Priscilla Lee

Priscilla Lee

Epigram Books Fiction Prize Awarding $20000 For Singaporean Novel

By priscillalee | March 15, 2015 | 0 Comment


This novel writing award is so exciting that even I want to participate! A chance to get published and a $20000 prize money sounds way too tempting for any writers out there to stay away from.



The annual prize of S$20,000 is the richest literary award in Singapore. It is to be awarded to a Singaporean, Singaporean permanent resident or Singapore-born author for the best manuscript of a full-length, original and unpublished novel written in the English language. The first winner will be announced at this year’s Singapore Writers Festival in November 2015 and have his/her novel published by Epigram Books.
Find out more on Epigram’s website

I was so psyched about the possibility of winning $20000 that imagination started running wild. I’ve always wanted to write a book, is this the exact opportunity I have been waiting for?
I came up with a few titles

Confessions of a Bridezilla

Exotic Breed of Singapore Bridzillas

Happily ever after in Singapore?

Survival guide for Bride to Be

Then my friends were telling me that to write an award winning book, it needs to be either a sad story, or a sex story. “How is getting married sad? At most it’s a ‘first world problem'”. *sulk*

I had a fun time yesterday thinking about the different possibilities, Sci-fi, fictional biography, book about a teenager full of angst…. Then I realize, the deadline for submission is this year August, how am I going to write a 40000 word fiction novel in less than half a year, while planning for a wedding and buying a house at the same time.

Kudos to Epigram for hosting this award, promoting the local literary scene :)

About Epigram Books

An independent publisher based in Singapore, Epigram Books is known for putting together well-designed and thought-provoking titles. It began as a division of the multiple award-winning communications design firm Epigram but registered as a separate entity in July 2011 to champion Singaporean literature.

It is best known for the middle grade series, The Diary of Amos Lee, which has sold over 240,000 copies worldwide. Other landmark publications include translations of Cultural Medallion winners and new editions of out-of-print classic Singaporean novels.

In 2014, a debut short story collection Epigram Books published, Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe, unanimously won the Singapore Literature Prize for English Fiction.


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