Search for Local Literary Talents Returns - Golden Point Award 2005

 

The Golden Point Award is back!  Established and aspiring writers can now submit a short story or a collection of poems in English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil and vie for the top prize worth $10,000.

 

The Golden Point Award is a biennial writing competition organised by the National Arts Council and sponsored by the Press Foundation of Singapore and Singapore Press Holdings. The award seeks to encourage literary 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 the only national writing competition in Singapore which promotes the art of creative writing in all four official languages.

 

Since its inception in 1993, the competition has been a significant platform in the development of literary talents in Singapore.  Participation in the competition has been growing steadily over the years, with the number of entries hitting a record high of more than 900 in 2003.

 

The competition consists of 2 sections – short story and poetry, and is open to all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. Participants may write on any subject or theme. Poetry entries must be submitted in a collection of a minimum of 5 poems, and not exceed 8 poems. Short story entries must be no less than 2,500 words and should not exceed 10,000 words. A panel of local and foreign judges will be appointed for each respective language category to assess and select the winning entries. 



The following prizes will be awarded for each of the four languages in both the 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, introduced in 1997, will help writers further their skills through participation in writing seminars, workshops and literature festivals overseas.

 

Entry forms are available on the NAC website at http://www.nac.gov.sg. All entries must reach the National Arts Council by 23 May 2005. All participants will be notified of the results by post in August 2005. The Golden Point Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Singapore Writers' Festival in September 2005.   For more information, the public can call: 6837 9735 or 6837 9560.