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Epigram Books Fiction Prize raised to $40,000 July 13 2016
Singaporean publisher increases prize money, offers prizes to all shortlisted manuscripts this year
Singapore’s richest literary prize is set to get richer, as local publisher Epigram Books raises the stakes for its annual Epigram Books Fiction Prize to $40,000 this year.
Now running in its second year, the 2016 prize will see three of its finalists receive $5,000 each, while the prize money for the winning manuscript will be increased to $25,000. Last year, only the winning manuscript received a $20,000 cash prize.
“While we’ve never doubted the abundance of Singapore’s fiction writing talent, we felt deeply encouraged by the quality of manuscripts from last year’s submissions,” said Edmund Wee, Publisher and CEO of Epigram Books. “And seeing how well our finalists’ novels are doing, we feel the shortlisted manuscripts should also get something more than the publishing contracts we offer them.”
Speaking at a writers’ forum titled The Great Singaporean Novel: Fantasy or Reality? at The Projector on Wednesday, Mr Wee also noted that two novels from last year’s shortlist, Let’s Give It Up for Gimme Lao! by Sebastian Sim and Death of a Perm Sec by Wong Souk Yee have already gone into their second print run a couple of months after their release in March and April respectively. The two other books from the 2015 prize, Sugarbread by Balli Kaur Jaswal and the winner Now That It’s Over by O Thiam Chin, were released in June.
Epigram Books will release three more titles from last year’s longlist—Annabelle Thong, a chicklit novel by Imran Hashim due in August; Kappa Quartet, a fantasy novel by Daryl Qilin Yam in September; and Altered Straits, a sci-fi tale by Kevin Martens Wong to be published in January 2017.
This year’s judging panel includes Mr Haresh Sharma, resident playwright for The Necessary Stage; Ms Constance Singam, former president of AWARE; Professor Philip Holden from the Department of English Language & Literature in National University of Singapore (NUS); and Mr Wee himself.
The closing date for manuscript submission is Thursday, 1st September 2016. The shortlist will be announced 2 months later, and the winner named in a gala dinner on 24th November 2016.
For manuscript submissions and more information, please visit ebfp.epigrambooks.sg.
TWO NEW JUDGES JOIN EPIGRAM BOOKS FICTION PRIZE 2016 PANEL
First of last year’s shortlisted novels also released
SINGAPORE, 24 March 2016 — The Epigram Books Fiction Prize is pleased to announce the judging panel for this year’s competition, in conjunction with the release of Sebastian Sim’s Let’s Give It Up for Gimme Lao!, one of last year’s finalists.
Returning to judge this year’s prize are Professor Philip Holden from the Department of English Language & Literature in National University of Singapore (NUS), and Publisher & CEO of Epigram Books Edmund Wee. The two new judges are: Haresh Sharma, resident playwright for The Necessary Stage, and Constance Singam, former president of AWARE.
Haresh Sharma was conferred the Southeast Asian Writers (or S.E.A. Write) Award (Singapore) in 2014, and Singapore’s Cultural Medallion in 2015. Constance Singam recently published her memoir, Where I Was: A Memoir From the Margins.
"I am thrilled to be part of the panel of judges along with Philip Holden and Haresh Sharma," says Constance. "It's an exciting time for fiction writing in Singapore, and I'm eager to see who we will be offering the Prize to."
First launched in 2015, the Epigram Books Fiction Prize is Singapore’s richest literary prize, boasting an award of $20,000 and a book publishing contract for the winning entry.
Last year’s winner was short story writer O Thiam Chin, whose book, Now That It’s Over will be published in May. Finalist Sebastian Sim’s Let’s Give It Up for Gimme Lao! is now available at all major bookstores, while Death of a Perm Sec by Wong Souk Yee and Sugarbread by Balli Kaur Jaswal will be released in the coming months.
The Epigram Books Fiction Prize is now open to all Singaporeans citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents, and ex-Singaporeans. Manuscripts must be original, unpublished and uncontracted work, and should have a word count of about 40,000 words or more to be eligible.
