SINGAPORE - Berita Harian and the National Arts Council (NAC) are on the lookout for creative Malay-language writers who can appeal to the masses.
The Malay newspaper and NAC are organising a short-story writing competition open to all Singaporeans.
The six-month programme is titled "Mencari Kristal" or "Finding Crystal" in Malay.
"Mencari Kristal is a partnership between Berita Harian and the National Arts Council which hopes to uncover new and emerging talents in the Malay literary scene," Berita Harian said in a press release.
"Berita Harian hopes to expand the pool of writers and help them make their mark on the regional and international stage."
The theme for the short-story competition is: Debar Cinta (Love Thriller).
It is open to all Singaporeans, and is free. All entries must be in the Malay language.
There will be two rounds of selection. The preliminary round lasts from Wednesday (June 1) till 5pm on July 22.
The final round will take place from Aug 13 to 5pm on Oct 15.
Shortlisted writers will get the chance to learn about producing a "best-seller" from award-winning writers in a series of exclusive workshops.
A panel of judges will select eight best entries among the finalists.
Winners will be announced on Nov 1 and will walk away with trophies or plaques and cash prizes.
The champion will also be captured in a short five-minute video.
For more information, visit http://mencarikristal.sg.