Singapore Literature Prize

This biennial competition is open to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents whose works of fiction, poetry, and creative 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.

Singapore Literature Prize

The Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) carries an award of $10,000 for the winner in each of the four languages for all three categories. In addition, the winners will be awarded with a specially commissioned plaque.

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The shortlists for SLP 2018 have been announced.
For the first time in the history of the Singapore Literature Prize, we are inviting the public to attend the awards ceremony. Come meet your favourite local writers and honour their best works! This open invitation is also to mark the 50th anniversary of the Singapore Book Council this year, and to celebrate Singapore's birthday through our books and stories. Free registration here.

SLP Campus

SLP Campus is an outreach initiative by the Singapore Book Council to promote SLP writers and SingLit in schools. Students will learn more about Singaporean authors writing in the four languages through meet-the-author sessions, workshops or talks, and gain a deeper understanding of SingLit. To book an SLP Campus session, please drop us an email at [email protected].

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Shortlisted WRITERS and Judges Information:

Poetry - Chinese

蔡志礼

Chua Chee Lay

聆听陌地声
( Ling Ting Mo Di Sheng/ Melody From Foreign Lands)

(Lingzi Media, 2017)

陈志锐

Tan Chee Lay

狮城地标诗学

(Shi Cheng Di Biao Shi Xue/ Landmark Poetics of the Lion City)

(City Book Room, 2017)

林得楠

Denon Lim Denan

如果还有萤火虫

(Ru Guo Hai You Ying Huo Chong/ If There Are Still Fireflies)

(Lingzi Media, 2017) 

木子

Mu Zi
(李茀民

/Li Fu Min )

诗有别趣

(Shi You Bie Qu/ Delights of Poetry)

(Singapore Association of Writers, 2016)

佟暖
Tong Nuan

秤砣集

(Cheng Tuo Ji/ Weights)

(Self-published, 2017)

 

Poetry - English

Amanda Chong

Professions

(Math Paper Press, 2016)
Euginia Tan

Phedra

(Ethos Books, 2016)
Loh Guan Liang

Bitter Punch

(Ethos Books, 2016)
Samuel Lee

A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore

(Math Paper Press, 2016)
Theophilus Kwek

Giving Ground

(Ethos Books, 2016)

 

 

Poetry - Malay

Farihan Bahron

Tukang Tunjuk Telunjuk Finger-Pointing Expert)

(Unggun Creative, 2017)

Peter Augustine Goh

Sumur Kebenaran

(The Well of Truth)

(Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 2016)
Yazid Hussein

Murad Mati: Pak Long Kisahkan

(Murad is Dead)

(Self-published, 2017)

 

Poetry - Tamil

A.K. Varadharajan

லீ குவான் இயூ பிள்ளைத்தமிழ்

(Lee Kuan Yew Pillaith Thamizh/ Lee Kuan Yew Imaginary Childhood)

(Self-published, 2016)

M. Segar

இராவணனின் சீதை

(Ravananin Seethai/ Ravana’s Seethai)

(Self-published, 2017)

 

Creative Non-Fiction - Chinese

钟志邦

Choong Chee Pang

从南大到北大

(Cong Nan Da Dao Bei Da/

From Nanyang University to Peking University)

(Lingzi Media, 2017)

何盈

Ho Yuen

狮城重案录之警匪喋血

(Shi Cheng Zhong An Lu Zhi Jing Fei Die Xue/

Singapore Crime Scene 1)

(Lingzi Media, 2016)

李国樑

Lee Kok Leong

大眼鸡·越洋人

(Da Yan Ji. Yue Yang Ren/ Breaking the Waves)

(Traveler Palm Creations, 2016)

流苏

Liu Su

蔷薇边缘

(Qiang Wei Bian Yuan/ Roses at the Edge)

(City Book Room, 2017)

翁弦尉

 Weng Xian-Wei

第二张脸

(Di Er Zhang Lian/ The Second Face)

(Global Publishing, 2016)

章星虹

Zhang Xing Hong 

星洲星光

(Xing Zhou Xing Guang/ Island of Stars)

(Global Publishing, 2016)

 

Creative Non-Fiction - English

Charmaine Chan

The Magic Circle

(Ethos Books, 2017)
Charmaine Leung

17A Keong Saik Road

(Ethos Books, 2017)
Melissa De Silva

"Others" is Not a Race

(Math Paper Press, 2017)
Nirmal Ghosh

Unquiet Kingdom: Thailand In Transition

(Straits Times Press Pte Ltd, 2017)
Shubigi Rao

Pulp: A Short Biography Of The Banished Book

(Rock Paper Fire, 2016)
Tjio Kayloe

The Unfinished Revolution: Sun Yat-Sen and the Struggle for Modern China

(Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2017)

