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About the Awards

Contribute a short-story or poem

We would like to invite all those aged 60 years old and above, living in Malaysia and ageing beautifully, to contribute a short story (3000 words) or a poem (not more than 3 pages) based on one of the categories for this year.

Deadline for entries: 1 Sept 2019.

Please state your name, age and which category you are submitting in (see below).

Awards ceremony: 16 September 2019 where all shortlisted contributors will be invited to attend and read an extract of their writings.

10 short stories and 10 poems will be short-listed by the jury panel and published on this website and in a book. Other prizes to be announced soon.


"It is not the years in your life that count, it is the life in your years."



Write a short story (not more than 3000 words) or poem (not more than 3 pages) in English or Malay, based on one of these categories.


"If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves"

Thomas Edison


Jury Panel

A huge thanks to these committed individuals who are helping to make these Awards a reality!

Criteria will include: (1) relevance of content (to the selected category); (2) level of artistic expression; and (3) overall impression.


Get in Touch

Email or post your submission to us, as follows:

1) send the Word or PDF version of your story/poem to the email address below.


2) your handwritten story/poem could be scanned or photographed and then emailed or posted to us (address below).

Don't forget to state your name, age and which category you are submitting in (see above). 

If selected, you will be asked to sign a simple agreement stating you are the original writer of the piece submitted and giving us permission to publish it.

If you have any questions about the event or general inquires, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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10am Monday 16 Sept 2019

Details of the Jasmina Awards ceremony might change so please check in to this website or sign up for email updates below to stay informed.

Opening Remarks


For five years, Dr Jasmina Kuka has been organising a regional literary award in Europe exclusively for those who are actively ageing. For the first time, these awards are being held in Kuala Lumpur. Come listen to her heart-warming story.

Juror's Remarks


A member of the distinguished Jury Panel will give his commentary on the short-listed entries in this inaugural year.

Shortlisted Works


All short-listed contributors will be invited to read an excerpt from their short-story or poem in public.

Award Presentations


Winners from each category will receive their well deserved awards and have an official photo taken with the Jury.

Details of the Jasmina Awards ceremony might change so please check in to this website or sign up for email updates below to stay informed.


"I wish you to be fast when walking up hill"

- Dr Jasmina Kuka, an ancient Serbian proverb


Read about Dr Jasmina, the story behind the awards, anecdotes from the European awards which have been running for 5 years and download the poster which you can circulate to your friends.



My mother is 90 years old with many stories in her, could I help her write?

We prefer the contributor to write personally but we do recognise some elderly can't physically do that. Someone else could technically (recording, writing) capture their story and submit on their behalf. In this case, the the elderly person is the author and the other person just provided technical assistance.

The elderly writer will have difficulty reading out her creative work, does she still need to attend the Jasmina Awards ceremony if short-listed?

We welcome everyone to the Jasmina Awards ceremony and hope the short-listed writers can read out their work but of course, recognise that some might only be able to attend and not be able to read it out in public. In which case, the writer could nominate someone else to read an excerpt of their short-listed work out on their behalf.

Can someone who is younger than 60 years old write a story about her parents?

We will certainly consider this additional category for next year! but this year, we'd really like to focus on original writings from those aged 60 years and above

Do all of us have to attend the awards ceremony to find out who's been short-listed?

Short-listed writers will be informed before the event - good luck to every single one of you!

If I'm shortlisted but don't win, do I still have right over my creative work?

It's important you retain your creative rights over your own original work. We will only ask for consent to print winning works.

I have so many stories I want to share! is there any limit to the number of submission?

Please submit as many as you like!

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