2013 Golden Point Award Celebrates Aspiring Writers of all Ages


Singapore, 7 November 2013 - The National Arts Council (NAC) is pleased to congratulate the 46 winners of the 2013 Golden Point Award (GPA). These creative literary talents were selected from a strong pool of 771 entries. Winners were honoured at the GPA Award Ceremony held this evening at The Arts House, where selected winning entries were performed to musical accompaniment.


Held bi-annually, the competition this year recognises winners from as young as 16 to 65 years old. As Singapore’s only multi-lingual national creative writing competition, the 11th edition of the competition continues to discover and showcase aspiring writers of all ages and from all walks of life. Winning entries this year touched on a wide spectrum of themes that include kinship, romance and adventure.


The number of winners in their teens and twenties this year is also testament to the growing pool of young talents in Singapore’s literary scene. 21-year-old Eugene Yap took first prize in the Chinese Short Story category for “Flowers will Blossom and Wilt, Clouds will Morph and Transform” while 24-year-old Victoria Lim came in second for “Swathe” and her collection of poems in the English Poetry category. Other winners include 24-year-old Ramchander Krishna with 2nd prize for “The Veroni Avatar” in the Tamil Short Story category and 16-year-old Aisyah Lyana with an Honourable Mention for “Reveries of a Tiger” in the Malay Short Story category. Honourable Mentions are awarded to participants who have shown promise in their writing.


Says Mr Khor Kok Wah, Senior Director, Sector Development (Literary Arts), NAC, “We are heartened by the level of participation and enthusiasm received this year, especially from younger Singaporean writers. The Golden Point Award shines a spotlight on the next generation of Singapore writers for whom this is an opportunity to present their original works. The panel of adjudicators shared that they have seen a huge amount of creativity and originality in the winning entries, which demonstrate the writers’ potential to develop more mature works in the future. NAC will be glad to help them in this journey.”

Mohamed Latiff Mohamed, 2013 Cultural Medallion recipient and Malay Short Story adjudicator, said, “I was thrilled and honoured to have read so many quality entries this year. Many short stories received portrayed wonderful language and imagination. All the winners deserve this recognition and encouragement and I look forward to reading more works by them.”


The 2013 GPA is organised by the National Arts Council and managed by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. All winning entries will be made available for the public’s reading pleasure at www.nac.gov.sg/naccorp/naccorp/events/golden-point-award from 8 November 2013.


Please refer to the following annexes for more information:


Annex A – Fact Sheet on the Golden Point Award


Annex B – List of 2013 Golden Point Award winners for Poetry category


Annex C – List of 2013 Golden Point Award winners for Short Story category


Annex D – List of 2013 Golden Point Award Adjudicators