The winners of Our Ocean Short Story Writing Contest:


1. “2117” by Gabriela Utomo

2. “Useful at First, Useless After” by Putu Ambalita Arsana

3. “Blue” by Alexa Sudarto

4. “I Wish I Had Fresh Fish for Dinner” by Liliana

5. “Children of the Ocean” by Indiana Salsabila

6. “Waves of Shard” by Shera Rinaldy

7. “What happened to the kids?” by Devina Heriyanto

8. “Crooked good” by Fairuza Razak

9. “Suddenly All is Black” by Retno Windradini

10. “La sirène d’alarme de l’océan” by Mustika Kusuma


Facts about Our Ocean Short Story Writing Contest:

  • Total submission received : 251 Stories
  • Eligible Submissions : 207 Stories (187 Stories in English, 6 in French, 3 in Spanish, and 1 in Dutch)
  • Ineligible Submissions : 44 stories (42 in English, 1 in Dutch, and 1 in German)
  • Age range of participants : between 9 to 26 years.
  • All selected stories writers are women (average 19 years old)


Thank you for participating in Our Ocean Short Story Writing Contest!

“Forests are our planet’s green lung, but oceans are its blue heart. It is now up to all of us to keep this blue heart beating.”

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

The Ocean is an essential and integral part of life in Indonesia. Working to protect oceans world-wide, the European Union (EU) would like to know how young Indonesians feel about the ocean.


Are you under 26 years old and are passionate about the ocean? Are you Indonesian and like to write in foreign languages? Participate in the EU’s “Our Ocean” (very) Short Story Contest!


The global community is ready to act for #OurOcean, are you in? We are looking for imaginative short stories that inspire and are inspired by our earth’s citizens’ commitment and action to protect our oceans.



Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, and EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc launched the contest on 29 September 2017



MacBook Air and invitation to European Union (EU) Delegation to Indonesia event in Jakarta

2nd & 3rd

Mini iPads

4th – 10th

Bookstore vouchers – to reward the most creative, dramatic, scientific etc. stories.

The top stories will also be published in official websites and social media of the EU Delegation and EU Member State embassies to Indonesia – and beyond.

Deadline: Friday, 10 November 2017

About “Our Ocean”


Without our oceans, we would not exist. Oceans cover 75% of the planet’s surface and make the Earth habitable for humankind. More than 3 billion people depend directly on the seas in their daily lives. Beyond that, we all depend on ocean for water, food and climate.


However, world oceans are heavily affected by human activities. Bad fishing practices reduce seafood supply and destroy ecosystems.


Only global cooperation can make our oceans healthy again and keep its animals and habitats alive. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources) is a clear example. The annual “Our Ocean” conference invites world leaders to make action-oriented commitments to protect the oceans. This year’s conference themed “Our Ocean – an Ocean for Life” is hosted by the European Union (EU) in Malta, 5-6 October 2017. Next year’s conference will be hosted by Indonesia!

Who is the organizer?


The European Union Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam is organising the “Our Ocean” Short Story Contest to discover young Indonesians’ concerns and visions on how to make our oceans healthier. The European Union is also interested in our ocean’s potential to create a stronger and more sustainable blue economy.


The European Union is hosting the international “Our Ocean” conference in October 2017. The EU has long committed to protect oceans – to keep them clean, well-managed and alive. EU policies, campaigns and strategies aim to find a healthy balance among economic growth, global security and good ocean governance:


The Jury

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“The Travel Junkie” is the blog of Bowie Holiday on his travel experiences. The design of the blog, quality of articles and great pictures with a flair for composition have earned him many awards

Bowie Holiday

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Josefine Yaputri loves traveling. She is now a full time blogger focusing in travel, lifestyle and beauty at and she also writes fictional writings at

Josefine Yaputri


First counsellor - Head of political, press and information section EU Delegation to Indonesia

Rafael de Bustamante Tello


Beatriz’s first poetry collection Pekineko Kea (Pamiela, 2017) won the 2012 Pamplona City Hall Literary Prize. She won several other awards the following years, In 2017 she was poet in residence at the Other Words/Beste Hitzak residency in Slovenia supported by Donostia Kultura and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Beatriz has also participated in several public readings and poet antologies.

Beatriz Chivite Ezquierta

Contest Rules

“Any Indonesia citizen born in or after 1991 – max. 26 years old – is invited to send us his/her story.

Length: The story must be maximum 1000 words. Longer entries will be disqualified.

Language: All 24 languages of the European Union are welcome. As we are encouraging the use of EU languages, we are not accepting stories in Indonesian language for this contest.

Style: All styles are welcome. The story must however be fictional and not a scientific essay or report.

The theme must revolve around ‘Our Ocean’. It may touch upon one or more of the priority topics of the EU Conference in Malta:

Evaluation Criteria

The Jury will evaluate the following elements:


Concept: the idea behind the story is relevant and modern.

Theme: the message and vision are clearly revealed though plot and dialogues.

Characters are believable and their goals clear.

Plot: the story unfolds originally and unpredictably; it is interesting to read.

Challenge/conflict: does the story inspire the reader to care about the problem?

Creativity: does the author introduce fresh ideas and his/her own attitude?

Title and Presentation are attractive and reader-friendly.

Language: appropriate tone; correct spelling, punctuation and grammar; quality writing.

Submit your story


  • Upload your story in one of the following formats: .pdf/.doc/.docx/.txt/.rtf/.wpf/.odt/.wpd through the ‘Click here to Submit’ button.
  • Do not include your contact information in the document. It is part of the submission form.
  • Follow the instructions.
  • You may not submit more than one story.
  • The story must be original, unpublished and unproduced. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published, and will not be eligible.

Give it a try. Submission is free!

Get started soon: only the first 500 short stories will be accepted.


Ownership: Contest participants retain the copyright to their stories. However, by submitting your short story, you grant the EU Delegation to Indonesia a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to publish and reproduce, in part or full, in print or online media, together with your name.