The closing date for manuscript submissions is Wednesday, 31st August 2016. The shortlist will be announced 2 months later, and the winner named in a gala dinner in early December.
For more information about the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, please visit http://ebfp.epigrambooks.sg.
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Winner of the Red Dot Book Awards 2013-2014
1st Place, Younger Readers’ Category
Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong by A.J. Low, illustrated by drewscape
The first instalment of popular children’s book series, Sherlock Sam, has bagged first place in the Young Readers’ category of the Red Dot Book Awards 2013-2014.
Hosted by the International School Libraries (ISLN) in Singapore, the Red Dot Book Awards were created to recognise titles enjoyed by students of various ages. Books judged under the Younger Readers’ category are targeted at children aged 7-10 years old. Winning titles are chosen based on readers’ votes.
We are also honoured that Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong is the only local title that has snagged a Red Dot award, across its four categories.
For interviews with the creators, review copies, or further media enquiries, please contact Ilangoh Thanabalan at email@example.com, or at +65 6292 4456.
ABOUT THE SHERLOCK SAM SERIES
Meet Singapore’s greatest kid detective, Sherlock Sam. With his robot sidekick Watson, and a loyal group of friends, Sherlock Sam will stop at nothing to solve the case, no matter how big or small!
Hailed as a “worthy successor to beloved child sleuths like Encyclopedia Brown and Cam Jansen” by renowned author E.C. Myers, Sherlock Sam has enjoyed wild success, selling more than 14,000 copies in its first year of publication. The series is set in areas of interest in Singapore and the region, featuring delicacies, landmarks and other cultural aspects that are uniquely Southeast Asian. Catch up with Sherlock Sam’s latest happenings here.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
The writers behind the pseudonym A. J. Low are the husband-and-wife team, Adan Jimenez and Felicia Low-Jimenez. Born in California, Adan moved to Singapore after graduating from New York University with an English Literature degree. He previously co-wrote a children’s book, Twisted Journeys #22: Hero City. Felicia was born and raised in Singapore. She has a graduate degree in Literary Theory, and the Sherlock Sam series is Felicia’s debut writing effort, after accumulating years of experience buying, selling and marketing books.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
drewscape (Andrew Tan) is a freelance illustrator from Singapore. He illustrates and draws storyboards for advertising agencies as well as for magazines. He enjoys creating comics purely for the fun and challenge of it.
ALSO IN THE SHERLOCK SAM SERIES
Winner of the 2013 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award
Where’s Grandma? By Edmund Lim and Illustrated by Tan Zi Xi
Singapore, 29 May 2013—Epigram Books is very proud to announce that Where’s Grandma? by Edmund Lim and illustrated by Tan Zi Xi has been awarded this year’s Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA).
The award is presented biennially for an outstanding book for children written by a Singaporean or PR. Its aims are to encourage the quality and quantity of books published for children, as well as promoting the publication of books set in a familiar and meaningful background that is relevant to children in Singapore.
Where’s Grandma? is a poignant tale of a boy’s struggles to come to terms with his beloved Grandma’s deteriorating condition due to Alzheimer’s disease. With Tan Zi Xi’s sensitive and understated illustrations, the book evokes powerful emotions in anyone who has dealt with the loss of their loved ones.
Where’s Grandma? was also selected for the 2012 READ Singapore! Campaign organised by the National Library of Singapore.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Edmund Lim is an educator who has taught in the National Institute of Education. Edmund enjoys reading and writing. He hopes that his storybooks will engage readers, young and old. His love for his grandparents and family, along with his desire to educate children, inspired him to write Where’s Grandma?
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Tan Zi Xi studied at Central Saint Martins (London) on a DesignSingapore scholarship and currently works full-time as an independent illustrator. Zi Xi recently held her first solo exhibition at The Art Studio in Singapore. She has been recognized with several awards and commendations, and was a finalist in the London International Creative Competition 2010.
ABOUT MRS HEDWIG ANUAR
Mrs Hedwig Anuar was the first Singaporean Director of the National Library of Singapore, a position she held from 1960 until her retirement in 1988. Though she put in place the foundations of the modern library system in Singapore and made contributions to all aspects of library work, this award recognises her outstanding contribution to children’s librarianship and the promotion of books and reading for children.
