The Singapore prize is a biennial literary award for works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry written by citizens of the Republic of Singapore. It is administered by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. The winner is chosen by a panel of five judges. The prize is open to writers in the four official languages of Singapore: Chinese, English, Malay, and Tamil. Since its inception in 1992, the prize has awarded more than 60 writers from various disciplines. This year, the prize’s focus is “resonance,” and its 12 categories include both fiction and nonfiction. Five writers were shortlisted in two or more categories, including Clara Chow. She is the first writer in the prize’s history to be shortlisted in both English fiction and English creative nonfiction, as well as in Chinese poetry.
The prize also recognises works of art, music, film and architecture, and has become one of the most prestigious awards in the world for these disciplines. It is a tribute to the Singaporean spirit of excellence and innovation. It is a mark of recognition of a work’s importance and impact, as well as its ability to inspire the human imagination.
Competition is stiff for the coveted award, which is given to an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the world’s heritage. The award has been won by such a wide range of people and organisations that it is hard to categorize them. However, some of the most famous winners include architect Frank Gehry, singer Sting and the World Bank.
In the past, the prize has been awarded for work in a number of different areas, including science and technology, literature, art, education, and public service. In the future, it will continue to recognize achievements in all these fields. Nevertheless, its primary aim is to foster a broader appreciation of Singapore’s culture and identity by recognizing and celebrating the country’s finest literary and artistic work.
Singapore Prize: An Overview
The Singapore Prize is a biennial literary award for works published in the Republic of Singapore in any of its four languages. The prize was established in 1992 and is presented by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) with the support of the National Arts Council and the National Library Board. The prize has twelve categories in Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. Fiction and poetry compete in the same category, whereas in previous years, they were judged against each other. This change was implemented in 2022.