Singapore Prize and Other Awards

The following is a list of medals, orders and decorations awarded by the Government of Singapore and various organisations. It is arranged by order of precedence. Awards specific to the military and police forces are listed separately. The Singapore Prize is an annual award given to an outstanding publication that makes a significant contribution to the understanding of Singapore’s history. It was founded in 2014 by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and carries a cash prize of S$50,000. Unlike other book prizes that may only be given to nonfiction, the Singapore Prize is open to books of any genre so long as they have clear historical themes.

The Singapore Prize is named after Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who was instrumental in the country becoming the green garden city it is today. The prize is one of the most prestigious in Singapore and is often regarded as the premier book prize of the country. It is awarded to a work of literature published in English on Singapore history and written by a resident or citizen of the country. The prize is the result of a generous donation from a private individual.

The 2021 NUS Singapore History Prize winner, Leluhur: Singapore Kampong Gelam by Ms Hidayah Binti, has been described as “elegantly crafted” and well-researched, with the citation saying that the work is both synthesis and primary source. Ms Hidayah herself said that the prize was an affirmation to Singaporeans that they too could write histories.

Britain’s Prince William rolled out the green carpet for a group of innovators at a ceremony in Singapore that highlighted their efforts to fight climate change. The 15 winners ranged from an Indian maker of solar-powered dryers to a platform that matches unused solar electricity with farmers in Africa, and from a global non-profit to deter illegal fishing to a project to digitally track trees and shrubs. Mr William, whose Royal Foundation charity launched the Earthshot Prize in 2020, said the solutions presented at Tuesday’s ceremony showed that “hope does remain” as climate change becomes an increasingly urgent threat to humanity.

Temasek Trust has expanded its long-term partnership with The Earthshot Prize, focusing on spotlighting Asia in the fight against climate change. The new multi-year deal makes the Singapore government-owned fund a founding partner of the prize, with the aim of leveraging Temasek’s network and ecosystem to help identify, scale, and celebrate innovative solutions and eco-innovators.

The shortlist for the Singapore Literature Prize has been announced, and it includes some familiar names. Poet Yeow Kai Chai and director of the Singapore Writers Festival Pooja Nansi are vying in the poetry category, while authors Mok Zining and Daryl Lim Wei Jie compete in the English creative nonfiction division. This year, organizers have added a Readers’ Favorite exercise to the award, with the public voting online for their favorite of the shortlisted titles. The results will be announced next month. The contest is in its third decade and will feature 49 titles in four different categories and two languages.