Short story writing contest
Published on: Monday, October 14, 2019
By: Hayati Dzulkifli
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KOTA KINABALU: Malaysians in Sabah especially youths and school children are encouraged to take part in a short stories writing competition starting today (Oct 14) which is being held in conjunction with an upcoming State-level celebration of Women’s Day 2019, here, on Oct 23.

Sabah Women’s Advisory Council (MPWS) is the main organiser of the first-time competition with full support and cooperation of Sabah Women’s Affairs Department (Jhewa).

MPWS Women and Media Committee Chairperson Eliza Goh (pic), said the main objective of organising this competition is to provide a platform to promote and expose the success and development of women in Sabah.

Among other objectives, she said are to highlight positive image and lifestyle of women in the media, increasing sensitivity of the mass media to issues and coverage of women’s’ success and to generate positive competitiveness as well as to spark the Sabah State Level 2019 Women’s Day.

“The period of the competition is from Oct 14 to 18 where Oct 18 (Friday) is the deadline for the participants to submit their entries of the short stories to secretariat of MPWS Women and Media Committee at Jabatan Hal Ehwal Wanita Sabah (Jhewa), fourth floor, Wisma Wanita, Km 3.5, Jalan Tuaran, Beg Berkunci 2082, 88999 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

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“For further enquiries, can contact Jhewa at 088-236110/104/141/251 or 088-236125/199. The competition is open for two categories/languages namely Bahasa Melayu and English.

“The theme of short stories is in line with the theme of the Women’s Day celebration on Oct 23 at State-level which is ‘Balance for Better’ and the entries must have the theme of women and gender sensitivity and must be based on their challenges, strength and success of women’s development and the image of women in Sabah, in a positive limelight,” she said here on Sunday.

Eliza said participation in the competition is free and each participant can send more than one entry with each has between 2,000 and 2,500 words.

She said the written work must be own work of the participants, never been published by any publishers and not duplicated or copied. She added that plagiarism or translation of the works will not be accepted.

“Each participant is qualified to win one entry, only, and the cash prizes for top three winners and three consolation prizes would be revealed and presented during the State-level celebration of Women’s Day 2019 at Magellan Sutera Harbour on Oct 23.

“The first prize winner for both categories is RM500 each followed by RM400 for second place, RM300 for third place and three consolation prizes of cash RM100 each for three winners.

“Each entry must have basic particulars of their full name, IC number, address, Occupation/School, email address (if they have) and handphone number that we can contact because the winners would be notified via the telephone number or email before Oct 23,” Eliza said.

She said all entries of short stories for the competition would not be returned to the writers and MPWS and Jhewa have the right to publish or print the short stories.


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