Bruneian authors joining ASEAN-wide Samsung contest

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ABOUT two dozens Bruneian authors are expected to participate in the ASEAN-wide Samsung KidsTime Author’s Award (SKTAA) contest.

President of Brunei Darussalam Library Association Nellie Dato Paduka Hj Sunny said this as she encouraged local authors to join the contest so they can reach a wider audience.

“We are expecting about 10 to 20 entries from Brunei. We do hope the authors will come forward and participate as apart from having a wider audience, there are great prizes to be won” she said.

Nellie said the contest will turn both published and unpublished books from ASEAN into digital applications for the Samsung KidsTime platform, where local and regional contents in their native languages can reach a much wider audience.

The award is a joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Samsung Electronics.

“This is an ASEAN level competition. I am sure there are budding writers and artists in Brunei whose works are equally good (with their foreign counterparts), so this is an opportunity for them to come forward and participate,” she said.

Nellie explained that local authors can submit publish or unpublished works, which must be a picture book targeted at children aged three to 10 years old.

“The work must be Asian in content, and should not have been exploited as an app in any commercial app store,” she said.

Submissions can be in the local language, but must include English translations for the purpose of judging, she said.

During the briefing, she encouraged authors to take a look at previous winning apps. “This is for them to get a better idea on how it works and what factors drove these apps to win first prize.”

Apart from Brunei, other ASEAN countries that will be participating in the contest include Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The key objective of the contest is to recognise excellent picture books in the ASEAN region in their native languages as well as showcase the diversity of writing and illustrating talents within ASEAN on a mobile platform.

Members of the public who are interested in participating can make enquiries with Hjh Rasiah Tuah at the Language and Literature Bureau. The closing date for submissions is on February 5.

The Brunei Times