Singapore Literature Prize announced with significant changes


New categories and prizes are introduced in 2014 to energise the biennial award

R RamachandranThe National Book Development Council of Singapore (The Book Council) will introduce significant changes to its biennial Singapore Literature Prize (SLP).

This is according to a press statement by the Book Council.

Supported by the National Arts Council (NAC), this prestigious award will now have separate categories for Fiction (Short Story and Novel) and Poetry, as well as the new category of Literary Non-Fiction. Prizes will be awarded for works in Singapore’s four official languages. Therefore, the total number of prizes will increase from four to twelve, up to a value of $10,000 for each winner in each category.

“This expansion of the SLP is a significant milestone for our Singaporean authors because it is often the initial acclaim they receive before being recognised by the rest of the world for their excellent works,” said Executive Director of the National Book Development Council of Singapore R Ramachandran. “I am very happy that we are now awarding prizes to different categories to allow for the recognition of the creative genius of our literary community in their respective languages and area of specialty.”

The new competition categories are as follows:

– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – English Fiction
– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – Chinese Fiction
– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – Malay Fiction
– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – Tamil Fiction

– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – English Poetry
– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – Chinese Poetry
– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – Malay Poetry
– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – Tamil Poetry

– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – World Scientific English Non-Fiction
– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – World Scientific Chinese Non-Fiction
– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – Malay Non-Fiction
– Singapore Literature Prize 2014 – Tamil Non-Fiction