Judges
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Saraswathy 
Manickam

Saraswathy M. Manickam is a freelance writer, language and Creative writing teacher whose short stories have been published in Malaysian anthologies. She won the DK Dutt Memorial Award for Literary Excellence in 2017. She was the regional winner (Asia) of the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

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Carol Leon

Carol Leon is Associate Professor of English at the Department of English, Faculty of Art and Social Sciences, the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She teaches postcolonial theory and literature as well as travel writing at the university. Her research interests are diaspora, identity, notions of place and space and themes of belonging and home in contemporary literature.

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Looi Siew Teip

Looi Siew Teip has been teaching English literature at the University of Malaya for the past 20 years.  He currently also teaches the guqin and has previously worked as a journalist and music critic in Singapore. Outside of his current professional interest in English poetry and medieval English, he also takes a keen interest in environmental issues and Taoist philosophy and practice.