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First-time author wins with “Medusa” story

SINGAPORE, 24 NOVEMBER 2016— Epigram Books is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Epigram Books Fiction Prize—research associate Nuraliah Norasid.

The first-time author was unveiled by the publisher and CEO of Epigram Books, Edmund Wee this evening at an Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner held at Pan Pacific Hotel. The $25,000 first prize is Singapore’s richest literary award and comes with a publishing contract.

Her manuscript, The Gatekeeper, tells the story of a ten-year-old gorgon girl named Ria, who petrifies an entire village of innocents with her gaze. Together with her sister, she flees the jungle of Manticura to the underground city of Nelroote, where society’s marginalised members live. Years later, the subterranean habitat is threatened when Ria, now the gatekeeper, befriends a man from the outside.

The three other finalists, author O Thiam Chin (Fox Fire Girl), architect Tham Cheng-E (Surrogate Protocol)  and author/translator Jeremy Tiang (State of Emergency) will each receive $5,000 for their submissions.

All four manuscripts will be published by Epigram Books next year. Wee said, “These stories will power the imagination for generations to come, and we hope the authors never stop telling them.”

This year’s competition drew 52 entries. The judges were Prof Philip Holden, Department of English Language and Literature in the National University of Singapore, Constance Singam,  civil society activist and former president of the women’s rights group AWARE, Haresh Sharma, resident playwright, The Necessary Stage and Wee.

At the gala dinner, Wee also announced that Epigram Books had started publishing in London “so that we can bring the wealth of Singaporean literature to the world.” The first UK title is expected in May 2017.

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Announcing the 2016 Shortlist

EBFP Shortlist

SINGAPORE, 10 NOVEMBER 2016— Epigram Books is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. The finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Nuraliah Norasid’s submission The Gatekeeper is a fantasy novel about Ria who petrified an entire village when she was ten. She flees with her gorgon sister to an underground city where she becomes its guardian. Years later, the refuge is threatened when she befriends a man from the outside.

Nuraliah is a research associate in an organisation that examines socio-religious issues in Singapore. She has a doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing from Nanyang Technological University. Her writing has appeared in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore.

O Thiam Chin’s entry Fox Fire Girl is the spell-binding tale of a spirited girl from Ipoh who resorts to spinning yarns to both her lovers to hide the truth about herself—before disappearing.

Thiam Chin won last year’s prize with his first novel Now That It’s Over. He has also published five short story collections, including Love, Or Something Like Love which was shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for English Fiction. He was an honorary fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program in 2010 and an NAC Young Artist winner in 2012.

Tham Cheng-E’s manuscript is a piece of speculative fiction set in an alternate Singapore where hidden among the citizens are “immortals” pursued by a mysterious organisation bent on killing them after having given them such long lives in the first place; Surrogate Protocol is the story of the hunt for one of these Chronomorphs.

Tham is an architect with a statutory board. He writes about the special needs community for the online magazine Special Seeds, and maintains a family blog on parenting and Down syndrome.

Jeremy Tiang’s entry, State of Emergency, spans the guerilla war years of the Malayan Emergency in the late 1940s through the 1965 MacDonald House bombing and the 1987 Marxist Conspiracy to the present day as an extended family comes to terms with its leftist leaning members.

Jeremy is the author of the short story collection It Never Rains on National Day, a finalist in the English Fiction category of this year’s Singapore Literature Prize. He has also translated many books from Chinese, including novels by You Jin and Yeng Pway Ngon.

“All the shortlisted manuscripts are impressive in their ambition and scope. The stories will be familiar to the Singaporean reader in terms of time and place, history and language. Yet, each work has stunning surprises and poignant revelations, demonstrating the writers’ mastery over their narrative and storytelling,” says Haresh Sharma, resident playwright at The Necessary Stage, and one of the judges for this year’s prize.

The other judges are Professor Philip Holden from the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore, Constance Singam, author, activist and former president of the women’s rights group AWARE, and Edmund Wee, publisher and CEO of Epigram Books.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony and gala dinner on 24 November 2016 at the Pan Pacific Singapore.

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Winston Tay
Marketing Manager | Epigram Books
Tel: (+65) 6292 4456
Email: winston@epigrambooks.sg
Andy Lim
Marketing Executive | Epigram Books
Tel: (+65) 6292 4456
Email: andy.lim@epigrambooks.sg
November 10, 2016 by Boon Test full access view

Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2016 Submission Closed

Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2016 manuscript submission closed with 52 submissions on 8 September 2016, attracting 50 participants this year, with 52% men and 48% women participants. The average participating age is 38 years old, with youngest at 15 years old, and oldest at 74 years old. 

Stats at a glance:

EBFP 2016 Submission Stats

The shortlist for Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2016 will be announced at the end of October, with the winner named in the award ceremony on the 24th November 2016 at Pan Pacific Singapore.

For more information about the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, please visit http://ebfp.epigrambooks.sg.

September 13, 2016 by Boon Test full access view

Epigram Books Fiction Prize raised to $40,000

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

Two new judges join Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2016 panel

 

Epigram Books Fiction Prize

 

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.

For media enquiries, please contact us at enquiry@epigrambooks.sg or call +65-6292-4456.

 

Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2016