Singapore's Multi-lingual Literary-Writing Competition Is Back!


NAC-SPH Golden Point Award 2003


Giving aspiring young writers a chance to win the top prize of $4,000 cash and a $6,000 enrichment grant, the biennial NAC-SPH Golden Point Award 2003 returns this year. One of the biggest literary writing competitions in Singapore promoting the art of creative writing in any of the four official languages (English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil), the ompetition seeks to uncover literary talents and encourage them to strive for the highest level of literary skills. It also aims to create a conducive environment for creative thinking and literary expression in Singapore.


Organised by the National Arts Council since 1993, the biennial writing competition invites entries in categories of short story and poetry. It has shown to be significant in encouraging and surfacing many literary talents since its inception. The Golden Point Award 2001 received a total of 714 entries in total, up from 616 in the 1999 competition.  Of this number, the new poetry section introduced in the 2001 competition, received an encouraging 427 entries.


“There is strong and growing interest in creative writing in Singapore. We believe that there are many more new talents waiting to be uncovered and hope that aspiring writers will be encouraged to participate in the competition,” said Stacey Tan, Director (Artist Development), National Arts Council.


The following prizes will be awarded for each of the four languages in the respective short story and poetry categories:

 1st Prize:  $4,000 cash, trophy and $6,000 enrichment grant
 2nd Prize:

 $3,000 cash & certificate

 3rd Prize:  $2,000 cash & certificate


The enrichment grant for 1st Prize winners, which was introduced in 1997, will help writers further their skills through participation in writing seminars, workshops and literature festivals overseas.


This year, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) returns to sponsor Golden Point for the sixth time. Ms Irene Ngoo, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Relations of SPH says, "We are heartened to see the Golden Point Award growing from strength to strength since 1993. This is Singapore's only writing competition in the four official languages and with it, we hope to foster community spirit through the promotion of language enrichment, literary appreciation and creative writing, and help build a more vibrant society."


The Golden Point Award is organised in conjunction with the 2003 Singapore Writers’ Festival, scheduled to take place in August this year. Each respective language will have its own panel of local and foreign judges to assess the works submitted and select the winners. From 23 May onwards, the full list of judges appointed for this year’s competition will be posted on NAC’s website.


Poetry entries must be submitted in a collection of a minimum of 5 poems, but should not exceed 8 poems. Short story entries must be no less than 2,500 words and should not exceed 10,000 words.


Entry forms are available from the National Arts Council and the Council’s website at from 3 March 2003.  Forms will also be available at the following venues from 5 March 2003:


  • - National Library - Borders
  • - MPH (Stamford branch) - Victoria Theatre
  • - Times (Raffles City) - Kallang Theatre
  • - Kinokuniya (Ngee Ann City & Bugis Junction)


All entries must reach NAC by 23 May 2003.  Participants will be notified of the results by post in August 2003.


The public can contact Ms Tan Sin Nah at 6837 9518 or email for more information.


For SPH, please contact:


Esther Low

Assistant Manager, Corporate Relations

Singapore Press Holdings Limited

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