About Singapore Literature Prize

About Singapore Literature Prize

Singapore’s top literary award returns this August!

For the first time in the history of the SLP, the awards ceremony will be held online via SBC’s Facebook and YouTube on 27 August 2020 at 8pm.

Fifty-two works are shortlisted in 12 categories across the three genres of Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction and four languages of Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. The shortlisted writers include Singapore's leading figures Edwin Thumboo, Suratman Markasan, 尤今(You Jin); former winners Amanda Lee Koe, 谢裕民(Chia Joo Ming), Sithuraj Ponraj, as well as first-time shortlisted writers Jamal Ismail, Jing-Jing Lee, Teo You Yenn, V. Hemalatha and 黄凯德(Wong Koi Tet).

Visit the Shortlist section to find out more about the writers, their works, and where you can purchase their books! More information about the 12 judging panels can be found here.

The theme of this year’s SLP #WhyWeWrite examines what compels writers to write, and why SLP is more relevant than ever before in these challenging times.

About 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$3,000 for the winner in each of the categories. In addition, the winners will be awarded a specially commissioned plaque.

2020 Shortlists:



  • To promote Singapore literary talent through due recognition of outstanding published works by Singapore authors across the four official languages: Chinese, English, Malay, or Tamil.
  • To stimulate public interest and support for creative writing in Singapore.


  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
    Creative nonfiction (Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil)
    Fiction (Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil)
    Poetry (Chinese, English, Malay, Tamil)

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