Singapore Prize Opens For Submissions Again

The Singapore Prize – the biennial award that recognises outstanding published works in Chinese, English and Malay – has opened for submissions again. The winner will receive a cash prize and an engraved trophy.

The submission deadline for this year’s prize is Oct 31. The prize will also introduce a new translation category, where the winning work will be translated into another language. The award is organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore and carries a cash prize of S$30,000. It is Singapore’s second highest literary prize, after the Epigram Books Fiction Prize.

The competition’s other new category is for short stories. This aims to encourage the writing of more narrative and character-driven pieces that explore contemporary issues. Aside from the main categories, there are two special awards that can be won by a single work: jury’s special mention and audience choice winner.

A Singapore-based company that makes solar-powered dryers, a soil carbon marketplace and groups that make electric car batteries cleaner and restore Andean forests were among those honoured at the Earthshot prize ceremony on Tuesday. The global non-profit that oversees the awards commended all 15 finalists for “demonstrating hope remains in tackling climate change”.

In its first edition, the Singapore Prestige Brands Awards recognised local businesses that use branding to strengthen their competitive advantage. They include suicide-prevention agency Samaritans of Singapore, which won the Brand Leadership award. Other winners included co-living operator Coliwoo and construction firm Craftwork.

SINGAPORE – Whether it’s a high-tech device to help paraplegics learn to walk or a crowdfunding platform that allows fans of a popular movie to fund the production, many homegrown companies use their branding strategies to reach out to audiences locally and internationally. However, they can sometimes face a challenge in competing with multinational corporations that have deep pockets, says an executive editor from Lianhe Zaobao.

Several Singapore prizes have reopened for submissions, including the literary Singapore Prize and the translation award. The literary prize has added a best debut award for shortlisted works by debut authors, as well as a Readers’ Favourite exercise in which the public votes for their favourite. It will also honour a Singaporean translator for a translation from Singaporean into another language, including Chinese and Malay.

The winner of this year’s Singapore Prize – the biennial award that recognizes outstanding published works in Chinese, English and Malaysian – was announced on Thursday (July 19). Its judging panel selected Haegue Yang’s short film “The Way Home” as the best entry in the English-language category. The jury members were international filmmakers Pratchaya Phinthong (Thailand), Walid Raad (Lebanon) and Sawangwongse Yawnghwe (Myanmar). The other nominated entries were Xu Zhang’s Chinese-language short film “City of Sadness” and Ma Yong’s English-language short “The Last Time”. The audience choice winner was the documentary film “Kimchi for Breakfast” by Hong Kong film-maker Lam Chun-Wah. The other special awards were for the bestselling work and best translation. The prize is a project of the National Book Development Council of Singapore and a collaboration with international arts festival Benessere.