Wednesday, June 17, 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 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 on places outside the tourist hubs of Malaysia. Stories should be in the form of travellogues 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 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 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 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 editors to polish their stories.

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


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Eric,
So the deadline is extended to Sept. 31 instead of Aug. 30, right? The one posted by Kakiseni was Aug. 30.

BTW, when will the result of the MPH-Alliance Bank Short Story Competition be out?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:07:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yes, the deadline is now September 30, 2009. The result of the MPH-Alliance Bank Short Story Competition should be out in July or August 2009. There is no definite date yet.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find your blog very helpful when deciding what to read. An outsider's observation about Mph deadlines though - they seem too fluid. I wonder why.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 9:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if you could reduce the minimum word limit for the submission to 2,000 words. I find it hard to come up with 3,000 words for a single place. I have could only come up with 2,400 words.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:45:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

You may, of course. Bear in mind that selection is not based solely on word count. There are other criteria that are as or more important.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:27:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

We are looking for travel essays on Malaysia. So, please don't send us stories about your travels in Australia, Iceland, Mexico, etc.

Sunday, June 21, 2009 5:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Eric,
Got it. It is based in Malaysia. I just hope that it would be good enough to be accepted, even though I couldn't reach the minimum 3,000 words limit. Have you received any response so far? If there is lack of response, will the project be scrapped?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 5:35:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

We are prepared to scrap the project if there are not enough good stories. That's the only way to put out a decent collection.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 5:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Michele @ Malaysian Meanders said...

I'm almost done reading Sini Sana. Excellent collection! The stories really capture the breadth of Malaysia from the jungles to the cities to the beaches. I'm recommending it to friends.

Friday, May 25, 2012 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Thanks for your comment, Michele!

Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:06:00 AM  

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