It was a heartwarming start to a Monday seeing a very large group of young writers acknowledged and rewarded for their work. Yesterday was the prize-giving ceremony for the MPH Search for Young Malaysian Writers 2006 held at 1 Utama.
Adibah Amin was guest of honour and Lim Soon Heng as chief judge gave a very down-to-earth speech about how judging a winner is of course subjective. (I was one of the judges last year and can confirm that it is a tough job.)
The kids (some of whom are pictured above) came up on stage for their prizes and many left staggering under the weight of books and enormous mock cheques. The prizes were incredibly generous. (First prize winners in each category got RM2,000 in cash, RM2,500 in book vouchers and more!)
The great thing though is that the contest provided the encouragment for young people all over the country to write stories. (A whopping 2,000 entries were received!)
My congrats to all the winners, and I hope that you continue to write fiction ... even though the financial incentives are usually a great deal less!
Andrew Loh Zhu An, one of the runners-up in Category B points of that many of the successful young writers are also bloggers. Interesting.