level to a global one. Realising this, we see that youths should be able to participate in these conversations as global crises are an indiscriminate force. They impact us all regardless of our identities. 

Participants can write a fiction or nonfiction piece about their interpretation of the theme. We have provided prompts that have more detail and brevity. They act as a guide to help prospective writers curate their writing submissions purposefully. Below is a list of suggested prompts: 

  • What does ‘Unity’ mean to you? 
  • Is there a memory which reminded you of the word ‘Unity’? 
  • Did ‘Unity’ ever give you an advantage or disadvantage? 
Submissions need not be limited to the statements above, for which are only intended to give inspiration to the variety of content which could aid in the writing process.

For each writing category & age category: 

  • 1st Place: RM 100 
  • 2nd Place: RM 75 
  • 3rd Place: RM 50 
  • Each winner will receive: Small Changes’ T-Shirt, Certificate of Recognition, Winning submission published on Small Changes’ social media and website 
  • Honourable mention (awarded to 5 writers): Submission published on Small Changes’ social media and website

We are looking for short stories, fiction or nonfiction, that are creative, engaging and thought-provoking. Most importantly, it has to be original. The challenge is to be able to describe and organise ideas within the word limit. These are the word limits for each age category:

  • Category A – Age 9 – 12: No more than 200 words
  • Category B – Age 13 – 17: No more than 500 words
  • Category C – Age 18 – 25: No more than 1000 words

The submissions are judged and shortlisted by how well the writing fulfills judging criteria. The criteria is different for each genre. A list of criteria is stated below based on the genre submitted.

For fiction short stories:

  • How imaginative, compelling and engaging is your story?
  • Has the writer used good choice of words in developing the story?
  • How well does your story incorporate them?
  • The degree of novelty in the story?
  • Was the story memorable and enjoyable to read?
  • Is the story described vividly?

For non-fictional short stories:

  • Has the writer organised their ideas and presented it meaningfully?
  • How well is the 1-word theme, ‘Unity’, incorporated?
  • Is the story accurate in terms of grammar and punctuation?
  • Is the story thought-provoking? Does it challenge the audience to think beyond the
    topic?
  • Is the factual content novel and outside of the box?

It is also encouraged for the writer to think beyond these criteria and understand, in the judges’ and reader’s perspective, the criteria that makes a story entertaining and delightful to read.

  1. Submissions must be written in English. 
  2. Only one (1) submission per person.
  3. Ensure that the content is family friendly as it may potentially be showcased on SC’s website. 
  4. Please refrain from using/including any inappropriate language or vulgar contents such as swear words, 18+ content. 
  5. Be sure to include a story title as this will be used to maintain participant anonymity.
  6. Stories can either be typed or handwritten. 
  7. Handwritten submissions are to be scanned and submitted through the same Google Form.
  8. Typed submissions should use Times New Roman, font size 11 and line spacing 1.15. 
  9. The competition is open to Malaysians only
Please note if any of the guidelines stated above are not followed, the submissions would not be passed on to the panel of judges and writers will be notified regarding the disqualification.
  1. Write your story! 
    Make sure that your story obeys the word limit and the guidelines above (see Rules and Regulations)

  2. Submit your story individually or through a teacher.
    Registration forms are provided below and are printable. The consent form must be submitted along with the submission. If the consent form is not attached or filled up, the participant will be disqualified.
    If you prefer to fill up the consent form digitally, you can download them below:

    Teacher’s registration 
    Individual student consent form

    For a tutorial on how to digitally sign your consent form, watch this video.
     

    Please remember to always ‘Save’ the downloaded document once you have signed your consent form. 

  3. Teachers & individual students can submit their work as a group/individual through the Google form. Submit here

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