Anugerah Persuratan (Malay Literary Award)

The Malay Language Council, Singapore (MBMS) has been organising Anugerah Persuratan since 1993 as a biennial event and is part of the Council’s effort to recognise Malay language writers. Other than recognition of works, the event also aims to develop and encourage writers to produce works in Malay language, encourage publication of high quality works and promote Malay literary in the community.

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Anugerah Persuratan (MALAY LITERARY AWARD) 2020/2021

Congratulations to all the winners of Anugerah Persuratan 2020/2021!

SBC is honoured to be the secretariat of this prestigious event, and to support the achievements of Malay language writers.  Thank you to everyone involved and we invite you to celebrate their victory with us. Once again, congratulations to all winners! 

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Anugerah Persuratan Commemorative Magazine

Tun Seri Lanang WINNER

Hamed IsmailHamed Ismail
Hamed Ismail is a former Senior Supervisor with Eaglevision TV Scripts, Mediacorp. He still serves as a TV Drama Script Advisor. He has written radio drama scripts, theatre scripts, countless TV drama scripts as well as poetry, short stories and essays. His collection of poetry, Suara Dalam (Inner Voice) was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize (2014). The novel Bunga Tanjong won the Merit Prize, Singapore Literature Prize (2018). The anthology Tafsiran Tiga Alam (Interpretation of Three Realms) written with Samsudin Said and Hartinah Ahmad, won the Malay Literary Award (2017) and the Singapore Literature Prize (2016). He has also won the Golden Point Award (for poetry and short stories) and the Malay Literary Award (for theatre scripts, television drama scripts and short stories).

Tun Seri Lanang Posthumous WINNER

Zaidy NandirZaidy Nandir
The late Zaidy Nandir was very talented in music and lyric writing. A dedicated teacher, he devoted his energy to educate his students in the Malay language. His sincerity and talent shone in the art of dikir barat, for which he had produced more than 200 pieces. He provided guidance to local dikir barat practitioners and became an inspiration for all. In addition, Zaidy was also active in scouting activities. Many continue to miss his presence and remember him as someone who was kind-hearted, smart, honest, generous and willing to share his knowledge.

Literary Award WINNERS AND WINNING BOOKS
GOD(A) Book cover

SHORT STORY: GOD(A) by Jamal Ismail
Publisher: Unggun Creative, 2018
GOD(A) seduces the reader with 10 tales of extraordinary lives by weaving magical realism into ordinary circumstances. A mosque caretaker is tasked with ensuring that the ablution pool is not abused as a public bath. A boy must face the truth about why his trip to Ipoh for a Quran recital contest is cancelled. A British officer accuses a religious leader of counterfeiting money. These stories address issues about the lives of Muslims, their faith, and their devotion to God.

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Jamal Ismail

Jamal Ismail explores various genres of writing, including theatre, radio and TV scripts, poetry, essays, short stories, and novels. Born in 1952, Jamal won the Loheh-Nur Award for Islamic Documentary from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Literary Award for fiction for Yang, and the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) National Book Award for the novel Songsang.

Tunjuk Langit (Pointing the Sky) Book Cover
NOVEL: Pointing the Sky by Jamal Ismail
Publisher: Unggun Creative, 2019

Tunjuk Langit (Pointing the Sky) depicts a multiracial group of senior citizens living at a welfare home named after tunjuk langit trees that grow in Choa Chu Kang. The fictional home reflects the challenging realities of Singapore life. When the financially challenged home is forced to close, its ingenious residents try to keep it from being demolished. Habeb has to pull the most outrageous stunt to save the home that has been entrusted to him by the deceased owner.

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Jamal Ismail

Jamal Ismail explores various genres of writing, including theatre, radio and TV scripts, poetry, essays, short stories, and novels. Born in 1952, Jamal won the Loheh-Nur Award for Islamic Documentary from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Literary Award for fiction for Yang, and the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) National Book Award for the novel Songsang.

Tukang Tunjuk Telunjuk (Finger-Pointing Expert) Book Cover
POETRY: Finger-Pointing Expert by Farihan Bahron
Publisher: Unggun Creative, 2017

Written from 2000 to 2016, the verses in this collection of poems touch on various aspects of a young man’s life whilst in search of direction, identity and moral compass. It is hoped that this collection of 40 poems will provide clarity on the meaning of life in the Lion City at the beginning of the 21st century. Several poems in Tukang Tunjuk Telunjuk (Finger-Pointing Expert) won poetry writing contest prizes, such as the 2003 Golden Point Award (Second Prize) and the 2015 Golden Point Award (First Prize).

