Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) 2010: Shortlist

The National Book Development Council of Singapore is pleased to announce the shortlisted works for the Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) 2010.

 The shortlisted titles are not listed in order of merit:

 English category

 1. The Proper Care of Foxes (Short Stories) by Wena Poon

 2. City of Small Blessings (Novel) by Simon Tay

 3. Means to an End (Poetry) by Toh Hsien Min

Chinese category

1. 爱城故事 (Short Stories) by Wang Wenxian (王文献)

2. 半存在 (Poetry) by Wu Yeow Chong (Gabriel Wu,吴耀宗)

3. 黄孟文微型小说自选集 (Short Stories) by Wong Meng Voon (黄孟文)

4. M40 (Novel) by Chia Joo Ming (谢裕民)

5. 爱的礼物 (Short Stories) by Ng Wai Choy (吴韦材)

Malay category

1. Sampai di Singgahsana Cinta (Poetry) by Johar Buang

2. Dalam Kehangatan Dakapan Senja (Novel) by Abdul Manaf Abdul Kadir (Manaf Hamzah)

3. Kelarai (Short Stories) by Noor Hasnah Adam

4. Satu Macam Penyakit (Short Stories) by Yazid Hussein

5. Di Perhentian Ini…Hijrahkanlah Diri (Poetry) by Azni Ismail (Jaka Budi)

Tamil category

1. Migration (Short Stories) by Sankar Jayanthi

2. Ayapulam (Novel) by Masilamani Anbalagan

3. Naanum Naanum (Poetry) by Marimuthu Arumugam Elango (Pichinikkadu Elango)       

4. Sangamam (Poetry) by Murugathasan

This prestigious writing award carries a cash prize of SGD 10,000 for the winner and is given to one outstanding published work in each of the four languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

This biennial competition is open to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents and is awarded for published works of fiction (novels and short stories) and poetry published between January 2008 and December 2009.

A total of 59 titles were submitted for the four languages: 23 English titles, 15 Chinese titles, 11 Malay titles and 10 Tamil titles.

The winners will be announced in an award ceremony in December 2010. Winners of the SLP will be awarded a cash prize of SGD 10,000. In the event that there is no winner for the Singapore Literature Prize, the judges may give Merit Prizes of SGD 5,000 each or Commendation Prizes of SGD 1,000 each instead. 

For enquiries, please contact:

Mr. Ramachandran

Executive Director

National Book Development Council of Singapore

T: 6848 8290 DID: 6848 8291, HP 9459 7154

E: rama@bookcouncil.sg

About the Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) 2010.

The SLP 2010 is organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) with the support of the National Arts Council, the National Library Board and The Arts House. The SLP aims to achieve two objectives: 

  • To promote the Singapore literary talent through due recognition to outstanding published works by Singapore authors in any of the four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
  • To stimulate public interest and support for creative writing in Singapore

About the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS).

National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) is a non-profit umbrella body inaugurated in 1969 to promote literary arts and publishing through a variety of interesting and innovative programmes. Its current objective is to establish and develop Singapore as the Asian centre for publishing and the literary arts.

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Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), 26 – 28 May 2011

Theme: Connecting With Connected Kids

Once upon a cyberspace, children explored the world through libraries, bedtime tales and story books. Books are still around, but they are looking different. As technology puts media access into children’s pockets and bedrooms, how do content makers stay connected with connected kids?

Get the answers at The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore from 26 – 28 May 2011. Organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore and The Arts House, this festival is back – bigger, better and bolder.

Join experts from around the world at Asia’s gateway to the international children’s content market. Celebrate, contemplate and collaborate on exciting new ways to engage, educate and empower the world’s children on a global stage through uniquely Asian content.

Programme outline:

  • Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference (ACWIC), 26 & 27 May 2011
  • Asian Children’s Publishers Symposium, 27 May 2011
  • Asian Children’s Media Summit, 28 May 2011
  • Asian Primary and Preschool Teachers Congress, 27 May 2011
  • Media Mart, 26 – 28 May 2011
  • Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG), 26 – 28 May 2011

For more information, visit us at www.afcc.com.sg or drop us an email at afcc@bookcouncil.sg.

Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2011: Call for Papers

We invite writers, illustrators, preschool & primary school teachers, publishers, libraries, literary agents, distributors & retailers, translators, technology solution providers and other media professionals to take part in this festival.

  • Deadline: 30 November 2010
  • Geographical coverage: Worldwide
  • Content: on Asia for children
  • Reading Fee: n/a
  • Accepts (genre): papers
  • Prize/Payment: n/a
  • Contact: regina@bookcouncil.sg

The festival aims to:

i) Provide the World’s children with quality Asian content for education and entertainment.

ii) Foster excellence in the creation, production and publication of children’s materials with Asian content in all formats and to facilitate their distribution and access, first in Asia and then to children worldwide.

Type of Sessions possible:

a) Workshops (60 mins or 180 mins)

The purpose of a workshop is to provide the opportunity for participants to learn by doing and reflection.

b) Roundtable Discussions

The purpose of a Roundtable discussion is to maximise dialogue around a particular idea or project.

c) Paper Session (typically 3 papers will be grouped together)

The purpose of a Paper Session is to provide presenters with an opportunity to present the main ideas and conclusions of their work, whether these are theoretical, programmatic or the results for a study of any kind.

d) Interactive Dialogue

The purpose of an Interactive Dialogue is address a specific topic or problem in a format meant to stimulate focused dialogue.

If you wish to propose a presentation for this festival, kindly send a proposal to regina@bookcouncil.sg. Please submit a two-page proposal in writing by 30 November 2010.

Singapore Book Club: Hidayah Amin – “Gedung Kuning”

In September, join author Hidayah Amin as she discusses “Gedung Kuning”.

Gedung Kuning or the Yellow Mansion was home to the family of Haji Yusoff ‘Tali Pinggang’ from 1912 to 1999. It was acquired by the Singapore government in August 1999 under the Land Acquisition Act. What used to house six families is now preserved as a historic building under the Malay Heritage Centre.

Hidayah Amin, one of Haji Yusoff’s great-granddaughters, revisits her childhood home and takes readers beyond the gate guarded by stone eagles, through rooms with big mirrors and marble floors, and shares interesting anecdotes growing up in Gedung Kuning. Through 28 short stories, readers get a historical narrative detailing the lives of people living in Gedung Kuning and the Malays of Singapore from 1850s to 1999.

Guest: Hidayah Amin, fondly known to family members as Cik Idah, was born and grew up in Gedung Kuning. She is the creator of www.gedungkuning.com, an informational website which introduces some socio-economic aspects of the Malays in Asia through her own family’s history.

Speaker: Dr. John Miksic is an Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies Programme in NUS. His teaching interests include Art and History of Pre-modern S.E. Asia, Classical civilizations of S.E. Asia and Archaeology of S.E. Asia.  He acts as an advisor for the Fort Canning History Centre Project, conducts archaeological excavations and supervises constructions of designs for displays for Fort Canning Hill. 

Facilitator: Kevin YL Tan is President of the Singapore Heritage Society. A legal academic for most of his working life, he now divides his time between teaching law and consulting on history, heritage and publishing. He is also the author and editor over two dozen books on law, history and politics.

Date: 3 September 2010, Friday

Time: 8 p.m.

Venue: Living Room @ The Arts House (1 Old Parliament Lane)

ADMISSION IS FREE!

For more information or to register, email info@bookcouncil.sg with your contact details.

Course: Digital Marketing and e-Commerce in Publishing

Online and digital media represents a completely new way of establishing relationships with a marketplace, and requires new approaches to sales and marketing.  This workshop presents an overview of some the key principles in development a new approach to marketing for a digital customer-base.

  • The Old Marketing Model
  • A New Marketing Framework
  • Developing Digital Relationships with Customers
  • New Pricing Models
  • E-Commerce Channels
  • Partners: Friend or Foe?
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Themes for Success

Who Should Attend:

Anyone with a Sales & Marketing position in publishing and those interested in widening their marketing plans and learning the e-marketing best practices.

