The Singapore Literature Prize celebrates the works of outstanding published authors in four official languages. This year, the shortlist includes works in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. There are 12 awards. Each winner receives a cash prize and a commissioned trophy. They will also be presented with an award certificate and a gold medallion. In addition, 4,000 readers have voted in the consumer choice category and the winners will receive a $50 book voucher.
A total of 43 writers were submitted to the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize. Of those, more than half were first timers. Among those who were selected as finalists, two were works of creative nonfiction.
The organisers of the Singapore Literature Prize said that the theme this year is “resonance” and the focus is on how literature can trigger memories, emotions and relationships. Organizers say the resonance theme reflects the relationship between people and their cities. It also aims to encourage thought leadership among cities.
The Prize is co-organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URAS) and the Centre for Liveable Cities. Both organisations also sponsor cash prizes. For the first year, twelve top prizes were awarded, each carrying a cash prize of $10,000.
In addition to the monetary rewards, winners are also awarded an invitation to attend an exclusive cocktail party. The event will be hosted at the Hard Rock Cafe on March 18. One of this year’s judges is Lav Diaz, who received the award for his role as executive producer in the film.
The Prize Secretariat is part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore. It also sits within the National Library Board. These organizations offer a range of services to support the Prize.
Winners are also eligible for an annual SAL Gold Medal, which provides a S$800 cash prize. Besides this, it is the best final-year student in the Diploma in Law and Management at the School of Business at Temasek Polytechnic. The Gold Medal carries a commemorative momento and a S$800 cash prize annually.
This year’s winner is Makbul Mubarak. His “Autobiography” won the Best Asian Film at the Singapore International Film Festival and was a finalist in the Tokyo Filmex. He has also been recognised by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Golden Horse.
Singapore’s medallists at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have also been awarded SGD365,000 in prize money. The cash rewards for each event were disbursed under the Major Games Award Programme. Those who won must have participated in prelims and a timed final in Singapore.
While many athletes were awarded cash prizes for winning their individual events, the medallists in team events were also given a prize. Singapore won four medals of each colour.
Two other winners were the Tamil writer rma cureeess and the Indonesian film In-Docs. RMa cureeess won two awards – the Best Director Award and the Outstanding Contribution to Southeast Asian Cinema Award. She was also the winner of a SGD2,000 cash prize from Peanut Pictures.