55-Word Fiction Competition

The Book Council is holding its annual 55-word fiction competition, which is exactly what it sounds like: you write a story that is exactly 55 words. Post it on our wall, get all your friends to like it, and win prizes!

Stories can be about anything under the sun, so long as you follow our guidelines below!

Guidelines

  1. Stories must be EXACTLY 55 words. No more. No less. Flouting this rule disqualifies your story!
  2. All entries need to be posted on the official All In! Facebook page.
  3. You can submit up to three entries! Subsequent entries will not be considered, no matter how awesome they are.
  4. Your title should not be part of your word count.
  5. Contractions count as one word. Hyphenated words are one word too.
  6. Inappropriate posts or comments will be deleted (vulgarity, swearing and all that sort are unacceptable).
  7. Your post should end with “By [Name to be listed in the registration for the All In! Festival]” and the school where you are from.
  8. No (explicit) sexual content is allowed.
  9. Open to anyone 13 – 25 years of age. The closing date for submission is 20 February 2017, 6:00pm.
  10. All prizes must be claimed within 60 days after the Festival. If unclaimed, organisers with consider the prizes as forfeited.

Categories

The competition consists of the following categories:

  1. Judges’ Choice, where a panel of judges will decide on winning entries
  2. Popular Choice, where the entries with the most Facebook likes win 

Prizes

The following prizes will be awarded for each Judges’ Choice and Popular Choice categories:

1st Prize: A goody bag worth $200 (including a full version of Scrivener) and a complimentary 1-day pass to All In! 2017
2nd Prize: A goody bag worth $100, and a complimentary 1-day pass to All In! 2017

The winners will be informed by 6 March 2017.

Past Entries

2016 Entries | 2015 Entries | 2014 Judges’ Choice | 2014 Popular Choice | 2013 Entries

Post Your Stories Closed!

10 Word Story Sentence

Once again, we’re stretching the boundaries of your imagination and creativity with the All In! One-Sentence Story! Aptly called 10WORDS, the piece will consist of only 10 words, but express a full story. The featured word for 10WORDS 2017 is “Coffee”.

Guidelines

  1. Stories must be written as one sentence with EXACTLY 10 words. 
  2. The 10 words should include the word “Coffee”. This means there are 9 words you can add to form the one-sentence story!
  3. All entries need to be posted on the official All In! Facebook page.
  4. This competition will only be open for one week!
  5. You can submit up to three entries!
  6. You do not need a title.
  7. Contractions count as one word. Hyphenated words are one word too.
  8. Inappropriate content, posts or comments will be deleted.
  9. No (explicit) sexual content is allowed.
  10. The competition runs from 27 February to 3 March 2017
  11. Your post should end with “By [Name to be listed in the registration for the All In! Festival]” and the school where you are from.
  12. Individuals who submitted an entry for the All In 55-word Fiction Competition are allowed to submit entries for this competition.
  13. All prizes must be claimed within 60 days after the Festival. If unclaimed, organisers with consider the prizes as forfeited.

Criteria

The one-sentence stories will be judged according to the following criteria:

Prizes

The winners will be informed by 8 March 2017. The top winners will receive the following prize:

1st Prize: A goody bag worth $100 and a complimentary 1-day pass to All In! 2017
5 Runners-up Prizes: A goody bag worth $50 and a complimentary 1-day pass to All In! 2017

Past Entries

2016 Entries | 2015 Winning Entries

Post Your Stories Closed!

YOUTHspeak: The Future of Writing

How does the youth define its future of writing? Calling for paper presentation by All In!’s partner-schools, and see the future of content creation unfold!

YOUTHspeak features representative-students from ASEAN schools who will present preselected papers on a variety of topics approved by their mentors. 

The essay shall be 800 – 1,000 words long, typed with 1.5 space on normal margin using either Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman on point 11 or 12, in English, and will be based on either of the following topics:

Prior to submission, the essays shall be evaluated and recommended internally by their respective school/teacher-in- charge, which shall choose five (5) potential candidates to represent the school in the session. Submissions will be in .doc, .docx and .pdf formats only, and sent via email to the Festival Manager on or before 16 January 2017.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

The Festival organisers will then choose from this roster, the paper for presentation based on the following criteria:

  1. Technical Soundness, which refers to grammatical correctness, sentence fluency, and adherence to word count; and,
  2. Structure and Format, which refers to coherence of ideas presented, organisation, voice and tone, word choice, arguments presented and the reasoning behind such arguments.

The Festival organisers will then inform the school if any of their submitted papers has been selected for presentation on or before 20 February 2017. However, all five papers submitted by the school will be included in the compilation of essays that will be electronically made available on the Festival website afterwards.

SLIDE PRESENTATION GUIDELINES 

For Selected Paper Presentations:

File Extensions: If your Mac version of Office does not append the file extension, be sure to include it in your filename. Use .ppt or .pptx for PowerPoint files and .pps for PowerPoint slideshows. 

Equipment set up: Each room will be equipped with a standard audio-visual package to support an electronic presentation (laptop, data projector, screen, and microphone).  If you are using a Mac, please bring your own VGA adapter.

All In! Young Short Filmmakers Exhibition

The All In! Young Short Filmmakers Exhibition invites young filmmakers from around the region, aged 13-25, to submit for a short film exhibition, which will become one of the highlights for All In! 2017.

