Monday, July 13, 2009

The MPH-Alliance Bank National Short Story Prize 2009 SHORTLIST

HERE ARE THE WINNERS of the MPH-Alliance Bank National Short Story Prize 2009. The Grand Prize Winners will be announced at a later date.

Adults Category
‘The Cobra’s Mate’ / Vincent Foo Hiap Khian
‘The Hunter and the Tigress’ / Zed Adam Idris
‘Pilling Time’ / Shih-Li Kow
‘The Englishman at Table 19’ / Lee Eeleen
‘Some Things Will Remain’ / Tan Twan Eng
‘Clutch, Brake, Sellerator’ / Ivan Yeo Mun Kit

Grand Prize Winner: TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Teens Category
‘Staying and Leaving’ / Chosita Cheepvasarach
‘Son of the Jungle’ / How Han Ming
‘The Old Man’ / Emily Jong Chai Li
‘The Domino Effect’ / Liaw Li Wee
‘Canned Dreams’ / Tham Chui-Jun
‘Complications’ / Muhammad Muhaimin Bin Zulkarnain

Grand Prize Winner: TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Main sponsor: Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd
Subsidiary sponsor: MPH Group of Companies
Official media partner: Malay Mail
Supported by: British Council, Seventeen Magazine, Discovery Channel Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage, and National Library of Malaysia


Blogger -C said...

Thanks for posting the list Eric, and congratulations to all the shortlistees.

Thanks also to the judges and organizers for their efforts, and here's to more Malaysian writing!

-Calvin Wong

Monday, July 13, 2009 2:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Hmm, I wonder who will be the grand prize winner for the adult category?

Monday, July 13, 2009 3:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, I wonder, too!

Monday, July 13, 2009 5:32:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Heartiest congratulations to all those who made it to the shortlist! For those who did not make it, work harder on your stories and make an effort to read as much as you can. The next time, perhaps?

Monday, July 13, 2009 5:50:00 AM  
Blogger Ted Mahsun said...

Wow! Congratulations to the winners!

Tan Twan Eng and Shih-li Kow in the list! I never had a chance! :D

Monday, July 13, 2009 6:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, my guess was right. Shih-Li Kow made it again! Congratulations to all the winners.

Monday, July 13, 2009 7:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you were longlisted but didn't get shortlisted?

Monday, July 13, 2009 7:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I won, I won! Thank you!

Monday, July 13, 2009 6:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps MPH would consider publishing a collection of the winning short stories, along with more works by the short-listed and long- listed authors?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 6:53:00 AM  
Blogger BorneoExpatWriter said...

Will the names of the other nine on the long list be mentioned, or have they already been mentioned in an earlier blog? They deserve a pat on the back too!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Raymer,
You are very kind to suggest that, although there are many people who think there is not point in just getting into the longlisted.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you have attended creative writing classes before.Perhaps you should workshop your story more.

With these goliaths, how to beat them ah?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judges should discuss the machinations of the judging process and the workings of the competition between themselves IN PRIVATE. Any kinks they have a problem with should not be aired or enquired about in public but be worked out with the competition organisers.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not ask MPH to release all the 1,000++ entries that they received?!

When they announced the shortlist,some requested for the longlist.

If they announced the longlist,some will request to see the whole list!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 1:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous at 1.08 a.m. - very true!!! It's the Rise of the Whingeing Malaysians...This will put off MPH holding any more competitions in future.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 1:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good grief... i personally wouldn't mind knowing if i was on the longlist, just for fun... i know that my stories may have escaped being shortlisted for any number of reasons, the judges' tastes and the quality of the story being only two possible reasons...

what is disturbing is that there are people who are getting offended by those who are exercising their right to have a voice, to ask for a longlist... people, they're not putting a gun to eric forbes/mph's corporate head and asking him/them to produce the list, alright? they're just asking, you know, asking... since when did that become a crime?

another thing, it's amazingly presumptuous to think that anyone thinks they know how writing and writers tick... knowing they're on the longlist may not help some writers improve, but ppl are funny creatures; if they know they were near to winning something, it may give them heart to keep doing what they're doing, get better at it, or just get out otherwise...depends on the person...

hmmmm maybe i should write a story about Malaysian reaction to competitions and their aftermath...

oh, and congrats to the winners!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 2:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry Potter and the Undisclosed Longlist?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:19:00 AM  
Blogger Fareast said...

Yes, publish the long list too.
I want to know if mine have been plagiarised.
And publish the winners stories in the Quill (too much to hope?).

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous at 1.08AMm

Why would anybody be a quidnunc to ask for the whole list of the entries????? It's a dumb request.

At least what Raymer and anonymous of 2:46AM commented make some sense. No harm in asking.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Hello Eric,
Thanks for the advice ... though I think to truly win you don't just have to produce an excellent well-written short story but a short story that a judge likes so, if I may add, work harder on your stories, read more and ... **know your judges' fiction preferences :P **

I'm just kidding. A little. I think the act of writing itself is prize enough, and the prize money an additional bonus. If you don't enjoy what you wrote then it's such a waste.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 7:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulations to all the winners.

no harm in publishing those who made it in the long list, especially seeing that most of the shortlistees are (already) well-known established writers.

just to give some of the aspiring writers some hope.:)

Thursday, July 16, 2009 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric, are they going to publish the collection of winning short stories into a book so that the public could buy and read them?

Monday, July 20, 2009 5:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Short-story collections, sadly, do not sell well enough for most publishers to be enthusiastic about. But I believe they still think it is important to publish them despite being non-lucrative.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 5:03:00 PM  

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