ASEAN Young Writers Award Philippines extends deadline to July 15


The Philippine Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Young Writers Award announces the extension of its submission deadline to July 15, 2014, from the initially announced June 30, 2014.

The ASEAN Young Writers Award is the region’s literary prize jointly established in Thailand by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Organizing Committee of the S.E.A. Write Award in collaboration with the S.E.A. Write network and the Faculty of Liberal Arts of Mahidol University.

On the eve of the ASEAN Economic Community, the new prize is introduced with the objectives to promote a new generation of literary talents, strengthen the region’s cultural ties, and instill the love for reading and writing among the young people of Thailand and around the region. It also serves as a lasting tribute to the 35th Anniversary Celebration of SEA Write Award and the occasion that Bangkok was designated as the 13th World Book Capital by the World Book Capital Selection Committee of UNESCO.

The ASEAN Young Writers Award will be given annually providing a platform for the creation of a new generation of writers as well as cultivating literary networks in the ASEAN region.



1) Candidates must be youth aged 15 to 24 (as per the criteria set by UNESCO ) on the date their work is submitted for competition.

2) A candidate must be a national of ASEAN member countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

3) A candidate must be a qualified short story writer in his or her national and/or English language.


 Selection Criteria

The criteria that apply throughout the region in selecting and judging the submitted entries are as follows:

1) The entry must be in the form of a short story (no more than 3,000 words or 10 A4 pages), written in the national and/or English language.

2) The entry must be the candidate’s own work, containing constructive content.

3) The entry must be an original work by the author, not a translation or adaptation of any previous work. In case of copyright infringement, the candidate shall be disqualified and solely responsible for the liabilities.

4) The entry must not have been previously submitted for, or won, any competition.

5) The contestant may submit short stories in both the national and English language, provided that the works are different pieces of writing and of distinct content.

6) The Organizing Committee reserves the right to publish and promote the submitted works.

7) The Judging Committee’s decision is final.


Judging Criteria

1) The work must be original.

2) The work must be imparted with literary finesse.

3) The work must contain constructive content.

Submission of Entries:

1) The deadline of entries is on July 15, 2014.

2) The entry must not be more than 3,000 words in length, typeset in font Arial12 pt.

3) The story’s title must be indicated at the top of the first page in Bold typeface.

4) Every submission must include the contestant’s real name-surname (pseudonyms not permitted), age, grade/class in school or college (or, in case of a graduate, occupation and workplace), and address where the contestant may be contacted, e-mail address and telephone number. All information should be typed at the bottom of the last page of the submission.

5) The entry must be submitted by email, along with a filled Application Form and a certified copy of the contestant’s identification card. The application form may be downloaded at

6) The entry must be submitted by email to the Philippine Secretariat of the ASEAN Young Writers Award email to


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