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ALL IN! YOUNG WRITERS FESTIVAL 10-Word Story Competition 2016

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CONTENTS

FEATURE: All In! Young Writers Festival

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Message from the Festival Director 4 10-Word Fiction Competition • Winners 6 • 2016 Entries 7

All In! Young Writers Festival is organised by National Book Development Council of Singapore 50 Geylang East Avenue 1 Singapore 389777 +65 6848 8290 | info@bookcouncil.sg | http://bookcouncil.sg All rights reserved NBDCS © 2015 Book design by CB Peña

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FEATURE

ALL IN! YOUNG WRITERS FESTIVAL All In! Young Writers Festival is an annual event for aspiring writers between the ages of 13 and 25. All In! brings together a wide array of writing mentors and industry experts in publishing, broadcasting, blogging, creative writing, screenwriting, journalism and advertising, and many more, to share their expertise with today’s young writers. The Festival showcases talented individuals and motivated professionals who have chosen writing careers and the paths they took to get there. In 2016, All In! was held at the National Library Building. The roster of sessions were divided into a masterclass, seminars, panel discussions, and workshops, over three days. A total of 323 delegates registered for this year’s festival, including 48 professionals as part of the Media Development Authority’s Story Lab Initiative. All In! is supported by the National Arts Council as an Art Education Programme (AEP). Schools can use the Tote Board Arts Grant of up to 50% subsidy of festival ticket costs.

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MESSAGE FROM THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

KENNETH QUEK Deputy Director, NBDCS Welcome to the 8th edition of the All In! Young Writers Festival. The Book Council launched All In! in 2009 as a way to bridge the gap between budding content creators and industry professionals who had wisdom to share on the ever-changing landscape of writing and its related fields. Fast forward to 2016: All In! has grown into a festival that not only lets young writers (of all flavours) meet their future counterparts, but also to improve their skills in content creation while seeing their writing come to fruition on various platforms. This year is the first time we have invited international speakers to come and share their expertise on gamification, development journalism, creative teaching and documentary production, coupled with seminars, workshops and panel discussions by local speakers on social media, broadcasting, short story writing, book design, film, young adult fiction and advertising. It is also the first time that All In! broadens its platform to launch books written by 13 to 25 year olds, and hold a pitching session that could lead to a potential internship. There is also greater support than ever from schools, government agencies, youth-oriented organisations and corporate partners, who have joined us in our bid to cultivate and develop our young writers. We are particularly excited with the new programmes such as YOUTHspeak, All Out for All In, and the ASEAN Young Short Filmmakers Exhibition, which offer our budding content creators more year-round opportunities to meet, share and create. On behalf of the Festival team, I wish you continued pleasure and success in your writing endeavours!

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All In! is stretching the boundaries of young writers’ imagination and creativity with the 2016 edition of 10WORDS! With pieces consisting of only 10 words, these entries express a full story. The prompt word for 10WORDS 2016 is “SEE”.

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WINNING ENTRY

I always see her dancing alone, even in a duet. TAN YU QUAN YUAN CHING SECONDARY SCHOOL

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When she opens her eyes, all she sees is blackness. ADVAITAA KATHAVARAYAN

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She sees her reflection and realizes that she’s not alone. ADVAITAA KATHAVARAYAN

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Till’ we see each other again in the Promised Land. AISYAH ADAM

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Are you happy seeing the destruction that you have done? ALOYSIUS KHOO

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Her ability to see surpassed presumptions, especially with eyes non-existent. ANGELICA KAYE RUFO DILIDIL

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A familiar face they see– but a stranger he was. ANGELICA KAYE RUFO DILIDIL

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Things we see in life are temporary, nothing lasts forever. ANNABEL TAY

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When you see an opportunity in life, go for it. ANNABEL TAY

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Many of us look, but we do not truly see. ASHLEY TAN

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I saw him fight, now I see him at night. AUDREY WIDODO

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All around me, I see birds and orchards grow together. AUDREY WIDODO

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When I look at you, all I see is light. BOEY HEUI YONG

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Without you, all I could see is a permanent haze. BOEY HEUI YONG

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See me, coldly murdered by unfaithfulness, torn up like bandages. BRYAN CHEOK DONG EN

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Precious talent... see it gracefully embraced through her refined movement. BRYAN CHEOK DONG EN

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I see the Earth crumble before my emerald green eyes. BRYAN CHEONG

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‘We’ll see you’re taken care of,” the adoptive parents said. BRYAN CHEONG

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See her smiling to other guys, it is killing me. BRYAN TONG

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We see food but to him it is his survival. CASSANDRA CHEW TAN LING

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I see his grip slowly release, falling to his side. CASSANDRA CHEW TAN LING

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Someday you’ll see the reason why there’s Good in Goodbye. CATHIC LOGA

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In society, all we see is a sea of masks. CHAN SHENG BIN

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For 2016, All In’s 10WORD received a total of 189 entries from more than 25 schools both in Singapore and overseas.

