Are you Indonesia’s next top short story writer? Ubud Writers & Readers Festival’s writing competition is back

Credit: Amelia Bartlett (Unsplash)
Credit: Amelia Bartlett (Unsplash)

Are you Indonesia’s next top short-story writer? Do you have what it takes to write compelling fiction?

Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, a nonprofit organization that runs Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF), announced earlier this month that they are looking for compelling short stories for their 2022 writing competition.

Under their Emerging Indonesian Writers program, the foundation explained that the rise of the digital age has allowed for more themes and writing styles to be explored (unlike short stories on print media that were often limited by editorial policy and ‘what’s hot?’ at the time of publication). Nowadays, short stories are appreciated as a form of fiction that can be read anytime.

Ten winners will be selected, who will get the privilege to enjoy an intensive course with the IOWA Institute with international writers as mentors, as well as have their work translated into English and be featured in an anthology. Anyone who holds Indonesian citizenship is eligible to send their work.

The following are requirements to enter the competition:

1. Every writer is required to send at least five short stories with 3,000 words maximum for each draft. 

2. Any theme is acceptable as long as it does not incite hatred toward any particular identity, ethnicity, religion, and faith.

3. Only original works are accepted. No translated or plagiarized pieces, please! 

4. Every short story should be written between 2020 until present. 

5.  The event organizer reserves the right to translate and publish selected short stories in the annual festival anthology.

6. Writers who wish to join the competition are required to fill out an online form that can be accessed on 

7.  The deadline is on March 11, 2022, at 11:59pm (Bali time). Selected writers will be announced on April 29.

For more information, visit the UWRF website and their social media pages (@ubudwritersfest).

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