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Long Way Home | Asia-Europe Short Story Contest

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
Valentina Riccardi Culture Department culture360.asef.org Culture



Venue:
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Bali, Indonesia

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is partnering with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival to launch its first online short story contest, Long Way Home, via the culture360.org platform.

This initiative seeks to reinforce Asia-Europe exchanges and deepen mutual understanding between cultural communities in the two regions through creative storytelling based on travel experiences.

The online contest aims to support emerging writers from ASEM member countries and unveil new talents in the literary field from both regions. In August, ten contestants will be shortlisted by renowned literary judges after which one Asian and one European winner will be chosen by members of the public on culture360.org.

Awards include individual cash prizes of SGD 1000 each as well as travel and accommodation to attend the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2013.

Project Updates

  • Leroy LUAR from Malaysia, author of ‘The Evidence of Us’, and Yordan RADICHKOV, author of ‘The Container’, are chosen as the winners of ‘Long Way Home: Asia-Europe Short Story Contest’ organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF).

    The winners will receive cash prizes of SGD 1,000 each, as well as flight and accommodation to attend the UWRF in October 2013.

    ASEF and UWRF are also awarding ‘Special Mentions’ to Nadia MIFSUD from Malta/France for the story ‘Made in Bangladesh’, and Kathrina Haji MOHD DAUD from Brunei for ‘I am a Bird’.

    Over 450 stories were received from across Asia and Europe. The top 10 entries were selected by a professional panel of judges appointed by UWRF and featured on ASEF’s online platform culture360.org. The winners were finally chosen through online voting by users of the platform.

  • Online voting platform opens

    Published on 19 Aug 2013

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partner the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) are proud to launch the online voting platform for the short story contest: Long Way Home, on culture360.org.

    Within a month, a total of 483 entries were received from Asia and Europe and then evaluated by a professional panel of judges appointed by UWRF. 10 shortlisted stories are now featured online and two lucky winners will be chosen by members of the public.

    The online contest aims to support emerging writers from ASEM member countries and unveil new talents in the literary field from both regions.

    Through this online vote, one Asian and one European winner will be chosen and receive individual cash prizes of SGD 1000 each, as well as flight and accommodation to attend the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2013.

    Online voting runs for two weeks until 1 September 2013 (11:59 pm Singapore SGT).

    The two stories* with the largest number of social media 'shares' will be chosen as the winners.

    http://culture360.org/short-story-contest

    *One story from an Asian writer and one story from a European writer

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has partnered with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival to launch its first online short story contest, Long Way Home, via the culture360.org portal.

    The initiative encourages the creation of original short stories from emerging writers within ASEM member countries. The chosen theme of the contest is travel. ASEF is particularly interested in receiving stories that give new perspectives on local culture, identities, and traditions in the context of contemporary societies and environments in Asia and Europe.

    The call for submissions is open until 3 August 2013. After this date, a panel of prominent literary experts from Asia and Europe will shortlist the most interesting stories, which will later go through a public vote on culture360.org until 1 September 2013.

    Two winners, one from Asia and one from Europe, will be invited to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali. During the closing ceremony on 15 October 2013, they will be given a certificate and awarded a cash prize of 1,000 SGD each.

  • Call for Submissions

    Published on 03 Jul 2013

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partner the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are now looking for submissions to Long Way Home, Asia-Europe Short Story Contest.

    The theme of the Asia-Europe Short Story Contest is travel. In this framework, what is expected from writers is not travel writing but creative writing that uses the theme travel as the premise for a short fiction. It is of particular interest for ASEF to receive stories that highlight Asian perceptions of Europe and vice-versa . This competition seeks stories that give new perspectives on local culture, identities, and traditions in the context of contemporary societies and environments.

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    Requirements

    • Applicants must be a national of one of the following ASEM member countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Vietnam.
    • All submissions have to be in English
    • Only original works that have not been previously published will be accepted
    • To be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission

    Length

    • 700-800 words maximum

    2 Prizes

    • Best short story from a European writer (SGD 1000 + travel and accommodation to attend the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival)
    • Best short story from an Asian writer (SGD 1000 + travel and accommodation to attend the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival)

    To apply, complete and submit the application form to: asef.shortstories@culture360.org

    Deadline: 3 August 2013

    ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON WILL BE ACCEPTED


    SELECTION PROCESS

    • Phase 1 (3-18 August 2013): Judging and shortlisting by prominent literary experts from Asia and Europe
    • Phase 2 (19 August to 1 September 2013): the shortlisted stories will be voted online on culture360.org at http://culture360.org/short-story-contest/

    Download Submission Guidelines

    Download Application Form