Singapore Literature Prize is a biennial award that honours the work of Singaporean authors. It is held in conjunction with the National Arts Council and the National Library Board. For the first year, it offered twelve top prizes of $10,000. A total of 43 writers submitted entries for the 2022 competition.
The prize is open to works in the four official languages of Singapore: Mandarin, English, Malay and Tamil. The shortlisted works have been published in the respective languages. However, the selection committee is not bound to choose winners based on these languages.
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was established in 1992 to highlight literature that has an impact on the feelings, memories, and relationships of people. This year’s theme is resonance, which organizers said reflects the relationship between individuals. In addition, the organization will also offer a cash prize of SGD1,000.
In addition to the fiction category, there are two creative nonfiction titles. One of them is Daren Shiau’s Heartland, which examines 18-year-old rites of passage. Another is “Relatively Speaking” by Joan Hon, which looks at family life. Both of these shortlisted works are chosen as school texts.
In addition to the prize money, a monetary bonus was given to the winners. A production services package worth SGD15,000 was awarded to “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by Alvin Lee. An online DCP package worth SGD45,000 was also offered to the winner by Mocha Chai Laboratories.
Catherine Lim, who is the cousin of Amy Tan, has been writing novels since the late 1990s. Her first book, Little Ironies: Stories of Singapore, was included in GCE ‘O’ Levels. She is now Singapore’s most widely read writer. Previously, she wrote short stories.
Other winners include the playwright, Kelvin Tan. His plays have been staged in many countries. He was also awarded the Singapore Trade Development Board Prize in Logistics, which was renamed the International Enterprise Singapore Prize. Among the other gold medal winners are Terry Hee and Tan Wei Han.
This year, the prize will be given out starting in the academic year 2011/2012. The winners must be undergraduates who are studying in the Department of Real Estate. They must have a grade of at least 4.0 in their Honours (Distinction) and a CAP of at least 4.0. Furthermore, the winner must have distinguished performance in extra-curricular activities or public service in Singapore. These criteria are in accordance with the University Statutes and Regulations.
If the winner fails to claim the prize, the prize will be forfeited. Since the prize promotion is not subject to gambling regulations, this promotion may be excluded from taxation.
The Singapore Prize aims to promote thought leadership in the cities of the world. It is a partnership between the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore and the Centre for Liveable Cities. Besides the cash prize, the winner will receive an award certificate and a gold medallion. The winner will be honoured at a ceremony in the Hard Rock Cafe.