Dynamic Duo: Writers Yanusa Nugroho (left) and Agus Noor pose with their respective Kompas Best Short Story awards at the Bentara Budaya Jakarta cultural venue in Central Jakarta on Thursday evening. It was the first time in the competition's 20-year history that the judges picked two winners for the award. (JP/Amahl S. Azwar)
event occurred at this year’s Kompas
daily Best Short Story award ceremony, when the judges decided to pick two
champions out of 22 nominees.
In the ceremony,
held on Thursday evening at the Bentara Budaya Jakarta in Central Jakarta in
conjunction with Kompas' 37th anniversary,
the judges chose writer Agus Noor’s Kunang-Kunang
di Langit Jakarta (Fireflies in Jakarta’s Sky) and Yanusa Nugroho’s Salawat Dedaunan (Chanting from the
Leaves) to be the evening’s winning pair.
It was the first
time that judges had decided to select two winners since the event began 20
Agus, who is
known for books, such as Bapak Presiden
yang Terhormat (Dear Mr. President) and Selingkuh
Itu Indah (Promiscuity is Beautiful), said he was surprised that the judges
had decided to pick two winners for Best Short Story.
“But I think
this is very positive because it shows that the standard among short stories
nowadays is even greater,” he told The
Surabaya-born Yanusa told the Post
after receiving his award that he was rooting for his fellow writer,
Triyanto Triwikromo from Central Java, who wrote Burung Api
Siti [Siti’s Firebirds], to win the award.
“His story is
really, really good … but I acknowledge many people have sent me text messages
applauding my short story. Maybe the judges agreed with them,” he said.
A total of 22
short stories from 21 writers were selected from 51 published short stories in
2011 as nominees in the competition. The other stories nominated included Dewi
Ria Utari’s Ibu Pulang (Mother is Coming
Home) and Gus tf Sakai’s two short stories, Kak
Ros (Sister Ros) and Pakiah dari
Priangan (Pakiah from Priangan).
for short story, Fajar Arcana, told the Post
that he was hoping the event, along with a workshop for 26 upcoming writers on
Wednesday, could trigger more people to appreciate Indonesia’s literature in the