Poetry competition open to undergrads

THE English Language Carnival 2017, organised by the Higher Education Ministry will feature a new competition this year.

The Malaysian Universities Poetry Writing competition is sponsored by the ministry and organised by the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus’s (UNMC) School of English.

UNMC CEO and Provost Prof Graham Kendall said the university has a long history of supporting literary activities and looks forward to undergraduates using the English language in creative writing.

“This is something new and very exciting.

“We hope many students will take up the challenge and participate in the competition.

“UNMC is a strong advocate of the arts and is honoured to be given the opportunity to organise this competition,” Prof Kendall said.

School of English head Dr Shivani Sivagurunathan said the competition is organised to encourage a love of writing poetry in English among university students and to stimulate excellence in creative writing.

She added that the competition is open to both Malaysian and international undergraduates studying in Malaysian universities from any field of study.

Competition organising committee chair Prof Malachi Edwin Vethamani said that all submissions must be unpublished original work (including publications in personal blogs and other communications channels) written in the English language.

Each writer can submit a maximum of three poems and each poem must not exceed 40 lines. The submissions will be judged by a panel of judges.

Twenty poems will be long-listed. From this 20, 10 poems will be short-listed. The final three winning poems will be chosen from the shortlisted poems.

The writers of the short-listed poems with the top three winners will be invited to read their work at the prize giving ceremony.

The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of RM1,000, the second prize RM750 and the third prize RM500.

Short-listed poems will receive RM200 and long-listed poems will receive RM100.

The prize-giving ceremony will be held on Nov 17 at UNMC and the winners will be notified by e-mail.

All details of the competition can be viewed at wwww.nottingham.edu.my/English/MalaysianUniversities-Poetry-Writing-Competition.

For questions on the competition, send an e-mail to MUP_competition@nottingham.edu.my.

All entries must reach the organisers by Oct 9. No late entries will be accepted.

All submissions must be made online to MUP_Competition@nottingham.edu.my.

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