 

Creative Non-Fiction - Malay

Ahmad Bin Md Tahir

Rona Wicara

(Colour of Expression)

(Self-published, 2016)

Sharifah Mohamed

Makmal Penulis

(Author Labs)

(Self-published,2016)

 

Creative Non-Fiction - Tamil

Bala Baskaran

கோ. சாரங்கபாணியும் தமிழ் முரசும்::

இன்றைய பார்வை

(G. Sāraṅkāpāṇiyum Tamiḻ Murasu: Eendraya Paarvai/

G Sarangapany and the Tamil Murasu: A Current Appraisal)

(Self-published, 2016)

Chitra Ramesh

ஆட்டோகிராஃப்

(Āṭṭōkirāp/
Autograph)

(Self-published, 2016)

M. Segar

எழுத்தும் எண்ணமும்

(Eluttum Eṉnamum/ Words and Thoughts)

(Self-published, 2017)

 

Fiction - Chinese

李选楼

Lee Chuan Low

救灾前线

(Jiu Zai Qian Xian/ Rescue Frontline)

(Lingzi Media, 2017)

林高

Lin Gao

框起人间事

(Kuang Qi Ren Jian Shi/ Life  Between  Frames)

(Lingzi Media, 2017)

希尼尔

 Xi Ni Er

恋恋浮城

(Lian Lian Fu Cheng/ The  Floating  Republic)

(Lingzi Media, 2017)

张挥

 Zhang Hui 

烟事袅袅

(Yan Shi Niao Niao/ Smoker  Memories)

(Society of Literature Writing, 2017)

李青松

Li Qing Song

书稿

(Shu Gao/ Manuscript – Collection of Short Stories)

(City Book Room, 2016)

 

Fiction - English

Balli Kaur Jaswal

Sugarbread

(Epigram Books, 2017)

Jennani Durai

Regrettable Things that Happened Yesterday

(Epigram Books, 2017)
Jeremy Tiang

State of Emergency

(Epigram Books, 2017)

Nuraliah Norasid

The Gatekeeper

(Epigram Books, 2017)

Wong Souk Yee

Death of a Perm Sec

(Epigram Books,2016)

 

Fiction - Malay

Adam Bin Fadila

Bilal Mencari Nur

(Muezzin In Searh of Light)

(Self-published, 2017)

Djohan A Rahman

Tika Aksara Menari

(When The Alphabets Dance)

(Mini Monsters Limited, 2017)

Farihan Bahron

Kesumat Sang Avatar

(Avatar’s Wrath)

(Unggun Creative, 2017)

Hamed Bin Ismail

Bunga Tanjong

(A Dancing Club: Bunga Tanjong)

(Mediacorp Eaglevision, 2016)

Hassan Hasaa'Ree Ali

Souvenir Dari Angkasa Lepas

(Souvenir From Space)

(Kopi Cetak Sdn Bhd, 2016)

 

Fiction - Tamil

Chitra Ramesh

ஒரு துளி சந்தோஷம்

(Oru Thuli Santhosham/ A Drop of Happiness)

(Self-published, 2017)

M.K Kumar

5.12 pm

(Yaavarum Publishers, 2017)

Prema Mahalingam

நீர்த் திவலைகள்

(Neerth Thivalaikal/ Water Droplets)

(Aaria Creations, 2017)

 

SLP Judges Shortlist

Poetry - Chinese

Prof Wong Yoon Wah

Chief Judge

Poet/Author/Academic

Dr Zhang Aidong Judge Poet/Author/Academic
Mr Chow Teck Seng Judge Poet/Academic

 

Poetry - English 

Mr Alfian Sa’at

Chief Judge Playwright/Poet/ Author

Ms Pooja Nansi

Judge Playwright/Poet/

Mr Simon Armitage

Judge Playwright/Poet/ Author/Academic

 

Poetry - Malay

Mr Suraidi Sipan

Chief Judge

Poet/Author/Academic

Dr Mohd Anuar Bin Rethwan Judge

Author/Academic

Mr Mohd Raman Daud Judge Author/Journalist

 

Poetry - Tamil

Mr KTM Iqbal Chief Judge Poet/ Author

Dr A R Sivakumaran

Judge

Author/Academic

Dr Rudhramoorthy Cheran Judge

Poet/Author/Academic

 

Creative Non-Fiction - Chinese

Mr Teo Sum Lim Chief Judge Poet/Author
Dr Yow Cheun Hoe Judge Author/Academic
Prof Lee Jui Teng Judge Author/Academic

 

Creative Non-Fiction - English

Ms Cheong Suk-Wai Chief Judge Author
Mr Farish A Noor  Judge Author/Academic

Mr Boey Kim Cheng

Judge Poet/Author/Academic

 

