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Four Young Local Writers Honoured at the 13th Budding Writers Project Awards Ceremony

Record number of entries received from close to 60 primary and secondary schools

SINGAPORE, 12 NOVEMBER 2013 – The 13th Budding Writers Project, organised by Marshall Cavendish Education, concluded on a high note as four young winners received the coveted prize from Guest-of-Honour Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Defence and Mayor, South East District. The young authors also officially launched their published books and hosted their first book-signing session at the event.

The Budding Writers Project, intended to nurture and encourage creativity among students in Singapore, saw the highest number of entries this year from the primary and secondary school categories. The esteemed annual competition puts the spotlight on the importance of literary writing and reading.

“We aim to motivate young students to develop their creativity and literary talent with the Budding Writers Project. The high number of entries this year shows that our children are still passionate about reading, writing and drawing. It is important to nurture this passion with platforms like the Budding Writers Project,” said Ms. Joy Tan, General Manager of Marshall Cavendish Education.

To further encourage young budding writers to express their creativity through writing and drawing, Marshall Cavendish Education has tied up with the National Library Board (NLB) to publish the works of 18 other finalists on the NLB Mobile Read application. The partnership, a first this year, provides a wide reaching platform for the young finalists’ work to be seen and recognised. 

The winner of the primary school category, Xu Zhuo, 11, from Teck Ghee Primary School impressed the judges with his entry titled “Bottle Diary”. The environmental themed submission follows a discarded bottle on its amazing journey of discovery. The entry, written and illustrated by the winner himself, won the judges over with an engaging and cohesive storyline as well as captivating illustrations. “Bottle Diary” was also endorsed by the National Environment Agency due to its strong environmental element. 

From the secondary school category, a group entry by Chiang Yan Xin, 16, Kwa Mei Jun, 16, Chew Xiu Yan, 15, from Nanyang Girls’ High School stood out from the rest, with the elegant use of poetry along with expressive illustrations. “Super Shroom” narrates a young prince’s pursuit of his dream as he finds the courage to face the challenges that stand in his way. The submission received an endorsement from the National Youth Council. 

The four top winners also attended an editorial attachment program with Marshall Cavendish Education, where they learnt and experienced the entire publishing journey to get a taste of being an author. From editing to designing of their books, the winners were involved in all aspects of the publishing process before finally witnessing the printing of their first published works.  

In addition to the top prizes, an award for “Most Creative and Original Work” was presented to Claire Tan Wen Yen of Methodist Girls’ School for her entry titled “Willy and the Warthog.” 

The entries were judged on four criteria, the quality of textual content; creativity and originality; quality of artistic illustration; and commercial appeal. The quality of textual content carries the highest weightage at 50 per cent, followed by creativity and originality and quality of artistic illustration at 20 per cent each and commercial appeal at 10 per cent. 

The judging panel for this year’s competition consisted of Mr. David Seow, a seasoned author of more than 25 popular children books, Ms. Stephanie Ho, author of several children’s books and recipient of the First-Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing grant awarded by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) in 2006, Ms. Pearly Ma, representative from the National Library Board and Ms. Joy Tan, General Manager of Marshall Cavendish Education. 

The authors’ published works will be available in all Times Bookstores by the end of November.  
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