“A heartwarming and well illustrated story”,
Ken Spillman, Chief Judge, HABA picture book Awards.
“I am glad and grateful for this award and pleased that our work will touch the lives of children and our society”,
Edmund Lim, 2013 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Picture Book Winner.
“I feel privileged to have worked with Edmund on this project, and I am pleased to know that the illustrations complemented so well the story that Edmund wrote”
Tan Zi Xi, 2013 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Picture Book Winner.
“We took a chance on a very important topic and both the authors and illustrator did a fantastic job”,
Edmund Wee, Publisher of Epigram Books.
“This is a fantastic win-win situation for Singapore literature and for Singaporean picture books”,
Sheralyn Tan, Editor of Picture Books, Epigram Books.
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drewscape's Comic Longlisted for Eisner Award April 17 2013
drewscape’s Comic Longlisted for Eisner Award!
Singapore, 17 April 2013—In 2012, Epigram Books started a bold initiative never before ventured by any Singaporean publisher: a collection of graphic novels by a group of Singapore-based creators—from seasoned comics veterans to fresh, emerging talents—challenging readers (Singaporean or otherwise) to see themselves and Singapore with humour, wonder and curiosity. Now, a short story featured in Monsters, Miracles and Mayonnaise by drewscape, published by Epigram Books, has been longlisted for this year’s Eisner Award for Best Short Story!
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of comics, turn 25 in 2013. The most prestigious of the industry’s awards, the Eisners are given out at a gala ceremony on the Friday night of Comic-Con International: San Diego. The Awards encompass more than two-dozen categories covering both works and creators. Nominees are chosen by a blue-ribbon committee of judges, and the winners are chosen by professionals in the comics industry. Started in 1988, the awards are named for Will Eisner, the legendary creator of “The Spirit” and giant of the graphic novel.
First commissioned for the Singapore Memory Project, the longlisted short story “Moving Forward” is a bittersweet comic about growing up, moving on and learning to drive. The short story was then collected in the graphic novel Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise, released in November 2012. A delightful collection of short comic stories, it features the uncanny (monsters), miraculous (miracles) and absolutely mundane (mayonnaise). This book surprises even the most cynical reader with a mix of fantasy and childhood memoir. With just the right amount of nostalgia, drewscape daringly straddles and opens readers to the world from within his quirky imagination.
Eisner-longlisted and Young Artist Award-winner Sonny Liew will also be published by Epigram Books with The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye in 2015. The Singapore-based publisher Epigram Books is on the watch for other comics talents and is keen to receive manuscript submissions for graphic novels and comics.
For interviews or review copies, please contact:
Michelle Chua | Marketing & Editorial Assistant, Epigram Books
Lundberg and Yee's A New Home for Bo Bo and Cha Cha finds the titular pair of Chinese mountain pandas arriving at Singapore’s strange and wonderful Mandai Zoo. Bo Bo is excited, but Cha Cha is not, until a caring sloth shows her what being home really means.
Lundberg, also an editor at Epigram Books, is “incredibly surprised and delighted” at the nomination. He’ll next be at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) from 25 to 30 May with A New Home For Bo Bo and Cha Cha. The expected publication date of the second book in the “Bo Bo and Cha Cha” series, Bo Bo and Cha Cha’s Big Day Out is May 2013, and it will launch at AFCC.
NOTBOOKS: New Titles, New Price, New Promotions! November 30 2012
Long-time readers of the Epigram Books blog may recall reading posts about our NOTBOOKS series before. With the holiday season upon us, we’re excited to reveal four new titles, a new price and exclusive promotions!
NOTBOOKS now come in 20 different designs, each featuring a witty catchphrase and unique, eye-catching colours. Each NOTBOOK contains 128 flexibound and thread-sewn blank pages of quality paper for your scribbles and sketches. The matte hardcover and handy A6 size make them the perfect accessory for the creative, stylish individual who’s always on the go!
We’re also proud to share that design firm Epigram recently clinched the Bronze award in the Print category at the Singapore Design Awards 2012 for their work on NOTBOOKS!
