Ned Dickens
Storytelling Contest

Are you aged 19 and below, and a storytelling maestro? Do you want to win RM300? Leading up to the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival finale weekend this 18 & 19 August 2018, we are looking for the most creative fans of Andi Miranti’s Ned Dickens Chronicles to recreate his stories in new and diverse formats!


Open to participants 19 years old and below, the Ned Dickens Storytelling Contest will challenge participants’ creativity in creating new stories for Ned and his friends. Using various media such as videos, songs, storyboards, paper-cut outs, oil paintings, digital media, and more.

Participants must use any Ned Dickens character to re-create a story of their own. The story can be of any length and size, as long as it is a brand-new story told in a different medium apart from Andi’s comics and illustrations.

Andi himself will judge all submissions, and the Top 3 winners will walk away with RM300, RM200 and RM100 respectively. All of Andi’s decisions are final, and winners must collect their prize at the prize-giving ceremony at the #YSDAF finale weekend on 18 & 19 August 2018.


Introducing Ned, Fredard, Bill E. and Slinky.
Get acquainted with the Ned Dickens characters
and let’s get cracking!


Contest Duration

  • 25 June (10:00AM) – 31 July 2018 (11:59PM): Open call for submission.
  • 9 – 12 August 2018: Winner announcement via YSDAF social media channels and email.

Contest Mechanics


Participants of the Ned Dickens Storytelling Contest need to be:

  1. Residing in Malaysia
  2. Age 19 and below


  1. Fans to use any Ned Dickens character to create a story of their own.
  2. Each story can be presented in any format and medium, and is up to the participant’s discretion and creativity. Examples of formats and medium may include:

Digital media

  • Boomerangs
  • PowerPoint
  • Photoshop / Illustration
  • Infographics
  • Photography

Audio & Video

  • Audio narration      
  • Music     
  • Stop-motion video
  • Clay-mation video
  • Live-action video
  • Motion-graphics video

Arts & crafts

  • Paintings
  • Paper cut-outs
  • Dioramas
  • Woodblock print
  1. Submissions are to be emailed to the YSDAF official email at, with the header “Ned Dickens Contest Submission”.
  2. The Ned Dickens Storytelling Contest submission is open to audiences from 25 June 2018 (10:00AM) to 31 July 2018 (11:59PM).

 Winner Selection

  1. Author Andi Miranti will select the Top 3 winners.
  2. Andi will conduct a “blind selection” of the entries. This means, none of the participants’ names will be revealed to Andi until after the winner selection has been made.
  3. Andi’s decision is final. The Festival and its Presenters, Sponsors and Organisers reserve their right to make any changes and amendments to the terms and conditions at any time.
  4. The Festival, its Presenters, Sponsors, Organisers and Judges reserve the right to change the terms and conditions at any point of time, and reserve the right to have the final jurisdiction in the occurrence of any dispute.
  5. The grand-prize winner will receive RM300, first runner-up RM200, and second runner-up RM100 respectively.
  6. Winners will be informed via email and/or online announcement via YSDAF social media channels. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates on the contest.
  7. Winners must collect their prizes at the YSDAF finale on 18 & 19 August 2018.
  8. All winners will be notified via email on the venue and times of the prize collection on 18 & 19 August 2018.
  9. Winners must be present at the festival finale on the following dates:
    • 18 August 2018: 1st & 2nd runner up
    • 19 August 2018: Grand prize winner

About the author

Andi Miranti is a young-at-heart Malaysian teen who loves drawing, reading, and playing video games. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, but that didn’t stop him from discovering his interests and passions.

From age eight to 15, Andi’s interest in drawing comic-strips grew. At 14, Andi announced that his latest creation, a comic character named Ned Dickens, was going to be a fully fledged comic book. Ned Dickens, a hand-drawn character inspired by Andi’s experiences with his family and friends, and many of the different books he’s read, remains an endearing persona to those who’ve picked up his book.

In 2014, Andi sold his first book at the Arts for Grabs bazaar when he was only 15. The event launched The Adventures of Blue-Smashin’ Ned Dickens (Part 1). Since then, Andi has published various books, and is now working on Part 2 of his Chronicles book. He is also developing interests in other areas of life: running, music (gamelan and Swedish metal), and science.

For more information on Andi Miranti and his work, follow him on Facebook.