THE Mudra Swari Saraswati Foundation, a non-profit organization that houses the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF), is proud to announce that the Emerging Indonesian Writer Selection for UWRF 2020 is reopening.

According to Tiara Mahardika, National Media Coordinator said the program aimed at finding prospective Indonesian literary stars has been held every year since 2008. In 2019, as many as 1,253 works from 1,217 authors have sent their best works.

The selection of winners is based on a number of criteria including the quality of work, achievement and consistency in the work, as well as dedication in the development of Indonesian literature. This selection is open to authors of Indonesian citizenship with the following general criteria: (1). The work is sent in the form of digital documents (Word or PDF) which can be uploaded via

(2). The submitted works are original works, not adaptations, translations, or imitations. The committee uses software to check the possibility of counterfeit works. (3). Submitted works are fictional works in the form of short stories or poems.

(4). Submitted works are works that have never been published. (5). Submitted works reflect human struggle with social, cultural and environmental issues. (6). Submitted works show creativity in the cultivation of stories and character depictions.

(7). Participants simply submit one work for a short story or two works for poetry. (8). The maximum length for works in the short story category is 3,000 words. (9). The maximum length for works in the poetry category is 300 words.

(10). The committee has the right to translate and publish selected works into the annual anthology of the festival. (11). Writers who take part in the selection are required to fill out an online form on the website: The deadline for submitting works falls on Friday, 6 March 2020 at 17.00 WITA. The names of selected emerging writers will be announced at the end of May 2020.

The submitted works will go through the curation stage by the UWRF program team, then curated again by a Curatorial Board consisting of renowned Indonesian writers. The names of the members of the Curator Board are kept secret until the announcement of emerging writers.

Selected emerging writers will be flown from their respective hometowns to attend the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2020 event which will be held on 28 October-1 November. These emerging writers will be invited as speakers and participate in various Festival activities such as panel discussions, workshops, book launches, and others.

All flight costs and accommodation of selected emerging writers while attending UWRF 2020 will be borne by the Emerging Writers Patron, a funding program for selected emerging writers. As one of UWRF’s commitments to provide space and present the works of the nation’s children to the international world, the Festival will also translate selected works of emerging writers who have passed the selection into English.

Their works will also be recorded and published in the bilingual Anthology book UWRF 2020, and will be launched at the upcoming UWRF 2020. This selection of emerging Indonesian writers has successfully introduced Indonesian writers to the international scene.

Many of the Emerging Indonesian Writer Selection alumni continue to consistently work and become influential figures in the Indonesian and international literary world. Some of the alumni of the Indonesian Emerging Writer selection are M. Aan Mansyur (2009), Kurnia Effendi (2010), Avianti Armand (2011), Aprila RA Wayar (2012), Mario F. Lawi (2013), Faisal Oddang (2014), Norman Erikson Pasaribu (2015), Soetan Radjo Pamoentjak (2016), Ibe S. Palogai (2017), Andre Septiawan (2018), and Chandra Bientang (2019).

Emerging is a term used by UWRF for Indonesian writers who have quality work but have not yet obtained adequate publication. The Emerging Indonesia Writer Selection Program is part of the commitment of the Mudra Swari Saraswati Foundation to support the lives of Indonesian people through arts and cultural programs. In addition, the aim of this program is to find literary talents from all over the archipelago.

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