Winning writers receive accolades.

The prize presentation ceremony for the various competition programmes of the 2008 Knowledge Convention, in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's 62nd birthday celebration, was held yesterday at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. Present as the guest of honour at the event was Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin OKML Haji Mohd Yusof, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office, who also presented prizes to the winners.

In his welcoming address, Dr Mataim bin Bakar, Director of the Language and Literature Bureau, said that the number of people participating in additional competitions have been encouraging over the years. He also said that the competition saw more seasoned writers putting up a tougher fight against stiff opposition from the fresh writers. Before the results of the competitions were announced, Dr Mataim also summarised some of the findings made by the judges from various competitions.

Dayang Nur Judy binti Abdullah caught the appeal of the judges in the children's storybook writing competition with her story entitled, 'The Storm'. Also in the children's storybook writing competition, Dayang Kartini binti Haji Sapar with her story 'Nabil the Pious Child' came runner-up, followed by Awang Mohd Ardysham bin Haji Abu Bakar in third place with his story entitled 'Bismillah and Alhamdulillah'.

In short story-writing competition, Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Tuah snatched top place with his story 'Pejal'. Meanwhile, Awang Haji Mohd Hussin bin Abdul Rahman came second with his story entitled, 'Hati Yang Belum Terusik', followed by Dayang Hajah Sadiah binti Haji Mohd Ali with her story entitled 'Semarak Kasih'.

Meanwhile, Dayang Hajah Sariani binti Haji Ishak became the champion of the article writing competition with her writing entitled 'Melestarikan Negara Zikir Mengharungi Gelombang Globalisasi'. In second place was Dayang Hajah Zainon binti Haji Mohd Tahir with her writing entitled 'Negara Brunei Darussalam: Iltizam Merealisasikan Negara Zikir' and Shaikh Mahmud bin Shaikh Haji Ibrahim came third with his writing entitled 'Ke Arah Negara Zikir: Tinjauan dan Pendekatan'.

The ceremony also saw the prize presentation for the Jawi calligraphy-writing competition. First place went to Haji Sabtu bin Surat, followed by Haji Junaidi bin Haji Chuchu in second and Wan Habib bin Wan Ibrahim in third place.

The champions from each of the competitions received $2,000 cash prize, runner-ups received $1,200 and $1,000 for third place. Three consolation $1,000 cash prizes were also presented to the three winners in each of the competitions.

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