Singapore Literature Prize: Shortlist announced

Singapore Literature Prize is considered to be Singapore’s top literary award. For the first time in the history of these awards, they will be held online on August 28th, 2020 at 8 p.m.

The shortlist includes 52 works in 12 categories across three genres, fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Furthermore, it also includes works in four languages Chinese, Malay, English and Tamil. The top award in these categories includes a cash prize of S$3,000 and a special plaque. Interestingly, more than half of the writers have been shortlisted for the first time, while five will contest in two different categories.

This edition of SLP, which marks the theme #WhyWeWrite, also sees the introduction of a new category: SLP Readers’ Favourite. The public is invited to vote online for their favourite shortlisted book in Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. The winning writers will each receive a cash prize of S$1,000, with their voters standing the chance to win book vouchers. 

The shortlisted works are:

Category: Poetry

Category: Creative Nonfiction

Category: Fiction

You can view the award ceremony online:

Date 27 August 2020 

Time 8pm SGT 

Venue: Online on Singapore Book Council’s Facebook and YouTube Pages

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