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The Epigram Books Fiction Prize is growing to be Singapore’s most coveted book prize, with a prize pot of $40,000 to support four novelists in bringing their writing to the masses. We created the Prize in 2015 to nurture Singaporean authors, with the confidence that they may earn that honour for themselves, and for Singaporean Literature.

Eight writers have been longlisted for the 2018 Epigram Books Fiction Prize (EBFP).  They are, in alphabetical order:

Hajar Ali, 39. Hajar is the founder of travel planning company Urbane Nomads, and was the first women to cross the Empty Quarter in 2012, and the first Singaporean to represent the country at the World Horseback Archery Competition in 2016. She has a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University.

Pranav S Joshi, 53. Apart from his day job as a civil servant, Pranav is a poet and received an Honorary Mention in the 2015 Golden Point Award in English Poetry. He has also published short stories and a literary, multicultural novel called Behind a Cultural Cage.

Lu Huiyi, 28. Huiyi was a school teacher for four years, and an amateur playwright. She graduated in English Literature from the National University of Singapore, and is currently pursuing a post-graduate course in SMU.

Marcus Ong, 26. Marcus graduated with a degree in  Communications from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He currently works as a private tutor.

May Seah, 33. May is a senior digital lifestyle journalist with Channel NewsAsia.  She graduated with Honours in English Literature from the National University of Singapore.

Anittha Thanabalan, 29. Anittha is now a freelance writer and an English Literature tutor for A-Level and O-Level students.

Wuji, 28. Wuji graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic with a diploma in Accountancy and Finance. He has been a  full-time writer for the past six years. 

Yeoh Jo-Ann, 36. Jo-Ann was a features editor at SPH Magazines. She has contributed short stories to literary anthologies such as In Transit, We Are Family (both by Math Paper Press) and The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singapore Short Stories: Vol 3. She is currently a client operations director with a digital marketing agency.

"The longlist includes first-timers and repeat entries, reflecting, respectively, the competition's appeal and our writers' pluck," said Edmund Wee, publisher and CEO of Epigram Books, and one of the judges on this year’s panel.

The other judges are award-winning author Suchen Christine Lim; Professor Rajeev Patke, director of the Division of Humanities at Yale-NUS College; and Linda Locke, author and CEO of Godmother Consulting.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony and gala dinner on November 22, 2018. He or she will receive $25,000, and the three finalists, $5,000 each. All four manuscripts will also be published. 

September 26, 2018 by Accounts Team EB