The Singapore Prize, The Earthshot, The Readers’ Favorite and The NUS Book Award

The Singapore Prize is a series of awards that celebrates authors, writers, translators and literary works in the English language. The prizes are administered by the National Book Council of Singapore. The winners of the Singapore Prize are chosen by a jury that includes judges from the worlds of literature, publishing and journalism. The prize also has a Readers’ Favorite exercise, in which readers can vote for their favorite shortlisted book online. The winner of this is a $1,000 book voucher from the NBS.

The inaugural NUS Singapore History Prize was awarded in 2014. Its goal is to encourage engagement with the complexities and nuances of Singapore’s history, thereby deepening the understanding of its people, society and place in the world. The Department of History at NUS administers the prize, which aims to cast a broad net for consideration of works that deal with Singapore’s history and its wider Asian context.

NUS congratulates the winning writers and their works, which have touched a wide audience. We look forward to seeing more submissions from Singapore and beyond in future years.

During a star-studded awards ceremony, Britain’s Prince William cheered the 15 finalists of The Earthshot Prize as they accepted their million-dollar prize checks for their work in developing technologies that can scale and accelerate solutions to climate change. The winners — Accion Andina, GRST, WildAid Marine Program, S4S Technologies and Boomitra — were announced on Tuesday at Gardens by the Bay, a spectacular horticulture attraction in Singapore.

This year’s Singapore Prize shortlist features 49 titles, down 32 compared to the 224 that were submitted in 2020 and is reflective of the COVID-20 pandemic impact on publishing in the country, organizers say. The program is presenting five authors for the first time this year in two categories: Clara Chow for English fiction and English creative nonfiction, as well as for Chinese poetry; Edwin Thumboo for English and Malay poetry; and Kamaladevi Aravindan for Indian-themed work.

The Singapore Book Award is one of the oldest literary awards in Asia. Since its inception, the prize has awarded a total of 132 books by 131 authors from all over the world. The winners of the prize are selected by an international jury comprising publishers, journalists and academics. The award is backed by the National Book Council of Singapore.

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