Out of the twenty writers from the Commonwealth who have made it to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 shortlist, two of the writers are from Singapore.
They are Yu-Mei Balasingamchow (for her story Grandmother) and Sara Adam Ang (for her story A Day in the Death).
They are the only two Asian writers on the list.
Yu-Mei Balasingamchow lives in Singapore and writes about history, travel and culture in Asia. She is the co-author of the award-winning non-fiction title, Singapore: A Biography, which received a gold prize at the Asia Pacific Publishers Association Awards in 2010. It was also named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in the same year. Her first published short story, Lighthouse, was selected for the inaugural Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories in 2013. She is working on her first novel, with funding from Singapore’s National Arts Council.
Sara Adam Ang is a recent graduate of the National University of Singapore, majoring in History. Sara has had a keen interest in writing fiction for many years. As an emerging writer keen to make her mark in the literary world, the shortlisting of A Day in the Death, one of her first stories, is a major milestone in her career. She is in the process of seeking out her next writing challenge.