The Singapore Prize, which celebrates writing in the country’s main languages – English, Chinese and Malay – recognises writers of literary merit, across all genres. It aims to nurture a strong literary culture in the country and encourages Singaporeans of all backgrounds to engage with their history. The Department of History administers the Prize, which has been awarded every three years since its inception in 2014.
The latest award ceremony took place earlier this month and was attended by global leaders, business and investors. It also featured performances from world-renowned artists and musicians. The winners will receive a sum of up to US$50,000. This is meant to propel the winners to further their innovations and ideas, and implement them at a larger scale.
This year’s winners were chosen from a shortlist of ten works, by a panel of judges from different fields. They were selected for their outstanding contribution to Singapore’s intellectual landscape, and the wider global community of readers. In addition to the cash prize, they will be given media coverage on Vogue Singapore, as well as access to a network of influential international fashion industry players and investors for potential future collaborations.
Despite the many challenges the world faces, there are innovative projects that can help protect the planet and improve people’s lives, the organisers of the awards said. The Earthshot Prize, founded in 2020 by Britain’s Prince William, will hold its awards ceremony in Singapore later this year. The five winners will be able to use the PS1 million (S$1.67 million) prize money to help them scale up their environmental solutions and achieve their desired impact.
SINGAPORE — Four writers won the Singapore Literature Prize, a popular reader’s choice award, at its third edition held last month. Among the winners was first-time author alllkunila for her book All in One Day: The Last Time I Saw You. She beat out Daryl Qilin Yam, Pan Zheng Lei, Jee Leong Koh, Rma cureess, and Suratman Markasan.
The other winning books are reshaping the way we look at history and culture, and rethinking our relationship with the natural world. They explore themes ranging from a waste-free world to fixing the Earth’s climate, and from reviving oceans to protecting biodiversity.
Other prizes at the awards ceremony included the best Singapore short film, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Alvin Lee, which won a production services package worth S$15,000 from Shooting Gallery Asia and online, audio post and DCP package, audio final mix and DCP feature worth SGD45,000 from Mocha Chai Laboratories. The prize was established in 2014 to honour works that make a significant contribution towards a more profound understanding of Singapore’s history. It is open to any work published in Singapore, and aimed to cast a broad net for consideration of publications that deal with history broadly understood. The department of History at the National University of Singapore administers the prize. The prize is awarded annually. It is supported by an endowment from an anonymous donor.