so um after all my hemming and hawwing about crossing over from poetry to prose, things seemed to have worked out pretty well after all. i managed to win first prize for the golden point awards (our national competition for emerging writers) for english short story. it was a bit of a rush to be back in old parliament (the arts house) again after two years, this time for a bigger prize, and with the added bonus of having the amazing marc nair and team read out an extract from my winning short story, complete with candy crush saga theme music.
as quite a few people have asked to read the piece, i'm going to put it up temporarily here for your reading pleasure. i managed to chat with a couple of the judges after the event, and i felt quite - rewarded / justified / invigorated that my use of humor was what appealed to all of them. laughter is as important as tears, and can be no less rewarding. thanks to everyone who contributed to this piece, especially three individuals: weiting for commenting and hand-delivering my entry while i was overseas (owe u $16+++), my sister steph for encouragement and input as always, and franz kafka for writing the metamorphosis for me to pirate / update, singapore style.
as for what i'm going to do with the prize money - it's gonna fund the continued production of the graphic novel! (now just need to convince publisher...)
a singaporean poet with an unhealthy addiction to forms.
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