Indonesian Emerging Writers


Indonesia has a wealth of powerful writers and artists, many of whom we’re honoured to host at the Festival every year. Alongside supporting established writers, discovering and promoting emerging Indonesia voices forms a core part of the Festival’s mission.

Each year, we run the Indonesian Emerging Writers Prize, open to all Indonesian emerging writers. In 2016, the independent curatorial team received a record number of submissions, with entries from 894 writers across 201 cities and 33 provinces.

The emerging writers will feature in our 2016 program, and in our Emerging Writers anthology published by Bitread, which will be available to purchase from October 2016 via their website.

The anthology will also be for sale at the Festival.

2016 Indonesian Emerging Writers

Congratulations to this year’s emerging writers:

  • Arung Wardhana Ellhafifie (Bangkalan)
  • Dahlia Rasyad (Yogyakarta)
  • Deasy Tirayoh (Kendari)
  • Dimas Indiana Senja (Yogyakarta)
  • Azri Zakkiyah (Malang)
  • E. Rokajat Asura (Cilegon)
  • Gemi Mohawk (Tangerang)
  • Boni Candra (Padang)
  • Joko Sucipto (Bangkalan)
  • Joseph Rio Jovian Haminoto (Jakarta)
  • Murizal Hamzah (Jakarta)
  • Nersalya Renata (Jakarta)
  • Ni Putu Rastiti (Denpasar)
  • Royyan Julian (Pamekasan)
  • Sidik Nugroho (Pontianak)
  • Soetan Radjo Pamoentjak (Bukittinggi)

How to support the Indonesian Emerging Writers and the UWRF

Would you like to support us in bringing our Indonesian Emerging Writers to the Festival, and in the production of our anthology?

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is an initiative of the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, and we’d value your connections or support to help us keep our Festival going, and reach as wide an audience as possible across Indonesia.

Please contact partnership@ubudwritersfestival.com for further information or you can choose to donate to the Festival or the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati here.