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Malaysia Young Author Award
Malaysia Young Author Award
Malaysia Young Author Award
Malaysia Young Author Award
Malaysia Young Author Award
Malaysia Young Author Award
Malaysia Young Author Award

Calling all Malaysian Aspiring Writers: Enter the Young Author Award Competition and Unleash Your Creative Brilliance in English!

Are you a talented wordsmith with a passion for storytelling? The prestigious Young Author Award Competition is now open for submissions in Malaysia! This is your chance to shine as a young writer and have your work recognized.

Whether you excel in poetry, short stories, or novels, this competition welcomes all genres and styles. Let your imagination run wild and captivate readers with your unique voice and narrative prowess. Not only will you have the opportunity to win fantastic prizes, but you'll also gain invaluable exposure and the chance to connect with other authors. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to showcase your talent. 

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” - Louis L’Amour
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” - Stephen King

A Young Author's Journey

Malaysia Young Author Award

Meet some of our young authors!

Jaybriel Cheng Yu Zhe | Malaysia Young Author Award
Jaybriel Cheng Yu Zhe
Sekolah Sri Tenby, Setia Eco Park
Leong Yuen | Malaysia Young Author Award
Leong Yuen
Han Chiang High School
Joshua James Cheah | Malaysia Young Author Award
Joshua James Cheah
SJK(C) Kuen Cheng 2
Kanchanaa Pulanthran | Malaysia Young Author Award
Kanchanaa Pulanthran
SMK Taman Desa

MYAA 2023 Workshop & Competition

MYAA 2023 offers a comprehensive 4-day online workshop (2 hours each day) designed to nurture young writers in the English language. Participants will gain insights into effective story writing techniques during the interactive sessions.

After the workshop, participants will submit their final stories within 7 days. Winners of the English competition will be announced no later than 15 September 2023.

As an added incentive, participants will also have the option to submit their stories to the Asia YAA 2023 Story Writing Competition. Shortlisted participants will have their stories published and have the opportunity to serve as judges for upcoming MYAAs, write for the Young Reader Club, and participate in social responsibility projects with the Catherine Khoo Writing Foundation. The deadline for AYAA submission is 31 December 2023.

(1) Junior
For aged 12 and below (born year 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014...)

(2) Senior
For aged 13 and above (born year 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007...)

Junior (Choose 1 or 2)
(1) 29 & 30 July, 5 & 6 August 2023 from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
(2) 12, 13, 19 & 20 August 2023 from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

29 & 30 July, 5 & 6 August 2023 from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

The workshop will be conducted Online via Zoom.

(1) Theme Development for the Story
(2) Analysis of Stories Written by Previous Winners
(3) Story Planning

The MYAA workshop sessions are coached by Ms. Catherine Khoo, founder of the Unique English Classroom and creator of the Young Author Award from Singapore. Catherine is an author, editor, lecturer, and moviemaker with more than 30 years of experience in media. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Japan Close-Up Magazine and Asia 21 Magazine. She has published two bestselling books and is the founder of Singapore’s first boutique publisher of imprints for under-18s.

• 1,000-word (min) to 1,200-word (max)

• 1,200-word (min) to 1,500-word (max)

The winners from both Junior and Senior categories will not only receive cash prizes but also exclusive coaching sessions by Ms. Catherine Khoo. These personalized sessions aim to provide guidance on crafting their upcoming 3,000 to 5,000-word stories for AYAA 2023.

1st prize
• RM1,200 + 30-minute personal coaching session

2nd prize
• RM800 + 30-minute personal coaching session

3rd prize
• RM500 + 30-minute personal coaching session

Merit (x10)
• RM50 each + 60-minute group coaching session

Participation Fee

RM250 for both workshop and competition.

Payment Method

Please make the payment via Bank Transfer to the following account details:

Bank Name: Maybank
Account Number: 512884095226
Account Name: Caya Academy Sdn Bhd

Kindly include participant's name in payment reference to ensure smooth processing and registration. 

Refund Policy

There is no refund of the participation fee, but participants can transfer their seat to another person.


For additional information about MYAA, feel free to contact us via WhatsApp at 011-65505400.

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