The live sgp prize is a national award given to outstanding published works of fiction or non-fiction by Singaporean authors in Chinese, English or Malay. It is one of the awards that are given out by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. The winner is chosen by a panel of judges and the criteria that the judges will use to choose a winner in a particular three year cycle are announced together with the closing nomination date at least a year in advance of the prize being awarded. The book must be about Singapore and should have an impact on the public’s understanding of Singapore and its history.
The NUS Singapore History Prize is a prestigious book award administered by the Department of History at NUS. The prize is open to any work written in, or translated into, English by creators of any nationality and deals with Singapore’s history. The Prize is funded by an anonymous endowment.
To ensure fairness, a Selection Committee and an independent expert will select the winning book in a three year cycle. The Selection Committee will be comprised of representatives from the NUS community, including academics and scholars from outside the university.
In the past, the prize has been awarded to works that have contributed to a better understanding of Singapore’s past, such as the study of its cultural heritage and its relationship with other countries in Asia. It has also been used to promote the work of Singapore writers and authors.
This year’s ceremony is scheduled to be held in November. It will be part of the inaugural Earthshot Week, during which global leaders, businesses and investors will convene in Singapore with the prize winners and finalists to explore ventures that bring about “tangible action” to heal our planet. The event will also feature performances by world-renowned musicians and artists.
During a test excavation at Fort Canning in 1984, a layer of undisturbed soil and pottery revealed that an ancient community existed in Singapore more than 700 years ago — long before Sir Stamford Raffles set foot on the island in 1819. Archaeologist John Miksic’s research later unearthed glass shards, bronze bowls and coins, which helped him confirm that Singapore was a vibrant trading port in the 1300s. His discoveries, published in his 491-page tome on the discovery, have earned him this year’s Singapore Prize for History.
The award is a recognition of the contribution to Singapore’s literary culture by Singaporeans, and aims to promote the development of literary arts in the country. Nominations are accepted from members of the public and can be submitted in any of the four official languages: Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. The winner will receive a monetary prize of S$10,000. In addition, a special publication of the winner’s work will be published by NUS Press. The winning work will also be featured on the programme’s website. The deadline for nominations is 15 October 2021.