NOTBOOKS are sure to be a great gift for those keen to make a statement with their stationery. Each NOTBOOK now costs just S$9.90 before GST (previously S$11.90 before GST). Order through our website and take advantage of our exclusive promotions now.
- Buy 5 NOTBOOKS, get 1 free
- Buy 8 NOTBOOKS, get 2 free
- Buy 12 NOTBOOKS, get 4 free
- Buy 14 NOTBOOKS, get 6 free
Best of all, you get to select your free NOTBOOKS!
NOTBOOKS are also sold at selected retailers including: Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisation Museum, The Shop at The Arts House, Santrios, Totally Hot Stuff, Isetan (Shaw House),Bookaburra, NBC (selected outlets), Woods In the Books, Cat Socrates, Strangelets, De Walk in Wardrobe, Mono Yono (Plaza Singapura), This & That, Kiitos, Kalms (selected outlets) and A Curious Teepee.
Also stay tuned for announcements on holiday fairs where we will be selling NOTBOOKS!
‘The End of Char Kway Teow’ Wins World Cookbooks Award December 28 2011
It all began when one of our then-pregnant editors couldn’t stop drooling at her computer. What was she looking at? Dr. Leslie Tay’s amazing food blog of course! And that was the genesis of us working with the friendly Dr. Tay to put together The End of Char Kway Teow and other Hawker Mysteries.
And now, Dr. Tay’s book is racking up the awards and there’s no stopping it! Just a few weeks after this guide to hawker food in Singapore bagged the third prize in the Popular Readers’ Choice Awards 2011, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that Gourmand International (of the Paris Cookbook Fair fame) has awarded The End of Char Kway Teow and other Hawker Mysteries the award for “Best Food Literature” in Singapore. The book has also been selected by Gourmand International to represent Singapore in the international Gourmand World Cookbook Award competition! Congratulations once again to Dr. Tay!
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Epigram Books: The People's Choice November 29 2011
The inaugural Popular Readers’ Choice Awards recognise Singapore’s favourite books as measured by sales and readers’ votes. We’re very pleased to note that of the 20 English books nominated, no fewer than 4 were published by Epigram Books! Not a bad showing for a young publisher! The nominees were: The End of Char Kway Teow, Archibald And the Blue Blood Conspiracy, Whoopie Lee and The Diary of Amos Lee 3.
We’re also excited to announce that The End of Char Kway Teow and The Diary of Amos Lee 3 each took third place in the Adult and Children categories, respectively. Congratulations to authors Dr Leslie Tay and Adeline Foo!
Give the Gift of ‘Char Kway Teow’ November 14 2011
This Christmas, clue in your friends and family to the best hawker food in Singapore—give them their own copy of The End of Char Kway Teow signed by the author Dr Leslie Tay! Order by December 8 and enjoy 10% off and free shipping.
Only 100 signed copies were available at the start of this offer, and now, three days later, we’re down to 80. Clearly, Singaporeans have good taste in books as well as food. Place your order now to avoid disappointment!
UPDATE (29/11): The End of Char Kway Teow just took third place in the inaugural Popular Readers’ Choice Awards! And we now have less than 40 signed copies of this award-winning book.
‘Archibald’ Wins a Moonbeam Award October 19 2011
When we first read SherMay Loh’s manuscript for Archibald and the Blue Blood Conspiracy, we couldn’t put it down. We knew immediately that it was something special. And now, it looks like prize committee of the Moonbeam Awards are the latest folks to agree with us.
SherMay is the first author in Southeast Asia to bag an award at the international Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Young Adult fiction. And she is only the second in SE Asia ever to be “anointed” with a Moonbeam! (The first person was Emily Lim, also from Singapore, for a children’s picture book.)
And just how did she beat a thousand other entries, from all over the world (but mostly from America) to bag the Bronze Award for YA fiction? You’ll just have to read her book to find out. Though there is no prize money, SherMay will receive a medal, a certificate, endless publicity and some serious author “street cred”: PRICELESS! Congrats SherMay! We look forward to your next book, Archibald and the Black Knight’s Ring, out in 2012.