OBJECTIVES

The exhibition intends to

  1. Promote writing in its many forms, while fostering film writing as an industry that young writers can explore;
  2. Provide a platform for young content creators to showcase their creativity in writing and production through a wholesome and accepting youth-centric environment; and
  3. Produce tangible work based on core writing skills relating to industries such as film and production.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

The following criteria will be used for the selection of the short films that will be featured:

  1. The short film must be written and/or directed by a director/writer, aged 13 to 25 years old. A director/writer can submit up to 3 entries for selection. Previous films produced up to three (3) years prior to the launch shall be accepted, as long as the creators can prove they were within the age range at the time of production, through identification such as school IDs.
  2. The short film must be at least one (1) minute and a maximum of ten (10) minutes in length, excluding a short credit roll, and be in either .avi or .mov format. It may or may not have audio, dialogue or musical background. The film may be shot in black and white or in colour, using the creator’s chosen visual recording medium.
  3. The film must reflect an Asian theme, value or tradition. It must not contain any form of profanity, obscenity, and dialogue or gestures that are deemed denigrating, offending or derogatory towards any race, religion, creed, or sexual preference.
  4. The following must accompany the submission:
    – CV of writer/director, including links to previous works (if any)
    – One-paged film synopsis in English with list of actors and production crew
    – High resolution photo of writer/director in .jpg
  5. Submitting creators provide All In! Young Writers Festival and NBDCS the rights to use the films, in part or full, for marketing purposes of the Festival.

Last date of submission is EXTENDED to 30 November 2016. Please save all entries and appending documents in Dropbox/Google Drive, and send the link to the Festival Manager at carlo@bookcouncil.sg

The shortlist of films to be included in the exhibition will be released in January 2017. All submissions entitle the director/screenwriter to a free masterclass on screenwriting on 10 March at SCAPE. Details will be emailed separately.

All In! Snack Fiction Anthology

The All In! Snack Fiction Anthology underlines All In!’s objectives of promoting creativity through written work among youths aged 13-25. It promotes a platform for young writers to express themselves through their craft, while creating an opportunity for recognition of their selected works in fiction. The anthology is powered by the National Youth Council.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1. The call is open to an original, unpublished piece of fiction, written by youths aged 13-25 years old, who are residing and/or based in Singapore.

2. The theme for the submission is “Myself and the World”. Writers can only submit one (1) entry.

4. All entries must be emailed to the Festival Manager, together with a copy of the author’s IC.

5. Vulgarities, swearing and any form of profanity are unacceptable. No explicit sexual content is allowed.

6. The competition will be open from 31 March 2017 to 8 May 2017. Only those entries submitted within the dates will be eligible for the call.

7. An independent panel of judges who are experts in the field of fiction, will select 15 shortlisted authors from all the entries submitted to the call. The judges' decision is final, and no appeals or correspondence will be entertained at any point.

8. All In! Young Writers Festival will announce the shortlisted stories in end-May 2017. An email-based bi-monthly mentorship programme on snackable fiction will be organised for the shortlisted authors. The selection panel/judges will be linked to the authors via an online group, to discuss how the stories can be improved.

9. Final submission of stories selected for publication will be in 15 June 2017.Winners will be announced over All In!’s social media platforms, and through email directly to the authors, by end-June.

10. Upon publication, each featured author will also receive five (5) copies of the anthology and be invited to attend its book launch in July 2017. A certificate of recognition will also be given to the winning authors.

11. Submissions which fail to comply with any of the above rules and conditions of entry will be disqualified.

12. Copies of the book will be sent to all libraries in Singapore, and will be distributed during its book launch in conjunction with the NYC Youth Festival, in July 2017.

All Out for All In! 2017

All Out for All In! 2017 is a call for lyricists and performers to collaborate by linking young lyricists with local bands, thus creating content that transcends platforms and writing genres. Open to all Singapore-based young lyricists, the call asks 13-25 year olds to write song lyrics, and afterwards, link selected lyricists with local bands who will lay music to the lyrics and perform the songs at a mini-concert as part of collaborations with key partner, *SCAPE. 

GUIDELINES

1. The call is open to an original, unperformed and unpublished set of lyrics, written by youths aged 13-25 years old, who are residing and/or based in Singapore.

2. Submissions must be no more than 300 words, written in English, original and unperformed, both on stage and online.

3. Writers can submit up to three (3) entries. Submissions should have the author’s name, age and school (if applicable) at the upper right corner of each lyric sheet. Lyric sheets should be accompanied by:

4. All entries must be emailed to the Festival Manager, together with a copy of the lyricist’s IC.

5. Vulgarities, swearing and any form of profanity are unacceptable. No explicit sexual content is allowed.

6. The competition will be open from 1 April 2017 to 15 May 2017. Only those entries submitted within the dates will be eligible for the call.

7. An independent panel of judges who are comprised of local bands and programme partners, will select 10 winning lyrics from all the entries submitted to the call. The judges' decision is final, and no appeals or correspondence will be entertained at any point.

8. All In! Young Writers Festival will announce the winning song lyrics by late May 2017. Lyricists will then be paired with local bands for the musical arrangement. Jam sessions will be scheduled before the performance in July 2017.

9. Winners will be announced over All In!’s social media platforms and will be invited to attend the songs’ performance in July 2017. Winners will get their songs featured on the All In! website and a certificate of recognition during the performance.

10. Submissions which fail to comply with any of the above rules and conditions of entry will be disqualified.