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And the winner is… Singapore Young Author Award 2011

Several days back, I posted an announcement regarding the Singapore Young Author Award – I was supposed to attend and give a short talk to the children about the power of writing and developing their love for reading, but something urgent came up and I was not able to attend. I am glad though that Carlo Venson Peña, the Creative Education Manager and the Editor of Young Reader Club Magazine (website can be found here) – has updated me and sent me this lovely photo from the event. Corinne (from PaperTigers), here is your set of lovely winners! =)

The top three awards are as follows:

1st Prize: Tessa Tan, MGS

2nd Prize: Lee Tat Wei, ACS (I)

3rd Prize: Emilyn Foong, Changkat Changi Sec

Janus Education Managing Director Catherine Khoo with past YAA awardee Pang Shu Hui and YAA 2010-11 winners

The event was held at the auditorium of the Woodlands Regional Library at 9 am last 5th of March, held in conjunction with the Media Fiesta 2011, supported by the Singapore Book Publishers Association, the Media Development Authority and the National Library Board, with endorsement from the National Book Development Council of Singapore.

This excerpt was also extracted from the Post Young Author Award (YAA) Media Release sent to me by Carlo:

Gracing the event as special guest was Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of Israel, Mrs Michal Sarig-Kaduri, who talked about creativity among children, particularly among Israeli children as the YAA is planning to venture into going global by accepting entries from countries like Israel and the Philippines in future editions. Also featured this year was a talk by Serendip Showbiz Managing Director Desmond Moey, who discussed the possibilities of creating content for radio broadcast through the materials that are produced under the YAS. The YAS, whose adjunct arm the Young Journalist Scheme, is currently being molded to create content that may be fitted to air through the digital audio broadcast platform, a programme which shall go full blast sometime within the year.

Catherine Khoo, the founder of Janus Education Services, has this vision for the YAA:

Ms Khoo says the Young Author’s Scheme was created to bring out the author in each child, and does not only inspire him to write, but also sparks his confidence and patience. With the vision of becoming the premier creative education portal and the leading publisher of media created by and for 8 to 18 year olds in Singapore, the Young Author Scheme intends to transcend from creative writing to creative educational platforms that lead to social responsibility advocacies and projects.

These are the names of the Merit Awardees who were also given recognition during the Awarding Ceremony:

Josh Lim, Catholic High
Mark Yeo, Maris Stella High
Justine Hong, Nanyang Pri
Serafina Siow, Yuhua Pri
Jezreel Rei Castro, Dunearn Sec
Dayna Chong, Clementi Town Sec
Nihal Hameed, Townsville Pri
Surya Selvakumar, Henry Park Pri
Nicholas Chan, Bishan Park Sec
Ryan Wang, Naval Base Pri School
Ayden Mohan, SJI Junior
Nanda Min Htin, Jurong West Pri
Mutia Hanifa Indiraputri, Blangah Rise Pri
Ee Chong Hui, Pioneer Pri
Yogesh Hidaramani, Victoria School
Luqman Aqil, West Grove Pri
Amy Tan, Raffles Girls Sec School
Hans Hu, Xingnan Pri School
Shawn Tan, Anderson Pri School
Rachel Lee, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’

Congratulations to all the winners! I was already composing in my head the things that I was about to share with them and how deeply refreshed I felt after reading and judging their stories. I do know though that there would be more opportunities and I look forward to knowing more of these young authors in the future.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “And the winner is… Singapore Young Author Award 2011

  1. Huge congratulations to the winners and also to all those that entered the contest! Thanks so much for giving us an update complete with photos!!


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