8/7/2018 2:49:06 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
In a ceremony that was open to the public to get a wider appeal, the Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) has announced the winners of Singapore’s national literary award with Jeremy Tiang emerging as winner in the English Fiction category for his book State of Emergency.
Lee Chuan Low and Zhang Hui were co-winners in the Chinese category while Hamed Bin Ismail (Merit), Adam Bin Fadila and Farihan Bahron (Commendation) won in Malay language. A total of 18 winners from across 12 categories won the SLP at an awards ceremony this evening. Seventeen of them are first-time winners.
The winners were selected by a panel of local and international judges in each of the 12 categories. The categories span across three genres – fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry – in the four languages of Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. There are a total of 10 writers who won the top prize; three writers who won the merit prize; and five writers who won the commendation prize. Each top winner receives a cash prize of $10,000.
Among the winners this year, Farihan Bahron is a double winner: He won the top prize for the Poetry in Malay category and a Commendation for Fiction in Malay.
In the poetry category the winners are Tan Chee Lay (Chinese), Samuel Lee (English), Farihan Bahron (Malay), while A K Varadharajan and M Segar were commended in Tami. In creative non-fiction Liu Su and Weng Xian-Wei were co-winners in Chinese, Melissa De Silva (English), Ahmad Bin Md Tahir (Commednation; Malay) and Bala Baskaran (Tamil).