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The award is open to all emerging Southeast Asian writers. It comes with SGD 1,000 (tax-free) and book publication. The winning manuscript will be critically introduced by one of the editors of Queer Southeast Asia: a literary journal of transgressive art.

 

Who is eligible to submit?

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers writing from the margins.

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers based anywhere in the world.

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers without publication OR with just one published full-length book.

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers who write poetry or prose in English. (Translated works are not accepted.)

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers looking for a publication where they can submit their original full-length manuscript (60-200 pages).

 

 

What to submit?

1. Full-length manuscript without the author’s identifying information and acknowledgments. Submitted manuscripts should not be under consideration in another competition or for publication by another press. PDF copy only.

 

For poetry submissions:

Submissions must be in Times New Roman (font size 12) and single-spaced with 1 inch margin on all sides. Page number must appear consecutively at the center of the bottom margin of each page.

 

For prose submissions:

Submissions must be in Times New Roman (font size 12) and double-spaced with 1 inch margin on all sides. Page number must appear consecutively at the center of the bottom margin of each page.

Note: prose genres except novel.

 

 

2. The author must provide an essay (2-4 pages; single-spaced) answering the questions below. The essay must appear in the manuscript after the title page and before the contents.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The essay will not be judged. Submitting writers should take this requirement as a way to introduce the context/s within which they write and the things they do in order to create or be creative. In addition, the questions below are supposed to be just guide questions. If submitting writers feel they should avoid these questions and respond to others not stated here, they may freely do so.

Question 1:

As an artist, what of (queer) Southeast Asia are you concerned the most?

Question 2:

How is your submitted manuscript relevant to (queer) Southeast Asia?

Question 3:

What politics, frameworks, or conditions shaped your manuscript and the writing of your manuscript?

Question 4:

What kind of impact do you wish your manuscript to incite?

 

3. The author’s curriculum vitae. No prescribed length. PDF copy only.

Note: The author's CV will not be judged. The author should submit only one manuscript.

 

 

When to submit?

Manuscripts are accepted until 1 November 31 December 2017.

 

 

How to submit?

The competition does not require an entry fee. Participating authors should submit their manuscript to queersoutheastasia@gmail.com. Subject line must read: “BOOK PRIZE 2017 – (Nationality of the Author) – (Name of the Author). E.g. BOOK PRIZE 2017 – Indonesian – Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Participating authors will receive a confirmation. Confirmation will not be sent if the author submitted a manuscript without following the instructions.

 

 

JUDGES

 

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Bernice Chauly is a Malaysian novelist, poet, educator and festival director. Born in George Town to Chinese and Punjabi teachers, she read Education and English Literature in Canada as a government scholar. She is the author of six books of poetry and prose; going there and coming back (1997), The Book of Sins (2008), Lost in KL (2008), Growing Up With Ghosts (2011) which won in the Reader’s Choice Awards 2012 in the Non-Fiction Category, and her third collection of poems, Onkalo (2013, “Direct, honest and powerful – JM Coetzee). For 20 years she worked as a multi-disciplinary artist and is recognised as one of the most significant voices of her generation. Since 2011, she has served as Director for the George Town Literary Festival, shortlisted at the International Excellence Awards at the London Book Fair 2017, and is an Honorary Fellow In Writing from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP 2014). She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and runs the KL Writers Workshop. Her debut novel Once We Were There (2017), set against the Malaysian Reformasi of 1998 has been hailed as a “groundbreaking page-turner on the taboos of race, religion, sex, drugs, and Malaysian politics” – South China Morning Post, and “a stirring, necessary read.” –The Star, Malaysia.

