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New Breed of Writers and Works for Singapore


Golden Point Award Night 2005


 Date : Wednesday, 31 August 2005
 Time : 7.00pm – 9.00pm
 Venue : Drama Centre, National Library (3rd Floor)
    100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064

 Guest of Honour 

: Tharman Shanmugaratnam
    Minister for Education


Main sponsors: Singapore Press Holdings and Singapore Press Holdings Foundation


24 writers will receive the Golden Point Award tonight for their winning short story and poetry entries in Mandarin, Malay, English and Tamil.  They hail from different various occupational backgrounds, including engineering, information technology, architecture, and postal service. The youngest winner is an 18-year-old student, and the oldest, a 66-year-old retiree. A list of the winners is available in Annex 1.


This year, the Competition received a total of 653 entries from 530 participants.  The English Short Story category received 227 entries, the highest among all categories. The Chinese and Malay Short Story categories saw significant increase in the number of entries.  The Chinese category received 82 entries from 69 participants, up from 64 entries from 50 participants in 2003. The Malay category received 51 short stories from 42 participants, compared to 38 entries from 34 participants in 2003.


“The Golden Point Award plays a vital role in the literary development of Singapore. By encouraging and discovering new writers, the Award helps to secure the continuity and future of Singapore writing that is a fundamental aspect of overall arts development in Singapore. The strong response from young writers affirms a continuing healthy interest in literature among the young that the Council will seek to further strengthen and develop.” says Goh Ching Lee, Senior Director, Arts Cluster Development, National Arts Council.


Added Ms Ginney Lim, Senior Vice President, Legal, Corporate Relations & Group Company Secretary of SPH: “As a leading media group, SPH places great value on original Singapore literary works. We believe we can play a catalytic role in nurturing young talent and promoting the appreciation of the written word. And as a nation growing into maturity, we should encourage more local works by homegrown writers, and provide a platform for them to showcase their creative expressions. SPH is delighted to be the sponsor of this event, which adds vibrance to the local literary scene.”


Organised by the National Arts Council, the biennial Golden Point Award is the largest national writing competition in the four official languages.  Since its inception in 1993, it aims to encourage the appreciation and practice of creative thinking and literary expression in Singapore, and inspire talents to strive for the pinnacle in literary skills.


Golden Point Award Night 2005 is held in conjunction with the Singapore Writers Festival. A panel of local and foreign judges was appointed for each category.  The following prizes were 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
  • Merit $500 cash & certificate


The enrichment grant was introduced in 1997 to help writers further their skills through participation in writing seminars, workshops and literature festivals overseas.


Winners will only learn of their achievement at the ceremony tonight.  Excerpts of the works by the first prize winners will be read aloud by local celebrities Patricia Mok, Aaron Aziz, Angela May, and Ellamaram during the event.  The winning works will be posted on the official website of Singapore Writers Festival 2005 at


We warmly invite you to extend coverage to the winners.  Interviews and photography with the winners can be arranged after the ceremony.



  • Golden Point Award 2005
  • Winners Panel of Adjudicators