Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SINI SANA Travels in Malaysia


THE DIVERSE CULTURES of 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 the 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 encounter 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 (yes, preferably) on places outside the tourist hubs of Malaysia. Stories should be in the form of travelogues with rich, firsthand descriptions of sights and sounds and smells 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 prose that read like they were written for the Malaysian Tourist Board brochure. We do not want photographs; the words in the story should be more than enough to capture all the wonders and splendours. We want the literariness in travel writing; we want the poetry of travel. Tentatively titled Sini Sana: Travels in Malaysia, we aim to publish the anthology in 2011, hopefully, 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 the English language. 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 chosen for inclusion in the collection. Writers whose submissions are selected will be expected to work with the editor to polish their stories.

Deadline: January 31, 2010
Payment: A small flat fee and two copies of the published collection


Blogger Life for Beginners said...

"... we want the poetry of travel."

Sounds good to me. :)

Btw, sorry about missing out on your birthday dinner last Sat... Didn't know it was your birthday, Eric. Happy belated birthday!

Sunday, September 27, 2009 8:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Eric,
How many good travelogues will be enough to be compiled into a book?

Thursday, October 01, 2009 7:22:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

It depends on the length of each essay. We are aiming for something around 60,000 words: twelve 5,000-word essays or fifteen 4,000-word essays, such combinations.

Friday, October 02, 2009 2:52:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Read a review of William Dalrymple's latest travel writing at

Saturday, October 03, 2009 4:59:00 PM  

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