 

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Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE, one of Singapore’s most recognised theatre companies. His published works include three collections of poetry, ‘One Fierce Hour’, ‘A History of Amnesia’ and ‘The Invisible Manuscript’, a collection of short stories, ‘Corridor’, a collection of flash fiction, ‘Malay Sketches’, two collections of plays as well as the published play ‘Cooling Off Day’. Alfian has been nominated 10 times for Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, eventually winning in 2005 for ‘Landmarks’, in 2010 for ‘Nadirah’, in 2013 for 'Kakak Kau Punya Laki' (Your Sister's Husband) and in 2016 for ‘Hotel’ (with Marcia Vanderstraaten). In 2011, Alfian was awarded the Boh-Cameronian Award in Malaysia for Best Book and Lyrics for the musical ‘The Secret Life of Nora’. In 2013, he won the Boh-Cameronian Award for Best Original Script for the play ‘Parah’. In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. He has also been nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize three times, for 'Corridor' (1999, Commendation Prize), ‘A History of Amnesia’ (2004) and his Malay to English translation of the novel ‘The Widower’ (2016).

 

SELECTION PROCESS

 

Phase 1:

After the deadline, the editors of Queer Southeast Asia: a literary journal of transgressive art read all the submitted manuscripts.

Phase 2:

The editors come up with an absolute list of finalists for the award. The manuscript of all the finalists may be given a publication opportunity.

Phase 3:

Finalists and the public are informed of the outcome. Finalists sign an agreement with Queer Southeast Asia Collective.

Phase 4:

The manuscripts of the finalists are sent to the final judges for the last part of the selection. The final judges of Queer Southeast Asia Book Prize 2017 are Bernice Chauly and Alfian Sa'at. 

Phase 5:

The final judges declare a winner and a runner-up.

 

 ____________________

 

IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT THE PRIZE:

 

1. Queer Southeast Asia Book Prize is drawn through an open competition. While the primary people involved in this initiative emphasize high-quality writing and depth of creative expression, it should be noted that their decisions depend on personal taste, subjectivity, and the arbitrary nature of language. By employing a diversified process of reading, it is the hope of Queer Southeast Asia Collective to be able to select not the “best” manuscript but a manuscript that best exemplifies a differently re-imagined Southeast Asia.

 

2. Plagiarized works will automatically be withdrawn from the competition. The submitter of a plagiarized work will not have a place in Queer Southeast Asia Collective and Queer Southeast Asia: a literary journal of transgressive art. Any false information in the curriculum vitae of the submitter will be dealt with seriously.

 

3. The author of the winning work cannot accept the honorary fee of SGD 1,000 and decide to have the winning work published by another press. If the author wishes not to publish the winning work, the book prize will be given to the runner-up.

 

4. The winning work will be published in 2018 by Queer Southeast Asia Collective, an independent publisher of works that differently re-imagine Southeast Asia. The ownership of the winning work will perpetually be with the author. All rights during the competition and after the publication remain with the author. The author will receive 20% royalty of the sales. The payment will be given annually.

 

5. The author of the winning work cannot commit to a re-publication of the winning work with another press for the next five years after the publication.

 

6. The author of the winning work cannot put the winning work in an on-line public domain in the next five years after the publication.

 

7. The author of the winning work agrees to promote their work by methods that both celebrate the artistry of the author and respect individual privacy.

 

8. The author of the winning work allows Queer Southeast Asia Collective to give free copies of the winning work to public libraries and relevant scholars.

 

9. The author of the winning work allows Queer Southeast Asia Collective to nominate the winning work to other prizes and recognition in the future.

 

10. The author of the winning work agrees to collaborate with the editors of Queer Southeast Asia: a literary journal of transgressive art in preparing the manuscript for publication; from editing to choosing a book cover.

 

 

 

______________________

 

Questions and suggestions  may be sent to anyone of the editors:

 

B.B.P. Hosmillo

[bryphosmillo@yahoo.com]

 

Cyril Wong

[cyrilwong77@yahoo.com]

 

Hendri Yulius

[hendri.yulius@gmail.com]

 

J Pilapil Jacobo

[jjacobo@ateneo.edu]

 

Pang Khee Teik

[worldwithoutpangs@gmail.com]

 

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The award is open to all emerging Southeast Asian writers. It comes with SGD 1,000 (tax-free) and book publication. The winning manuscript will be critically introduced by one of the editors of Queer Southeast Asia: a literary journal of transgressive art.

