Sharing the top prize in English poetry category were Joshua Ip’s Sonnets From The Singlish and Yong Shu Hoong’s The Viewing Party. Amanda Lee Koe’s Ministry Of Moral Panic won the prize for English fiction. Judging this category of prize were Tash Aw, Colin Cheong and Meira Chand.
Josephine Chia’s Kampong Spirit Gotong Royong: Life In Potong Pasir, 1955 to 1965, and The Leader, The Teacher & You by Lim Siong Guan and Joanne H Lim were joint winners in the newly launched category of non-fiction (English).
Winners for the Chinese, Malay and Tamil language categories were also announced. All winners receive a cash prize of S$10,000 (to be shared if there is more than one winner), merit awardees receive S$5,000 while commendation awardees receive S$1,000.