Winners Announcement

The Blue-White Dot Short Story Writing Competition Winners Announced!


The Blue-White Dot Short Story Writing Competition Winners Announced!


We are thrilled to announce the winners and other top stories of The Blue-White Dot Short Story Writing Competition, the groundbreaking literary initiative to promote the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the art of storytelling. The competition has been a resounding success, receiving almost 200 entries from talented writers of all ages from all over the world.


Our panel of judges—Prof Graeme Wilkinson, Prof Dr Leong Choon Heng and Prof Stephen J Hall from Sunway University; and authors Syamsuriatina Ishak and Shih-Li Kow—pored over every single entry and had a difficult yet rewarding time deciding on the winners, owing to the outstanding quality of the entries received.

The winners of The Blue-White Dot Short Story Writing Competition are:

1st Place: The Pathbreakers by Guy Russell

2nd Place: Tug-of-War by Paul Gnanaselvam A/L Pakirnathan

3rd Place: Harsh Winds by Ksatria Baskara Prasetya


We extend our warmest congratulations to the three winners! They have demonstrated exceptional storytelling skills and understanding of the SDGs, and illustrated the power of writing to make us reflect on our responsibilities on Earth and inspire change to make the world a better place.

In addition to the winners, we would like to congratulate the other top stories that have been selected as the best among the many outstanding entries we received. The top stories listed below are in alphabetical order:

  1. A Sea Nomad Speaks by Matthew Yap
  2. Brittle Wings by Philip Stenström
  3. Darwin by Fadzlishah Johanabas bin Rosli
  4. Droplets of My Earth by Ryoka Tanoi
  5. Nusantara Crimes by Aneeta Sundararaj
  6. Of Dugong and Seagrasses by Ismim Putera
  7. Old Kong by Yap Li Tyng
  8. One Step Is All It Takes by Iram Moazzam
  9. The Climbing Gardener by Katy Wimhurst
  10. The Colour Green by Mulki Ahmed
  11. The Daycare by Ivan Kwok Hsien Yao
  12. The Entertainer by Edwin Kee Kah Wee
  13. The Last Loaf of Bread by Ntebeti Ntini
  14. The Peculiar Boy by Aqil Rifqi
  15. The Thumb Sucker by JM Parlingayan
  16. The Trials and Tribulations of a Small-Scale Fisher in a Changing World by Stephen T Homer
  17. Tomatoes in the Pantry by Ayva Times
  18. Under the Waves by Ferryn Foong Xi Min

Winners and writers of the top stories can look forward to attending a ceremony to celebrate their achievements and having their stories published in an upcoming anthology. We will release the details about the ceremony and the publication in due course. 

We would also like to thank all the participants, schools, colleges and universities who have supported this competition. Let us continue to use our creativity to promote the SDGs and make a positive impact on the world!

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