Thursday, August 19, 2010

Some Announcements From The National Arts Council Of Singapore

Some announcements from The National Arts Council Of Singapore, care of writer Nadine Sarreal, who sent me the email:

Greetings from the National Arts Council (NAC)!

Check out the latest literary happenings as follows:

Literary Prizes

1) Six Word Story Competition by Arvon Foundation - Deadline: 1 September 2010

Ernest Hemingway said that his best piece of writing was a six word story - 'For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.' Arvon Foundation's theme for 2010 is the six word story. Throughout the year, Arvon will be collecting six word stories on its website. Send your six word story to Or if you are on Twitter you can tweet your story to @arvonfoundation. Winning stories will be chosen by poet Karen McCarthy. The winners will receive a prize of an Arvon week.

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2) Hedwig Anuar Children's Book Award 2011 (Supported by National Arts Council Singapore) – Deadline: 31 December 2010

This inaugural Award is presented biennially for an outstanding book for children so as to recognise and inspire excellence in children’s literature published in Singapore.

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3) Scholastic Asian Book Award 2011 – Deadline: 31 December 2010

This Award will recognise Asians and children’s writers of Asian origin. The objectives of this Award are to recognise excellence in Asian stories for children, to showcase diversity of literary talent within Asia as well as to encourage and inspire more Asian-themed books and stories.

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Literary Submissions/Contributions

1) Call for Short Story submissions (between 2000-6000 words) - Deadline: 31 October 2010.

Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy (an imprint of Two Trees) and The Happy Smiley Writers Group are calling for submissions for the second in their sci-fi short story anthology series. Theme: science fiction steampunk with a happy ending. Open to any age, any nationality but must be resident in Singapore. (Singaporeans studying overseas are eligible.) Mail submissions to

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Literary Workshops in Singapore

1) WRITING THE CITY with the British Council (in partnership with the National Arts Council) – a step by step creative writing programme

Through six short films, available for free to view through a dedicated website (, Suchen Christine Lim and UK novelist Jeremy Sheldon, will take you through ideas of character, a sense of place, memory, history and belonging and how they relate to your writing. Each film features Suchen and Jeremy in conversation around the chosen theme and ends with a creative challenge to the viewer. The aim is to create an online community of writers, supporting each other to develop their craft. On the website, there will also be lesson plans for literature and creative writing teachers to download. The programme launches in early October, but there will be previews available in September for teachers who are interested in working with British Council and their students. To join the mailing list for updates, go to: For more direct information contact

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The next WRITING THE CITY workshop takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September. and will be led by UK novelist Tiffany Murray . Register your interest with Ker Lay Hong (Email:

NOTE: Interested parties may apply for the NAC Arts Professional Development Grant Scheme for funding support to attend training courses/seminars. NAC will award up to 50% of the course fees for a select number of participants on a competitive basis, subject to the objectives and assessment criteria of the grant scheme. More details available for the NAC website:

The events listed are for your information. Note that NAC has no organisational role in the events listed and this listing does not indicate that NAC endorses the events (unless otherwise indicated). We hope you find the above information useful. However, if you wish to remove your email address from this mailing list, please drop an email to and your email address will promptly be removed from this list.


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