Meet the SLP 2020 shortlisted writers!

Fifty-two works have been shortlisted for Singapore’s top literary award. They will be contesting in 12 categories across the three genres of Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction and four languages of Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. 

The shortlisted writers include Singapore's leading figures Edwin Thumboo, Suratman Markasan, 尤今(You Jin); former winners Amanda Lee Koe, 谢裕民(Chia Joo Ming), Sithuraj Ponraj, as well as first-time shortlisted writers Jamal Ismail, Jing-Jing Lee, Teo You Yenn, V. Hemalatha and 黄凯德 (Wong Koi Tet).

Meet the shortlisted writers on our website here:

The theme of this year’s SLP #WhyWeWrite examines what compels writers to write, and why SLP is more relevant than ever before in these challenging times. 

For the first time in the history of SLP, the awards ceremony will be taking place online, and YOU are invited! RSVP by selecting the "Going" button here. Tune in to find out who are the winners!

SLP Readers’ Favourite

Which among the 52 books are your favourite? Now is your chance to show some love for them and be the judge!

Vote for your favourite Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil shortlisted books so that they will be crowned the first-ever SLP Readers’ Favourite! Stand to win $50 in book vouchers from our official online bookstore

Cast your vote by 17 August, 2359 hrs. The results will be announced at the virtual awards ceremony on 27 August, 8pm.

SLP Programmes

Get up close and personal with the SLP 2020 shortlisted writers! Leading up to the awards ceremony, we will be featuring the writers in a series of online #AtHomeWithSLP panel discussions.

Follow our Facebook and Instagram for updates and sneak peeks, and look forward to thought-provoking discussions on topics such as home, history, diversity and the role of writers in the pandemic.

More information to come soon! Stay tuned!


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