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Farihan Bahron

Farihan Bahron, recipient of the 2017 Promising Award (Malay Literary Award), has won several competitions including the 1998 Peraduan Asah Bakat Competition (First Prize – Poetry), the 2000 Anugerah Pena Bakti Award (Third Prize – Poetry),  2003 Golden Point Award (Second Prize – Poetry), 2015 Golden Point Award ( First Prize – Poetry and Short Stories), the 2016 Mencari Kristal  (Third Prize – Short Story), 2017 National Poetry Competition (Merit) and the 2020 Kata-Pilar Poetry Competition (Grand Prize). At the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize, Tukang Tunjuk Telunjuk (Finger-Pointing Expert) won the Malay poetry category while his short story collection, Kesumat Sang Avatar (The Avatar's Wrath), received the Commendation Prize (Malay fiction). Farihan has also been active in writing lyrics for the Singapore Dikir Barat scene since 1996 and has received the Best Lyrics trophy 14 times.

Si Pencuri Ketawa – Kisah Di Dalam Taman Di Persisiran (The One Who Stole Laughter – A Tale from Gardens By The Bay)  Book Cover
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: The One Who Stole Laughter - A Tale from Gardens by the Bay by Rilla Melati Bahri
Publisher: Mini Monsters, 2017

Si Pencuri Ketawa – Kisah Di Dalam Taman Di Persisiran (The One Who Stole Laughter – A Tale from Gardens By The Bay) was written by Rilla Melati Bahri and illustrated by Dionisius Kartalaksana. This story is suitable for primary school level readers and features adorable creatures, as tall as three guavas, who love to make friends and play with children.

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Rilla Melati Bahri

Rilla Melati develops creative content for the classroom and television. She is an educator, author, entrepreneur, entertainer and pioneer of Malay speech and drama programmes in schools in Singapore. As the founder of Mini Monsters, she hopes to revive interest in the Malay language through bilingual workshops and publishing bilingual books.

Objectives of Anugerah Persuratan

  1. To recognise writers that have produced high quality literary works;
  2. To develop and encourage writers to produce works in Malay language;
  3. To encourage publication of good literary merit; and
  4. Promote Malay literature and writing in the community.

Awards presented for Anugerah Persuratan

  1. Tun Seri Lanang Award*

    The Tun Seri Lanang Award is presented to an established writer in the Malay Language scene for their contribution to the literary arts. It is the pinnacle award in this event in recognition of their achievements and contributions. The recipient will receive $5,000 cash prize. 

    The recipient is evaluated based on the following criteria:
    i) outstanding qualities as a local language and literary activist;
    ii) excellent contributions to both local and international literary scene;
    iii) ability to lead / have led and shaped collective thinking towards nation-building, through writings (creative and non-creative works); and
    iv) exemplary dedication to the pursuit of knowledge to hone the writing craft.
  2. Tun Seri Lanang Posthumous Award*

    Anumerta Tun Seri Lanang is given to an arts practitioner who has passed away in recognition of his / her contribution to the arts scene. The family of the posthumous recipient will receive $2,000.

    The recipient is evaluated based on the same criteria as Tun Seri Lanang Award listed above.
  3. Promising Award

    This award is given to writers aged below 40 who have shown prominent potential in the literary arena with significant artistic achievement and contribution. It encourages young practitioners to continue pursuing excellence in the arts, and to look towards inspiring others. The recipient of the award will receive $3,000.

    The recipient is evaluated based on the following criteria:
    i) active involvement in literary activities to promote writings such as short story, poetry, novel, drama, non-fiction works;
    ii) conducts literary sharing sessions to students and youth; and
    iii) produces quality works that can add value to both creative and non-creative writing, in print or electronic form, to shape collective thinking towards nation-building.
  4. Literary Prizes

    The literary prizes are awarded to writers in different genres such as novel, short story and poetry in recognition of their literary excellence for a piece of work or publication.

*A research grant of $ 5,000 is given to anyone who is qualified and wishes to study the character, commitment, contribution, thinking, and writing realm of the current and past Tun Seri Lanang award recipients.

Organised by:
Malay Language Council of Singapore
Managed by:
Singapore Book Council
Supported by:
National Arts CouncilNational Heritage BoardMinistry of Culture, Community and Youth