10-year old Kho Chen Kai wins Budding Writers Project 2012

Singapore, 26 April 2012 – 10-year old Kho Chen Kai emerged as the proud winner of the Budding Writers Project 2012. The Primary 5 student from Kranji Primary School was triumphant over 20 other finalists with his timely and environmentally themed submission, The Three Sad Mice.

Now in its twelfth edition, the Marshall Cavendish Budding Writers Project continues to be the leading platform in Singapore for children to express their creativity through writing and drawing, as well as a unique opportunity to get their work published.

The Three Sad Mice tells the tale of the titular characters who embark on an adventure to seek a safe haven after their countryside of lush meadows and hills was destroyed in the name of development. The story, seemingly simple on surface, won the judges over with its environmental allegory that demonstrated the wisdom and wit of the author beyond his years.

Judging the competition this year are Ms Tan See Keen, former subject head of English Literature and esteemed curriculum developer at the Ministry of Education; Mr Desmond Kon, who is trained in Stanford and Harvard Universities and has been published in over 100 literary journals; and Ms Joy Tan, the General Manager of Marshall Cavendish, with over 18 years of experience in the educational publishing industry.

 “It is crucial to cultivate talent from young. It is in the formative years that sparks of imagination can most effectively be stoked into a fiery genius. This is one of the main reasons we hold the competition year after year.” said Ms Joy Tan. “We want to encourage young talented writers to express their creativity, feelings and opinions through prose and picture and nurture them to be their best.”

The winner will attend a 2-day attachment with Times Publishing Limited in late May 2012 where he will gain exposure to the entire authorship processes from end to end, beginning with the pre-publication processes like editing, illustration and design. Subsequently, he will help oversee the actual printing process of his work of art. Finally, the young winner will cut his teeth as the promoter of his own book at his very first book launch at the Singapore Book Fair, on 1 June 2012.

Underpinning the environmental theme this year, the book will be printed on recycled paper and published as an e-book as well. The excitement for the young winner culminates with an Awards Ceremony also on 1 June 2012 at the Singapore Book Fair, aptly with Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts & Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources,, as the Guest of Honour.