Golden Point Award 2005

 

Young writers are making their presence felt in the Golden Point Award 2005, Singapore’s national writing competition. At the close of the competition on 23 May 2005, some 653 entries have been received from 530 participants, of which half are under the age of 30. The youngest participant is an 11-year-old student, and the oldest, a 79-year-old retiree.

 

Short stories and poems in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil have been submitted by established and aspiring writers from all walks of life. Students, teachers, media workers, lawyers, engineers, even a pastor and a fitness instructor, are competing for the top prize worth $10,000.

 

The English Short Story category topped all categories with a total of 227 entries received. Competition was also intense in the Chinese and Malay Short Story categories. The Chinese category saw entries climbed from 64 in 2003 to 82 this year. The number of participants increased to 69 from 50 in 2003. In the Malay category, 51 short stories from 42 participants were submitted, up from 38 entries from 34 participants in 2003.

 

Winners will be announced on 31 August 2005 at the Golden Point Award Night, held in conjunction with the Singapore Writers Festival.

 

The biennial Award seeks to encourage talents to strive for the highest level of literary skills, and to promote a conducive environment for creative thinking and literary expression in Singapore. It is organised by the National Arts Council and sponsored by the Press Foundation of Singapore and Singapore Press Holdings.