 

Who is eligible to submit?

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers writing from the margins.

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers based anywhere in the world.

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers without publication OR with just one published full-length book.

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers who write poetry or prose in English. (Translated works are not accepted.)

▼Emerging Southeast Asian writers looking for a publication where they can submit their original full-length manuscript (60-200 pages).

 

What to submit?

1. Full-length manuscript without the author’s identifying information and acknowledgments. Submitted manuscripts should not be under consideration in another competition or for publication by another press. PDF copy only.

 

For poetry submissions:

Submissions must be in Times New Roman (font size 12) and single-spaced with 1 inch margin on all sides. Page number must appear consecutively at the center of the bottom margin of each page.

 

For prose submissions:

Submissions must be in Times New Roman (font size 12) and double-spaced with 1 inch margin on all sides. Page number must appear consecutively at the center of the bottom margin of each page.

Note: prose genres except novel.

 

 

2. The author must provide an essay (2-4 pages; single-spaced) answering the questions below. The essay must appear in the manuscript after the title page and before the contents.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The essay will not be judged. Submitting writers should take this requirement as a way to introduce the context/s within which they write and the things they do in order to create or be creative. In addition, the questions below are supposed to be just guide questions. If submitting writers feel they should avoid these questions and respond to others not stated here, they may freely do so.

Question 1:

As an artist, what of (queer) Southeast Asia are you concerned the most?

Question 2:

How is your submitted manuscript relevant to (queer) Southeast Asia?

Question 3:

What politics, frameworks, or conditions shaped your manuscript and the writing of your manuscript?

Question 4:

What kind of impact do you wish your manuscript to incite?

 

3. The author’s curriculum vitae. No prescribed length. PDF copy only.

Note: The author's CV will not be judged. The author should submit only one manuscript.

 

When to submit?

Manuscripts are accepted until 1 November 31 December 2017.

 

How to submit?

The competition does not require an entry fee. Participating authors should submit their manuscript to queersoutheastasia@gmail.com. Subject line must read: “BOOK PRIZE 2017 – (Nationality of the Author) – (Name of the Author). E.g. BOOK PRIZE 2017 – Indonesian – Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Participating authors will receive a confirmation. Confirmation will not be sent if the author submitted a manuscript without following the instructions.

 

 

JUDGES

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Bernice Chauly is a Malaysian novelist, poet, educator and festival director. Born in George Town to Chinese and Punjabi teachers, she read Education and English Literature in Canada as a government scholar. She is the author of six books of poetry and prose; going there and coming back (1997), The Book of Sins (2008), Lost in KL (2008), Growing Up With Ghosts (2011) which won in the Reader’s Choice Awards 2012 in the Non-Fiction Category, and her third collection of poems, Onkalo (2013, “Direct, honest and powerful – JM Coetzee). For 20 years she worked as a multi-disciplinary artist and is recognised as one of the most significant voices of her generation. Since 2011, she has served as Director for the George Town Literary Festival, shortlisted at the International Excellence Awards at the London Book Fair 2017, and is an Honorary Fellow In Writing from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP 2014). She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and runs the KL Writers Workshop. Her debut novel Once We Were There (2017), set against the Malaysian Reformasi of 1998 has been hailed as a “groundbreaking page-turner on the taboos of race, religion, sex, drugs, and Malaysian politics” – South China Morning Post, and “a stirring, necessary read.” –The Star, Malaysia.