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Whenever I fall in dark, I see light coming out. CHEN RUI LIN

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Whenever I see you, happiness came out from my heart. CHEN RUI LIN

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I am blind, but I see truth clearer than you. CHEN SIYU

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I do not need eyes to see the world around. CHEN SIYU

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I see kangaroo hopping around the dessert filled with sand. CHUA HUILIN

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I see your future brighter than the sun shine you. CHUA MEIYAN

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See me, look at me, I exist too, as rubbish. CHUA YAN PENG

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We will be together forever, till death sees our whole. CHUA YAN PENG

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I see the hard work and success in my family. CHUA YI XUAN

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See can’t be true but soon it might be real. DANIEL ASHRAFF

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“I can see kindness... and love,” replied the visually-impaired child. DENISE CHIA

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They see the water crashing down again, again, and again. DENISE CHIA

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Sometimes in life,pain is the way to gain something‌ DENNIS TAN

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He is a cigarette, nicotine relieving the pain he caused. DOROTHY YUAN

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She looked at it but couldn’t see what was hidden. EUNICE YEO

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No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t see it. EUNICE YEO

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She knew there was a heaven she couldn’t see. “Goodbye.” EVANGELINE CHAN

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I see despair in the darkness where you dwell in. HO JIA JIN

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I see despair in the darkness where you dwell in. IAN HIEDIE ZURAIMI

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I gave up my soul just to see your ghosts. IAN HIEDIE ZURAIMI

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Light enters his eyes, but all he sees is black. IGNATIUS BAN

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10WORD is an offshoot of All In’s 55-Word Fiction Competition, which also attracted close to 160 entires in 2016.

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She feels. She senses. She hears. But...she can’t see. IZZATUL NURAIN

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She may be smiling, but you can’t see her suffering. JASMINE NEO

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Plague, war, famine – I see it all. I change channel. JONATHAN CHIU

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Perfect! No one’ll see your bruises under all that make-up. JONATHAN CHIU

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With a knife I hold, stresses I see, goodbye world... JOSHUA NG

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I see hell blazing on Earth, Judgement Day has arrived‌ JOSHUA NG

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He could see her lips, her lips which sprouted hair. JURVEEN KAUR

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He could see his flesh reeking of his own stench. JURVEEN KAUR

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To see; a gift to some, eternal curse for others. KAYLIN CHONG

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See the world as your pearl, explore through the ocean. KAYLIN CHONG

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See how dazzling his spirit burns, despite his bleeding hourglass. KEK YAN XIN

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Already, I see thy radiant wings descend... please, not today‌ KEK YAN XIN

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I see myself there but I’m not there, just here. KELLY TAN

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A dream the see the colours, to hear the sounds. KELLY TAN

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Shall I see the light of success, beyond the darkness. LI ZHANG YI

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Life is one, we can’t see nor expect our end. LI ZHANG YI

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The computer screen like a mirror, he sees another him. LIEW JIA JUN

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Every real teacher are able to see it’s student’s talent. LIEW JUN JIE

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To see the truth, he had to lift his foot. LIEW KONG WAI

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The man with cloudy eyes said that seeing is believing. LIM EN CHI

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The distorted reflection she saw in the mirror was perfect. LIM EN CHI

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The topic, “SEE�, asks young writers to reflect on what they see both physically and metaphorically, in the hope of creating stories that compel readers to do the same.

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“See you!” she enthused, her boarding pass vehemently insisting otherwise… LIM HONGDE, DARRYL

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Tunneling through his “golden” years– he can see anything but. LIM HONGDE, DARRYL

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I was driven to see heaven, you were the chauffeur. LIM LI CHENG

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Nothing left to see here, except these shattered picture frames. LIM LI CHENG

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Come see and delve into the macabre phantasmagoria of life. LIM YI JUN

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Can you see the endless darkness dwelling in my mind? LIM YI JUN

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See-saw for two: she sees him, he saw her once. LIM YUHUA

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See the scene seen ages past – love seen as sin. LIM YUHUA

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She sees me at a corner isolated, she turns away. LIM ZHI YANG

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He saw what he should not and will never again. LOUIS LIM

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He feels pain, anger, devastation, loss but he can’t speak. LOUIS LIM

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He could not see, but he knew what was beautiful. MADELIND GUAN

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I see you standing, under that night sky, falling apart. MADELIND GUAN

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Seeing is believing; apparently ghosts really do exist on earth... MARK THAM

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She sees; he saw, they witness, and it was gone. MEHTAZ HAQUE

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In the light of dawn, we don’t see corruption yet. MUHAMMAD FAIZ

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Every experience has changed the way I see my life. MUHAMMAD FAIZAL

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You can see a brighter side on the other side. MUHAMMAD IMRAN

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I see my family that will always make me smile. MUHAMMAD IMRAN

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The music notes see, exorcise and raises them to angels. NELLY AHMAD

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I see her feeling depressed... but I cannot help her. NG KUI CHONG

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10WORD ran for a week, challenging writers even further, because of the time constraints. Several schools encouraged their students to submit in batches and post them on the Festival’s Facebook page.

