Friday, February 20, 2009

SINI SANA Travels in Malaysia

Call for Submissions

The diverse cultures of Malaysia (both East and West Malaysia) invite travellers both local and foreign to marvel at towering cityscapes where modernity dazzles with luxury or go through old trunk roads surrounded by oil-palm plantations to get to breathtaking mountains, caves, beaches and the tropical rainforests. And, of course, every traveller is amazed by food that can be exotic or a fusion of everything you know!

Perhaps during a jungle trek, you stumbled upon an enchanting place, or had a non-fatal swim with wild animals. Maybe you once spent an afternoon befriending villagers who had never met an urbanite off the beaten track before. If you were a journalist invited on a ‘famtrip,’ did you encounter something outside the usual itinerary of visiting the most popular marketplaces, skyscrapers and restaurants? You might have enjoyed the tranquillity of a hideaway before it was discovered and destroyed in the name of progress and development. Here is a chance for you to recapture those moments.

MPH GROUP PUBLISHING is looking for true travellers’ tales, preferably on places outside the tourist hubs of Malaysia. (Yes, Malaysia, and that includes Sabah and Sarawak.) Stories should be in the form of travellogues with rich, firsthand descriptions of sights and sounds and even tastes. We want engaging stories that will move us to visit the places for ourselves and also to understand why we should preserve the beauty of such places. This is not a travel guide; we do not want to know just where to visit and how to get there. We do not want photographs; the words in the story should capture all the wonders. We want the literariness in travel writing. Tentatively entitled Sini Sana: Travels in Malaysia, we aim to publish the book in 2010, depending on the number and quality of submissions we receive.

Travel stories must be original, nonfiction, between 3,000 and 5,000 words, must not have been previously published and must be in English. We invite submissions from both emerging and established writers. Manuscripts must be edited, typed double-spaced with a 12-point font and emailed to Please include your name, address, telephone number and email address. You may submit as many pieces as you wish. Faxed or handwritten submissions will not be entertained and manuscripts will not be returned. We will contact you only if your piece has been selected for inclusion in the collection. Writers whose submissions are selected will be expected to work with the editors to fine tune their stories.

Deadline: September 30, 2009
Payment: A small flat fee and two copies of the published collection


Anonymous Liz said...

Hello Eric,
I assume the travel stories are about places in Malaysia?

Friday, February 20, 2009 12:37:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yes, definitely. It is a collection of travel essays on Malaysian places.

Saturday, February 21, 2009 4:11:00 AM  

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