 

 

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Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE, one of Singapore’s most recognised theatre companies. His published works include three collections of poetry, ‘One Fierce Hour’, ‘A History of Amnesia’ and ‘The Invisible Manuscript’, a collection of short stories, ‘Corridor’, a collection of flash fiction, ‘Malay Sketches’, two collections of plays as well as the published play ‘Cooling Off Day’. Alfian has been nominated 10 times for Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, eventually winning in 2005 for ‘Landmarks’, in 2010 for ‘Nadirah’, in 2013 for 'Kakak Kau Punya Laki' (Your Sister's Husband) and in 2016 for ‘Hotel’ (with Marcia Vanderstraaten). In 2011, Alfian was awarded the Boh-Cameronian Award in Malaysia for Best Book and Lyrics for the musical ‘The Secret Life of Nora’. In 2013, he won the Boh-Cameronian Award for Best Original Script for the play ‘Parah’. In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. He has also been nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize three times, for 'Corridor' (1999, Commendation Prize), ‘A History of Amnesia’ (2004) and his Malay to English translation of the novel ‘The Widower’ (2016).

 

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Phase 1:

After the deadline, the editors of Queer Southeast Asia: a literary journal of transgressive art read all the submitted manuscripts.

Phase 2:

The editors come up with an absolute list of finalists for the award. The manuscript of all the finalists may be given a publication opportunity.

Phase 3:

Finalists and the public are informed of the outcome. Finalists sign an agreement with Queer Southeast Asia Collective.

Phase 4:

The manuscripts of the finalists are sent to the final judges for the last part of the selection. The final judges of Queer Southeast Asia Book Prize 2017 are Bernice Chauly and Alfian Sa'at. 

Phase 5:

The final judges declare a winner and a runner-up.

 

____________________

 

IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT THE PRIZE:

 

1. Queer Southeast Asia Book Prize is drawn through an open competition. While the primary people involved in this initiative emphasize high-quality writing and depth of creative expression, it should be noted that their decisions depend on personal taste, subjectivity, and the arbitrary nature of language. By employing a diversified process of reading, it is the hope of Queer Southeast Asia Collective to be able to select not the “best” manuscript but a manuscript that best exemplifies a differently re-imagined Southeast Asia.

 

2. Plagiarized works will automatically be withdrawn from the competition. The submitter of a plagiarized work will not have a place in Queer Southeast Asia Collective and Queer Southeast Asia: a literary journal of transgressive art. Any false information in the curriculum vitae of the submitter will be dealt with seriously.

 

3. The author of the winning work cannot accept the honorary fee of SGD 1,000 and decide to have the winning work published by another press. If the author wishes not to publish the winning work, the book prize will be given to the runner-up.

 

4. The winning work will be published in 2018 by Queer Southeast Asia Collective, an independent publisher of works that differently re-imagine Southeast Asia. The ownership of the winning work will perpetually be with the author. All rights during the competition and after the publication remain with the author. The author will receive 20% royalty of the sales. The payment will be given annually.

 

5. The author of the winning work cannot commit to a re-publication of the winning work with another press for the next five years after the publication.

 

6. The author of the winning work cannot put the winning work in an on-line public domain in the next five years after the publication.

 

7. The author of the winning work agrees to promote their work by methods that both celebrate the artistry of the author and respect individual privacy.

 

8. The author of the winning work allows Queer Southeast Asia Collective to give free copies of the winning work to public libraries and relevant scholars.

 

9. The author of the winning work allows Queer Southeast Asia Collective to nominate the winning work to other prizes and recognition in the future.

 

10. The author of the winning work agrees to collaborate with the editors of Queer Southeast Asia: a literary journal of transgressive art in preparing the manuscript for publication; from editing to choosing a book cover.

 

 

 

______________________

 

Questions may be sent to anyone of the editors:

 

B.B.P. Hosmillo

[bryphosmillo@yahoo.com]

 

Cyril Wong

[cyrilwong77@yahoo.com]

 

Hendri Yulius

[hendri.yulius@gmail.com]

 

J Pilapil Jacobo

[jjacobo@ateneo.edu]

 

Pang Khee Teik

[worldwithoutpangs@gmail.com]

 

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