Sunday, March 26, 2017

Emerging writers from Indonesia and Australasia, stories from across the archipelago, plus food news from our sibling Festival

Selamat datang kembali, literature lovers.

Since unveiling our theme,
Origins, and artwork for the 14th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, we've been overwhelmed by your excitement and aspirations for the return of Southeast Asia's biggest celebration of extraordinary stories and brave ideas.

In the meantime we'll be keeping busy as our UWRF17 lineup grows, and we prepare for the world's leading writers, artists, thinkers and performers to descend on one of the world's most magical destinations.

Joining the program alongside our UWRF17 speakers will be the winners of our
Indonesian Emerging Writers Prize. Each year we put the call out across the archipelago for aspiring authors to submit their novels, essays, poems and plays.

This year, we received a
record 913 submissions spanning local writers not just living in Indonesia, but also based in France, Australia, Hong Kong, the US, Egypt and Morocco. The submissions are now being reviewed by an independent curatorial team, who will select 16 entries to be published in our annual Bilingual Anthology and launched at the Festival.

If you'd like to immerse yourself in the landscape of emerging Indonesian literature in the meantime, we're releasing
chapters from last year's Anthology on our website each week.

Lastly, if you are an emerging writer, be sure to
submit your entry to our Emerging Writers Prize with AAWP, for the chance to win a trip to this year's Festival. We chatted with last year's winner, Annabel Wilson, to get the lowdown on her experience.

As ever, be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we watch our 2017 theme unfold.

Until next time.

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