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One of Asia’s premier literary events, the annual Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) presents some of the world’s major literary talents to Singapore, as well as promoting new and emerging Singaporean and Asian writing to an international audience.


To date, it remains one of the few literary festivals in world that is multi-lingual, focusing on the official languages of Singapore – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.


Previously biennial, SWF first started in 1986 and will host its 22nd edition in 2019.



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To present the world's major literary talents to the people of Singapore, and to promote new and emerging Singapore and Asian writing to a wider public.


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The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is calling for proposals from literary collectives, arts groups and organisations for the upcoming festival happening from 1 – 10 November 2019.

Each year, SWF works with various partners to co-present programmes at the festival. We are seeking programmes that work with text in the broadest definition of the medium. This includes multi-disciplinary and cross-genre programming that will reach out to new audiences. SWF seeks new and refreshing approaches to reading, writing and issues pertinent to a festival that celebrates the exchange of ideas.


Programming Focus Areas

  • Programmes targeted at Young Adults; YA as a genre
  • Programmes with digital elements/Digital Arts Project
  • Southeast Asian voices
  • Multilingual/Cross-lingual programmes

Proposals will be evaluated based on artistic merit, relevance to the brief and focus area(s) and the track record of the collective/group/organisation.


Please submit complete proposals via email to by 12 April 2019. Proposals should include:

  • Name of Collective/Arts Group/Organisation
  • Contact Person’s Email and Mobile Number
  • Name of Programme – can be working title
  • Description of Programme – can be a short brief at proposal stage
  • Programme format E.g Performance; Reading; Installation; Panel Discussion, etc
  • Proposed speakers/artists
  • Target audience
  • Programme objective
  • Relevant experience/track record if any
  • Budget breakdown, excl. venue rental – amounts can be rough estimates for now to give an indication of scale and budget required

Failure to include any of the above requirements may result in the proposal being de-prioritised.


What is a digital arts project?
1. A digital arts project is one that leverages on digital technology for the purposes of art making, arts engagement, education, capability development, research, archival etc. Some examples of technological tools include Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Projection Mapping, Motion Capture, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics – the list of tools mentioned are non-exhaustive.

2. Emerging groups or those with no track record will be evaluated separately should they be developing or targeting a gap in the literary scene or have the potential to reach new audiences.


For clarifications on the open call and submission requirements, please contact one of the programmers by email:

Muhamed Leoaidil (

Tan Puay Shian (

Letitia Tan (


If your proposal has been shortlisted for further discussion, the listed contact person will be approached via email before 30 April 2019. All programmes will be planned and executed in consultation with the SWF team.  Programmes that do not fit within the focus, timeline or budget for the 2019 festival may be considered for subsequent editions of the festival.