Check out HABA 2020's shortlisted books!

The Incredible Basket
Written and Illustrated by Quek Hong Shin
In this sequel to The Amazing Sarong, a beautiful Chinese wedding basket is used in myriad ways. Follow Xiaoming’s adventures as he devises new uses for his basket!

Jun And The Octopus
Written by Ekkers and Illustrated by Lim An-Ling
With a distinct Asian flavour, Jun and the Octopus follows the story of Jun, a boy finding the courage to tell his parents about a sexual abuse incident.

Kelly And The Krumps
Written by Ken Kwek and Illustrated by Lolita Chiong

Kelly and the Krumps is a smile-inducing story of how a girl’s adventures with her dance crew helps her beat the pressures of PSLE.

Panjang: The Tall Boy Who Became Prime Minister
Written by Peh Shing Huei and Illustrated by Drewscape

Panjang tells the story of the childhood of Singapore's second prime minister, Goh Chok Tong, and how he conquered his self-consciousness to become a leader.

We Can
Written and Illustrated by Ben Lai
Discover local culture and icons with Ah Girl while exploring the many ways we can achieve more when we work and play with others.

X and O are B.F.F.s!
Written by Lynette Teo and Illustrated by Xinnie Ng

Follow this light-hearted tale about how alphabet letters X and O have a role in the language of love, music and play.

HABA Award Ceremony
4 October 2020 | 6pm (SGT)
Live-streamed on AFCC Facebook 

Meet the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2020’s shortlisted books! 

Find out which shortlisted book will be the next HABA winner on 4 October 2020 on AFCC’s Facebook! Fancy being a judge? Predict the next HABA winner on our Facebook and Instagram contest and if you are correct, you will win a book voucher to AFCC’s official bookstore, Closetful of Books!

Voyage with AFCC this October!

3-4 October 2020 | 9am - 5pm (SGT)
Via Zoom

Get your ticket to the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) Digital this year and enjoy a plethora of panel discussions, book launches and festival activities, now all online! Catch Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye, picture book and Green Lantern: Legacy author Minh Lê and award-winning author and illustrator Trevor Lai as we explore the theme of “Voyages”. Unearth how children’s literature is set to break new ground, and uncover new ways of sharing Asian stories with children and young adults.

 AFCC Writer’s Pitch

2 October 2020 | 2pm - 3pm (SGT)
Via Zoom | Open to all AFCC Digital Pass holders (1 Day Digital Pass, 2 Day Digital Pass and 2 Day Digital Pass+)

Make a date with the featured representatives and pitch your unpublished manuscript or book idea for the chance to make your project a reality! Meet publishing professionals from Scholastic Asia (Daphne Lee), Samir Éditeur (Joanna El Mir), Penguin Random House SEA (Nora Nazerene), Hachette UK (Paul Rockett) and many more at the AFCC 2020 Writer's Pitch!

SBC Academy: September Programmes

Drawing For A Living
12 September 2020 | 9:30am - 12:30pm (SGT)
Online Zoom* Session | $60 (Ticketing Charges Apply)

*Link will be sent after registration is successful

Are you an aspiring illustrator? Join this fun and interactive course designed just for you!

Hang out with Debasmita Dasgupta and get to know her tools, hear her tips and trade secrets to enjoy life as a freelance illustrator. You will also receive hands-on experience to begin a pilot project of your own!

Your tickets for the SBC Academy workshops are available for the CDSA grant. Apply before 14 Sept 2020 (5pm) and enjoy savings for your workshop!


The Final Steps: Literary Translation Workshop
24 September - 15 October 2020 | 7pm - 8:30pm (SGT)
Online Zoom* Sessions | $180 (ticketing charges apply)

*Link will be sent after registration is successful

Are you a translator looking to refine your skills? This intensive course is just for you! Undertake the final stages of the translation process via a realistic case study scenario over three weeks. Learn the importance of identifying your readership and positioning your work within the publishing industry. At the end of the three weeks, you will be given the opportunity to work with industry insiders and judge your own work!

SLP Programmes

Inspirations for Writing
19 September 2020 | 3pm - 5pm (SGT)
Via Zoom | $5 (ticketing charges apply)
*Link will be sent after registration is successful


Join us for an intimate conversation with two Singapore Literature Prize 2020 judges - Taiwanese novelist Lo Wei Yu and Singaporean writer-artist Dr Tan Chee Lay – as they share about applying and drawing inspiration from daily life events to the writing process.

This session will be conducted in Mandarin.

Singapore Malay Book Fair 2020

13 - 20 September 2020 | Various Timings (SGT)
Streamed on PBMS2020 and Wisma Geylang Serai Facebook pages | Free admission

Pesta Buku Melayu Singapore 2020 (PBMS2020) kembali tahun ini dan mempamerkan pelbagai penulis Melayu tempatan. Dikomisyen oleh #BuySingLit, acara yang dirancang akan berlangsung dari 13 hingga 20 September dan disiarkan melalui lelaman Facebook PBMS2020 dan Wisma Geylang Serai. Pelbagai program akan disajikan sesuai dengan tema “Meraikan Karya Melayu Singapura” serta bertujuan untuk mencetus minat kepada sastera Melayu Singapura serta pengkarya dan penerbitnya.

The Singapore Malay Book Fair 2020 returns this year, showcasing our very own Malay writers! Commissioned by #BuySingLit, various programmes as well as activities will be held from 13 to 20 September and streamed on PBMS2020 and Wisma Geylang Serai Facebook pages. The planned programmes follow the theme of "Celebrating Malay Literature" and aims to spark interest in Malay SingLit as well as its creators and publishers.

If you are still holding onto your #BuySingLit book vouchers, head down to your favourite bookstores and purchase SingLit reads. Vouchers are available for redemption till 30 September 2020!

Congratulations to the winners of SLP 2020!

It’s a wrap! Congratulations to the 17 writers who clinched 20 awards at SLP 2020! 7,000 viewers were part of a momentous occasion as we recognised the best of Singapore literature. If you were one of them, we would love to hear from you! Please take some time to fill up this feedback form. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

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