Tuesday, July 14, 2009

MPH-Alliance Short Story Prize Shortlist

The results of the MPH-Alliance Bank National Short Story Prize 2009 are out, although the grand prize winner in each category hasn't been announced yet. (Of course I know, but a herd of wild buffaloes wouldn't drag it out of me.)

This anyway from Eric Forbes blog :
HERE ARE THE WINNERS* Here is the shortlist of the MPH-Alliance Bank National Short Story Prize 2009:

Adults Category

The Cobra’s Mate / Vincent Foo Hiap Khian
Pilling Time / Shih-Li Kow
The Englishman at Table 19’ / Lee Eeleen
The Hunter and the Tigress’ / Zed Adam Idris
Some Things Will Remain’ / Tan Twan Eng
Clutch, Brake, Sellerator / Ivan Yeo Mun Kit

Grand Prize Winner: TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Teens Category

Staying and Leaving / Chosita Cheepvasarach
Son of the Jungle / How Han Ming
The Old Man/ Emily Jong Chai Li
The Domino Effect/ Liaw Li Wee
Canned Dreams / Tham Chui-Jun
Complications/ Muhammad Muhaimin Bin Zulkarnain
Congrats to those who won, and a big hug to those who do not see their names here for being courageous enough to send in stories.

Have more to say later.

*Changes made to avoid confusion.


Fadzlishah Johanabas said...

1st to comment, yay!

Have to say, it hurts not to see my name there. But what the hey. Won't stop me from writing anyway.

Grats to all the winners!

Hope to read your stories soon.

bibliobibuli said...

i am very sad for some stories i enjoyed but which didn't make the final list ...

Fadzlishah Johanabas said...

Hmm...wonder if you got to read my stories, or they were rejected early on. Would be super if I got some feedback on what was missing, so I could direct my writings to suit future competitions.

Amir Muhammad said...

Yay, two of the Adult 6 are in "Body 2 Body" :-)

Greenbottle said...

congratulation all! and yay, i can guess at least one of them . and looking forward to watch 'bruno'...and please don't misunderstand, i'm sayin' this in a positive way.

Borneo Expat Writer said...

Maybe I missed it -- been in a blur recently, but was the long list ever posted? Those other nine deserve a pat on the back and it at least tells them they're on the right track.

Anonymous said...

Sharon said: "I thought a "shortlist" implied a further stage of judging was to be carried out?"

I say: Yes, true, but we can still say shortlists here as the purpose of the announcement is to highlight the ... SHORTLISTS, aka the finalists, aka the 12 entries that were deemed the most promising/best of the lot.

By this definition, the longlist that Robert Raymer mentioned may be considered to comprise of the semi-finalists.

A further stage of judging WAS carried out and each category now has a grandprize winner.

Don't worry, Sharon, I'm sure no one will dream of hiring a team of wild horses, yak etc to drag the name(s) out of you. - Daphne

bibliobibuli said...

Daphne - "finalists" is the right word. exactly.

Robert - agree. but better not talk about anything to do with this here and now.

Anonymous said...

Raymer, please do all your enquiries on the judging process privately (you understand the concept of 'email'?) and not blab all over the blogs. As a judge in this competition you really should know better.

- Poppadumdum

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Borneo Expat Writer said...

Sharon, Pop thanks.

In the US, we use finalists, which usually consist of only a few. Semi-finalist is nice, but doesn't count for much in writing competitions. But over here and in other countries writers can get a lot more mileage out of short lists and even some very lengthy long lists. That's not a bad thing! It brings recognition to a lot more writers, especially those who otherwise would not get any until maybe later in their career (which was why I posed the above question, not as a judge - even though I'm curious who wrote them -but on behalf of those long-listed writers (so they can get some well deserved recognition for their efforts).

Wish they'd use those terms in the US, too. I was an 'almost finalist' in a major contest last year, but it seems to lack the same marketing clout as 'long listed' and 'short listed'.

Anonymous said...

r these comments by adults or kids like me? i'm 13 n scared to ask stuff in case i look stupid.

Borneo Expat Writer said...

That's all right, even us adults occasionally go out of our way to make ourselves look stupid! Jump right in and join the fun! Ask away, and if anyone makes you feel stupid, just ignore them. Their bark is worse than their bite. Deep down inside they'll all pretty nice people -- I think.

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Anonymous said...

MPH might consider publishing a collection of the short-listed stories. This could be accompanied by some of the long-listed ones, (revised after appropriate feedback).

This would start off a tradition of a collection published each year, a process through which a lot of local writers can get much needed guidance from the judges/editors, as well as a degree of exposure.

Eric/ Janet?

Anonymous said...

sorry...I meant the last part as a question, and not to imply that that post was by Eric or Janet, (which is how it appears right now). Apologies for that.

Anonymous said...

Are they really going to publish a collection of the 12 shortlisted short stories? I would really like to read them!

Axtar said...

Congrats to the finalists! ^^ Didn't make the cut, but I'm glad I decided to give it a shot anyway. I just hope the judges didn't get too much of a headache reading what I wrote! XD