Become An Emerging Writer Patron

Support the future of Indonesian storytelling by helping aspiring young Indonesians tell their stories to the world. By becoming a member of our Emerging Writers Patron Program, you can contribute to the future for the voices of tomorrow.

As a core part of our mission to shine a spotlight on Indonesian voices, we are inviting supporters of literature and the arts to assist with delivering our Emerging Writers Anthology Series.


Each year, we put  out a call across the archipelago to emerging writers to send us their stories. After receiving hundreds of submissions, an independent curatorial board selects aspiring novelists, poets, and playwrights from across Indonesia’s bustling cities and remote islands. Once selected, the emerging writers are invited to launch the Anthology at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

This bilingual publication, the Anthology, also represents a massive opportunity for emerging writers to have their work translated into English, opening the door to international opportunities for the first time.

Receiving over 1,212 submissions in 2019, the Emerging Writers Anthology Series has grown to become one of Indonesia’s most wide-reaching literary achievements, representing work from across the archipelago.


To sustain our community-building philosophy, we’re inviting you to help us deliver this vital program. Your contribution will assist with the translation and publication of the annual Anthology, as well as airfares, accommodation, and honorarium for an emerging writer during the Festival. But, more importantly, it will create a life-changing opportunity for a young person to learn, connect, and be inspired at Southeast Asia’s leading Festival of words and ideas and one of the world’s top literary festivals.

With support, we can create meaningful and lasting connections that cross cultures and dissolve boundaries, paving the way for future collaborations and exciting career opportunities through the universal language of literature.

Your contribution will cover:

  • Return airfare for your emerging writer to the #UWRF22
  • Per diem allocation from October 26 – 30.

To recognize your generosity, we will provide:

  • An exclusive invitation to meet our emerging writers and patron family in a special event hosted by the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
  • Your name in the 2022 Anthology
  • Your name announced at the 2022 Anthology Book Launch

Support us with a gift of AUD 650 or IDR 6,500,000 or more you automatically become an honored Emerging Writers Patron by clicking the button below:

Your donation will appear on your bank statement as «Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati». Click here to learn more about the foundation and its mission.

If you’d like to see the other ways to support, click here.


Got a question about the program or donations in general? Get in touch today with our Partnership Manager, Ade Ardhana, at, and or give him a ring at (+62) 812 38 116 839.