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Established in 2015, the Epigram Books Fiction Prize (EBFP) was initiated to promote contemporary Singapore creative writing and rewards excellence in Singapore literature From 2020 onwards, however, the EBFP is open to writers from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

The winner will receive SGD25,000 and a publishing contract. Three other shortlisted finalists will receive SGD5,000 and a publishing contract. Writers may start sending in their manuscripts for the 2020 edition.

It is open to writers who are citizens and permanent residents of the ASEAN countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. Each submission must be a full-length, original and unpublished novel-length manuscript written in the English language. Translated works are also applicable, however, terms and conditions apply.

Submissions for the 2020 Prize has closed. The youngest participant is 13 years old while the oldest participant is 73. View infographic.

View the Rules and Regulations

Download the Entry form 

Shortlisted Writers for the 2020 Prize

We are happy to announce the finalists for the next edition
of the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, which will be awarded in 2020. 
They are (in alphabetical order):

Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2020 Judges

Minh Bui Jones
Founding editor of
Mekong Review

Balli Kaur Jaswal
Award-winning Author

Prof. Rajeev S Patke
Director, Division of Humanities Yale-NUS College

Tan Pin Pin

Edmund Wee
Publisher & CEO of
Epigram Books

Preorder the 8-book Bundle

We would like you to share our passion for good writing and the belief that literature at its best can transform lives. We’re now making our upcoming Epigram Books Fiction Prize novels available for pre-purchase, to be delivered to you as soon as each title is released in 2020. 

Pre-order the eight (8) novels — from the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2020. You will receive the winning novel, the three shortlisted novels, and handpicked titles from the EBFP series.

Shop books from the Epigram Books Fiction Prize collection