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Winners of the Short Story Writing Competition with Datuk Dr Tan Chin Heok, President of TAR UC, Ms Karthiyani Shanmugam, Head of the Centre for Nation Building and Languages and Ms Cheng Wei Fong, Head of Division of English and Foreign Languages

The Short Story Writing Competition 2016 was organised by the Division of English and Foreign Languages, Centre for Nation Building and Languages. TAR UC students were given an opportunity to showcase their creative writing skills.

The competition was open to all TAR UC Main Campus students from 20 June 2016 to 12 July 2016. It was divided into three categories: Category 1: Foundation/A-Levels/Diploma, Category 2: Bachelor’s Degree and Category 3: The most “liked” story. The participants were required to write a short story on the theme ‘Strength’ between 750 and 1,500 words.

A total of 33 entries were received. A panel of judges assessed the short stories and shortlisted the top six. Three entries were from Category 1 and another three entries were from Category 2. These top six entries were displayed at the auditorium of Tun Tan Siew Sin Building during the Finals of the KL Main Campus Public Speaking Competition 2016 to be voted as the most “liked” story.

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Winner of the Bachelor Category and the Most ‘Liked’ Story Category, Ng Wen Sheng from Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Management Mathematics with Computing.

The prize-giving ceremony was held on 28 July 2016 during the KL Main Campus Public Speaking Competition 2016. For Category 1, the 1st place winner was Vanessa Yeoh Ee Xin from Diploma in Graphic Design (Yr 2), the 2nd place winner was Low Hui Ching from Diploma in Chemistry Biology (Yr 1) and the 3rd place winner was David Seow Ern Chea from Diploma in Internet Technology  (Yr 1). For Category 2, the 1st place winner was Ng Wen Sheng from Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Management Mathematics with Computing (Yr 2), the 2nd place winner was Sharon Goh Mei Mei from Bachelor (Hons.) in Broadcasting (Yr 1) and the 3rd place winner was Tiffany Thong Siew Mun from Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) (Yr 1). The winner of the most “liked” story was Ng Wen Sheng.

It is hoped that the Short Story Writing Competition will continue to encourage students to cultivate a writing habit, improve their writing skills and motivate them to write in English more in the future.