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Established in 2015, the Epigram Books Fiction Prize (EBFP) was initiated to promote contemporary Singapore creative writing and reward excellence in Singapore literature. Since 2020, the EBFP has been open to writers from Southeast Asia.

Writers must be citizens and permanent residents of Southeast Asia. Each submission must be a full-length, original and unpublished manuscript of at least 40,000 words, written in the English language. Translated works are also allowed, however, terms and conditions apply.


 
Open call for submissions for the 2021 Prize

The call for submissions for the 2021 Epigram Books Fiction Prize is now open!
Four writers will be shortlisted and a winner will be announced at a gala dinner and award ceremony. 
The winner will receive S$25,000 and a publishing contract.
Three other shortlisted finalists will each receive S$5,000 and a publishing contract.

The closing date for entries is 1 August 2020. 


Submit your manuscript 



Meet the winner of the 2020
Epigram Books Fiction Prize
Joshua Kam

Malaysian writer Joshua Kam won the 2020 EBFP with his manuscript, How the Man in Green Saved Pahang, and Possibly the World. It tells the story of Gabriel and Lydia, and how their paths converge as they go on a cross-country race against time—meeting historical and mystical figures from folklore along the way—to try and prevent the end of the world as they know it. 


Finalists for the 2020 Prize

Three other finalists were awarded SGD5,000 and a publishing contract. They are (from left, seen here with Joshua Kam, far right) Sunisa Manning (who wrote A Good True Thai), Erni Salleh (The Java Enigma) and Kathrina Mohd Daud (The Fisherman King)Their books will be published in the second half of 2020. 


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Support your local authors!

We know you 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, which will be delivered to you as soon as each title is released. 

 

This gives you the four (4) books from the 2021 Epigram Books Fiction Prize—the winning novel and the three shortlisted novels, all personalised by the their authors. 

This contains the eight (8) books from the 2021 Epigram Books Fiction Prize—the winning novel and the three shortlisted novels, all personalised by the their authors; as well as four other handpicked titles from the EBFP series.


Shop books from the Epigram Books Fiction Prize collection