Thursday, June 30, 2005

Writers! Don't Say No-one Never Does Nuffink for You!!!

Dear Malaysian Writers,

Perhaps it's time to dust off that novel you have lying in a drawer. Utusan Publications is announcing an English Novel competition with some serious dosh attached to it.

Here's an e-mail I just received (Thanks Nisah!):

Dear friends,

These are the rules & regulation for submitting manuscript to Utusan Publications & Distributors Novel Competition

For the first time the organiser has introduced a new category i.e. the English Novel / Novel Remaja Bahasa Inggeris. They are looking for new talents in creative writing particularly novel. The audience / readers for this novel should be teenagers and young adults (13 - early twenties).

1. Manuscript must be attached with a covering letter stating the author's biodata, which includes name, pen-name (if any), address, contact number, 2 pieces of passport size photo and a declaration stating that the manuscript is the original work of the author. Manuscript without the complete details together with the said declaration will not be considered for the competition.

2. The manuscript of the novel must be typed in double spacing, neatly bound. Only the title of the novel should appear on the page cover. The name of the author must not appear on any of the page in the manuscript.

3. Participants are free to write on any theme of interest.

4. Manuscript must not be less than 150 pages on A4 size paper.

5. The organiser has the right to publish the manusripts selected as the winner.

6. Royalty will be paid to the author.

7. The unselected manuscript will not be returned to the author. However, the author may submit the same manuscript to another publication only after the announcement of winners is made.

8. Winners will be announced in Utusan Malaysia / Minnguan Malaysia.

9. Announcement will be made in 2006.

10. Closing date : 1 December 2005

Prizes :

1st : RM6,000
2nd : RM4,000
3rd : RM3,000

Send you manuscript to :

Urus Setia
Hadiah Sastera Kumpulan Utusan-Exxon Mobil 2005
Utusan Publications & Distributors Sdn Bhd
No. 1 & 3, Jalan 3/91A
Taman Shamelin Perkasa
56100 Cheras
Kuala Lumpur.

Enquiries : Call 03-9285 6577 (Puan Faridah Shamsudin)

p/s : Kindly forward this mail to anyone who might be interested. Thank you.

If you don't have a novel written yet why not enter the Nanowrimo and knock out 50,000 words (or more)fairly painlessly in November?

Wonder if a non-Malaysian like yours truly can enter? I was not allowed to enter the NST short-story competition last time round. A couple of decades of living and working here doesn't count. The right piece of paper does. I don't think that a writing competition in Britain would disqualify anyone on the same grounds?

Meanwhile MPH is doing a great job of encouraging younger writers with its Search for Young Writers competition which it is holding in conjucntion with The National Library. It invites young writers to set a story either in 1942 or 2030, and gives plenty of scope for ambitious imaginations. You can read all about it here and download the entry form.


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Unknown said...

Made a mistake in the previous posting. Just wondering if overseas Malaysians could take part. This is good news indeed for a lot of writers.

bibliobibuli said...

Can't think there's any reason why overseas malaysians can't take part ... nothing is stated in the blurb. Maybe best to contact them and clarify.

Jordan F. MacVay said...

I'd love to give something like this a try, but I'm in the same situation as you (except I haven't been hear nearly as long!). *sigh*

Kak Teh said...

sahron, faridah did ask me to write - that must be 3 years ago!! aaah, so want to try , but so no no no time. Will think abt it. I have done some work for them tho.

Kak Teh said...

sorry sharon - my typing is getting worse. I have even changed your name now!

Tiara said...

Are you aged 13 - mid twenties? :P XD

Sounds interesting! My topics of choice would probably land me in the Censorship Board though. Ah well.

bibliobibuli said...

Tiara - it says the readers are in that age group - not the writers lah.

Just write it anyway and write it honest. Shock the world.

bibliobibuli said...

Poor Kak Teh, so much hunger to write, so much thesis in the way ...

Jordan F. MacVay said...

Did I just say 'been hear'? That's what I get for blogging when I should be making exams for my students.....

bibliobibuli said...

Forget it, Jordan, aftr you've been hear (!) a little while longer you're english will be as rosaked as mine, and the very commodity you probably came here to sell (your flawless English) will be a mere memory.

My advice is to stay off the durian and belachan and eat more cheddar.

Love your blog by the way and am going to stop by for a big reading session later. My little glance in yesterday showed me that we have some similar thoughts about things.

Reta said...

not less than 150 pages??

Eish, dunno if I have patience for that..but I will persevere!

xenobiologista said...

Every time a contest like this comes up, I always have some sort of good idea but run out of steam after about 10 pages. Thanks for the info though.

Anonymous said...

Good on Utusan and Exxon/Mobil. What are the English papers (not) doing??

Sharon, you should be a judge, not participant, hehe.


bibliobibuli said...

Lydia - Am I always to be the bridesmaid but never the bride?

bibliobibuli said...

Xeno-biologista and cyber-red - go to and have a read. I will be challenging you do do the Nanowrimo in November, and then all your excuses will be peeled away from you. Let's all liberate the novelist within!!!!!!

Anonymous said...


A judge is not bridesmaid, more like bride's mom, more honour :)


bibliobibuli said...

Bride's mum is less glam than the bride, who notices her unless she wears a big hat?

ks said...

hello bibliobibuli (lol what a tongue twister), thanks for sharing the information! i have a novel blog, maybe i'd enter it in if it turns out good hehe :) do come by if u have the time. take care!