Creative Non-Fiction - Malay

Dr Aishah Mohamed Kassim

Chief Judge Author/Academic

Dr Mohd Hanafi Ibrahim

Judge Author/Academic
Dr Kartini Bte Anwar Judge Author/Academic

Creative Non-Fiction - Tamil

Mr Azhagiya Pandiyan Chief Judge Head, Tamil Language Services (NLB)
Dr V Arasu Judge Author/Academic
Mr Mohamed Kassim Shanavas Judge Author

 

Fiction - Chinese

Mr Yap Koon Chan Chief Judge Author
Dr Soon Ai Ling Judge Author/Academic
Mr Lee Seng Chan Judge Author

 

Fiction - English

Mr Kenny Chan Chief Judge Senior Store & Merchandising Director of Books Kinokuniya (Pacific Asia Region)
Ms Kate Griffin Judge Associate Director, Writers Centre Norwich

Ms Shamini Flint

Judge Author

 

Fiction - Malay

Dr Razif Bahari Chief Judge Author/Academic
Mr Isa Kamari Judge Author/Poet
Mdm Okky Madasari Judge Author

 

Fiction - Tamil

Dr Seetha Lakshmi

Chief Judge Author/Academic
Ms Kanagalatha Judge Author/Poet/Journalist
Dr M A Nuhman Judge Author/Academic

 

2018 Announcement Press Release (PDF) 

 

Past Winners & Shortlists

Shortlists are listed in no order of merit:
2016 | 2014 | 2012 | 2010 | 2008 | 2006 | 2004 | 2000 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992

The Singapore Literature Prize 2016 was supported by the National Arts Council and various sponsors and partners.

SILVER SPONSOR

BRONZE SPONSOR

OFFICIAL BOOKSTORE

Little India Shopkeepers
and Heritage Association

Singapore Press Holdings
Foundation

MPH Bookstores
 

 

2016 Announcement Press Release (PDF)

2016 Record Submissions Press Release (PDF)

2016 Official Bookstore Press Release (PDF)

2016 WINNERS & Shortlists

English Fiction

Chinese Fiction

Malay Fiction

Tamil Fiction

English Poetry

Chinese Poetry

Malay Poetry

Tamil Poetry

English Creative Non-Fiction

Chinese Creative Non-Fiction

Malay Creative Non-Fiction

Tamil Creative Non-Fiction

2014 Winners & Shortlists

English Fiction

Chinese Fiction

Malay Fiction

Tamil Fiction

English Poetry

Chinese Poetry

Malay Poetry

Tamil Poetry

English Creative Non-Fiction

Chinese Creative Non-Fiction

Malay Creative Non-Fiction

Tamil Creative Non-Fiction

2012 Winners & Shortlists

English Books

Chinese Books

Malay Books

Tamil Books

2010 Winners & Shortlists

English Books

Chinese Books

Malay Books

Tamil Books

2008 Winners & Shortlists

English Books

Chinese Books

Malay Books

Tamil Books

2006 Winners & Shortlists

English Books

Chinese Books

Malay Books

Tamil Books

2004 Winners & Shortlists

English Books

Chinese Books

Malay Books

Tamil Books

The Dymocks Singapore Literature Prize 2000

Winner: A River of Roses by Rex Shelley

1998 Winners

Fiction

1997 Winner

Poetry

Merit: Driving into Rain by Paul Tan

1996 Winners

Fiction

1995 Winners

Poetry

1994 Winners

Fiction

1993 Winners

Poetry

Drama

1992 Winners

Fiction

Creative Non-Fiction - Chinese

Downloads

SLP 2018 Rules & Regulations (English) (0.50 MB pdf)
SLP 2018 Rules & Regulations (Chinese) (0.55 MB pdf)
SLP 2018 Rules & Regulations (Malay) (0.04 MB pdf)
SLP 2018 Rules & Regulations (Tamil) (0.48 MB pdf)
SLP 2016 Official Press Release (0.19 MB pdf)
SLP 2016 Record Submissions Press Release (0.19 MB pdf)
SLP 2016 Official Bookstore Press Release (0.19 MB pdf)
SLP 2016 Rules & Regulations (English) (0.28 MB pdf)
SLP 2016 Rules & Regulations (Chinese) (0.33 MB pdf)
SLP 2016 Rules & Regulations (Malay) (0.17 MB pdf)
SLP 2016 Rules & Regulations (Tamil) (0.06 MB pdf)
SLP 2016 Entry Form (0.10 MB pdf)
2014 Shortlist and Winners (0.43 MB pdf)
2012 Shortlist (0.11 MB jpg)
2010 Shortlist (2.36 MB pdf)
2008 Shortlist (2.10 MB pdf)
2006 Shortlist (1.48 MB pdf)