The Singapore Prize Shortlist For the 30th Annual Competition
The singapore prize is a biennial award that honours the best work in Singapore literature. It is named after the country’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and is a symbol of Singapore’s commitment to cultural excellence. Its prestigious shortlist is comprised of works in English, Mandarin, and Malay that explore a variety of themes. Professor Miksic’s book was hailed as “a fundamental reinterpretation of Singapore’s history and its place in Asia” and earned him the top prize.
The second-place winner, A Floating World by Daryl Qilin Yam and Pan Zheng Lei, is a historical novel about two men trapped in a migrant labour camp during the 1970s. The story is about the two men’s struggle for freedom, their relationships with each other, and their discovery of a sense of belonging in an unfamiliar land. It was also a finalist for the 2016 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
A Floating World is the fourth shortlisted work that explores the theme of migration. The other three are Seven Hundred Years: A History of Singapore (2019) by Kwa Chong Guan, Tan Tai Yong, and Peter Borschberg; Sembawang (2020) by Kamaladevi Aravindan; and State Of Emergency (2017) by Jeremy Tiang.
This year’s award ceremony will be held in June 2024. The winners will receive a cash prize and a trophy. Besides, they will be recognized at an awards dinner and a special reading event. The event is open to the public.
The prize for the most promising new talent in the field of creative writing is worth USD25,000. It was established in 2015 to support a rising generation of writers from all walks of life. The competition is open to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
In its 30th year, the Singapore Literature Prize has a new theme this time around: Resonance. This theme aims to explore the power of literature to touch and resonate with readers. It is the first time that the prize has a central theme, and this year’s entries were selected from submissions in all four of Singapore’s official languages.
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