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 — Chinese, English, Malay, or Tamil.

Submissions for SLP 2020 are now closed. Creators of shortlisted works will be informed in July.

Singapore Literature Prize

Established in 1992, the Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) is Singapore’s top literary prize, with more than 80 past winners. The prize is a biennial competition open to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents whose works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have been published in Singapore or abroad during a specified period of time. The work can be published in any of Singapore’s four official languages — Chinese, English, Malay, or Tamil.

The award carries a top prize of S$10,000 for the winner in each of the categories. In addition, the winners will be awarded a specially commissioned plaque.

OBJECTIVES

CATEGORIES

RULES AND REGULATIONS

SUBMISSION

Past Winners & Shortlists

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Objectives:

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CATEGORIES

(1) This award is open to any work of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction created by a Singapore citizen or permanent resident. The work must be published in a physical book format in Singapore or abroad between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019. 

(2) Works intended for children and teenagers should be submitted for the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award, not SLP. 

(3) The 12 categories are

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RULES AND REGULATIONS

(1) The competition is open to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents who are at least 18 years of age by 31 December 2018.  

(2) Each entry must be an original work. 

(3) The work must be published between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019. 

(4) Anthologies of short stories, poetry, or essays by multiple authors are ineligible for this award. 

(5) Only published works will be accepted. To be eligible, works must be published in a physical book format and available for general commercial release. E-books and audiobooks will not be considered for the award at this point.

(6) Collections of short stories, poetry, or essays in newspapers, magazines, or online previously published are eligible, as long as the book is published within the stipulated time frame.

(7) Reprints, updated editions and reissues from previous years are not eligible. 

(8) Past SLP-winning titles translated from one language to another official language are eligible to enter SLP 2020, provided they have been published within the stipulated time frame.

SLP 2020 RULES AND REGULATIONS

SLP 2020 FAQs

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SUBMISSIONS

Each entry must include four (4) physical copies of the book.
 

For online submissions

Before proceeding to submission, ensure that you have the following details ready for entry:

Applicants will receive a confirmation email upon submission of the online entry form. Please print out the confirmation email and include it with the four (4) hard copies of the book when you submit them to the Book Council.

For offline submissions

Applicants will need to download the official entry form and submit the completed copy together with a USB pen drive / flash drive containing soft copies of the following, in their respective preferred formats:

Four (4) physical copies of the book must accompany the form and documents. Entries not accompanied by hard copy submissions of the book or the aforementioned entry requirements will be considered incomplete and disqualified from judging.

All entries should be submitted through registered post or delivered by hand to: 

Singapore Book Council
Goodman Arts Centre Blk E #03-32
90 Goodman Road Singapore 439053
ATTN: SLP 2020

For enquiries, please email [email protected] or call 6342 5121. 

 

Past Winners & Shortlists

Shortlists are listed in no order of merit:

20182016 | 2014 | 2012 | 2010 | 2008 | 2006 | 2004 | 2000 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992

 

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SLP 2018 Programme Booklet

 

SLP 2018 Commemorative Book

 

SLP HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO

 

Singapore Literature Prize 2018 Winners:

Poetry

 

Creative Non-Fiction

 

Fiction

Head over to our Facebook page for photos of the Award Ceremony.  Check out our photos and tag yourselves or your friends in the photos.

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Shortlisted WRITERS and Judges Information:

Poetry - Chinese


Poetry - English

 

Poetry - Malay


Poetry - Tamil


Creative Non-Fiction - Chinese


Creative Non-Fiction - English


Creative Non-Fiction - Malay


Creative Non-Fiction - Tamil


Fiction - Chinese

Fiction - English

Fiction - Malay

Fiction - Tamil

 

SLP Judges Shortlist

Poetry - Chinese

Poetry - English 

Poetry - Malay

 

Poetry - Tamil

 

Creative Non-Fiction - Chinese

Creative Non-Fiction - English

Creative Non-Fiction - Malay

Creative Non-Fiction - Tamil

Fiction - Chinese

Fiction - English

Fiction - Malay

Fiction - Tamil

2018 Announcement Press Release (PDF) 

Annex III to V

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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

FINAL_SLP2020_Entry Form (226KB pdf)
SLP2020_Rules (Final) (116KB pdf)
SLP2020_FAQs (Final) (185KB pdf)
SLP 2018 Rules & Regulations (English) (512KB pdf)
SLP 2018 Rules & Regulations (Chinese) (564KB pdf)
SLP 2018 Rules & Regulations (Malay) (37KB pdf)
SLP 2018 Rules & Regulations (Tamil) (491KB pdf)
SLP 2016 Official Press Release (197KB pdf)
SLP 2016 Record Submissions Press Release (197KB pdf)
SLP 2016 Official Bookstore Press Release (199KB pdf)
SLP 2016 Rules & Regulations (English) (287KB pdf)
SLP 2016 Rules & Regulations (Chinese) (339KB pdf)
SLP 2016 Rules & Regulations (Malay) (171KB pdf)
SLP 2016 Rules & Regulations (Tamil) (66KB pdf)
SLP 2016 Entry Form (98KB pdf)
2014 Shortlist and Winners (443KB pdf)
2012 Shortlist (109KB jpg)
2010 Shortlist (2.4MB pdf)
2008 Shortlist (2.1MB pdf)
2006 Shortlist (1.5MB pdf)