Workshop Leader

Andrew Brenneman is the President of Finitiv and a regular columnist for Book Business Magazine.

He has been leading digital media initiatives for over 25 years, within publishing organisations, digital agencies and Internet service companies and has been awarded Patents for digital media innovation.

He is the creator of NETg’s Skill Builder digital learning platform, led the strategy and development for Thomson Learning’s WebTutor e-learning platform, and led product design and execution for Freemark Mail – the first advertiser-supported email service.  Andrew founded the Digital Media Group of the University of Chicago Press Books Division, where he initiated digital distribution programs for the Books Division and the creation of The Chicago Manual of Style Online. 

Date: 22 Oct 2010, Friday

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Venue: Imagination Room, L5, National Library, 100 Victoria Street

For more information or to register, visit us at www.bookcouncil.sg. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before registering.

Enquiries
Email:
clap@bookcouncil.sg
Tel: (65) 6848 8290

Course: Digital Product Development in Publishing

The advent of digital media brings both opportunities and challenges in product development.  This workshop, intended for publishing professionals in the areas of production, design, and editorial development, provides an overview of concepts and challenges involved in digital product development.

Course Content

  • Digital Product Development Defined
  • Digital Opportunities: New Product Offerings
  • Digital Workflow
  • Digital Assets
  • Digital Asset Management
  • XML Overview
  • Digital Design
  • Developing for Mobile Devices
  • New Skill-Sets in the Publishing Organization
  • Digital Delivery Partners
  • Best Practices

Who Should Attend:

Editorial and Publishing Managers, Commissioning Editors, Senior Editors, and those involved in design and production.

Workshop Leader

Andrew Brenneman is the President of Finitiv and a regular columnist for Book Business Magazine.

He has been leading digital media initiatives for over 25 years, within publishing organisations, digital agencies and Internet service companies and has been awarded Patents for digital media innovation.

He is the creator of NETg’s Skill Builder digital learning platform, led the strategy and development for Thomson Learning’s WebTutor e-learning platform, and led product design and execution for Freemark Mail – the first advertiser-supported email service.  Andrew founded the Digital Media Group of the University of Chicago Press Books Division, where he initiated digital distribution programs for the Books Division and the creation of The Chicago Manual of Style Online. 

Date: 20 Oct 2010, Wednesday

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Venue: Imagination Room, L5, National Library, 100 Victoria Street

For more information or to register, visit us at www.bookcouncil.sg. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before registering.

Enquiries
Email: clap@bookcouncil.sg
Tel: (65) 6848 8290

Course: Developing a Digital Strategy in Publishing

This session is directed toward publishers and other senior managers with profit and loss responsibilities for publishing or other content organisations.  Publishers understand the need for the development of transformative digital strategies to respond to the changing dynamics of the digital marketplace.  This workshop provides a foundation for developing a digital strategy. 

  • On Digital Transformation
  • Three Pillars of Digital Transformation
  • The Digital Opportunities Portfolio
  • The Digital Product Roadmap
  • Technology Platform Evolution
  • Organizational Development
  • Ten Tools to Drive Digital Change

Who Should Attend:

Senior Management, Publishers, Heads of Departments, Senior Editors and Independent Publishers

Workshop Leader

Andrew Brenneman is the President of Finitiv and a regular columnist for Book Business Magazine.

He has been leading digital media initiatives for over 25 years, within publishing organisations, digital agencies and Internet service companies and has been awarded Patents for digital media innovation.

He is the creator of NETg’s Skill Builder digital learning platform, led the strategy and development for Thomson Learning’s WebTutor e-learning platform, and led product design and execution for Freemark Mail – the first advertiser-supported email service.  Andrew founded the Digital Media Group of The University of Chicago Press Books Division, where he initiated digital distribution programs for the Books Division and the creation of The Chicago Manual of Style Online. 

Date: 18 Oct 2010, Monday

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Venue: Imagination Room, L5, National Library, 100 Victoria Street

For more information or to register, visit us at www.bookcouncil.sg. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before registering.

Enquiries
Email: clap@bookcouncil.sg
Tel: (65) 6848 8290