MINI Malaysia is inviting all Malaysians to join #MINIfiction, a fun and creative literary competition taking place over the social media platform Twitter. The creative storytelling project by the premium automaker is part of #WORD: The Cooler Lumpur Festival.
A NOT NORMAL and MINImalistic approach to prose, the #MINIfiction competition will run from Monday, 3rd June until Wednesday, 19th June 2013 with one winner announced at the end of every week. Tweets will be judged by a panel of judges that include Amir Muhammad, Sharon Bakar, Zara Kahan, and Umapagan Ampikaipakan based on creativity, insightfulness of its storytelling content as well as its viral capability.
The #MINIfiction competition will be held in two categories – “Adapt to Tweet” and “Original Stories”. “Adapt to Tweet” revises a classic or contemporary literary work, encapsulating the central theme of the entire story on the format of a 140 characters for the Twitter platform whereas “Original Stories” will play on originality, creativity and ingenuity of participants in economically using words to present a compelling original story which is also told in just 140 characters on Twitter. Stories and masterpieces should be ended by hash tagging #MINIfiction.
Winners stand a chance to receive a cash price of RM 1,000 sponsored by MINI Malaysia as well as have their stories displayed for the world to see during #WORD: The Cooler Lumpur Festival which will run from 21st until 23rd of June 2013.
#WORD: The Cooler Lumpur Festival is a festival that celebrates the written and spoken word in all its forms which is committed to encouraging a reading culture, nurturing an appreciation of language and improving literacy skills in Malaysia. The festival will be from the 21st to the 23rd of June 2013 and is curated and produced by PopDigital Sdn Bhd and supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, Creative Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council and Event Scotland as well as the British Council Malaysia.
#WORD: The Cooler Lumpur Festival will also play host to the only Southeast Asian segment of the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference (EWWC), the world’s largest travelling conference on the state of literature, with three special panels covering the topics of “Censorship Today”, “Should Literature Be Political?” and “A National Literature” – that aim to address critical questions affecting both our literature and our society.
The festival will include lecture series, panel discussions, creative writing workshops, readings, art exhibitions, children’s activities, and book markets. It will cover a wide range of topics from literature to journalism, from film to poetry, and from song writing to social media.
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