Awards

The Book Council presents a number of awards to encourage existing writers and to discover new literary talents.

Singapore Literature Prize

Singapore Literature Prize

This biennial competition is open to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents whose works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have been published in Singapore or abroad during specified period of time in any of Singapore’s four official languages — English, Chinese, Malay, or Tamil.

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Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award

Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award

The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA) is presented biennially to an outstanding children’s book written by a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident.

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S.E.A Write Award

S.E.A Write Award

Since 1979, the S.E.A. Write Awards, or the Southeast Asian Write Awards, have been presented annually to poets and writers in Southeast Asia. 

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Scholastic Picture Book Award

Scholastic Picture Book Award

The Scholastic Picture Book Award (SPBA) is a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia, and it is presented biennially to an outstanding unpublished picture book with distinct Asian themes by an Asian team of writer and illustrator.

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Scholastic Asian Book Award

Scholastic Asian Book Award

The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) is a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia. To promote Asian experiences and expression in creative and innovative forms, this award recognises writers of Asian origin whose manuscripts have the potential to share uniquely Asian experiences of life, spirit, and thinking with the rest of the world.

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AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore

AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore

The AFCC Asian Children’s Book Award by Genting Singapore (ACBA) is a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Genting Singapore PLC (GENS). As Asia's largest children's book award, it aims to raise the profile of children's picture books published in Asia by an Asian team, and encourage the production of quality picture books with a focus on Asian themes and settings. This award is the first of its kinds to give equal recognition to not just the writers and illustrators of picture books, but also the translators. With this added emphasis on translation, the Asian Children’s Book Award looks to promote the publication of Asian children’s books in multiple languages, extending their reach to other countries in the region and beyond.

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Past Awards
Golden Point Award

Golden Point Award

The Golden Point Award is Singapore’s premiere creative writing competition for unpublished short stories and poetry in the nation’s four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. Established by the National Arts Council in 1993, the national literary writing competition serves as a significant platform for literary excellence and launching new writers.

Please contact the National Arts Council or The Arts House for more information on the 2015 iteration of this award.

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Samsung KidsTime Authors’ Award

Samsung KidsTime Authors’ Award

The Samsung KidsTime Authors' Award (SKTAA) is a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Samsung Electronics. This award seeks to turn both published and unpublished picture books from ASEAN into digital apps for the Samsung KidsTime platform, so that local and regional content in its native language can reach a much wider audience.

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