Singapore Literature Prize 2012 Winners

Last week, we organised the Singapore Literature Prize 2012 award ceremony! Thank you to all who attended the event and congratulations to the winners!


English Category:

The Mental Life of Cities (Poetry) by Eddie Tay


Chinese Category:

Hua Shi (Novel) by Yeng Pway Ngon


Tamil Category:

Kavithai Kuzhanthaikal (Poetry) by Ramanathan Vairavan


For the Malay category, 1 merit and 3 commendation prizes were given out.

Malay Category: Merit

Jago Yang Terlupa Dilupakan (Short Stories) by Ahmad Jaaffar Bin Munasip



Malay Category: Commendation

Kerana Setitik Madu (Short Stories) by Peter Augustine Goh Mey Teck

Secangkir Ceritera (Short Stories) by Rohman Munasip

Dongeng Utopia: Kisah Cek Yah (Novel) by Yazid Hussein


View the newsletter for more information on the winners!




Editors Boot Camp

Editors Boot Camp for Fiction and Children’s Literature Editors

Date: 5-7 November 2012

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: Living room, The Arts House

Price per pax: $200 (lunch and tea breaks provided daily)


Enquiries: Ms Premadevi,, Tel: 6848 8297


A three-day master class for editors of fiction and children’s literature offering in-depth training and exposure to the entire value chain. Learn about acquisitions, writing incisive editorial letters, developing a critical eye, contracts, marketing and distribution. Through hands-on activities in joint sessions and break-out sessions, the camp will hone your skills in developmental editing, proof-reading and crafting eye-catching blurbs. Singaporean participants in the camp will also have an opportunity to be selected to continue on a year-long virtual mentorship with an international editor or an overseas attachment in an international publishing house.

About the Trainers

Children’s Literature Editor

Cheryl Klein is the Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. She received her B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota in 2000. Books she has edited include Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork, winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Medal; A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the ALA’s inaugural William C. Morris Award for a Young Adult Debut novel; Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy, winner of the Christopher Award, and an Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids selection on “The Today Show”; and The Snow Day by Komako Sakai, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Cheryl published a collection of her speeches on writing, Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, in March 2011.  She also served as the continuity editor on the last two Harry Potter books. Please visit her editorial website at

Fiction Editor

Francesca Main graduated from the University of Warwick in 2002 and began her publishing career with an internship at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency before joining Penguin Books UK.  There, she worked in the editorial department at the Hamish Hamilton imprint, which publishes such writers as Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Alain de Botton and Paul Theroux.  She became a Commissioning Editor for Simon & Schuster UK in 2007, where she acquired, edited and published literary and commercial fiction, including novels by Monique Roffey, Edward Hogan, Mark Watson, Neil Cross and Penny Hancock.

Francesca joined Picador as Editorial Director in 2011, on the eve of the imprint’s 40th anniversary.  She publishes literary fiction with a broad appeal, and is particularly focused on acquiring new writers for the list.  As a result, she is working with a number of debut novelists whose first books will hit the shelves in 2013.

In February 2011, Francesca was selected by the British Council to participate in a UK editors’ tour of China, meeting writers, publishers and translators in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.  She has also been guest editor for the Geneva Writers’ Group, and a guest speaker for the Arvon Foundation, Faber Academy and a number of British universities including UEA, Warwick and Oxford.

Crown of Earth’s Desire

We are familiar with the fantasy epics of Lord of The Rings, His Dark Materials and The Chronicles of Narnia. These tales speak of parallel universes, alternate worlds and fantasy lands. Joining the list of fantasy series, Crown of Earth’s Desire, the first of The Forbidden Hill Chronicles, brings you through an adventure filled with myths and legends of two worlds.

This August, author Terry Ho introduces his novel, Crown of Earth’s Desire, the first book in an epic fantasy series inspired by local legends and myths. Join Terry, urban fantasy writer Joyce Chng and facilitator Anu Kumar as they discuss the themes and influences behind The Forbidden Hill Chronicles, as well as the emerging field of Singaporean speculative fiction.


Book Synopsis

An American student and his Singaporean friends are swept into an enchanted world of spice harbours and tropical rainforests, where they are caught up in a desperate quest to save the kingdom of Turasik. To succeed, they have to confront the mystery of the Forbidden Hill, a seat of enormous power once ruled by the enigmatic god-king, the Raja Shulan. All is not as it seems, as the Spirit of the Raja is invoked in ancient rites on the Forbidden Hill – for what is at stake is not just the Kingdom of Turasik, but the fate of the universe itself.


Singapore Book Club: Crown of Earth’s Desire

Date: 7 August 2012, Tuesday

Time: 7pm

Venue: Earshot, The Arts House

Admission is free. To register, click here.

Download brochure.


About the Author

Terry Ho is the author of several books, including a humorous autobiography, as well as a self-help title which was a Straits Times bestseller in 2002. An avid reader of Fantasy fiction, Terry was inspired to create his own Fantasy series with a distinct Southeast Asian flavour. In 2008, he began writing The Forbidden Hill Chronicles, a tale set in an alternate universe based on a re-imagining of Singapore’s ancient past.

Guest Speaker

Joyce Chng writes science fiction and Young Adult. She has published in several international and overseas SFF magazines such as Crossed Genres, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Semaphore Magazine and MBRANE-SF. At the same time, her stories have appeared in anthologies such as The Apex Book of World SF II. Her urban fantasy novels are written under a pen name (J. Damask) and contracted under Lyrical Press.  Her writer’s blog is found at


Anu Kumar has written for older and younger readers alike.  She was awarded twice by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association for her stories. Her books for children include a series on a time-travelling detective who solves mysteries in his flying machine, as well as a series on Indian mythology.  Her next book for older readers, due in September, is titled It takes a murder.



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