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Monday, May 16, 2005
Call For Entries - Malaysian Folk Tales 
I know this isn't a writing community, but thought some of you might be interested. Here's some news from Silverfishbooks.com
Ours is a rich story telling tradition. Or should it be 'was'? Maybe I am old fashioned but I cannot help feeling that being brought up on a diet of Disneyesque Sleeping Beauty cartoons complete with singing teapots is simply not the same. Sure, television is an uncomplaining baby sitter. And you may retort that speaking with American accents and growing up on pizzas and pasta is really not all that bad. I don't want to get into that argument. My purpose is purely to indulge in some nostalgia and relive those pre-television days (you know when dinosaurs used to roam in our gardens?) with stories from our grandpas and grandmas and uncles and aunties and …

So our next 'anthology' project is one on Malaysian Folk Tales - stories you heard when you were young and stories you tell your young. So what are folktales? These are traditional stories that influence us about things we value most, fear most, and hope for most. Each culture has a unique response to its society and ecology. Whatever the explanation, stories that have been told and cherished for countless generations fire our imaginations and influence our actions. As we hear or tell these stories, we ask ourselves, what do I think is true, or fair, or good, or beautiful?Can such a project cannot have more relevance than in a society like ours?

Entries can be in Malay or English or both, because we would like to publish the stories in both languages. All contributors will be acknowledged in the book. For rules and samples stories see below.
More here

graceshu  # 2:59 AM
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