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Past Submissions

ParInkInking their Legacy: Parallel Ink by Paean Yeo

seasonsAn abstract concept pens a heartfelt letter to another.

photographsThis short piece is a tribute to photographs and how they not only help us recall some of our best memories, but also coax us to remember long-forgotten lessons. It is an attempt to describe the value of a fragment of our past, frozen in time…

All In! 2017 Feature

In May 2017, 22 young writers/lyricists were selected to be a part of the All In! Snack Fiction Anthology and All Out for All In! 2017, organised by our annual All In! Young Writer’s Festival. Each of them were given the opportunity to undergo a rigorous mentorship program under expert writers/musicians in order to take their stories/lyrics to the next level. We here at Symbal checked in with some of these writers/lyricists in order to find out more about the mentorship program, how they benefited from it, and of course, to know them better as writers. If you’re a young writer out there, hopefully reading through these interviews will inspire you to keep writing, and who knows?Maybe we’ll see you at All In! next year. We definitely recommend it if you’re seeking to get more writing experience and wish to gain more exposure in the industry. So what are you waiting for?

The anthology and  songs will be launched simultaneously at All In! x Confessions happening at SCAPE on the 22nd of July so mark your calendars if you’d like to meet these young talents and what they’ve created. You can find out more about the event right here.

Check out the writers/lyricists right now!



Check out the winners of the NUS Creative Writing Competition 2017 here!

Check out other works on Symbal!

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What is Symbal?

An online publication by the NUS Literary Society that wishes to inspire and nurture. It aims to be a platform for the works of young writers across Singapore and celebrate the diversity of local literary talent. If you happen to be a budding writer, do send in your works to and we’ll feature them on our website!

Symbal welcomes prose, poetry, articles, plays – any form of written creative content. Feel free to express your creativity however you wish in this space that has been created just for you. In time, we hope for Symbal to become the go-to place for local publishers and creative organisations in search of young talent. Let your voice be heard!

We also host creative writing contests frequently so do keep a look out on our Facebook page. Like it to get all the latest news!

How to use Symbal

All creative posts on Symbal are labelled with certain tags which you can find at the bottom of each individual post’s page. Our main tags involve writing form (poetry/prose/articles) and we also have author tags to help you search for other works by writers that catch your attention. The CWC tag can also be used to find winning entries from NUS’ yearly creative writing competition. Please make use of them to navigate and enhance your experience here at Symbal!

Not sure if your piece is good enough for Symbal?

Or maybe for a different publication or competition? Fear not! Just send it in to us requesting feedback and our dedicated team of editors and writers will take a look at your piece and provide you with as much support as we can in improving it and further refining your writing!