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See a star in they sky shining brighter among others. NG KUI CHONG

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Sights of her revived, nostalgic memories relived, yet she didn’t. NICHOLAS CHIA

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To see the light again, he must brave the puzzles. NICHOLAS ONG KAI XUAN

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To learn everything, he must see that he knows nothing. NICHOLAS ONG KAI XUAN

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See the stars at night, they are your greatest guides. NIDISH KUMAR

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The world behind me, because I see God before me. NOAH LAM

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If you could see the future, you are a genius. NUR’ASYIKIN BINTE JALAL

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All that we see is a dream within a dream. NUR’ASYIKIN BINTE JALAL

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All is within the soul, you just can’t see it. NUR’SYAHIRA JALAL

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Find the purpose in your pain, not what you see. NUR’SYAHIRA JALAL

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See maiden, beautiful as a flower; flower wilting by minutes. OLIVIA CHAN

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I see a self not myself in society’s factory blueprints. OLIVIA CHAN

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Fight the evil and you will see the dazzling light. PAMELA TAN

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Clip up your hair; see the world through tied-up curtains. PEH YU YUN

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You see a girl sitting on a balanced see-saw, alone. PEH YU YUN

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I see the sparkling fire like a glimmer of hope. PHANG KANGQU

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But without the dark , we would never see the stars. PINK CHAN

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Her heart, stone cold, see truth, when her mind don’t. R. SOUNDHARIYA

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Seek deep into my soul to see my darkest lies. R. SOUNDHARIYA

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She’d seen the future but she’s living in history. RAE-ANN WU

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Lightning struck, and she saw her life flashing brightly. RAE-ANN WU

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The previous edition of the competition used “DOOR” as its prompt word.

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She was gone before he first got to see her. REBECCA BOEY

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When I see darkness, I feel the force in me. RYAN GOH

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You can see the sorrows deep down in her eyes. SARA INSYIRAH

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I get lost in my own world whenever I see him. SARA INSYIRAH

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I saw you along a road but never did again. SHAWN KUAN JIAWEI

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What I saw made me want to be asleep forever. SHAWN KUAN JIAWEI

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Believe what you see and ignore what you have heard. SHERYL GOH

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“See these scars? I got them from battling my demons.” SHERYL GOH

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I saw her chest stop moving –“1.03. Time of death.” SITI NUR SARAH BINTE ASHRI

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They saw me, they started chasing and I couldn’t run. SITI NUR SARAH BINTE ASHRI

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Seeing Stygian silhouettes slithering silently, sinuously, slowly, a somnolent scene. SNG HUI YING, EUNICE

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I may be blind, but I can see my dreams. SOH YUN LING

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As darkness engulfs me, I see death slowly consuming me. SOON TECK

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I see death slowly approaching, appreciate the beauty of death. SOON TECK

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Till light fades we see, till dawn breaks, they watch. TAN BOON SWAN

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I see, I screamed, I reached, but time remains ruthless. TAN BOON SWAN

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Nobody can see her pain, and thus her masquerade continues. TAN YU QUAN

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Seeing you reminded me how much you made people suffer. TAN YUNG ZHEN

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When you left, I saw your face, not your shadow. TAY CHER VY

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10WORD is part of All In!’s effort to encourage young writers to explore creative writing opportunities, and in turn, create content that can be shared during the Festival.

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“Nothing I see reflects who you were before”–best friend. TAY CHER VY

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I see life like how I see death with hope. TEO EN HAO

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I don’t even know what I see in you anymore. THAE SU PAING

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She might be laughing but you can’t see what’s inside. THAE SU PAING

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Darkness changing into light, see the light shine upon you. THU TA AUNG

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See the young resolute star shining in the dark space. THU TA AUNG

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The only country to see F1 Night Race is Singapore. TONG MIN HUI VANNA

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Your life will be colorful if you see it positively. TRUMAN TAY HAN

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The more storms you brave, the more rainbows you see. TRUMAN TAY HAN

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Used to see you everyday, now you’re thousand miles away. TUNG SZE LIN

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Unfortunately your eyes do not see what my eyes do. TUNG SZE LIN

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He wants to see the world’s beauty covered by darkness. VERONICA TAN

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He, who sees one’s sorrows, sees the demon lurking inside. VERONICA TAN

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I see a world where people live in peace blissfully. VICTORIA SUSAN DAVIS

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Here, we can see an old man for sale. Anyone? WAN JIA LING

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Wake up to see that she had left in the night. WAN JIA LING

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The last man alive saw a person by the window. WANG JIAYI

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FREE MARS TOUR! See newest apartments today. Serious buyers only. YONG CHUN SAN

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True friends see you from the inside, never the outside. YOONG JIA WEI

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The Festival intends to continue creating more avenues for delegates to write, which is the core of All In!’s goals and objectives. The Festival hopes that these efforts will inspire more young people to pursue their passion for writing.

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