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Congratulations To All Our 2013 Winners!

Calistro Prize 2013 Winners: Sue Ann Lee, Chris Lin and Michele Chia

The Calistro Prize 2013 winner (middle) Chris Lin, and merit award winners (left) Sue Ann Lee and Michele Chia.

The results are out, and the grand winner of the Calistro Prize 2013 is Chris Lin for his work Colour Crescendo!

Lin completed his manuscript in just five nights, and was “very surprised by how my story ended”. He said that since he didn’t expect to win the prize, he had not prepared an acceptance speech. “But I see this as a great reward for the living the writer’s life so far… and I hope more people will continue to support and encourage Malaysian writers and stories,” he said.

The two Merit Award winners meanwhile are Sue Ann Lee for Gameworld and Michele Chia for The Last Wills and Testaments Of Melody Law – A High School Journal.

We would also like to applaud the two other writers who made it to our shortlist; Bathmaloshanee Muniandy for Anya’s Angasana and Ninot Aziz for Siti, The Queen Regnant.

A special thank you to the prize’s generous benefactor Dr David Kirkham for flying down specially for the awards ceremony on Jan 18 at the Kuala Lumpur Library!

Calistro Prize 2012 winners Lim Lay Har and Lim Lay Koon

(L-R) Lim Lay Har and Lim Lay Koon holding up their freshly published book, ‘A Master and An Apprentice’


In another exciting development, the awards ceremony also saw the launch of our 2012 winning manuscript,  A Master and An Apprentice!

Written by Lim Lay Har and illustrated by Lim Lay Koon, A Master and An Apprentice is a humorous tale about an expert kuih lapis maker who tries in vain to get his son to take over the family business. The son meanwhile, is more interested in modern baking and wants his father to move along with the times. In jest, the son challenges his father to a cooking contest – if the father wins, the son will carry on the family business. What to know what happens next? Grab a copy of the book!


A big thank you  to all the writers who chose to launch their books and share their work at our mini-festival held alongside the awards ceremony; our workshop facilitators; the creative vendors with their amazing wares; and of course, all of you who came along to make it a great day of celebrating local writing.

Do drop by our Facebook page as we update it with more pictures of what went down at the awards ceremony. Stay tuned as well for the judge’s comments on our winners, as well as details of the 2014 competition!

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Almost there!

It’s almost here – the announcement of the 2013 Calistro Prize winners!

Just a quick update; roads around Dataran Merdeka will be closed on Saturday except for Jalan Raja Laut (from Masjid Negara towards Dataran Merdeka) because of the OCBC Cycle Malaysia event. Aside from parking spaces right in front of KL Library, the nearest parking spot will be at Daya Bumi. Take the LRT if you can though, and just get off at Masjid Jamek!

Here’s our updated schedule for the day as well:

The official announcement of the 2013 winners!


MYANMAR: CUISINE, CULTURE & CUSTOMS | 12:15PM – 12:30PM Award-winning culinary writer Mohana Gill will be launching her latest book “Myanmar: Cuisine, Culture & Customs”

A book launch and presentation by Refaat Alareer on his book “Gaza Writes Back”, a collection of short stories written by writers living in Gaza, Palestine.

The popular Readings series makes a special appearance at our mini-festival! The line-up includes poets and writers from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Palestine, among them:

Norma Hashim
Refaat Alareer
Nicole Idar
Marc Nair
Scott Sneddon
Deborah Emmanuel
Shivram Gopinath


1) Healthy Food
Award-winning culinary writer Mohana Gill will run a special demonstration for children and parents on how to prepare healthy cuisine.

2) Poetry Writing Workshop for Teens
Targeted at teens (13 to 18-years-old), creative writing teacher Sharon Bakar will take participants through the mechanics of writing poetry.

3) The Art of Illustrating A Story
Curious about how writers and illustrators work together to create picture books? Join illustrator Tan Vay Fern as she shares her perspective on the process in this talk.

4) How To Write A Young Adult Novel in 7 Days
A fun workshop by writer Ean on the mechanics of writing work aimed at teenagers.

*Admission is free by invitation or registration on a first come first served basis. Just drop us an email at calistroprize@gmail.com or send a message with your name and contact number to either Ean (016 255 4503) or Norma (012 222 1222)

See you there!

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