Monthly Archives: January 2015

Elevator Pitch Session with MPH

Another great reason for writers to come to the Calistro Prize Award Ceremony on Saturday:

Elevator Pitch Session with MPH

An exciting opportunity at the Calistro Prize Awards on Saturday 17 January !

Looking to be published?

There is a session called an ELEVATOR PITCH SESSION with MPH. Writers and artists will be given 5 mins with an MPH editor (there are 5 stationed before lunch) to pitch your proposal to get an MPH contract for writing children’s fiction. You can lobby for a manuscript to be published or if you have a story idea, pitch it to them in 5 minutes. Please register for this when you register for the awards event if you are interested

This is a golden opportunity. If you know of any writer or illustrator who may be interested but has not been registered for the event, please invite them to come at 2pm for this opportunity.

Calistro Prize Announces Shortlist!

What have you been up to?
 The Calistro Prize is pleased to announce the shortlist for 2014
(in alphabetical order)

1. Delima and the Fanged King’s Curse by Wong Kae Jeen
2. Ghost Girl by Chin Ai May
3. Nik and the Secret of the Sunset Ship by Zalina Abdul Aziz
4. Skyping Back In Time by Agnes Ong
5. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Sean Gregory Alexander Fernandez by Ivan Yeo Mun Kit


Fadzilah Amin taught English literature at the University of Malaya from 1970 to 1996, and after that taught English language (and some literature) at various other educational institutions, at first full-time and then part-time. From 2001 to 2013, she answered readers’ questions on English grammar, usage, etc. for The Star. She even interpreted song lyrics for some readers whom she believe to be teenagers. She has tried her hand at creative writing, but not for children but has not called herself a creative writer – at least, not yet.

Halimah Mohd Said is a writer and citizen journalist who, since 1998, has contributed feature articles, opinion pieces and letters to the editor in the mainstream newspapers including New Straits Times, The Star, Utusan Malaysia and The Sun. From 2011 to 2014, she ran a fortnightly column THIS N THAT in The Sun. Her writings in and for the media presents critical analyses of socio-cultural issues of national concern such language and education, integrity and corruption, unity and multiculturalism.

As a long-serving educationist and academician specialising in English Language and Linguistics – secondary school teacher (1969-1976) and lecturer at the University of Malaya (1976-2000) – she has written and edited many writings. Her publications include English Is An Asian Language (2000), Language And Empowerment (2003), My Early Years: Dr Mohamed Said (2011), Memories Of Our Mothers (2012) and the co-authorship of a book Images Of The Jawi Peranakan Of Penang (2004). She has been actively involved in the committee of the Malaysian Association of Modern Languages which organises research, conferences, seminars and workshops and publishes journals and books on language and linguistics.

Hazadiah Mohd Dahan obtained her PhD (English) from the University of Birmingham, UK , M.A in Applied Linguistics from University of Essex, UK and B.A (Hon) in English Literature from the University of Malaya. She has served at the Faculty of Education, UiTM, as a Founding Dean and a Professor of English from 1997 till 2014.
She has extensive experience in the TESL in the areas of program design and development, English language proficiency, teacher education and, and staff training. She has taught Linguistics and Language of Academic Discourse to undergraduates and post graduates. She has also taught English Literature and Sociolinguistics to young adults at the American Degree Programme, and at the Faculty of Education, UiTM. It is within these areas that she has developed a strong understanding of how language functions in helping the young develop their identities.

Calistro Prize Awards Creativity Day

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The Calistro Prize is an annual creative writing award for children’s fiction. Join us on Saturday, 17 January 2015 for the Calistro Prize awards ceremony which will be held this year at Pusat Kreativiti Kanak Kanak Tuanku Bainun, 48, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

And that’s not all!  A whole day of book related events has been planned with something for the whole family.

We have book exhibitions and sales, talks about writing and publishing, readings from local and international authors, art activities and storytelling.

Here’s the full programme:

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Book exhibition and Sales
• Maple Comics
• BookXcess
• Gerak Budaya
• Cooray Publishing
• Tables No.1 and 2 Miscel.Authors Open Area – Ongoing event for TTDI community visitors and guests

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art and Craft Exhibition and Sales
• Doodle Art
• Colouring Contest
• Batik Painting
• Pop Art Open Area Ongoing event for TTDI community visitors and guests

1130 a.m. – 1p.m. • Calisto Prize Awards Ceremony (By invitation or walk-in before 1130am)
• Book Launch for Chris Lin’s Colour Crescendo which won last year’s prize.Colour_Crescendo banner
• Talk on “Writing Children’s Fiction” by Oon Yeoh, Senior Editor, MPH
• Talk on “E-Publishing” by Sayed Munawar Sayed Mohd.Mustar, CEO Kota Buku and Syed Faiz Al-Shahab, Founder of E Sentral

• Press Conference Function Room Free Admission

1pm-2pm LUNCH Function Room (By invitation only)

2pm-4pm  Readings with Sharon Bakar (For Adults)
Mano Maniam, Dina Zaman, Zufar Ismail Zeid, Bernice Chauly, Mamu Veis, John Krich, and Sabah Carrim read from their books and works in progress.
Open to invited guests and public
(Facebook page for Readings event here.)

2pm-4pm STORIGAMI with Ummi Sham (For Kids)
Storytelling with paper-folding. 2 hours of interactive and creative fun with experienced storyteller UMMI SHAM. The Dome Free admission for special group of kids from PKKKTB
By coupon only for guests’ kids or public. (Please obtain RM5 coupon from Table 1 at Open area)